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7 Beauty Benefits of Rooibos Tea

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Rooibos Tea is actually not a “tea” in the traditional sense of the word. Rooibos means “red bush,” and it’s a broom-like member of the Fabaceae family of plants that only grows in a small mountainous region of South Africa. For over a century South Africans have enjoyed the delicious taste and health benefits of this naturally sweet beverage, consuming it hot or cold and even giving it to children to enjoy (it’s great for the immune system, and it’s caffeine-free). Rooibos lovers swear by it for its antioxidant content, anti-inflammatory properties, and wealth of beauty benefits including clear skin and weight loss support. Still need a reason to try this natural beauty secret? Check out the top reasons you should make Rooibos Tea part of your daily routine, the 7 biggest beauty benefits of Rooibos Tea.

7. Rooibos makes you glow

rooibos makes you glow

There is evidence that alpha hydroxy and zinc helps keep your skin healthy, glowing and youthful, and rooibos is rich in both of these important nutrients. Alpha hydroxy revitalizes your skin and reduces the signs of aging, while zinc protects against UV damage, heals wounds, and contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness and alleviates acne. So drink it up, or slather it right on your skin, either way, rooibos will give you a fresh-faced glow.

6. It gives you luxurious locks

rooibos gives you healthy hair

Rooibos also promotes shiny hair and prevents hair loss. When applied right to your scalp, the active ingredients in rooibos can slough off dead skin cells and unblock hair follicles. It also contains precious nutrients like zinc, calcium, potassium and copper, which all stimulate hair growth. Treating your hair to the occasional rooibos rinse will keep your mane soft and shiny as well. That’s because the polyphenols (antioxidants) work as a natural deep conditioner. Just steep a few bags of rooibos in a bucket of boiling water for at least 30 minutes (until it’s cooled), then soak your hair with it and allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.

5. It’s anti-aging

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Antioxidants play a huge role in fighting age-related illness and in slowing down the signs of aging. The antioxidants in rooibos can help fight certain illnesses like cardiovascular disease, as well as help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. These antioxidants also provide a powerful boost to your immune system keeping you healthy and strong.

4. It’s great for your guts!

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Over the past few years there’s been a lot of emphasis on gut health and how it affects your overall health. The bacteria in your guts have a huge impact on your overall well-being and can affect everything from your metabolism to your immune system. Rooibos can help relieve IBS because it contains antispasmodic agents and also contains antiviral and antimicrobial properties. It can help ease chronic stomach aches and indigestion and help balance your gut flora and fauna. To alleviate chronic stomach pain and indigestion, drink a cup of rooibos tea about 30 minutes before eating.

3. It improves circulation

red tea to improve circulation

Good circulation is important for all sorts of reasons. You need good circulation to provide oxygen to your brain and organs, but good circulation is also vital for healthy skin and cell growth. Rooibos contains a flavonoid called chrysoeriol that has been proven to improve circulation and lower cholesterol.

2. Helps you breathe easier

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Rooibos is a bronchodilator, meaning it helps to dilate your bronchioles and increase the airflow to your lungs. Some research suggests it can even relieve symptoms of asthma. Rooibos is also caffeine-free, which is great because it’s completely safe for children. If you have a little one who suffers from asthma you a couple of cups of rooibos tea a day might help them breathe easier.*

1. It curbs hunger

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Perhaps the most mainstream appeal of rooibos tea is that it contains zero calories, tastes great, and helps curb hunger. In fact, rooibos tea is the inspiration for the Red Tea Detox program that promises to melt away stubborn fat. While there is no conclusive evidence that the Red Tea Detox works, there is plenty of evidence that proves Rooibos can support your weight loss goals when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. That’s because rooibos contains an antioxidant called aspalathus linearis which can lower glucose levels within weeks.

Rooibos is packed with health and beauty benefits, but it’s also seriously delicious. Even though it has zero calories, it’s naturally sweet-tasting and is perfect both hot and cold. Try it for yourself, it’s sure to become one of your favorites. If you decide to treat yourself to some delicious red rooibos tea, make sure it’s organic, or you may not reap the full health benefits.

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3 Yerba Mate Recipes You’ll Love

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Yerba Mate is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, and drinking it regularly provides numerous health benefits. Plus, it contains caffeine so you also get a nice little buzz.

