Packed with antioxidants and caffeine, green tea is a great natural aid for anyone looking to lose weight. It boosts your metabolism, helps you burn fat faster, and gives you plenty of energy.

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We love green tea here at NutraTea. Packed with antioxidants, it has multiple benefits for your health and wellbeing. It is no wonder that green tea is increasingly popular as an alternative to coffee and black tea.

Many people turn to green tea when they want to improve their fitness, lose weight, and feel happier and healthier within their own skin. That’s because this delicious herbal tea has a reputation for naturally helping us burn fat, use calories, and shed pounds.

Of course, there are plenty of products on the market that promise a quick and easy way to lose weight. We’re always wary of anyone offering a magic bullet solution – too often diet pills and weight loss shakes are terrible for your health and encourage poor eating habits.

As tea enthusiasts, we prefer gentle herbal remedies that support your health and fit your lifestyle. There’s no substitute for a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a good night’s sleep. But green tea is a wonderful addition to that healthy diet to help you burn fat and speed up your metabolism.

 

How Does Green Tea Help Burn Fat?

Green tea contains several compounds that are known to increase your body’s ability to burn fat. Two of its most important fat-busting components are caffeine and a group of antioxidants called catechins.

Caffeine is a well-known stimulant – many of us struggle to start our days off without our daily caffeine dose. As well as giving us mental focus and a boost of energy, caffeine also helps us burn fat faster.

When we drink caffeinated drinks like green tea, our bodies increase the level of a hormone called norepinephrine in our blood. This hormone signals our cells to break down fat and release it into our bloodstream, where it can then be used for energy.

Like caffeine, the catechins in green tea increase our norepinephrine levels and encourage our bodies to burn fat faster.

So, why choose green tea instead of just drinking any caffeinated drink? It is because the caffeine in green tea works together with the catechins to increase the effectiveness of both compounds.

In other words, your body will be able to burn more fat for longer when you drink something like green tea, which contains both caffeine and catechins.

 

Does Green Tea Boost Your Metabolism?

Another reason that green tea is so popular for weight loss is that it contains compounds that help to speed up your metabolism.

Your metabolism is the rate at which your body converts the calories from your food into energy. If you have a fast metabolism, you’ll burn calories faster and there will be less leftover for your body to store as fat. So, when you are trying to lose weight, a fast metabolism is a definite bonus.

Drinking green tea increases the activity of your sympathetic nervous system, taking your metabolism up a gear. This means you’ll use calories faster. Combined with exercise and a healthy diet, this increased metabolism can help you lose weight.

 

Will Green Tea Help You Exercise?

While green tea might not be able to force you to the gym, it can make your workout more effective once you get there. Those fat-burning properties we discussed above are increased when you exercise, meaning you should find you lose fat more easily when you combine green tea with physical activity.

The antioxidants in green tea can also aid in recovery, which is why many energy drinks and supplements contain green tea extract. All those antioxidants help reduce inflammation and counteract the effects of oxidative stress from working out.

The caffeine in green tea can also give you the energy boost you need to make it off the couch and into your trainers. This combines with the effects of an amino acid called L-theanine that helps to increase your alertness, meaning you’ll feel more energised and awake.

 

Can Green Tea Make You Lose Weight?

We’ve already seen how green tea can increase your metabolism, burn fat, and make your workouts more effective. This all combines to support your weight loss efforts.

But can green tea also just make you shed pounds? Here, the science is more ambiguous, but the answer appears to be a qualified yes.

A 2018 review of the evidence found that green tea has a positive effect on weight loss for most people. However, in a few cases, it didn’t have an effect. The authors of the review suggest that the weight loss benefits of green tea may vary between individuals depending on their diet, gut microbiome, and enzyme levels.

So, will drinking green tea make you lose weight? The truth is we can’t say for sure. It all depends on your unique physical make-up and the rest of your lifestyle, including your diet and activity levels.

However, green tea does have plenty of benefits for anyone trying to lose weight and is an excellent complement to other healthy lifestyle changes. Plus, all those antioxidants have other bonuses for your physical and mental wellbeing.

Green tea is also a great choice for those looking to maintain a healthy weight and stay trim. We use it as the main ingredient in our NutraTrim tea, combined with other herbs that support weight management and healthy digestion.

 

NutraTrim herbal tea for weight management

A scratchy sore throat is a real misery, but a soothing cup of herbal tea can help to ease the pain and calm the irritation. Here are eight herbal teas to choose when your throat is sore.

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There’s nothing better when your throat is sore than a comforting cup of warm herbal tea. While the warmth alone goes a long way towards easing the irritation, some herbs are particularly effective when your throat is scratchy and painful.

