Not a great water drinker? Then think about adding powerful teas into the mix of your daily fluid intake. The average person needs half their body weight in ounces of water (e.g.,150 lbs = 75 oz or 9 glasses of water). The good news is that tea counts as water and you can subtract the cups of tea from the total amount of water you need to drink. But note that all teas are diuretics so make sure to drink purified water as well.
Green tea originates from China. Green tea is well-established as a potent source of healing antioxidants called polyphenols–the same beneficial compounds found in fruits and vegetables and even in red wine. It is very high in antioxidants, which prevent inflammatory responses in the body. Green tea is also good for helping with blood sugar and insulin levels, blood pressure, headaches, lowering cholesterol, immune system, raising metabolism for weight loss, and preventing and fighting cancer. 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup in the afternoon would be ideal times to drink green tea since it contains caffeine. Drink organic green teas. There are many good organic sources you can find in your local health food stores and on the internet. This is a tea that you can drink daily.
Chamomile is found all over the world. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic, and sedative properties. The key with using chamomile as a sleeping aid is to steep the tea for 20 minutes and drink 1 hour before going to bed. Chamomile is also good as a digestive aid. Organic chamomile tea is a great way to end the day to relax your mind and body.
This is a tea that you can drink daily.
Note: Do not drink Chamomile tea if you have ragweed allergies.
Red Clover Tea
Red clover is a species of clover, native to Europe, Western Asia, and northwest Africia, but is grown all over. Red clover is a rich source of isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants).
Red clover is a foundational step to cleansing the blood and lymphatic system. It is also beneficial in removing stress hormones from the body. There is some controversy about using red clover in connection to breast health. I have found it to be beneficial in preventing common female disorders that pertain to the breast, ovaries, and uterus. Make sure your source is organic and bulk loose leaf (www.pacificbotanicals.com). Do not buy tea bags brands–they are typically not good quality and tend to have mold because they sit on the shelves of stores too long.
Work up slowly (increase by 1 cup every three to five days) if you decide to drink more than 1 cup per day as it is initially detoxifying and common to experience die-off symptoms the first few days, such as a headache, fatigue, and brain fog. Make sure you have daily bowel movements (everyone needs to eliminate once per day–two to three time per day is ideal. If constipated, add in more fiber, such as FiberSmart by Renew Life) before drinking this tea. Therapeutic levels of red clover are 3 to 4 cups per day and you can drink three months at a time. Maintenance would be 1 to 2 cups three to four times per week.
How to make: 1 tsp of herb to 8 oz of boiled water makes 1 cup of tea. Steep 15 minutes. For the first couple of weeks finish your tea before 6 p.m. - there is no caffeine but because red clover cleans the bloodstream and it can keep you up at night until your body gets used to it.
Note: Do not drink this tea if you are on blood thinning medication, pregnant/breast feeding, or have grass allergies.
Pau D’arco Tea
Pau d’arco is native to South America and has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparastical properties. It is very effective against candida overgrowth, herpes, cancer, and any other microbial infection. Work up slowly (increase by 1 cup every three to five days) if you decide to drink more than 1 cup a day as it is detoxifying and common to experience die-off symptoms the first few days, such as a headache, fatigue, and brain fog. Make sure your bowel elimination is daily before drinking this tea.
Traditional Medicinals or www.pacificbotanicals.com are good sources for this tea. It is bitter tasting so you might want to add stevia. Pau ‘Darco is good to mix with red clover for the most therapeutic value. Therapeutic levels of pau d’arco are 3 to 4 cups a day and you can drink this tea three months at a time. Ideal to drink after vacations, holiday binging, after weekends of indulging on alcohol/unhealthy foods, or if you have a health condition. Maintenance would be 1 to 2 cups three to four times per week.
How to make: 1 tsp of herb to 8 oz of boiled water makes 1 cup of tea. Steep 15 minutes.
Note: Do not drink this tea if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
Rainforest Treasure TeaRainforest Treasure Tea is from Amazon Herb Company. This blend of amazon herbs has many beneficial properties. For example, Una de Gato, is a powerful anti-inflammatory good for arthritis and inflammatory conditions. This tea also cleans the blood and is a broad spectrum infection fighter. Jatoba is an herb that helps with bladder and prostate infections, and is also an energizer, fortifier, and decongestant used for respiratory problems. Tahari is an herb that strengthens the immune system. Chuchuhuasi is an herb that helps relieve arthritis, rheumatism, and back pain. Chanca piedra (stone crusher) removes mucous and stones from kidneys and urinary tract as well as from the liver and gall bladder. And Stevia is an herb to help with pancreatic function.
How to make: One tea bag (makes 2-3 cups) daily, steeped for 10 minutes. You can drink this tea daily.
Note: Do not drink this tea if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.