But …

not everyone falls in love with Mate at first sip. Its strong, earthy flavor is an acquired taste to some. I’ve personally grown to love it, but if you’re still on the fence and you’re looking for something a little lighter on the palate, here are 3 great Mate recipes that almost anyone can enjoy.

 

Yerba Mate Latte

Oh yes, I’m always up for a frothed milk treat. A latte is a great way to enjoy a softer, sweeter Yerba Mate experience. If you want to sip on something sweet and creamy that packs a nice little kick, this one is for you (Makes 1 latte).

Ingredients:

  • 1 Yerba Mate tea bag
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk (dairy, soy, almond, rice)
  • 1 tbsp sweetener (sugar, honey, maple syrup)

 

Directions:

1.Brew Mate bag in 3/4 cup of water. 2.Add 1/4 of warmed milk and 1 tbsp of sweetener. 3.Warm and froth ¼ milk (you can froth your milk by shaking it in a tightly sealed jar, or you can use a whisk, hand-held milk frother, or french press). 4.Top your mug of brewed yerba with frothed milk.

 

Terere

This is a common Mate drink in South American countries. It’s refreshing, sweet and cold so it makes the perfect sipping beverage for a hot summer day. You’ll need a bombilla (a traditional metal straw/filter) and loose leaf yerba in order to make your Terere. Here’s how it’s done.

Ingredients:

  • loose-leaf Yerba Mate
  • ice cold water
  • sweetener (sugar, honey, agave syrup) (optional)
  • 1 lemon, lime or orange
  • mint, lemongrass (optional)

 

Equipment:

  • Guampa or Yerba Mate gourd
  • Bombilla

 

Instructions:

1.Fill your cup (or mate gourd if you have one) half way with loose leaf yerba mate. 2.Add boiling water to your mug just until all the yerba is moist. 3.Pour freshly squeezed lime, lemon or orange juice. 4.Add cold water and ice cubes to your mug. 5.Add mint and lemongrass (if using). 6.Wait for a few minutes for the water to extract the yerba mate and enjoy!

 

Yerba Mate Muffins

Cooking with Yerba Mate

Yes, I’m serious. You can add Mate to your muffins for a flavorful treat that packs an energy punch. Adding nutrient-filled Yerba to my muffins seems like the perfect excuse to indulge. I’m not eating these muffins because they’re delicious, I’m doing it for health reasons … I swear.

Ingredients (makes 12 muffins):

  • 1 cup cold Yerba Mate
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Chocolate chips, blueberries, almonds, raisins (optional)

 

Instructions:

To make these muffins, 1.brew one cup of strong Yerba Mate (use 2 Yerba Mate bags or 2 scoops of loose leaf in a french press) and let it cool. 2.Preheat the oven to 180ºC. 3.Combine the cold yerba mate, chia seeds, lemon juice, and vanilla in a bowl. 4.Add minced banana. 5.Melt the coconut oil and maple syrup and add. 6.Slowly add flour, baking powder, and salt (do not overmix). 7.Add Chocolate chips, blueberries, almonds, raisins (if using). 8.Spoon the batter into a muffin pan with liners, about 2/3 full. 9.Bake for about 25 minutes.

Yum! What’s your favorite way to drink your Yerba Mate?

 

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The Secret to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Hot Body

Gwyneth Paltrow is the queen of healthy eating and organic cooking. She’s constantly praising healthy living in her weekly lifestyle publication, Goop, and she loves a good cleanse. You might say she’s at the forefront of everything trendy in the world of healthy living. She’s up for trying new cleanses and warning against them, if necessary.

One thing she’s not shooting down, though, is matcha, a green tea powder that’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. This coffee replacement is brimming with health benefits, and Gwyneth Paltrow swears by it. Could this be the secret to her rockin’ bod? It’s probably a factor …

“The woman who made “conscious uncoupling” a thing while the rest of us were drowning our breakup sorrows with a bottle of wine and a Mariah Carey playlist is, evidently, never breaking up with matcha.”