As well as soothing the symptoms of a sore throat, many of these herbal tea ingredients are naturally antimicrobial, meaning they can help your body fight off the bacteria or viruses that cause sore throats and colds. Combined with plenty of rest, these herbal remedies can help you recover faster.

Don’t forget to add some honey for extra sweetness. Its antimicrobial properties will boost the infection-fighting power of your herbal tea, and it will also soothe your throat.

 

1. Cinnamon

Warming cinnamon is a gorgeous spice to make your herbal tea extra comforting, especially when your throat is sore. Cinnamon is naturally antibacterial, making it a great choice for fighting off throat infections and colds.

Cinnamon is also a natural painkiller. And it is packed with antioxidants, making it an effective ally against inflammation.

We love to use cinnamon in our warming flagship teas. Our Liquorice & Cinnamon and Turmeric & Cinnamon teas are both wonderful blends to have on hand when you have a sore throat.

NutraTea Turmeric & Cinnamon Herbal Tea

 

 

2. Liquorice

Liquorice may be best known for flavouring sweets, but this plant extract has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. One of its many uses is in treating a sore throat. It is even found in many commercial cough sweets and syrups.

The active components in liquorice can help to fight off viruses. It may act as a natural painkiller, in addition to being an anti-inflammatory.

Our Liquorice & Cinnamon flagship tea contains both these sore-throat busting herbs. You can also find liquorice in many of our other herbal teas. For treating a sore throat, find it in our NutraDefence tea, combined with other ingredients that support your immune system and ease the symptoms of colds, coughs, and sore throats.

NutraTea Liquorice & Cinnamon Tea

 

3. Turmeric

Long used in Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has become increasingly popular in the West for its anti-inflammatory properties.

This warming spice has many benefits, including soothing a sore throat. It is a powerful antioxidant and has antimicrobial properties, meaning it can help our bodies fight off infections and recover faster.

Our flagship Turmeric & Cinnamon blend is an ideal tea for when you have a sore throat.

NutraTea Turmeric & Cinnamon Herbal Tea

 

4. Ginger

Ginger is one of the best-known herbal remedies for a sore throat. It has active ingredients that help to fight off bacteria and viruses, supporting your body’s natural immune defences so that you can recover quicker.

The compounds in ginger are anti-inflammatory and can be used to relieve pain. One small study also found that ginger is effective in reducing the risk of developing tonsilitis.

We use ginger as one of the ingredients in our NutraDefence tea, where it works with other herbs to boost your immune system and relieve cold and flu symptoms.

NutraDefence Herbal Tea - Eucalyptus & Elderberries Tea - Immunity Tea

5. Green Tea

Packed with antioxidants, green tea is a popular choice for anyone wanting to stay healthy. All those antioxidants are great for helping your body fight infections and disease.

Green tea can also ease the pain of a sore throat. One study looked at the effect of green tea on post-operative patients, who often experience throat pain due to the tube used to help them breathe during surgery. The study found that those who were treated with green tea had significantly less severe sore throats than those who just had water.

If your sore throat has you feeling dull and low on energy, green tea can also give you an energy boost, which is why we use it as one of the main ingredients in our NutraBoost tea.

NutraBoost Herbal Tea - Tea For Energy

6. Chamomile

Soothing chamomile is always a favourite in herbal tea, especially in the evenings. The good news for anyone struggling with a sore throat is that chamomile is also wonderful for easing the pain.

Chamomile acts to lubricate the throat, helping to soothe that scratchy irritation that comes from a throat infection. It is also an anti-inflammatory.

Chamomile is known for its ability to help us sleep too, which is a bonus for anyone whose sore throat is keeping them awake at night. We use it in our NutraRelax blend to help you relax and get a good night’s rest.

NutraRelax Herbal Tea - Tea For Anxiety, Sleep and Stress

7. Thyme

Thyme has plenty of uses in the kitchen, but its value extends beyond adding flavour to your Sunday roast. Thyme has antibacterial properties, making it a useful ally against infections that cause sore throats.

Thyme is also a traditional remedy for coughs. Studies suggest it is an effective one too, with patients reporting a significant decrease in the severity of their cough when they treated it with thyme syrup.

Since sore throats are often made worse by coughing, thyme is a vital ingredient in our NutraDefence tea.

NutraDefence Herbal Tea - Eucalyptus & Elderberries Tea - Immunity Tea

 

8. Mullein

Probably the least known herb on our list, mullein is a hedgerow plant that has been used in traditional remedies for hundreds of years. It is most often used to treat respiratory diseases. However, it also has soothing properties that make it a great choice for alleviating a sore throat.

In test-tube studies, mullein has been found to be effective against influenza, which often causes a sore throat. It also helps to relieve irritation and inflammation, soothing a scratchy and painful throat.

