'Tis the TEAson for biting cold and 4 p.m sunsets, but winter isn’t all that bad. Nothing is more relaxing than enjoying a hot cup of tea in front of a crackling fireplace. Although the summer heat holds my heart, I love the coziness of winter nights, and there is no better time to enjoy the benefits of tea than now.
Our bodies are more susceptible to infections in the winter because the cold, dry air impacts our respiratory system and reduces our ability to ward off germs. Drinking tea can help boost our immune system and fight inflammation.
Winter can also leave us lethargic and decrease our motivation to stay active. Caffeinated tea contains half the amount of caffeine as coffee making it the perfect drink for a much-needed energy and metabolism boost. Decaf tea is also an excellent way to warm up after being out in the cold.
Here are six of the most delicious and beneficial teas to drink this TEAson for better health.
Peppermint tea contains menthol, which can soothe an upset stomach and relieve discomfort from constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and motion sickness. Peppermint tea can also alleviate pain and tension from headaches.
Cranberries make a delicious holiday side dish and a healthy tea because they contain antioxidants and vitamins C, K, and E. Cranberry tea also acts as a natural antiseptic, prevents bacteria overgrowth, and prevents oral disease. Cranberry tea may also help manage uncomfortable urinary tract symptoms.
Winter Spice Tea
Spiced tea is an excellent drink to help boost the immune system and manage nasal and chest congestion. Spices like ginger and mint can also improve digestion, especially after a heavy meal.
Cinnamon Vanilla Tea
Cinnamon vanilla tea is a delicious twist to plain cinnamon tea with added benefits. Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde and cinnamophilin, which lowers blood pressure and bad cholesterol. Vanilla also contains compounds that reduce cholesterol levels and are high in antioxidants. Vanilla tea can also be a natural appetite suppressant, so drink cautiously.
Honey Vanilla Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is one of the most popular teas because it helps reduce muscle spasms, menstrual pain, and stress. The added benefit of vanilla’s aroma and sedative benefits in honey vanilla chamomile can further reduce stress and improve sleep.
Green tea is one of the healthiest teas to drink all year long. It contains polyphenol antioxidants and a catechin called EGCG, preventing cell damage and forming free radicals. Green tea protects against cancer, lowers the risk of heart disease, and may reduce the risk of dementia.