We’re all doing our best to live a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes things get in the way — work projects have deadlines, kids need care, and households need managing.
Despite our best efforts, we often go through our days with our minds racing in all different directions, which can leave us feeling totally wiped out. Want to combat those feelings of depletion? You might want to try to use the right teas to improve your day, morning, noon, and night.
Morning: Yerba Mate – The Energizing Drink
To start your day off on the right foot, you need the right drink. And the next time you’re about to reach for that cup of coffee, give Yerba Mate a try. Why?
It’s known for having the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate. Made from a South American holly bush, this tea is traditionally prepared in a gourd, enjoyed with friends and family, and offered as a sign of friendship.
The great thing about Yerba Mate is it boosts your energy when you first drink it while gently maintains it throughout your morning without those jitters from coffee or energy drinks. Many cultures also drink yerba mate specifically to improve their mental sharpness because it can enhances mood and memory.
Mid-Day: Matcha Green Tea – The Antioxidant Powerhouse
If it’s the middle of the day and you’re in need of some refueling, choose matcha green tea. Traditionally a staple of Japanese tea ceremonies, matcha green tea is a fine powder that delivers a very concentrated amount of antioxidants — this can help your body neutralizing free radicals caused by stress and toxicity of everyday living.
Another amazing feature of matcha’s concentrated formula is support for metabolism. It’s also rich in easily absorbable fiber, an important part of any healthy diet that many people lack.
When breaking for lunch, match green tea can be enjoyed in many different ways. It can be whisked into an invigorating drink or used to make a refreshing, delicious iced drink, latte, or smoothie. You can also eat it too! Added to baked goods like homemade muffins or sprinkled over a yogurt lunch.
Night: Chamomile Blends – The Calming Drink
Do you find it hard to wind down after a busy day? Are you worrying about all kinds of things? A cup of chamomile tea is the perfect cure for this common problem.
Always a great part of any relaxation ritual, it helps your body and mind let go and be at peace. Traditionally used for its healing and calming properties, it’s made from the dried, daisy-like flowers of the chamomile plant.
Often, however, insomnia goes hand-in-hand with worry and anxiety — having a packed schedule and being responsible for so many things can really exhaust you, physically and mentally. Drinking chamomile can alleviate these stresses so you can get a great night of sleep and be ready for the next day with your A-game.
Another great benefit of chamomile is a potentially stronger immune system. Chamomile flowers have antibacterial properties and, when they’re crushed, can be applied topically to open wounds. When consumed as a tea, these properties are believed to boost immune response and protect against bacterial-related illnesses and infections.
Drinking tea is one of the easiest ways to support an active, busy lifestyle. And by mixing-and-matching your teas for different times of the day, you can take another step towards a full and happy day.