Like liquorice, ginger, and thyme, mullein is found in our NutraDefence tea and helps to boost your immune system.

NutraDefence Herbal Tea - Eucalyptus & Elderberries Tea - Immunity Tea

When you are struggling with your digestion or experiencing gut issues, a soothing cup of herbal tea after a meal is a gentler and more enjoyable remedy than over-the-counter medicines. Here are 7 of our favourite herbal teas for digestion.

Herbs are a great way of naturally supporting a healthy gut. Many have been used for thousands of years to treat digestive issues – anything from constipation and bloating to nausea and diarrhoea. Plus, there’s increasing scientific evidence that these natural remedies effectively alleviate gut issues.

Herbal teas are a delicious way to get more herbs into your diet. They also help you reach your daily fluid intake goals. Dehydration can cause gut issues, so making sure you get plenty to drink is crucial when you are experiencing problems.

Here are seven of the best herbal teas for digestion and gut health.

 

1. Peppermint

A cup of peppermint tea is a refreshing end to any meal. It also has plenty of benefits for your digestive health. It is no surprise that peppermint has been used as a remedy for indigestion since the time of the Ancient Egyptians.

Peppermint contains a compound called menthol. It is this active ingredient that seems to make peppermint tea such an effective remedy for digestive issues. Peppermint helps to reduce abdominal pain and other symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome  (IBS).

Peppermint also relaxes the oesophagus and intestine, helping to prevent indigestion and nausea.

We combine peppermint with raspberry leaves in one of our most popular flagship teas. Brilliant for anyone suffering from menstrual pains or who is currently pregnant, this tea is also a great choice for those with digestive issues.

NutraTea Peppermint & Raspberry Leaf Tea For Pregnancy

2. Ginger

Fiery ginger is a favourite herb in Ayurveda, the traditional holistic healing system that originated in India. This is because the gut is a major focus in Ayurvedic medicine, which aims to keep the digestive fire – agni – strong and healthy.

Ginger has plenty of benefits for our digestion. It is often taken during the first trimester of pregnancy, where it helps to soothe nausea and prevent vomiting. You don’t have to be pregnant to find ginger useful though. It helps with many forms of stomach upset, including motion sickness, indigestion, and nausea as the result of chemotherapy.

We use ginger in several of our teas, both for its benefits and because of its delicious flavour. For digestive support, find ginger with other helpful herbs in our NutraCleanse and NutraTrim teas. You could also try our Ginger and Ginseng flagship tea.

NutratTea Ginseng and Ginger herbal tea3. Fennel

Fennel has many uses, including soothing digestive complaints. As an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, fennel tea helps restore the balance in your gut and encourage healthy digestion.

Fennel is effective against many harmful forms of bacteria, including those that cause digestive issues like diarrhoea and indigestion. It also reduces the symptoms of IBS, including abdominal pain.

Fennel adds a lovely taste to any herbal tea blend, which is another reason we like to include it in many of our teas. It’s a crucial ingredient in our NutraTrim tea, where we combine it with other herbs to promote digestive health and curb cravings.

NutraTrim Herbal Tea - Slimming Tea For Weight Loss

4. Dandelion Root

You may know dandelions best for their cheerful yellow flowers, but their roots are a traditional herbal remedy for many health conditions, including digestive issues.

The active components in dandelion root promote healthy digestion by helping food move smoothly through our digestive tracts. As a rich source of antioxidants, dandelion root also helps combat inflammation, which is often the cause of gut issues.

If you are feeling bloated, dandelion root tea is a great choice. It is an effective diuretic, meaning it can relieve water retention and bloating.

We use dandelion root in our NutraCleanse tea to support digestion, aid kidney function, and help your liver remove toxins. It is also a vital ingredient in our NutraTrim and NutraRelease teas.

NutraRelease Herbal Tea - Diuretic Tea For Kidney

5. Artichoke

Artichoke is well-known for supporting our livers and helping us detox after a period of overindulgence. It has other benefits for our health too, especially when it comes to digestion.

Artichokes contain a type of fibre called inulin, which is a prebiotic. Unlike probiotics, which contain beneficial bacteria that our digestive systems need, prebiotics are a source of food for the good bacteria already in our guts. This helps to maintain a healthy balance and keeps our digestion running smoothly.

Taking artichoke extract regularly also helps to improve the levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut.

Our NutraCleanse tea uses artichoke for healthy digestion and to support your liver.

NutraCleanse Herbal Tea - Detox Tea For Cleansing

6. Liquorice

Naturally sweet, liquorice is a tasty addition to any herbal tea. It also helps to support your gut health and has been used as a herbal remedy for many centuries.

