When it comes to losing weight, there are lots of fads, diet pills and supplements out there. All of them make big promises, but often deliver very little in terms of results (and sometimes produce risky side effects).
We’ve put together 10 of the best teas you can try to give your metabolism a healthy boost:
1) Iced Turmeric Tea
Turmeric, an Indian herb which is mainly associated with curry, is a very well-documented weight loss aid. It can be added to iced tea (which also stimulates the body’s metabolism by forcing it to warm up the cool liquid), and a splash of lemon and ginger adds delicious flavor.
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2) Green Tea
Green tea has long been heralded as an all-natural weight loss miracle drink, and its high levels of antioxidants like epiogallocatechin-3-gallate speed up sluggish metabolisms. In a controlled study of participants with metabolic disorders, green tea was shown to expedite weight loss among those who incorporated four cups of the drink into their daily diets.
3) Star Anise Tea
Originating from China, star anise tea is known to aid in digestion and reduce nausea, and it also helps boost metabolic rates. The tea, which is produced from the fruit of an evergreen tea, is prepared by steeping the whole pod in hot water for roughly 10 minutes.
4) Oolong Tea
Studies have shown that this tasty tea increases metabolic rates and fat oxidation within the body. It also reduces cholesterol levels. To prepare, simply steep the tea for 30 seconds to five minutes, depending on the desired strength.
5) Peppermint Tea
Known for its digestive properties, peppermint tea can be prepared either hot or iced. The drink suppresses appetite, relieves anxiety and keeps skin clear. Four to five minutes of steeping time is recommended.
6) Yerba Mate
Many people swear by the health benefits of Yerba Mate tea – it’s even associated with cancer prevention. Rich in antioxidants, the drink increases good cholesterol levels, promotes cardiovascular health and prevents fat oxidation.
7) Pu-Erh Tea
Pu-Erh may be a Chinese hangover cure, but it’s also an excellent choice for weight loss. It’s known to lower blood pressure, increase metabolic rates and aid digestion. It is also highly detoxifying, which makes it a popular drink for those embarking on a new diet program.
8) Rose Tea
Another detoxifying tea is rose, which is created by adding roses to tea buds for an aromatic drink medley. Full of vitamins A, C, D, E and B3, the drink is a popular beauty supplement due to its skin healing and anti-aging properties. In addition, its effects on the body’s metabolism assist in weight loss efforts.
9) Feiyan Tea
More obscure, feiyan tea is a brew created from medicinal plants, and it helps to prevent and reduce fat storage in the body. It also reduces bloating and curbs your appetite, and its detoxification properties help to heal the body after periods of poor dietary habits. Some clinical studies of feiyan tea have even shown monthly weight losses of five to eight pounds among participants.
10) White Tea
White tea is a helpful drink for fat burning and prevention of fat cell development within the body, both of which are due to the tea’s high levels of epiogallocatechin-3-gallate. Given that the drink does contain caffeine, it’s recommended to limit consumption based on individual health restrictions.
When the numerous health and metabolic benefits of various teas are examined, there are plenty of reasons not to use diet pills and simply drink up instead. The fact that these drinks are all-natural, high in antioxidants and healthy for the entire body makes them a delicious and natural choice for anyone who wants to lose weight or improve their health in general.
What’s your favorite kind of tea? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!
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