08 November 2016, 14:38 PM
  • From the delicious taste of our planet's finest plants to the health benefits nature's bounty brings, there are lots of great reasons why we should drink herbal tea. Pukka's Kate Wallacy shares why it can be beneficial to reach for a cuppa
3 Reasons to Drink Herbal Tea

CALM FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Energy boosts don’t have to be bad for you, you just need to be smart about where you get your intake from. When we feel tired or drained, we reach for coffee to give ourselves an energy boost. But tea can be a better choice when we’re stressed. L-theanine is a natural substance which is virtually unique to the tea plant and has been found to have a relaxing effect on the mind, reduce anxiety and help with focus and concentration. It’s thought to do this by increasing alpha waves in the brain, which are associated with being ‘calm but alert’.

ANTIOXIDANT PROTECTION AGAINST POLLUTION
Free radicals exist in the air pollution surrounding us and contribute to skin and cell damage. Plants are naturally brimming with antioxidants that protect our skin from those nasty ‘free radicals’. Green teas and matcha green teas in particular are packed full of antioxidants, which combat ‘free radicals’ and help to keep our skin and cells healthy.

NATURAL ENERGY BOOST
Whether it’s your physical or mental energy that needs a boost, natural botanicals are a great alternative to energy drinks. The nutrients included in well-blended organic herbals teas are naturally occurring in the plants themselves and are not synthetic additives; this means your body can absorb and use them more easily, and they’re gentler on your system.


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