How the natural, unique and immune boosting properties of Rooibos Tea can help you fight off CoViD-19
The corona virus crisis has taken the world by surprise and affected us in more ways than most of us could have imagined.
This raises a huge number of questions, for which we have few answers – the number of unknowns is almost limitless. One thing we can say for sure, however, is that those with a weak immune system and frail constitution are at most risk of developing the more serious complications. So, as a matter of urgency, it makes sense to take any steps we can to keep our immune system and general health in good shape. Rooibos tea can help you do this – as you’ll discover from this post.
Rooibos tea is rich in antioxidants
Studies show that Rooibos tea is crammed with antioxidants and drinking it can increase the levels of antioxidants in your blood. This is really useful if you want to make sure your system is in the best possible shape to fight off infection.
To explain how this works we need to treat you to a short lesson in biochemistry – but we’ll try and keep it simple 😊. Here goes…
Antioxidants are the molecules that help prevent cell damage caused by the Free Radicals that your body produces. Free Radicals are molecules that have an uneven number of electrons and are thus unstable. They are produced by the body as it processes food and as it reacts to its surrounding environment. Antioxidants, however, are stable enough to do without an extra electron and so work by donating this spare electron to the free radicals, thus stabilizing them. And that’s good!
Because of their uneven number of electrons, free radicals react very easily with other molecules in your body. Such reactions are known as oxidation reactions and are quite normal and often useful. For instance, free radicals are used by your body’s cells to help fight infections.
Rooibos tea could support the health of your heart
Maintaining the health of your heart makes sense at the best of times. But this is not the best of times. Everyone seems to respond to the virus in slightly different ways and if your body struggles to fight it off this could put a strain on your heart – so it’s more important than ever to be aware of your heart health.
Rooibos tea and the benefits of sleepRooibos tea, unlike other teas, is naturally caffeine-free. You can therefore enjoy a cup of Rooibos directly before you get some shuteye without it having any adverse effects on your quality of sleep.
Rooibos tea calms you down
These are stressful times. Quite apart from any worries you may have about catching the virus (and about your loved ones going down with it) there’s all the uncertainty about running out of food, losing your job, paying your bills, having the kids off school and whatever other surprises the situation may have in store.
We know that stress is unpleasant and has harmful long-term effects on our wellbeing. But it also detrimental in the present as it increases our chances of succumbing to infection - research suggests that stress impairs the immune system and makes you more likely to catch a virus. This creates a vicious circle.
The virus creates fear, anxiety and stress, all of which makes it more likely we’ll be infected and do a poor job of fighting the illness off…which in turn just turns the worry up a notch or two!
So, it’s important to calm yourself down and get things in perspective. Can Rooibos tea help you do that? Yes!
A brew that’s good for youSo, four very good reasons why it makes a lot of sense to drink Rooibos tea over the coming days, weeks and months – it’ll help you keep calm and boost your immune system in this world of crazy!