Alkaline teas are teas that are going to restore or rebalance your body. When you rebalance your blood pH, you restore your body to the state it’s supposed to be. Blood pH sits around 7.0 but can go up or down a bit after you eat.
High acid diets are attributed with excess stomach acid resulting in acid reflux (which can harm your esophagus in serious ways), gastritis, and ulcers. It’s also linked to brittle nails, dry skin, and painful cracks on your lips. Other mouth issues include loose or sensitive teeth and gums, and mouth ulcers. Headaches, low body temperature, leg cramps and spasms, low energy, high anxiety.
A diet that keeps your blood alkaline keeps your skin looking young, better sleep and as a result more energy throughout the day. Keeping your blood pH around 7.0 also boosts your immune system, good digestion, a reduction in inflammation
Tea boosts the amount of water you consume, restoring necessary electrolytes, preventing over-dilution of your body, while keeping you hydrated. As an added bonus, tea is served hot (obviously) warm water keeps you feeling fuller, longer, and thus can actually help you lose weight.
To choose an alkaline tea, pick one that lacks caffeine, and choose one that has added benefits. Strangely enough, this is probably the only list of tea I will ever make that lacks green tea.
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Probably the most common choice on this list is good, old, fashioned peppermint. Peppermint is the tea that says, ‘hey, it’s okay. Come relax.’ It wants you to curl up with a book and take care of yourself. But peppermint relieves abdominal gas, bloating, and muscle spasms. It’s a wonderful remedy to fevers where you’re not vomiting, as it raises your body temperature and helps you sweat out the fever.
Chamomile is the sleepy time tea. It wants you to take it to bed and unwind in your hands. Chamomile is a great digestive aid for after meals. An insomnia banisher. Chamomile can also soothe chest colds and bronchitis. This tea wants to brew for a while, so give it a three to five minute steep.
Lemon Balm Tea
This tea is the pick-me-up of the tea world. No, no caffeine, but just the most wonderful happy boost. If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which means that the reduction is daylight hours bothers you endlessly or makes you blue, this is the tea to get you pack to normal.
Rooibos tea is a beautiful red steeped tea with a delicious earthy flavour. It’s the most wonderful warming tea. Inside and out. Rooibos is comforting on a bad day, a rainy day, or when winter cold gets right into your bones. Rooibos has tons of antioxidants, which keeps you looking young, headache free, and fights inflammation and illness. It also helps sooth eczema. If you haven’t guessed yet, this is my favourite tea on this list.
Good for tummy cramps or upset. Fresh ginger in hot water is the way to go, though you can buy a rooibos ginger blend (that will change your life… I’m just saying…) Ginger is good for clearing sinuses, chest congestion. Add honey for that ginger-honey blend.
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