5 Teas to Get Going After Lunch

Brewing Tea Tea Advise Posted by SimpleLooseLeaf

Feeling a little lethargic after lunch is completely normal. If you are exhausted after working all morning and eating a big lunch, we suggest a healthy pick me up to get you back in the zone for work or other activities. Instead of having an energy drink or consuming sugar-filled snacks, consider a cup of healthy and organic tea. Not only is tea one of the most delicious beverages in the world, but it is completely natural and provides your body with so many healthy nutrients and antioxidants. Here is a look at five of the best teas to get you going after lunch.

 

Black Tea

Black tea is one of the most widely known teas in the world. In fact, when most people refer to themselves as having a cup of tea, they are talking about black tea. It has a very charming and unique taste, especially if you brew the tea with loose tea leaves, and black tea also provides plenty of outstanding health benefits.

Black tea was discovered and perfected in China, and we have to go back to the 16th century to trace its roots. Most experts believe the first instances of black tea were found in China in the Fujian province, around the year 1590. Originating from the Camellia Sinensis plant, the tea leaves go through a process of fermentation and oxidization before they are ready to brew. The great color and wonderful flavor that we have come to associate with black tea is a result of said process.

Another underrated quality of black tea is how you are able to drink it plain, without any added ingredients. Even though many people are known for adding some milk and sugar to their tea, it is really not necessary. In fact, if everyone got into the habit of brewing their black tea with loose tea leaves, they would notice how much of a full and aromatic experience is available with plain tea. The need to add milk or sugar only arises when you prepare the tea with tea bags, which are not nearly as good as loose tea leaves.

There are many positive effects of black tea on a person’s health. One of the most important health benefits pertains to the human heart, which is why patients who suffer from heart issues are encouraged to drink at least a cup of black tea a day. In addition, black tea is a wonderful drink to consume if you are suffering from any digestive problems, such as constipation or diarrhea. Tea has a very positive impact on the digestive system in general, due to the presence of a chemical called tannin.

The American Heart Association recommends that anyone who suffers from bad cholesterol issues should drink black tea on a regular basis. And because of the caffeine in black tea, you are going to get a superb boost to your metabolism after you drink a cup. And considering most of us would like to have our food digested properly, and for our body to burn fat efficiently, a cup of black tea right after lunch makes a lot of sense. Tea can also help when you are feeling the effects of bloating, which can happen if you have a rather large meal during your lunch hour.

If you have ever worked a few years at a desk job, you are probably aware of how you can experience an afternoon lull in your mood and performance. You will start to feel a little lethargic and tired, as though you need to take a nap. But taking a nap during office hours is never an option, which means you have to power through it instead. And one way to ensure that you are alert and ready to perform well for the rest of the day is by drinking a cup of black tea. The caffeine boost, and the other great chemicals in tea, will give your body the healthy dose of energy it needs.

 

White Tea

If you have never heard of white tea before, you are not alone. Even though it has been around for many years, white tea is not something most people hear about when they are learning about different types of tea. One of the reasons why white tea is such a mystery is because there are so many different ways it can be prepared. With other teas, there is a uniform production process that results in the tea we come to love. But with white tea, there are multiple ways of preparing the tea leaves.

The major difference between white tea and the other types of tea we mention in our guide is the fact that it originates from the immature buds on the Camellia Sinensis tea plant. Unlike the other teas, where the leaves are ripped off after they are fully formed, white tea comes from the buds that are taken off before they reach such a stage. It is unclear when or how the concept of white tea was first discovered, but it did originate somewhere in China.

White tea is produced by taking those immature buds and putting them through the drying process. After they are dried, there are two major ways the tea is prepared. In some cases, the buds are put outside in the sun for many days, which results in a withering process that brings a very unique flavor to the tea. However, some producers will simply dry the buds and skip the withering aspect of the process. But there is no oxidation process in either method, which further differentiates white tea from black tea.

The first time white tea became known to the Western world is a little unclear. However, there is some mention of a type of tea that closely resembles white tea in a British publication from 1876. Even though the characteristics and flavors mentioned in the publication are now known as white tea to the world, the publication mentioned the tea as “black tea” at the time. It may have taken a few more years for the name white tea to catch on. Interestingly, white tea gets its name from the color of the buds that bloom on the tea plant, not the color of the tea after it has been brewed. White tea has a yellow color, which is similar to other light-colored teas, when it is brewed.

