Not only can tea help you lose weight, it can also improve your overall health, boost your enery and help detoxify your body.
Drinking certain teas is a great way to supplement a healthy diet and exercise program.
In Asia people have a very very long history of drinking tea. In the West we are just beginning to catch up, as more and more people discover the positive effects that tea can have on their health and well-being.
There is plenty of scientific proof that tea has numerous health benefits. Among others it has been proved to:
- help prevent cancer
- increase blood circulation
- lower blood pressure
- lower blood sugar
- lower bad cholesterol
- lower blood fat levels
The caffeine in tea helps to boost your metabolism and increases the fat loss. Tea also slows down the action of the digestive enzymes. This means your intestines are not absorbing all the calories are you eating, which results in weight loss.
Last but not least, tea also promotes fat oxidization. This means that stored fat is broken down allowing it to be used for energy by your body.
So, let’s move on to some of the best teas to drink if you want to lose weight. All of these teas are very natural. You can buy them from your local grocery store, or you can even make some of them at home yourself with some simple ingredients.
1: Oolong Tea
You can easily get real Oolong tea from your local supermarket. Just pour boiling water on it and let it steep for as long as you like. How long depends on how smokey or how bitter you want the tea to be, so it can be either really light or really strong.
Oolong tea increases the energy expenditure in your body and boosts the fat burning process. At the same time it makes you feel fuller so you eat less.
Oolong tea also contains a ton of antioxidants that help to boost your metabolism.
2: Honey Lemon Tea
To make honey lemon tea you need to start with some fresh lemon juice. Add hot water and then wait till it cools down a little bit. Now add honey. The reason to wait for the water to cool down is that boiling water kills all the benefits of the honey.
A recent study has shown that replacing sucrose with honey can help prevent weight gain. Another study showed that it can activate hormones that suppress the appetite.
Lemon has a ton of health benefits. Not only does it detoxify you body but it also boosts your liver health, helps you to debloat, lowers blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, improves digestion, balances pH, cures inflammation and clears the skin… and the list goes on.
3: Dried Tangerine Peel Tea
It might sound a bit weird but you should really give this one a try. The Chinese call this tea chen zi cha. Basically it’s just getting dried tangerine peels, pouring some hot water on them and letting it steep.
Tangerine peel not only helps to detox, it als helps to cut grease, is good for motion sickness, helps with cold and flu, it helps with digestion and cleanses the liver and the spleen.
So, it is definitely a good tea to drink if you are feeling under the weather, want to detoxify your body and want to lose weight faster.
4: Pu’er Tea
This tea you can probably get mostly in Chinese or Asian grocery stores. There’s actually a fermentation process on Pu’er Tea, so the longer it’s sitting there, the better it is for you.
The best way to drink Pu’er Tea is to infuse it three times and throw away the water three times. This helps to rinse the tea. The fourth infusion is when you actually steep the tea and drink it.
Pu’er tea helps get rid of all the grease in your body. If you are eating a lot of greasy food or if you had a greasy meal then this is the tea for you.
Pu’er tea also aids in digestion, reduces blood pressure, improves your intestinal health, eases menstrual pains, helps reduce stress and helps cleanse your body.
5: Chinese Barley Tea
Also called the Job’s Tear Tea. You can buy Chinese barley prepackaged from most Chinese or Asian supermarkets (or just order it online).
Wash and rinse the barley, take out the bad grains and let it dry overnight. Once it’s completely dry put it in a pan on very low heat and just roast it a little bit for about 20 to 25 minutes.
Once its color turns to a golden brown you can store it away. To make the tea you just add about 10 grams of it in boiling water and then you can drink it.
Chinese barley tea helps reduce bloating, gets rid of water weight, helps get rid of acne, suppresses your allergie, reduces menstrual pain, lowers cholesterol, prevents stomach ulcers and prevents osteoporosis.
6: Lotus Leaf Tea
Lotus Leaf tea is another tea you can probably buy at your supermarket. You can either add a couple of rosebuds or castor seeds.
Lotus leaf tea is good for your liver, your spleen and your stomach. It also is great for menstrual pain or controlling your menstrual cycle.
Besides that, it increases your metabolism, has a calming effect, lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, helps treat diarrhea, detoxifies the blood and also helps with internal heat.
So, there you go. Those are six teas that will not only help you lose weight but also improve your general health.