Here is the correct way to make chai by not damaging its health effects

In the Western world, the word chai has become synonymous with a type of fragrant, spicy Indian tea more accurately referred to as masala chai.

This article explains Why Tea Is So Healthy for You and How to Get the Most from Every Cup

The health benefits are mostly linked to 3 main bioactive compounds:

Bioactive compounds are non-essential nutrients that may impact health.

  • Catechins are a type of polyphenol, a group of chemicals with antioxidant properties.
  • Caffeine makes you feel alert.
  • L-theanine is an amino acid to be responsible for tea’s relaxing properties.
Healthy tea

Tea consumption is linked to several health benefits like heart health, digestion, controlling blood sugar levels and more. It’s thought to improve mood and cognition and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Tea is a source of micronutrients, including fluoride, magnesium, and zinc.

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What is the Best time to have tea (chai)

Tea must never be a person’s first intake in the morning. People must avoid drinking chai on an empty stomach because it causes acidity, which in turn affects the digestive system in producing essential juices for metabolism. This eventually disturbs the body’s overall wellbeing.

Therefore, tea must be consumed at least 30-40 minutes after a big meal. Similarly, in the evening, you should accompany your snack with a cup of tea and not vice versa. Therefore, the snack must be your primary food. 

How to make healthier a cup of tea

Indians have a variety of tea. Some people have it without milk, while some prepare tea with milk and not water. Moreover, many tea lovers add masalas to it to make it tastier and healthier.

Delicious Spices With Most Powerful Health Benefits

Check out the spices that you can add to your tea and the benefits of Masala Chai
Masala
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • cloves
  • cardamom
  • star anise
  • fennel
  • saffron

Does Boiling tea too much is harmful

The length of time you brew your tea will vary based on the leaves. White teas should steep between one and three minutes, green for three minutes, and black for three to five minutes. Any longer and your tea will become bitter as it releases tannins. And, yes, tannins are the same compounds you find in wine.

Here’s how you should make Indian chai tea at home:

Masala chai

1. Bring water, milk and chai spices to a simmer in a small saucepan on the stove.

2. Reduce heat and add in black tea.

3. Wait for the tea to steep.

4. Strain the warm spiced mixture into a mug; this will hold back the whole spices and tea leaves.

5. Stir sweetener into your chai and sweeten to taste.

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5 side effects of tea you must keep in mind before going for that third cup of tea for the day

1.Dehydration

Excess consumption of tea may cause dehydration which calls for unwanted water retention and thus, you may feel bloated.

2.Bloating

Excess consumption of tea may cause dehydration which calls for unwanted water retention and thus, you may feel bloated.

3.Insomnia

Tea, specifically black tea, which is what is used to brew milk tea is rich in caffeine. When your body is overloaded with caffeine, especially in the second half of the day, it can cause sleep disorders like insomnia.

4.Constipation

Tea has another chemical called theophylline – when you consume too much tea, theophylline can cause extreme constipation as it dries your body and dehydrates you.

5.Anxiety and Restlessness

Tea does help in boosting your energy levels and perking you up but excessive caffeine intake can take a toll on your mental health and make you feel more anxious, restless and even sleep-deprived.

Calming Lattes that Help you to Relieve Anxiety

Sip On These 5 Calming Lattes that Help Your Body to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Mostly, our first reaction when we are overcome with stress is to look for an easy solution such as alcohol or medications.

Instead of reaching for that third cup of coffee for an energy boost or a nightcap to de-stress, we rounded up best natural herbal filled lattes with everyday ingredients that are known as powerful remedies for fighting fatigue, anxiety, and stress.

An easy way to calm the body, though, is through nutrition. Specific drinks are known for their superfood powers to alleviate anxiety and stress quickly. Some simple options include: water, tart cherry juice, warm milk, and a variety of herbal teas.

But if you’re looking for something that feels just a little more gourmet, here are five drink recipes that are sure to help you destress and relieve anxiety – all while tasting totally delicious.

Now, these soothing drinks will have a calming effect on your body, that will lead you to absolute peace of mind!

