Who would have ever thought that we would wake up one morning, and life as we knew it would be changed forever?
This new normal that we all find ourselves in can be very stressful. It is so important that we all do our part to limit the spread of this awful virus...so important that we do all that we can do to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.
It is my prayer that each and everyone of you will find’s God’s grace and be lifted up by His strength during this trying time, so that when we come out on the other side of this, we will have been made stronger, wiser, and more resolved to make to most of each day that we are given.
With that being said, please be aware that having additional stressors in our life can negatively impact your body’s immune system. Stress can also cause your body to release certain chemicals that will cause your body to be in a pro-inflammatory state, which will also make it harder to fight off illnesses.
Would you be interested in knowing about one simple thing that you can start doing today that will boost your immune system and reduce inflammation at the same time?
That’s right! Most teas have antioxidant properties that will reduce oxidative stress. They also have antimicrobial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that will boost immune function and your overall health!
Some teas perform better than others, and it's important to limit or avoid (preferably) adding sugar to your tea as it can also trigger inflammation in your body. Here are a few of my favorite teas….
Green tea has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and has been shown to improve the quality of life in people who suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases.
Chamomile tea possesses such strikingly powerful anti-inflammatory effects that it is commonly used for its pain-lowering properties. It can also help to sooth gastrointestinal complaints.
Ginger tea can help reduce inflammation and sooth upset stomach. Here is one of my favorite ways to drink ginger: 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 drop ginger essential oil, 1 drop orange essential oil, 1 teaspoon sweetener (I use an erythritol/stevia blend). Mix these ingredients in 16 oz - 20 oz of water and sip on it throughout the day.
Peppermint is also a proven anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-microbial herb. Historically, it has been used to alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome—it’s one of the best teas for inflammation of the stomach. (I also have a peppermint essential oil blend recipe that has worked miracles for me in managing IBS symptoms—if you’d like to know it, just ask ;).
Please feel free to add questions or comments below or if you have any favorite tea recipes you'd like to share!
**These suggestions are not a substitute for medical advice. If you have any adverse side effects while drinking any of these teas, discontinue consumption immediately.
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