White tea is an exceptionally healthy drink that everyone should try at least one or two times. The same antioxidants and chemicals that you would find in other types of tea are present in white tea. Some of these oxidants are great for your skin and teeth, while others help your body fight off the effects of being exposed to a lot of ultraviolet rays. There are many individuals around the world who spend their entire days under the hot sun, either because of work, or because they enjoy being outdoors as much as possible. Even though sunscreen can help in these cases, a little extra protection never hurts, which is why a cup of white tea after lunchtime would be a great addition to their diet.

If you feel a little bloated after eating a big lunch, or you are looking for a quick injection of caffeine into your body, white tea is a great option. Not only is it going to help you feel settled in your stomach, but the caffeine in white tea will really wake you up as you look to work for the rest of the afternoon. And the tea is a great addition to your daily rotation, because its flavor differs so much from traditional black tea.

 

Oolong

A tea originating in China, is considered one of the most unique and flavorful teas in the world. The reason for Oolong’s unique flavor is because of the withering process that the tea leaves go through before they are ready for brewing. And the reason for the curled and twisted appearance is because of how it is withered and then shaped during the production cycle. The withering results in oxidation for the tea, and there are several levels of oxidation that oolong tea leaves go through, depending on how they are produced. In general, we are able to buy oolong tea leaves on the market that have oxidation levels ranging from 8 to 85 percent. Depending on how oxidized a particular set of Oolong tea leaves are, you are going to get a different set of smells and tastes from them. For instance, Oolong tea can have a very aromatic and flowery taste, while it may also have a very thick and musky taste. If you are hoping to try Oolong tea for the first time, be sure to try all of these flavors to get a proper idea of the type of oolong tea you would prefer to drink.

It is also crucial to find a supplier that will get you the best loose leaves on the market for Oolong tea. It is such a precise process that results in the Oolong we see on the market, which means low quality leaves are going to give you a very diluted and unpleasant taste when you brew them. But the best quality Oolong tea leaves result in an absolutely indescribable tea drinking experience, which every enthusiast must try at least one time in their life.

Among the health benefits of Oolong tea is the way it helps those who are suffering from issues with their heart or cholesterol levels. Oolong is also great for inflammation-related issues, and the oxidants in the tea are going to provide many benefits to a person’s skin, bones and teeth. And the high caffeine content of Oolong means it is the perfect tea for someone to drink when they are looking for a pick me up during the afternoon!

In order to fully understand the health benefits of Oolong tea, we have to take a look at how its production compares to other teas. On one side, we have black tea, which is fully oxidized. Meanwhile, we have green tea, which is not oxidized. Since Oolong tea leaves are partially oxidized, the health benefits you get from drinking the tea are the perfect combination of these teas. In addition, the oxidation levels of the leaves you are using will have an impact on the type and amount of nutrients in the Oolong tea you drink.

Oolong tea contains antioxidants, chemicals such as manganese, carotin and potassium, along with the vitamins A, B, C, E and K. One of the underrated purposes of Oolong tea is as a weight loss supplement. If you are looking to lose weight, or maintain your current levels, Oolong tea can help to activate certain fat burning enzymes in your body.

If you are on the hunt for a perfect afternoon cup of tea, you should really consider Oolong. It may take some tries to find the precise flavor you enjoy the most, but when you do find those leaves, you will fall in love. The taste and aroma from Oolong is in another world, even when compared to other teas.

 

Herbal Tea

Those who are hoping to find that one perfect cup of tea that they can drink after their lunch hour, some herbal tea might be what they are looking for! Thanks to the ancient Egyptians and Chinese, we know all about the health benefits of herbal tea, and humans have been enjoying this beverage for many hundreds of years. Not only do the various types of herbal tea have some wonderful tastes, but they are also incredibly beneficial to your health. Many people swear by drinking herbal tea when they are feeling sick or lethargic, while others even believe it can help the body fight off certain long term diseases and illnesses. And there is no caffeine in herbal tea, which some people may prefer.

