5 Reasons Why You Need to Drink Tea This Fall
The smell of cinnamon and pumpkin spice is in the air, the breeze has a slight crisp chill, and the colors of the leaves are turning warm and golden… we all know what this means: Autumn is officially here.
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower" – Albert Camus
Yes, it is of course, sad to see summer end, but autumn is a beautiful time of year that is worthy of the same affection, and ushers in the coziest time of year. I mean who doesn’t love pumpkin picking, sweaters, and the cooler temperatures after many long and hot summer days?
However, while fall is a magical time of year full of corn mazes and piles of warm colorful leaves — this pumpkin-spiced season also marks the start of flu season and cold-weather illnesses, autumnal allergies, fatigue, comfort eating, weight gain, tiredness, lethargy, headaches, and travel sickness.
Yep, fall is a dangerous time for our wellness if we’re not careful. There are a lot of wonderful changes that happen during the fall season, but there are a whole host of factors that can cause your golden season to take a terrible turn putting a damper on our seasonal fun.
Therefore, it is important for us to start implementing practices that’ll help safeguard our bodies as we shift from warmer weather to cooler fall weather.
Unfortunately, no matter what someone tells you, there isn't a 'one size fits all’ magical pill, treatment, or food that can ensure that you stay healthy all autumn long.
But the good news is that there are plenty of natural support strategies and holistic fall wellness tips that’ll work to protect your body, mind, and mood, giving you the best chance of thriving during the fall.
One super simple and tasty tactic you should implement into your daily life to help keep your body humming during this cozy season is: drinking tea.
Most of us already know that regularly drinking tea can have a positive lasting impact on your wellness, with numerous studies backing the abilities teas have for boosting your immune system, fighting off inflammation, and even potentially reducing your risk of cancer. But what does all this have to do with fall wellness in particular?
While tea is best enjoyed during every season and we don't need any more “reasons” to drink up all the wonderful benefits of tea, there really isn’t a better time of year to drink tea than during the autumn.
As the weather starts to cool down, the breeze starts to give us a chill in our bones, and the days get shorter, drinking tea is like bathing your body with the warmth, vitality, comfort, and rich nutrients you need to thrive during the golden season.
Let’s skip the fall wellness tips for now and instead take a minute to deep dive into the incredible importance of the simple fall wellness strategy of regularly drinking tea.
1. Safeguard Your Immunity
Before the cold chill of winter arrives, we need to prepare our immune system.
Colder weather will not only increase our risk of catching the flu or getting sick, but also autumnal weather is extremely dry. Dry weather presents challenges to the immune system. The drier air leaves the lungs parched, increasing the risk of infection.
Additionally, if you have kids or even grandchildren, fall is also 'back to school' time, and sadly, this further increases your exposure to bacteria and viruses.
To make matters worse, the rapid approach of holidays and the temptations of indulging in warm sugary comfort foods also pose an issue. Excess sugar doesn't just reap havoc on your weight, but also your immune system. If you consume sugar, for example by eating a slice of pie, the consumption of sugar curbs the efficacy of your immune system cells that usually attack bacteria and viruses. So, you'll be more susceptible during that time to picking up a sickness or flu.
Therefore, it is important that you take the time now to implement steps for safeguarding your immune system.
Most amazingly tea can help you with this. Warm up while guarding your immunity, by drinking a hot cuppa tea. While the antioxidants in tea vary depending on the type of herbs, teas like green, black, rooibos, and hibiscus are rich sources of a very special specific kind of antioxidant called flavonoids. Flavonoids have a detoxifying effect that can help your body ward off everyday toxins and protects cells from free radicals.
Although green tea is the most commonly associated tea with immune-boosting qualities, there is a wide variety of antioxidant-rich and immune system-boosting teas out there.
Here at Wise Ape Tea, we actually offer unique wellness-driven, fun, and flavorful tea herb blends. Our consciously crafted tea blends merge traditional tea leaves with ancient adaptogenic herbs to deliver a to you a unique experience of function and flavor in every sip.
2. Prevent Dry Skin
Dry weather doesn’t just cause your immunity trouble, but also your skin. During the fall humidity levels drop, stripping natural moisture and oil. This dry air promotes dry skin and can aggravate pre-existing skin conditions.
Another issue we have is how we tend to take long hot showers after coming in from the cold weather. This can further dry out your skin and may even cause cracking.
These factors make autumn a terrible time for our skin, increasing our chances of annoying scaly, itchy, and flaky skin.
Luckily, along with frequently moisturizing, drinking tea can help treat your skin. Firstly, tea is extremely hydrating which is useful for combating dehydration which is a big cause of dry skin.
