Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, we have all embraced three weeks of self-isolation as to better protect both ourselves and those around us. However, we cannot ignore the stress and worry which most us are feeling… we are undoubtedly surrounded by uncertainty and want to do all that we can to strengthen our immune systems. Although, as we’re surrounded by conflicting messages we’re left asking ‘What do I really need to do?’
If you fear the dreaded coronavirus is coming for you next, there are a lot of things you can do to keep yourself protected and to stay safe. One thing is self isolation of course. Other things you can do is to wash your hands often with soap and water and to use hand sanitizer. Wear a face mask in shared public spaces if possible, such as on public transport, in shops and in crowded places if you have to leave the house, and take your vitamins (Vitamin C is proving to be great when it comes to building up a strong immune system). You can also wear gloves to protect yourself from the virus.
The coronavirus presents many uncertainties, and none of us can completely eliminate our risk of getting COVID-19, hence many health advice focus on natural remedies and immune boosting hacks. One of the things you can do to try boost your immune system as much as possible is first, to take your vitamins, and then to enjoy some immune-boosting teas.
When choosing the best tea on any given day, there are plenty of options depending on your requirements. If you want to go from simply drinking tea and coffee in the mornings to gaining camomile tea health benefits and more, then choose one of the following.
1. Green Tea
Green tea has been consumed for its beneficial properties for centuries. It is rich in Polyphenols, an antioxidant that is great at fighting infections. In particular, camomile green tea works well at destressing the body and the mind. The health benefits extend to the supported growth of white blood cells, key pieces of the body’s immune system.
2. Oolong Tea
Oolong is one of the tea varieties that are caffeine-rich making it one of the best ways to start the day. This tea variety contains catechins that work to prevent the buildup of liver fat, and 10 ounces each week have been found to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol. Oolong has also been found to have benefits for patients of Type 2 Diabetes by helping to metabolise sugar.
3. White Tea
White tea is among the most famous varieties of tea for its health benefits. Studies have found that white tea can reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
White tea is a rich source of polyphenols, flavonoids and tannin. This means it has some of the camomile tea health benefits as well of a few of its own. The antioxidants protect your body’s organs while eliminating free radicals that damage your DNA, collagen and blood cells.
White tea has also been found to provide relief from some of the symptoms of Diabetes by increasing insulation secretion. Its antibacterial properties help stave off infection and it helps relieve the symptoms of stress and fatigue.
4. Black Tea
Perhaps the best thing about tea is its variety in taste and in nutritional benefits. Black tea is sometimes called “red tea” and it is generally the most popular tea variety. This type of tea is enjoyed in households everywhere and it is a rich source of polyphenols, catechins and flavonoids that help detox your body. Some of the catechins even have anti-viral properties.
Black tea is famous for its anti-cancerous and cholesterol-reducing properties and one of the things that makes it unique is that it contains minerals such as Potassium and Manganese. The tannins in black tea provide both its iconic taste and help fight off viruses, the flu, dysentery and even hepatitis. Some alternative flavourings have extra properties. For example, peppermint black tea comes with additional calcium, vitamin B and potassium.
Sipping tea in the morning or right before bed is so relaxing, it might as well be its own form of meditation. On top of that, what makes this joyous drink even better is the fact that certain types of tea can help bolster your immune system and help prevent illness and viruses. All you need to do is choose the perfect type to get you started in the mornings.