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Last weeks challenge for #HealthyHabits2017 was to drink herbal tea. Tea is my favourite so this was a good challenge. Before we see how how we did let's see what the health benefits are of drinking this beverage that has been around for thousands of years.

We've posted a small post about tea before. You can read about it here.  One of the main things we know is that tea has been proven to reduce stress, but herbal teas have been used for years as medicinal drinks so is there anything else that tea can help with? Turns out, yes, a lot. 

Green tea is full of antioxidants and it is suggested that because of this green tea is great for helping tackle certain cancers. As well as protecting against dementia and improving cholesterol levels.

Black tea could also help with dementia. With scientists finding that people who drink 2 or 3 cups a day are 50% less likely to show early signs of the degenerative disease. Some studies have shown that it might also protect you and reduce the risk of having a stroke.

Peppermint tea is great for digestion - it can help with bloating and stomach pain - and can ease nausea and vomiting. The menthol within the tea can act to relax muscles and help relieve feelings of stress and anxiety. Peppermint is prescribed to people who have IBS and gallstones.

Ginger tea is also great for digestion and treating nausea, morning sickness, dizziness and menstrual pain. You can make fresh ginger tea by simmering ginger root in how water for ten minutes. It’s also great for when you have a cold, or suffering from pain as it’s anti-inflammatory.

Chamomile is well known to aid sleep issues and can be calming for people who suffer from anxiety. It has been linked to lowering the risk of early death in women. Scientists have also found that drinking chamomile tea could aid in keeping diabetes under control.

Rooibos tea is high in vitamin C and other minerals that aid with an array of health issues. It’s mostly known for being caffeine free and it’s anti-oxidant properties which can help with disease and the signs of ageing. It could also be handy for people suffering from eczema and acne as it has a soothing effect on the skin.

HOW DID IT GO?

I love tea, as I mentioned earlier. So this week was quite easy. We already have a treasure trove of teas in our kitchen, I just tend to usually stick with the black teas though. 

This week I've made the most of the green tea, mint tea, ginger tea, rooibos, and jasmine pearl tea. All mixed in with my regular staple of black tea (Lady Grey to be specific) and water. 

It's great to understand the health benefits of what I'm drinking, and it's been great to spice up the routine of what I usually stick to. Green tea in the morning and a cup of mint tea post-dinner or while eating have been my favourite thing to integrate. Bye, bye, bloaty feeling. So I will continue to raid the tea chest for more goodies as we head into the rest of the year. Habit approved!

Next challenge to face is shopping organic on a budget. Let's see how this one goes! 

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