Drinking tea is an activity that has been valued for centuries around the world for its social aspects and health benefits, but only in recent years has the Western world caught on to the incredible health benefits of drinking tea. One such benefit that is more important than ever these days is tea’s potential to help people lose weight. Below are four exotic teas from around the world that you can drink to aid you on your weight loss journey.
Yerba Mate Tea
Yerba mate is a plant that comes from the holly family. This tea is native to South America and consumption is traditionally a social activity in Argentina and Uruguay. They pour the tea into a gourd and drink it through a metal straw, sharing from and refilling the same container.
As a weight loss tool, yerba mate has been shown to have an effect on lowering blood sugar and acting as an appetite suppressant. This is due to the high concentrations of polyphenols and antioxidants which in the human body act as a natural remedy.
Similar to yerba mate is guayusa tea, which comes from an evergreen tea. This plant is also native to South America, though it is more commonly cultivated in Ecuador. Traditionally, the native Kichwa people of Ecuador drank the tea to help them stay alert, though they also believed that drinking the tea at night would give them visions and alert them if the next day’s hunt would be successful.
These days, guayusa is valued as a natural appetite suppressant and stimulate, with more caffeine than in most other teas but still less than a regular cup of coffee. It is also rich in antioxidants and has been demonstrated to aid digestion.
A lesser-known counterpart to green tea is matcha, a traditional Japanese brew. Rather than brewing the loose leaves as with regular green tea, matcha is specially cultivated in the shade and then ground into a fine powder. Once traditionally enjoyed in tea ceremonies by the upper class, nowadays matcha can be enjoyed by everyone.
Matcha is a richer green than regular green tea and therefore has a higher concentration of antioxidants and nutrients. You also dissolve the entire powder into the water, which means you take full advantage of the weight-loss benefits. Drinking matcha aids weight loss by boosting your metabolism and lowering blood sugar and cholesterol.
Rooibos is native to South Africa and comes from the redbush plant. Traditionally, the native Khoisan people used the tea as a natural remedy and eventually it became an iconic national drink.
This tea is different from the rest in that it doesn’t contain any caffeine, but it is still rich in antioxidants and polyphenols which regulate blood sugar and act as a natural appetite suppressant.
It’s no wonder that drinking tea has taken off in popularity worldwide. When you drink one of these teas, you are not only taking another step towards achieving your weight loss goals, you are also participating in centuries of cultural tradition from around the world.