The Top 12 Healthiest Teas for Weight Loss

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I’ve been a huge fan of tea my whole life! Unfortunately though, this post isn’t about my momma’s southern sweet tea.

It’s about hot cups of tea you can easily enjoy! I love to smell the different flavors in my cup when they steep, and enjoy the taste even more with sugar, honey or milk added. 

But did you know there are many different types of teas that can provide a variety of health benefits? In this post we’re going to take a look at the top 12 healthiest teas for weight loss that you should be drinking on an everyday basis.

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Health Benefits of Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, and for good reason. It’s a healthy and delicious beverage that has been shown to have numerous health benefits.

Tea contains antioxidants like catechins which have been proven to:

  • reduce inflammation,
  • fight cancer cells
  • prevent artery hardening

Drinking teas can also help you lose weight by blocking fat absorption from food it is often served with such as cookies or cake. Tea also helps soothe your stomach when you are feeling nauseous or anxious due to its natural calming agents called L-theanine. Finally, drinking tea can help lower blood pressure levels while simultaneously increasing heart rate variability which reduces your risk of stroke and other cardiovascular problems.

What makes tea healthy or unhealthy?

Not all tea is created equal. It can be a bit difficult to find your way past all the different tea choices in the grocery store. To find the healthiest tea, there are some things to look out for. The big thing being pesticides. Many conventional store bought tea will contain many pesticides and heavy metals. Older leaves contain more toxins.

A study published by the Journal of Toxicology in 2013 revealed that over 70% of teas contained high levels of lead.

Here are a few things to make note of.

  1. Buy loose leaf and brew your own, when you can.
  2. Avoid tea from China. A large majority of tea comes from China, where it’s known that they burn half of the world’s coal. All the heavy metals, like mercury and lead are spewed into the atmosphere.
  3. Buy organic, GMO free tea.
  4. Buy from companies that report where their tea is grown and know how it’s harvested.
  5. Avoid ordering tea when out at restaurants. You may end up with tea that are known to be full of pesticides.
  6. Check ingredient list to avoid added flavors
  7. Buy teabags which have been unbleached and made without the use of plastic

While it’s virtually impossible to avoid 100% exposure of toxins in teas, organic or not, some brands are better than others. Here are a few certified organic brands that come from reputable sources that I’d trust to use.

I’ll be recommending these and others below! Here are my top 12 healthiest teas for weight loss.

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Black Tea

Black tea has a strong, distinctive flavor and can be enjoyed hot or cold and drank with or without milk. There are two main reasons why black tea is so good for you. First, it keeps you hydrated and protects against the harmful effects of dehydration. Second, it contains high levels of flavan-3-ols (a group of powerful phytonutrients that are also referred to as catechins or flavanols).

My pick is by Kathmandu Cosmos, loose leaf from Nepal, from a certified organic tea garden. It was harvested in the Summer of 2021, so it’s still very fresh! It’s at its peak of quality and flavor.

black tea is one of the most healthy teas

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is a drink that has been used for centuries to relieve symptoms of nausea and vomiting. It can also help with stomach pain, indigestion, inflammation, menstrual cramps and arthritis. Ginger tea works by increasing the production of saliva in the mouth which helps break down food particles and fight bacteria in your throat.

The most common way to enjoy ginger tea is as a hot beverage but it can be enjoyed as an iced or cold brew.

My favorite way to make it is to take ginger root, grate it, and boil a couple tablespoons for about 15 minutes. Add some lemon and raw honey for extra zest and flavor!

cold remedy ginger lemon cinnamon tea

Green Tea

Green tea is probably the most popular tea in health and fitness circles and is regularly praised for its strong antioxidant content and its cancer fighting properties. It has a light vegetal taste which is both unique and refreshing. Like black tea, green tea is very hydrating and is also packed full of flavan-3-ols.

My pick is Traditional Medicinal’s organic Green Tea with Ginger. I just love ginger, but they also have other flavors available! This brand is certified organic, kosher and non-GMO. They pride themselves on using high quality herbs!

green teas is the healthiest tea to drink for weight loss

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos is a herbal infusion that tastes similar to black tea but is slightly sweeter. It contains zero calories and because of this, it’s a great choice just before bed. In terms of nutrition, rooibos tea contains large amounts of flavan-3-ols, phenolic compounds and the antioxidants aspalathin and nothofagin.

