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Drink This for Better Blood Flow: How Natural Teas Improve Health, Mood and More

Tea is the most popular drink in the world after water, and if you’re a tea drinker, you’ll understand why. Studies have shown that different varieties of tea have a different impact on your body and your mind. Tea can positively impact your immune system, inflammation, help your heart and even improve your mood and reduce stress levels.

The best thing about tea is that most, if not all, the ingredients are natural – so you’re only putting nature’s goodness into your body. If you want to know which T2 teas are ideal for improving your health, here’s a rundown of some of the most popular:

Green Tea

Green tea is derived from the Camellia sinensis plant and has been used for hundreds of years as a medicinal aid. Green tea has less caffeine than black tea, and it has a high level of catechins – a type of polyphenol, which can help fight inflammation, chronic disease, type 2 diabetes and even heart disease.

Black Tea

Black tea tastes delicious and is a favourite for many people for breakfast, brunch, or simply to enjoy throughout the day. It’s refreshing and has a range of health benefits. According to a study by The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, regularly drinking black tea has been found to lower the risk of dementia. It can also help prevent inflammation, diabetes and heart disease.

Oolong Tea

If you want a great tea for brain health, oolong tea is the type for you. Oolong tea sits in the middle between black and green tea and is partially oxidised. Drinking oolong tea can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, and it’s great for helping you achieve a healthy weight and reducing body fat. The L-theanine in Oolong tea can also help to improve your mood and allows you to de-stress.

Peppermint Tea

If you suffer from poor digestion, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and even bloating (yes, us guys get it too!), peppermint tea is a winner. It contains menthol, a compound that helps relax the intestinal tract. Peppermint also helps ease chest pain and indigestion, can help reduce nausea, and because it doesn’t have any caffeine – you can drink it right before bed for a fresh end to the day.

Chamomile Tea

Sleeping restless? If you want a good night’s sleep, chamomile tea is a sure winner. Chamomile tea is actually one of the world’s oldest and most widely used (and well documented) medicinal plants. It not only helps with sleep, but it can also improve your immune system, its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, and can even help reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. There’s no caffeine in chamomile tea, so you can enjoy a drink any time of day or night.

Ginger Tea

If you’re feeling a little worse for wear after a big night out with mates or with a stint of the dreaded tummy bug, ginger tea will have you feeling better in no time. It’s well known that ginger assists with nausea and vomiting, and it has been used for hundreds of years in herbal traditions. Ginger has other benefits as well – it can boost the immune system, fight inflammation and is full of disease-fighting antioxidants.

Echinacea Tea

If you’re prone to getting sick every winter, echinacea tea can help. It boosts the immune system and helps the body fight viruses, decreasing the symptoms and severity of colds and flu. Echinacea can help reduce anxiety, it’s an anti-inflammatory, and it can even help with skin conditions like acne.

Taking care of your health doesn’t have to be a chore. Sit back, enjoy a cuppa T2 wellness tea, and relax. You’ll notice the difference.

By Mens Health Staff

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