Whether served ice-cold or piping hot, sipping on some tea can lend a plethora of health and wellness benefits. Not only are teas rich in antioxidants, they boast anti-inflammatory properties that can help seniors look and feel their best.
A tea a day may keep the doctor at bay! So, put on the kettle and grab a cup o’ goodness! Here are five teas that will deliver some pretty impressive health benefits to seniors.
With a tantalizing taste that embraces both the bittersweet and floral, this refreshment carries an abundance of healthy properties. Green tea can help stave off free radicals and pollution that affect hair and skin health. Because green tea is packed with minerals, such as potassium and calcium, it helps maintain consistent blood pressure and strengthen bones. Not only is green tea known to improve brain function, but it can also help lower cholesterol, increase energy, boost metabolism and aid in cancer prevention. Wow — that’s a tea that is chock-full of health benefits!
For seniors with a pallet for zest and spice, they’ll love a cup of ginger tea! Not only will they enjoy the taste, they will get a myriad of health benefits to boot! Ginger tea can aid digestion as well as soothe upset stomachs and nausea caused by gastrointestinal problems. Just like most teas, ginger tea holds anti-inflammatory properties and can help relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Seniors who experience muscle and joint pain should give ginger tea a try.
Rosemary can benefit the body in more ways than one. Drinking it can help prevent cancer, increase blood flow, as well as pack in some vitamin A and C. Or, you can use it externally, usually in the form of a scrub, to help treat eczema and eliminate dead skin. No matter how it’s used, seniors can make it part of their daily wellness routine!
Keep eucalyptus in your corner and knock out a cold! This elixir has many medicinal properties, from combating colds and the flu to lowering blood pressure and blood-sugar levels. Eucalyptus tea is also a great option for those who want to stay caffeine-free, yet have an invigorating experience!
Get some “beauty steep” with chamomile tea! For any senior who has trouble catching zzz’s, chamomile is a great natural sleep aid. Many seniors experience disturbed sleep due to anxiety and insomnia, so a cup of chamomile before bedtime can help calm and soothe. So, serve up a cup of relaxation for a good night’s sleep!
Before serving your favorite senior a cup of tea, check with their doctor if they are taking medication. While tea has an abundance of health properties, if taken with certain medications, there could be side effects. The Arbors Assisted Living is a community that encourages and supports safe and healthy food and beverage choices for the elderly. Contact us today to learn more.