Our metabolism helps control how we use energy, and when it’s slow, we can feel sluggish and heavy. Nutrients such as selenium are important for a healthy metabolism. This metabolism-boosting tea recipe is another healthy (and delicious!) way to boost our energy burners.
What is Metabolism?
Metabolism is the way our bodies use energy and burn calories 24 hours a day. While our genes are said to play a large role in our metabolism, there are certainly ways to support it. Eating healthy food and getting enough nutrients are vital to overall health and this does not exclude metabolism. We need nutrients like selenium, iodine and iron for proper thyroid function. Our thyroid also helps regulate our metabolism by directing the mitochondria in our cells. The thyroid is only one of the organs involved in this process and it is important to support our body as a whole for optimal metabolism.
Metabolism and Weight Loss
Most of us think of weight loss when we think of metabolism, but it’s much more than that. It’s not just fat burning, it’s how our bodies do things. When we boost metabolism, we support a healthier body all around.
Metabolism Booster Tea Recipe
There are lots of fat-burning tea recipes to name a bunch of ingredients. When making this tea recipe, I wanted to make sure I could find the science to support the benefits. Luckily I found some! Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients in the metabolism-boosting tea recipe and how they work.
Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis)
The type of tea you choose is important. It is one of the most popular and widely used drinking teas to help boost metabolism. Green tea has powerful antioxidants or polyphenols called catechins that protect against oxidation.
Some studies report how green tea reduces the risk of heart disease and improves blood pressure. A meta-analysis found that the catechin EGCG in green tea also had a positive effect on weight loss. There are a few caveats when it comes to it, though. Chinese and Asians who drank green tea saw slightly more benefits than Caucasians. And Caucasians who consumed very high amounts of caffeine had fewer weight management benefits than EGCG. These mixed results suggest that genes and diet play a role in green tea’s metabolic benefits.
Overall, green tea is packed with antioxidants and health benefits that support a healthy body weight! If you don’t have green tea on hand, there are other options. The best teas for this are high quality, organic and support the metabolic rate. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of tea and which ones will (and won’t) work in this recipe.
Metabolism Tea Substitutes
- oolong tea It also increases the metabolic rate to burn fat cells. This can be used for green tea if you have it on hand. Note that it contains more caffeine than green.
- matcha is a type of powdered green tea grown in a slightly different way. While it’s full of antioxidants, it adds a much stronger flavor. I didn’t use it in this recipe, but let me know if you try it!
- Black tea It is much higher in caffeine and does not contain as many antioxidants and polyphenols as green tea. It’s an option but not my first choice.
- white tea comes from the same Camellia sinensis plant (like black tea). Yet it is harvested early and has a very delicate flavor. Because it’s unprocessed, it has a similar antioxidant profile to green tea, but there are fewer studies behind it.
- Pu-erh tea , is a rarer black tea with a long fermentation time. This Chinese tea contains fewer antioxidants than white or green tea. There is some evidence that it improves cholesterol, but human studies are lacking. I prefer a more antioxidant-rich tea here.
- Mint, hibiscus and rooibos tea Herbal teas are delicious, but they do not provide the same benefits as green tea. They also add their own flavor that doesn’t always mix well with other ingredients.
I like this tea hot, but if you wish, you can turn your hot tea into iced tea. Just halve the amount of water and pour some ice over it when you’re done brewing.
A 2019 study found that ginger boosts metabolism and improves brown adipose tissue function. Ginger even helped turn unhealthy white fat into brown fat. It aids in digestion, obesity, and is thought to promote healthy blood flow.
Turmeric and Red Pepper
Few other spices show promise when it comes to metabolism. Turmeric and red pepper also have a positive effect on our metabolism, such as red pepper. The capsaicin in red peppers not only helps burn more fat, but can also give us an energy boost. Cayenne peppers are also high in . A 2005 review found that people with adequate vitamin C burned fat better than those who were deficient. The more vitamin C stores a person had, the healthier their weight was. There are multiple factors when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, but vitamin C is a piece of the puzzle.
Cardamom is another spice with metabolism-supporting benefits. A randomized controlled trial of overweight diabetic patients found that cardamom helped significantly. Cardamom improved insulin sensitivity and improved other health factors related to diabetes. Even for someone who is not diabetic, cardamom can have positive blood sugar benefits.
Raw honey is hypoglycemic, meaning it has less of an effect on blood sugar levels. Honey is a superfood in itself and is my sweetener of choice here.
Creamy Metabolism Booster Tea Recipe
The ingredients of this metabolism-boosting tea help support your body while being delicious. It has an addictive sweet and spicy flavor. There is some caffeine in the tea and I don’t like to have caffeine every day. I wouldn’t drink this during pregnancy and breastfeeding mothers may find that caffeine keeps the baby awake. Make sure you are drinking high-quality, organic green tea.
Preparation time:3 minutes
Cooking time:8 minutes
Portion:for 2 person
- 2 glasses of water
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 6 cardamom pods
- 1 pinch of hot pepper
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 2 teaspoons of green tea
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- 1 cup milk (almond or oat)
- Heat the water, turmeric, ginger, fennel, paprika, and cardamom together until it begins to boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add green tea and brew for 3 minutes.
- Strain everything through a fine-mesh sieve.
- Add honey and milk and blend until frothy or blend in a blender.
You can use coconut milk here but I don’t use a full glass as it is too rich. Instead of almond or oat milk in the recipe, I use 1/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk and an additional 3/4 cup water. If you want a creamier version of coconut milk, add 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup water instead of 1 cup almond or oat milk.
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