Like artichoke, liquorice is great for protecting your liver and keeping it working well to keep your body free from toxins. Liquorice is an effective remedy for indigestion and helps to calm acid reflux and heartburn too.

Our Liquorice and Cinnamon flagship tea is a delicious and warming blend that is both grounding and energising. We also use liquorice in our NutraCleanse tea, where it’s combined with other herbs that help the digestion.

NutraTea Liquorice & Cinnamon Tea

7. Turmeric

Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is another herbal tea ingredient that we recommend for anyone wanting to maintain their digestive health.

Like ginger, turmeric is one of the core herbs used in Ayurveda. Western medicine is also catching up to the benefits of this powerful ingredient.

The main active component in turmeric is curcumin. This antioxidant can help reduce the symptoms of many digestive conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome and Colitis.

Supplementing with turmeric can improve our gut flora, helping us to digest our food and avoid issues.

We’ve combined turmeric with cinnamon to make one of our favourite warming flagship teas.

NutraTea Turmeric & Cinnamon Herbal Tea

The immune-boosting elderberry has many benefits for our health and wellness. Find out why this little fruit is such a powerful ally during the winter season.

The fruit of the elder tree, elderberries have a long history of use as medicine. There’s evidence that they were cultivated as early as the Neolithic period and the father of medicine, Hippocrates, is said to have referred to them as the “medicine chest of the people”.

Fast-forward to modern times and elderberry is becoming increasingly popular as a natural protector against upper respiratory tract infections like colds and flu.

Today, we’re diving deeper into the benefits of elderberry for our immune systems. Packed with antioxidants, this is the perfect herb to support your health this winter.

 

The Health Benefits of Elderberries

1. High in Antioxidants

Antioxidants are powerful compounds that protect against free radicals – atoms or molecules with an unpaired electron that damage our cells and cause disease. Fruits and vegetables are typically high in antioxidants, but elderberries are particularly rich in these beneficial compounds.

This high level of antioxidants makes elderberries great for our health. People with diets that are high in antioxidants are less likely to develop chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes or arthritis.

 

2. Packed with Vitamin C

Elderberries are also packed full of vitamin C, which is essential for many of our bodies’ core functions, including the immune system. 100g of raw elderberries contains 36mg of vitamin C, which is around 55% of our daily recommended intake.

 

3. Improve Cold and Flu Symptoms

Elderberries have been used as a herbal remedy for colds and flu for thousands of years. This is because elderberries have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, helping our bodies fight off infections and viruses.

People who take elderberry often recover faster from influenza and colds and experience less severe symptoms.

 

4. Boost the Immune System

All those antioxidants and vitamins make elderberry a great ally for supporting our immune systems. Elderberries increase our immune response, making us more able to resist infections and stay healthy during the winter months.

 

5. Good for Your Heart

There’s some evidence to suggest that elderberries may also help to protect our heart health. In animal studies, elderberry has been found to lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure, lessening the risk of cardiovascular disease.

In humans, diets that are high in antioxidants like those found in elderberries are associated with a decrease in heart problems.

 

6. Give You Glowing Skin

While avoiding viruses and colds might be our main priority during the winter months, there’s no denying that the colder weather takes its toll on our skin too.

Fortunately, all those antioxidants are also beneficial for our skin’s health. Elderberries can help to protect against sun damage and reduce the signs of ageing.

 

Are Elderberries Safe?

Elder trees often grow wild, so you might be tempted to just snag yourself a hand of these shiny berries when you next see them. However, the raw berries can cause stomach issues, so you’ll want to avoid taking elderberry raw.

Once processed, elderberries are safe, and many people take them daily to ward off colds and viruses. Check with your doctor if you are taking any medications and obviously avoid them if you are allergic.

Otherwise, elderberries are one of the most used herbal remedies in the world and you shouldn’t experience any issues with taking them.

 

How Should You Use Elderberries?

Although you should avoid using elderberries raw, there are plenty of other ways to take advantage of the health benefits of this immune-boosting fruit.

Many people take elderberries as a supplement, usually in the form of a syrup or gummy. However, we think the best way to use elderberry is as a tea. Not only is it a delicious and comforting way of enjoying these fruits, but it also means you can combine the elderberry with other active herbal ingredients, such as thyme, echinacea, or eucalyptus.

When you are feeling under the weather, a warm cup of tea is a calming ritual to soothe your symptoms, clear your sinuses, and ease a sore throat.

We love our NutraDefence tea during the winter months to boost the immune system and relieve the symptoms of colds, coughs, and sore throats. As well as elderberry, it contains herbs like thyme, mullein, ginger, and eucalyptus – all carefully chosen to support your health this winter.