Secondly, tea has some incredible qualities that are beneficial for our skin health, such as the antioxidants polyphenols, tannins, and EGCG. These antioxidants have been shown to combat acne, help in moisturizing our skin, and slow down wrinkle formation.
Along with drinking tea, you can also apply brewed tea herbs to your skin for extra benefits. This will help clean oily skin, remove blackheads, and improve skin quality.
3. Ward Off Seasonal Sleep Disruption
With evenings getting shorter, nights getting cozier, cooler temperatures arriving, and dramatic warming colors forming all around us, in theory autumn should bring forth the best season for our sleep. Sadly, this isn’t the case.
The seasonal changes of fall can impact our hormones causing disruptions to our circadian rhythm, resulting in insomnia and lethargy during the day.
Sleep is crucial for our mental and physical health, so it’s important that we make it a priority and don’t let seasonal changes leave us sleep-deprived. Fortunately, tea can help with this.
Tea has been used as a natural sleep aid for hundreds of years, with scientific evidence supporting teas ability to balance our hormones and help us enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Our very own Wise Ape Tea adaptogenic herbal tea blend Orange Dreamsicle is a relaxing elixir designed to calm the mind, reduce stress and help you sink into a restorative night's sleep.
Wise Ape Tea's Orange Dreamiscle is a dreamy blend of chamomile flowers with subtle hints of orange and cream, combined with adaptogenic super-herbs to support your nightly zen, and it includes all four of the incredible sleep-wise herbs from this article, not only organic Chamomile, but organic Valerian Root, organic Skullcap, and organic Passionflower.
If you want to learn more about using tea as a sleep aid, click here to read: 4 herbs that'll help you sleep better and doze off faster.
4. Heart Health
Yet another health problem caused by the weather cooling down, is that your blood pressure increases.
The cold weather strips your body heat, so your heart must pump faster to keep your body warm. This is what causes your blood pressure to raise and can even increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.
To help protect your heart health this season, make sure to dress properly, keeping your body warm and drink plenty of warm tea.
Not only is sipping on a cup of tea a great way to stay warm but tea is also rich with heart-healthy compounds. There is an increasing amount of evidence proving that high consumption of both green and black tea has a protective effect on our cardiovascular health and may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.
If you’re seriously concerned about your heart, ask your doctor to provide a heart health screening.
5. Avoid Fall Weight Gain
Maintaining and losing weight can be a struggle, but this struggle is never harder than in the fall with holiday treats and feasts. Plus, with the colder weather and darker days, many grapple with finding the motivation to keeping up with a healthy diet and making it to the gym regularly.
While drinking a cup of tea every day is probably not going to single-handedly get you to drop a pant size, research suggests tea especially green tea may boost your weight loss (when paired with a sensible diet and physical activity, of course) and gym results.
Green tea has been shown to rev up your metabolism, regulate blood sugar, and increase fat loss.
“Drinking tea can also fuel your workouts and act as an all-natural alternative to pre-workout, that’ll boost your hydration and prevent your muscles from tiring, as well as being tons healthier for your heart and nervous system.
Individuals who drink tea before their workouts have reported increased endurance, elevated mental focus, and had reduced aches and pains after exercise. To get the most out of your pre-workout tea, try drinking 1 - 2 cups 30 - 45 minutes before you hit the gym.” (1)
Take a deeper look at why tea makes an awesome pre-workout drink. Click here to read: Why Tea Is The Best All Natural Pre-Workout Drink.
Fall Wellness Tips: Drink Tea This Fall
Darker days, colder mornings and a plethora of holidays and gatherings are approaching as we move into autumn. These autumnal changes can be hard to transition to, especially when seasonal changes can also bring forth a whole host of health issues we have to contend with.
Luckily by making your health a priority and implementing fall wellness tips this fall season; you can protect yourself. As we’ve just learned about, something as simple as remembering to regularly drink tea in the autumn can provide you with some of the amazing immunity-guarding and health-promoting benefits you need this season.
With a cup of tea in one hand, we’re already taking the first step to having the best fall season yet! Helping you feel energized throughout the dark days and avoiding sickness.
Want some fall tea flavors and the best autumn teas ideas? Click here to check out our article sharing: 4 delicious fall tea drinks you need to try this season (that aren't pumpkin spice).
All of these fall tea flavors have a warming, sweet and spicy, or cozy herbal flavor, which is sure to brighten all those chilly mornings, slightly frosty work commutes, and early evenings that are to come.
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This informative article is written, by Sophia Mckenzie. Sophia is the head content creator and writer, for several premium websites, where her expertise lie in health, nutrition, and wellness. Her content is heavily focused on providing and sharing doable solutions to help people truly thrive, and live their happiest, healthiest, fulfilled life.