 

Hailed as the “ancient secret to youth and beauty,” matcha has been around for centuries and there are all kinds of delicious ways to add it to your diet. It contains 137x the concentration of antioxidants which support healthy skin and bones and prevent age-related disease. It’s also a powerful calorie-burning booster that increases thermogenesis (your body’s rate of burning calories) by up to 50%. Plus, with every cup of matcha, you get to enjoy the perfect marriage of caffeine and L-Theanine, which makes for a powerful energy boost without any coffee jitters or caffeine crashes.

So while I always suspected that the 44-year-old beauty took a page out of Madeline Ashton’s book, her actual secret is more likely healthy diet and exercise with the help of routine cleanses and, of course, her daily dose of matcha. Yes, the woman who made “conscious uncoupling” a thing while the rest of us were drowning our breakup sorrows with a bottle of wine and a Mariah Carey playlist is, evidently, never breaking up with matcha.  

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Lose 5 Pounds in 7 Days With Jillian Michaels’ Dandelion Root Tea Detox

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People have been raving about the Jillian Michaels Dandelion Root Detox. The detox is pretty simple and consists of a combination of a special detox water (recipe below), eating clean, and regular exercise. The detox works by cleansing your body of toxins and helping eliminate up to 5 pounds of water weight in only 7 days! Want to try it out? Keep reading for 3 simple steps to success.

1. Drink The Dandelion Root Detox Water

Ingredients:

Directions: Brew the tea bag as directed on the box and let it cool (save the tea bag). Mix all ingredients together, plus the tea bag you set aside earlier. Start drinking! If you’re drinking enough of the mixture you’ll have to make a new batch every day for 7 days.

2. Eat Clean

Vegetables with the dandelion root detox

Jillian Michaels stresses the importance of eating properly during the dandelion root detox in her video. Since you’re trying to eliminate toxins in your body, you will want to make sure you’re eating a lot of healthy, plant-based foods, including lots of raw fruits and vegetables, and a moderate intake of whole grains, and flaxseed. Here is a list of top fat-burning food recommendations from Jillian’s video:

  • Caffeine (in moderation): It can boost your metabolism up to 6%. When you take caffeine an hour before working out it will also boost your testosterone levels which will help you shed fat and improve fitness endurance and burn more calories.  
  • Foods with high levels of vitamin C: Vitamin C fights off viral colds and keeps your cortisol (a fat-packing hormone) production minimal.
  • Brazil Nuts: They’re loaded with selenium which supports your thyroid and helps you burn fat and calories. Plus, they have zinc in them which helps your body create a hormone called leptin (responsible for making you feel more full).
  • Garlic: It boosts testosterone which helps maintain new muscle mass and helps shed fat.

As she also stresses in the video above, it’s important you eat organic, not only while on the dandelion root detox but as much as possible. Organic foods must comply with USDA regulations, which means it’s over 95% free of the pesticides, toxins, antibiotics, and hormones that are commonly found in non-organic foods. These pesticides, toxins, antibiotics, and hormones can mess with your metabolism and put you at risk for autoimmune disease.

While cleansing you should also avoid processed food, sodium, and sugar. Fresh fruit is the exception (although you don’t want to go overboard). The USDA daily fruit intake recommendation for adults is about 2 cups for “individuals who get less than 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise.” So if you’re working out, there’s no harm in having more. Despite the sugar content of fruit, it’s still great for you because the sugar in fruit is naturally occurring (fructose) and it’s balanced out by high levels of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and water.

3. Exercise

Exercising on the dandelion root detox

While cleansing, dieting or detoxing you’ll generally get more noticeable results if you incorporate moderate exercise. Exercise is great for your body and your mind, and also a great way to get your blood pumping and cleanse your organs. It can, however, be strenuous if you’re over-exerting yourself. If you’re tired from cutting back on calories (and especially from the sudden elimination of sugar), you can follow a few easy tips to safely get the most out of your detox.

  • Take it easy: Don’t overdo it during your detox.  If you’re an avid runner, try some brisk walking instead. Light yoga or cycling will also boost your endorphins and keep your spirits up if you find yourself crashing from sugar withdrawal.
  • Avoid high impact exercise: Avoid intense workouts and long training sessions. Too much exercise during a detox can be hard on your digestive tract and can leave you feeling faint.

Just remember, detoxes can be challenging and you may feel less strong than usual, so while exercise is an important part of a successful detox, slowing down a bit and having patience with yourself is equally important.

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Let me know how it goes in the comments below!