Truth: You may have heard that coffee is a diuretic, and therefore, dehydrating for the body. This is true. Tea however, does not necessarily fall under the same category.
If you are consuming a tea made with natural ingredients that contains no caffeine, tea can actually be hydrating! Steeped in water, you can think of tea as simply flavoured water – just like you would add lemon or fresh mint to your iced water. In fact, if you struggle to drink enough water every day, tea can be the perfect way to help you drink increased amounts of water and reach your daily required intake.
Water is essential in our body for adequate digestion, brain function, helping improve blood flow and energy and for aiding the immune system in optimized function. Without enough, you may find yourself with constipation, headaches, feeling sluggish or unable to think well. Likewise, a simple change, like drinking an additional 500mL of water per day, will help you sleep better, be more alert, have more energy and enhance your digestion.
Truth: There are a lot of teas advertising to help you “lose weight” or “slim down,” or claiming to contain the magic ingredient that will help you shed those last few pounds. Its important to understand the nuances of these statements however and recognize that tea is not a weight loss miracle drug.
It is true that tea can contain certain ingredients – such as senna – that will promote digestive movement and reduce fluid retention, but in essence, these teas are allowing your body to have an express line to emptying waste, not taking pounds off your waist.
If you are looking to lose weight, the best thing to do is adopt a healthy sustainable lifestyle, consuming a high volume of fruits and vegetables, and lots of complex carbohydrates, as well as regular exercise. In addition, drinking water is critical, and this is where tea can come in. as mentioned above, in addition to plain water, you can drink herbal and caffeine free tea to help meet your daily water requirements. One idea is to have 500mL of water (sound familiar?) every time you have a tea. This doubles your water intake, while still letting you have some of it as the delicious tasting tea!
Truth: If the first thought you have when it comes to tea is the dark coloured black stuff your grandma used to drink, that you drowned in sugar, good news: there is more than one type of tea. Over the last several years, the types of teas, their flavour, nutrient profile and ingredients have shifted dramatically, and tea can now not only steer away from tasting bad, but actually be incredibly delicious!
Ingredients such as licorice, ginger, naturally dried fruit, antioxidant rich berriesand cinnamon are all examples of ingredients which not only add incredible flavour to tea, but which also have impressive health properties. Ginger and licorice or example are great for improving digestion and reducing stomach distress, not to mention, licorice tastes sweet, without having any sugar. Likewise, cinnamon and fruit add a natural sweetness, while cinnamon has also been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels.
Many berries, such as goji berries, blueberries, juniper berries and strawberries make regular appearances in tea. When immersed in hot water, they allow extraction of magnificent colours, lending the beautiful purples, reds and burgundies to teas. More than just for looks however, berries are a potent source of antioxidants, compounds that help fight free radicals in the body and work to optimize cell function.
Collectively, with the right combination of ingredients, not only can tea taste good, but it can be healthy for you too! Just hold off on the sugar and fill it with natural sweetening ingredients.
Truth: In simple terms, not necessarily. Words like “detox,” “clean,” and “slimming,” are a common sight on tea boxes. And you aren’t alone if you assume that those teas are the healthiest option and the one to go for if you are looking to tea to offer you health guidance. In reality though, it’s all about what’s in the tea that determines how healthy it is.
In many cases other teas without the fancy detox label have the same or similar ingredients – and often a lower price tag! Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and a common ingredient when it comes to detoxifying due to its ability to help reduce inflammation within the body. Hibiscus is a potent source of antioxidants, an essential compound to have circulating through the body when it comes to reducing potential cancer-causing oxidative compounds.
Not only are some of these ingredients similar, but teas without the attention-grabbing detox label, might in fact have ingredients that are even morenutritionally advantageous. Rhodiola and ginseng for example, are adaptogenic plants that help the body adapt to stress, and which also improve cognitive function. They are just two examples of the many, nutritionally opportune ingredients included in our teas.
And that’s why we want you to have some! We’re not making false promises or filling them with unsavoury ingredients. just real tea, real ingredients and the science behind them to show that they can effectively do what we say they can do.