My dear friends, we have a lot of yummy soothing drinks to relieve stress in our pantry! Bring your senses and stay focused as we have also shared recipes of drinks that relieve stress.

1. Turmeric Latte

Curcumin, the bioactive compound found in turmeric, has been linked to boosts serotonin levels, can help relieve anxiety and depression and maybe just as effective as antidepressants.

Ingredients

1 cup milk of choice

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch black pepper

Pinch sea salt

1 heaping teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon natural sweetener of choice (I especially love stevia )

Instructions

In a small saucepan, heat milk, turmeric, vanilla, pepper, salt and sweetener, until very warm but not yet boiling. Transfer to a blender and blend with coconut oil until frothy. Pour into a mug and drink immediately.

2. Ashwagandha Latte

Adaptogens are naturally occurring substances that help our bodies deal with and adapt to stress, found in Ashwagandha which in particular is a stress-fighting superstar. It benefits to reduce the body’s stress hormone, relieves anxiety and prevents stress-related fatigue.

Ingredients

1 cup of milk ( try with non-dairy milk)

1 teaspoon ashwagandha powder

½ teaspoon cinnamon powder

½ teaspoon stevia or organic honey

Instructions

Warm the milk, then add the powdered spices and sweetener

Stir well, using the whisk to blend, adjusting for sweetness if necessary

Pour into a nice cup and enjoy.

3.Matcha Latte

Matcha contains flavonoids and L-theanine, which is historically known for its relaxing effects. L-theanine increases the brain’s alpha frequency band, relaxing the band without causing drowsiness. Considering matcha is also packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients, it can be a powerful tonic for beating fatigue and boosting your overall health and providing sustained energy.

Ingredients

1 tsp matcha green tea powder

1 tsp stevia powder

3 tbsp warm water

300ml hot milk

Instructions

Spoon the matcha green tea powder and the stevia powder into a mug or cup.

Add the warm water and mix with a spoon or with a whisk until it is a smooth dark green paste to ensure no lumps form.

Warm the milk in a small saucepan and pour into the mug until nearly full. Use a whisk to mix the paste and milk together until smooth and light green in colour.

4. Ginger Tea Latte

Super spice ginger is the key player in this healthy latte. This spice is a favourite in India and praised for its ability to relieve digestive issues, nausea, and aches in your muscles and joints. After sipping this drink, you can be sure that you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Ingredients

1 cup milk(250 ml)

½ tsp ginger powder

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp organic honey or stevia

1 teabag, I prefer Chai tea

Instructions

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan (except the teabag) and stir. I used a milk frother to get a better texture, but it’s optional. You can also blend the mixture in a blender if you want.

Cook over high heat until it’s hot, but don’t bring it to a boil.

Remove from the heat, pour the mixture into a mug, add the tea bag and let it infuse according to package directions.

Remove the teabag and your ginger tea latte is ready to drink.

5. Lavender Vanilla Latte

The lavender helps the brain to halt production of the chemicals that cause negative or stressed emotions, helping you restore a sense of calm, while the adaptogenic mushroom Reishi has a normalizing effect on the body. This means if the immune system is depressed, adaptogens enhance the immune response.

If the immune system is overactive—for instance with inflammation—adaptogens help re-regulate the immune response, decreasing overactivity, thus majorly restoring balance in your body. Finished off with a touch of sweetness from stevia and vanilla bean it’s the ultimate dreamy, creamy concoction when you’re in need of some serious zen vibes.

Ingredients

½ cup hot water

1 cup of heated milk

1 tsp culinary-grade lavender (or one lavender tea bag)

1 tsp coconut oil

½ tsp vanilla

Stevia for sweetness

Instructions

Steep the lavender or lavender tea bag in hot water for 3-5 minutes. (If using loose lavender, strain before adding to blend.) Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender. Blend, mix together, and enjoy!

Health Tip:

Feel free to use any milk or natural sweetener, but I used Stevia because of its immense amount of health benefits.

And if you want to why I choose that in all my recipes then find out here :

https://detoxpri.in/2020/07/09/the-truth-about-stevia-and-is-it-helpful-for-people-with-diabetes/

By Priyanshi Bhatnagar