Do Herbal Teas Have Health Benefits?
Instead of using herbal teas to "detox" your body, alleviate symptoms, or prevent illnesses, think of them as a valid part of a healthy lifestyle.
Doctors often suggest lifestyle changes as a way to improve your health. One very common suggestion is to drink more water. However, some people have a hard time getting enough. Maybe they don’t like the taste, or they don’t like to go to the bathroom very often.
Whatever the reason, alternatives like juice, smoothies, and other natural beverages made from fruits and vegetables can be a great option to stay hydrated. Herbal teas you make at home can also be a great alternative.
Drinking enough water every day is great for your health and your energy levels
Herbal teas for hydration
Most people know to avoid soda, energy drinks, industrially produced juices, etc. After all, they are sources of empty calories and over time can lead to diabetes and obesity. So what are the alternatives?
Water should always be your first option for hydration. However, if you don’t like water, don’t despair. There are plenty of healthy options out there. Some of the best are:
- Natural fruit juices (homemade is best).
- Homemade nut or vegetable “milk” (almond, oat, rice, soy, etc.)
- Herbal teas (chamomile, mint, spearmint, ginger, cinnamon, among others).
It’s important to note that you shouldn’t drink juice and tea exclusively. They should just be complements to your healthy lifestyle. Another thing to keep in mind is that you don’t absolutely have to drink two liters of water a day. Instead, drink when you are thirsty.
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Can herbal teas treat illnesses?
Some teas (like chamomile) can help alleviate some mild symptoms like indigestion after a big meal. That’s because chamomile has properties that are anti-inflammatory, soothing, and promote good digestion. However, the fact that it can provide certain benefits for your body doesn’t mean that it can be used to treat illness.
Next time you’re tempted to reach for a soda or an energy drink, choose something homemade instead. The best options are always those made with fruits and vegetables. Lastly, remember not to add sugar to your concoctions (teas, juices, etc.) so you don’t exceed the World Health Organization’s recommended daily amount.