Ben­e­fits of teas are many­fold

New Zealand’s favourite well­be­ing ex­pert an­swers read­ers’ ques­tions about their health.

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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

Green tea:

White tea:

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 ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­ 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.

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