Herbal tea does not refer to an exclusive type of tea. In fact, it is used to refer to any tea that is prepared using certain herbs and spices. There are so many different types of herbal tea that are available on the market, and most of these types of tea are even more fun to prepare and enjoy if you make them from scratch. For instance, you can enjoy a cup of peppermint, chamomile, ginger or hibiscus tea when you have finished your lunch, if you want to receive all the wonderful health benefits of these beverages. Every type of herbal tea is going to have a different impact on your body, which means you may want to rotate the type of herbal tea you drink each day. For instance, a couple of days with peppermint tea can be followed by a few days of drinking ginger tea at lunch.

Hibiscus tea is great because it helps alleviate blood pressure problems, while it is also perfect for dealing with free radicals. And if you want a tea that would help calm you down if you are feeling a little anxious or over-excited, peppermint tea is just what you have been searching for. It is also helpful if you have blocked sinuses or a sore throat, because of its soothing quality.

If you love eating cinnamon rolls, and you enjoy cinnamon in other sweets, you may want to consider trying a cup of cinnamon tea. It will not contain any of the harmful sugar that is normally associated with cinnamon treats, but you will still get all that wonderful flavor in your mouth. Cinnamon tea is also beneficial for stabilizing blood sugar, calming down an upset stomach and helping you through a period of menstrual cramps.

Preparing herbal tea is a little bit different to other types of tea, because you have to figure out what method is going to work best for the type of tea you want to enjoy. For instance, if you want to enjoy fresh cinnamon tea, you would add a cinnamon stick and some cloves of mortar to your tea leaves when you are getting ready to boil the leaves in water. While it is possible to replicate the flavor and smell of herbal teas with mixtures or specific tea bags, you only get the full nutritional benefits when making them fresh.

 

Green Tea

One of the craziest facts about green tea that few people know about is how it has been around since the 8th century. Green tea is one of the oldest known teas in the world, but it remained an exclusively Chinese beverage for many hundreds of years. The rest of the world did not have the pleasure of discovering green tea until the 19th century, and it did not truly gain traction in the Western world until the 1900s.

Similar to the other teas in our guide, green tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant. But green tea goes through a very different production process to the other teas, which is why it has such a unique appearance, flavor, aroma and health benefit. Due to the absence of oxidation, green tea is very different in its characteristics from black or oolong tea, which is also why it has slightly less caffeine than those types of tea.

Those who love drinking tea, but do not want to consume a ton of caffeine each day, may want to think about switching to a cup of green tea in the afternoon. Black tea is great as a morning pick me up, but green tea can really work as an afternoon tea after you have enjoyed a little bit of lunch. Given how easy it is to make, you can even make a cup at work if you do some preparation beforehand. And green tea has such a wonderful aroma and taste that it can really make for a pleasant beverage to enjoy, especially when it replaces soda or other sugar-filled drinks.

Have you ever had a doctor who recommended that you start drinking green tea? They were not saying it for no reason. Green tea is one of the healthiest teas in the world, because it contains catechin. A unique antioxidant, catechin is pivotal in helping the body fight and prevent cell damage, which means green tea has the possibility of helping fight a number of illnesses and diseases. It also helps blood flow through the body, while assisting those who are suffering from cholesterol problems.

Ever looked at the label on a weight loss supplement and noticed how green tea was an ingredient? Some companies even sell green tea extract in tablet form, because it can help give you a metabolism boost during the day. And if you are looking to manage your weight and take off some pounds, having a cup or two of green tea during the day is very helpful. But we do recommend enjoying a fresh cup of green tea, instead of looking to artificial supplements.

When you are feeling a little tired or down after a few hours of work, and you already had your lunch, you may be in the mood for a nice cup of tea. And it is easy to get tired of having black tea each day, which is why green tea is such a wonderful option for a post-lunch drink. Not only is it incredibly healthy and tasty, but the sheer smell of green tea can liven up your mood and make you feel as if you are in a happy place. Try brewing a cup after lunch the next time you are at home, or even while you are at the office!

 

When you are feeling a little bit drowsy in the afternoon, or if you are feeling a little tight in your stomach area after having a big lunch, a cup of tea can do wonders for your system. The caffeine helps perk up your mood and energy levels, while the other antioxidants, nutrients and chemicals in tea help to give your body the healthy boost it needs. Tea is great for our digestive systems, and it also gives us a metabolism boost. Any of the five teas in our guide would

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