A nice, hot cup of tea isn't just soothing; some varieties have health and diet benefits. See which brew might be right for you.
Step 1: Clear your colon Clear your colon with roselle tea. When drunk in large amounts, it can function as a mild laxative.
Step 2: Calm your complexion with rose hip tea Calm your complexion with tea made from rose hips; they're a rich source of A and C vitamins, all of which help reduce skin inflammation.
TIP: For a caffeine-free alternative to rose hip tea, try rooibos tea, which is rich in the antioxidant quercetin, a natural anti-inflammatory.
Step 3: Slim down Slim down with Puerh, oolong, or white tea. All three have shown promise: research shows that white tea extract may reduce the growth of fat cells; Chinese oolong boosts calorie burn by 3 to 4 percent for up to two hours after drinking; and drinking three cups of Puerh a day for 30 days can lower blood fats.
Step 4: De-bloat Get rid of bloating with dandelion tea. A diuretic, it will help you shed water weight.
Step 5: Slow down aging Take a shot at the fountain of youth with green tea, which is being studied for its possible ability to slow skin aging. It's loaded with antioxidants that may help eliminate the free radicals that cause skin damage.
TIP: University researchers discovered that drinking green tea with fresh lemon juice allows the body to retain more of the tea's beneficial compounds.
Step 6: Stimulate your immune system Boost your resistance to infections with white tea. One study indicated white tea extract fights the growth of bacteria that cause pneumonia and staph infections. Or brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea, which contains compounds that fight infection.
FACT: Seven ounces of a 109-year-old Chinese tea fetched almost $21,000 at the 2009 International Tea Fair in Hong Kong.