Thursday 17 September 2015

Which teas are best for your health?

Nutritionist Neema Savvides says certain brews can help increase fertility, while others can induce sleep
From builders to Earl Grey, jasmine to chamomile and fresh-smelling fruit and mint teas, the options available to quench our thirst are endless.

However, drinking too much 'caffeinated tea' might not have such a positive effect on your health so make sure to keep a check on your caffeine intake if you are pregnant. 
Adding milk may lower the antioxidant properties, so keep in black and add lemon and a touch of honey to preserve the antioxidant status.  

Energizing ginger and lemon teas are a great anti-inflammatory, which is particularly useful for women suffering from endometriosis.

These teas are also cleansing, pain relieving and can improve circulation to the reproductive organs.
Furthermore, ginger is particularly beneficial in aiding digestive issues such as bloating, gas and diarrhoea, which are common complaints in pregnancy. 

And ginger is widely used to help combat the dreaded morning sickness that so many women face in pregnancy.
Ginger and lemon teas have good anti-inflammatory benefits, which can particularly help those women who are diagnosed with endometriosis. In addition the brew can help ease the misery of morning sickness

The superstar South African export is famous for its numerous antioxidants and is an excellent source of vitamin C – essential for boosting sperm levels and quality. 

Additionally, rooibos does not contain caffeine - which in high dosages can affect a person's fertility. 
Caffeine free, this is a wonderful choice for those trying to conceive as well as those looking for a non-caffeinated drink.

This red tea is full of minerals, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper, sodium, iron, and manganese, as well as vitamin C.
And it is packed with antioxidants, which help not only with fertility but to help the body fight any free radical damage, boost the immune system, help combat skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema when applied topically, aid sleep due to the high mineral content. 

The wonderfully aromatic Jasmine tea has been used in China for its medicinal qualities for centuries and in some ancient Chinese manuscripts, jasmine was used as an aphrodisiac and fertility booster. 

There may be some truth to the legends as studies have shown that jasmine tea has strong aromatherapy qualities that are good for the body during pregnancy. 
Full of antioxidants this tea can help to boost the immune system, may help in the fight against cancer, provide relief to gastrointestinal disorders, and aid in lowering cholesterol and reducing high blood pressure.

Jasmine tea does however contain caffeine (although not in the same concentrations as breakfast tea or coffee) so should be consumed in moderation, and avoided at night to help promote good sleep.  
Studies have shown that cinnamon has a positive impact on women suffering from hormonal imbalances due to polycystic ovary syndrome.

There is also evidence that cinnamon supports healthy circulation to the reproductive organs. 

Cinnamon is a common blood sugar regulator and helps to lower cholesterol by the manganese in the tea.
The B6 in apples boost the amount of oxygen in the blood, and help with immune system by supporting the functions that make white blood cells. 

Raspberry leaf tea, particularly the wild variety is very high in calcium. 
Like nettle and red clover, red raspberry leaves serve as a soothing uterine tonic and hence a very effective fertility herb. 

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