Herbal tea not only counts towards your water intake but are also beneficial to your overall health. Here are just a few that can help towards sleep, stress and gastrointestinal disorders.
Peppermint reduces gastric emptying and slows down peristalsis to help IBS, headaches and tension headaches and is safe for heart burn.
Chamomile to improve sleep due to the regulation of the circadian rhythm and the high content of the bioactive compound of melatonin and is suitable for menstrual disorders
Fennel to soothe the gut for gastrointestinal orders
Ginger aids stomach emptying and contains flavonoids which contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. You are best to cut a 2cm chunk of ginger into hot water and let it infuse. Fresh is best compared to dried and consumed within 4 months and stored at 5oC.
Green tea contains high concentrations of polyphenols and antioxidants to improve digestion and glucose control for prevention of diabetes. Also, high content of melatonin which regulate the circadian rhythm to improve sleep quality. However green tea can increase heart rhythm due to caffeine content and 1-2 cups (not mugs) a day is recommended