As much as we all want peace and calm in our lives, we’re still surrounded by chaos.
We’re pushed and pulled in a hundred different directions by our families, our careers, and our personal goals.
Finding balance is key, and so is having energy!
Exercise, sleep and nutrition are all important for making sure that you have the get-up-and-go you need, but when you need an extra boost, herbal teas are just the ticket.
Some people count on coffee to get them up and moving, but it has some drawbacks.
- It can keep you from sleeping if you drink it too late in the day.
- It can cause anxiety and jitters.
- And when you try to cut back, you can go through withdrawal.
We turn to herbal teas for soothing, but some offer the same kind of energy boost that coffee does, without the negative effects. Some have caffeine but deliver it in smaller, more effective doses. Some increase focus. Some promote weight loss or lower cholesterol.
The teas shown here will give you a lift. Try them all and see which one works best for you!
1. Green Tea
Green tea contains about 24 to 40 milligrams of caffeine, which is much less than coffee’s 95 to 200 milligrams. It’s just enough to give you a buzz without making you bounce off the walls. It also contains L-theanine, which helps your brain focus.
2. Yerba Mate
Yerba mate is a South American drink that’s high in caffeine, yet produces no buzz. Yerba lovers say it ups energy levels and makes them more alert.
It’s filled with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
How can a tea that’s high in caffeine get rid of anxiety and jitters?
Yerba contains theobromine, which relaxes smooth muscles. It can lower blood pressure and may even improve insulin sensitivity. Its grassy flavor is much like green tea.
Chinese medicine has used ginseng as an energy booster for centuries. It’s said to reduce stress while improving vitality. It’s even supposed to help the immune system!
Recent research has shown that ginseng boosts energy because its chemical structure is similar to that of the hormones that drive our metabolism. One study showed it helped cancer patients get over their fatigue.
This is another tea used in Chinese medicine. Astragalus tea is actually made from a root. It boosts the health of the adrenal glands, from which we get our energy. It’s also been touted as an immune system booster that helps us feel stronger and more vital.
5. Gingko Biloba
Gingko is a gentle tea that increases blood flow to the brain and body. It’s a great natural pick-me up that clears your mind when you’re feeling foggy. Studies have even shown it helps with the early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Most teas are available in single-use tea bags, and these are the easiest way to make tea. But many people believe that the best way is to steep loose leaves or roots yourself.
Whichever method you choose, drinking one of these teas will put more spring in your step and help you meet each day feeling more alive.
Yours in Health,
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