Imagine this: you’ve just completed a tough workout, you’re tired and dripping in sweat from head to toe, and….you’re thirsty. As you should be. Isotonic drinks are a common option but a lot of them also contain high levels of sugar. Here’s an alternative you may not have thought of. Tea! Believe it or not, certain teas are great to be drunk post-workout to help rehydrate your body and boost your metabolism. Plus, they taste delicious!
So, which teas should you drink exactly?
Rooibos tea hails from South Africa and the word ‘rooibos’ itself is an Afrikaans word that means ‘red bush’. The plant is a yellow-brownish shade with yellow flowers and green leaves. Its leaves are removed from the plant during harvesting, left to oxidise and dry which gives it that reddish brown colour. Rooibos is rich in minerals like copper, calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese.
The calcium in rooibos strengthens bones and joints. If your workouts are intense and involve a lot of jumping or lifting, rooibos tea is great to help avoid joint pains and even speed up muscle recovery, resulting in less post-workout aches. Not only that, rooibos also contains asplathin which is a form of antioxidants that help to boost the body’s immunity against external viruses. It’s also suitable for diabetics because it can help your body balance its blood sugar levels while boosting insulin secretion and glucose absorption by your muscles.
Just like rooibos, green tea is also packed with antioxidants. These antioxidants, catechins, help boost the body’s immunity and also reduce muscle damage caused by exercise. These same antioxidants also work to burn body fat for energy instead of the stored glucose from food. This means that drinking green tea can help you lose weight quicker!
While there are numerous benefits for drinking green tea post-workout, they’re also just as great pre-workout. Green tea contains caffeine which helps to boost energy levels. Unlike coffee however, the release of this energy is more balanced and long-lasting so you’ll be able to pull through your workout. Lastly, the antioxidant, L-theanine in green tea has been known to help with focus and concentration which is essential in ensuring a productive and safe workout.
Contains: rooibos, papaya cubes, lemon peel, peach cubes, peach, strawberry, rhubarb pieces, red rose petals, rose buds, marigold flower petals.
Contains: rooibos, ginger, cinnamon, coconut, apple, cardamom, black pepper, cream, vanilla.
Contains: traditional powder green tea.