The Two Types of Teas
Oolong, English Breakfast, and Chamomile. You've heard of them, but what are they really and how do they benefit your body? This is Naturally Ideal's guide to improving your health through tea. If you weren't aware, teas are broken up into two categories: true teas and herbal teas. Green, black, white and oolong are considered true because they are derived from the plant Camellia sinensis. Herbal teas, like hibiscus, chamomile, echinacea and rooibos, are made from roots, herbs, seeds and other plant matter. Both kinds are considered good for you in different ways but true teas are known for being the better choice.
First, let's discuss true teas. The difference lies in the way the leaves are harvested, treated and dried. All of which contain caffeine in varying amounts. The order from least to most caffeinated goes: white, green, oolong and black. Heart and brain health, along with mental alertness, are all possible positive results that come with drinking these teas. Probably the greatest thing that may result from their consumption is the protection from oxidative stress. What is oxidative stress, you ask? Good question. Oxidative stress is when your cells aren't producing enough antioxidants to balance out the free radicals that they are also creating. Free radicals are unstable atoms that antioxidants are there to neutralize. These can wreak havoc on your cells, damaging them if left to their own devices. Environment and lifestyle can throw this out of whack, resulting in faster aging and certain medical conditions. This is where Camellia sinensis comes in! The polyphenols produced by this plant are free radical fighting antioxidants. Who wouldn't want to fight aging with a simple cup of tea a day?
Herbal TeasNext up are herbal teas. Sure, they aren't as amazing as true teas but still worth your time and money. Herbal teas don't contain the same amount of protection against free radicals but they could help your sleep schedule and digestion, which is still a win. Chamomile is one of the best things to drink when you're trying to wind down and reduce stress, which we could all use. Teas containing spearmint are known to help with your digestion. Some also contain their own antioxidants like in hibiscus tea to help boost your immune system. If you aren't a big fan of caffeine, there's still a great option to turn to because herbal teas don't contain any! You can still get similar benefits without having to compromise your preferences.
All in all, teas are good for you, no matter the kind you drink. The main point is that at the very least you're getting a pleasant and relaxing treat during the day; at most, you're fighting aging and disease. We, at Naturally Ideal, are here to help with this guide to enhancing your health through tea. Just remember: the longer the tea is steeped, the better it is for you!