My pick is Davidson’s Tea, Organic South African Rooibos loose leaf tea, from the leaves of the South African bush. This tea is Certified USDA organic and USDA fair traded certified.

White Tea

White tea is a lesser known tea that is slowly gaining popularity in the Western world. It has a mild but fruity flavor and is a satisfying alternative to green tea. White tea comes from the same plant as black tea and green tea and contains the highest concentration of flavan-3-ols of all three.

Chamomile Tea

The word chamomile comes from the Latin word “chamomilla,” meaning earth apple and is a reference to the plant’s apple-like smell. Chamomile tea is a common herbal medicinal treatment that helps people who have had indigestion or stomach upset.

It can help to soothe and relax you and is also said to help relieve stress and anxiety, which is why it may be helpful when you’re feeling anxious or stressed before bedtime. Chamomile tea has long been considered a drink of choice for those recovering from an illness or surgery.

My top pick is Choice Organics Camomile tea. It’s certified oranic, non-GMO verified, gluten free, kosher, and 100% biodegradable and recycled. The tea bags are also unbleached!

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea is a mild natural sedative, which means it can help you relax and sleep better. It has also been shown to be helpful in relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

The flavonoids found in peppermint leaves have antioxidant properties that may protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Peppermint tea is also high in vitamin C- an essential nutrient for healthy gums and teeth. And if you’re looking for something hot to drink on a cold winter day, peppermint tea will warm your insides without making you feel sluggish or sleepy like coffee sometimes does.

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is a popular herbal tea made from the dried flowers of the hibiscus plant. The tart flavor and bright red color make it an attractive drink for many people. It can be served cold or hot, depending on what you prefer. Hibiscus tea has been shown to have several health benefits that are worth considering. Here are some of them:

  • helps lower blood pressure
  • helps with mild depression
  • may reduce cholesterol levels in your body
  • reduces inflammation in your body

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is a variety of Chinese tea that has gone through processing involving both oxidation and fermentation. It’s created by letting the freshly-picked leaves oxidize for an hour or two before they are rolled, shaped, dried and finally heated to stop the oxidation process.

Oolong teas can be made from either green or black tea leaves; however, oolongs are typically darker than most other types of green teas because their production generally involves less rolling which means more natural oils remain on the leaves. The taste of oolong varies greatly depending on how long it was fermented (the longer the fermentation time, the stronger its flavor). Oolongs can range in color from light yellow to dark brownish-red.

Lemon Balm Tea

Lemon balm tea is a fragrant and refreshing drink that can be found in most grocery stores. The ingredients needed to make the drink are lemon balm leaves, boiling water, and sweetener such as honey or sugar. Lemon Balm is also known to improve cognitive function and provide relief from anxiety.

Jasmine Tea

Jasmine tea is a type of tea that has a sweet and enticing aroma. It’s made from green tea leaves, and fresh jasmine flowers, and the taste is typically light and floral.

Jasmine tea is a type of tea that has a sweet and enticing aroma. It’s made from green tea leaves, and fresh jasmine flowers, and the taste is typically light and floral. Jasmine Tea encourages relaxation by releasing calming neurotransmitters such as GABA. Jasmine Tea can be good for your heart health because it contains polyphenols that have cardiovascular benefits.

My top pick is Choice Organics Camomile tea. It’s certified oranic, non-GMO verified, gluten free, kosher, and 100% biodegradable and recycled. The tea bags are also unbleached!

Nettle Tea

Nettle tea is made from steeping nettle leaves, and can be consumed both hot or iced. It has cleansing properties, due to the diuretic effects of the leaves, and helps to reduce inflammation from insect bites. It is also rich in iron, which can be useful for conditions such as anemia or if a vegetarian diet does not include many of the plant sources of iron.

Nettle tea can have a slight unpleasant taste, so adding some lemon juice to provide a touch of acidity may help to improve the flavor. Adding honey is also a good idea, as it will provide some sweetness and can help to suppress the slight bitterness of this tea.

If you don’t like the flavor of nettle tea, add in some peppermint for a refreshing taste!

My pick is Traditional Medicinals Nettle Leaf. It supports joint health and overall wellness. All ingredients are kosher and certified organic and non-GMO verified!

By drinking these teas on a regular basis, you can enjoy a wide range of health benefits which include cancer prevention, enhanced energy levels, a healthy heart, reduced stress levels, stronger bones and teeth and much more. So get the kettle on, brew up and start hydrating with tea today.

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