Benefits of teas are manyfold
New Zealand’s favourite wellbeing expert answers readers’ questions about their health.
Question: I want to start drinking more tea. Can you please explain some of the benefits of different teas? Thanks, Melissa
Teas are a wonderfully nourishing addition to your diet; they can be uplifting, refreshing, calming or soothing. Let’s explore the health benefits of a few different teas.
This delicious beverage is packed full of antioxidants and while it does contain caffeine, the effect is buffered by the amino acid, l-theanine. Green tea has been shown to support cardiovascular health, help reduce the risk of certain cancers and assist with concentration.
White tea contains the same types of antioxidants as green tea, but in greater
quantities. These antioxidants are found to have many health promoting properties similar to green tea.
Chamomile is a wonderful calming beverage and is also helpful for soothing an upset stomach. Naturally free from caffeine, it can assist in the relaxation of the muscles and lining of the intestines. Chamomile can support people suffering with poor digestion or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Peppermint tea is another calming and soothing tea. It is caffeine free and a lovely tea to drink at night after a meal due to its digestive supporting properties.
The herb liquorice has been shown to support healthy adrenal function. It has a sweet aftertaste so can also be a
good choice for those who look for sweet food after dinner. Question: I’ve been reading about the benefits of fermented foods, what do you think about these? Thank you, Katie
When it comes to understanding the role of bacteria in our health, consider this – we are actually more bacteria than we are human. A healthy balance of the bacteria in our gut governs the functioning of many systems including the immune system and metabolism – it even plays a critical role in our mood and brain function. It even helps us maintain our body size.
The health of the gut is central to every aspect of health. It is through our digestive system that we absorb all of the goodness out of our food, a process that is essential for life.
Yet today, many people suffer with an array of gut-based Email your questions for Dr Libby to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, only a selection of questions can be answered.
illnesses or dysfunction, which can have a broad-reaching impact on many other areas of our health.
Fermented foods are like a big hug for your gut and a wonderfully nourishing addition to your diet whether you have experienced gut dysfunction or not.
Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugars and starches in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food and produces beneficial enzymes, B-vitamins and probiotics.
Good digestion and gut health are founding principles of good health, and fermented foods can go a long way to help improve the ratio of beneficial gut bacteria.
Teas can be uplifting, refreshing, calming or soothing.