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Herbal teas: which ones to take pre and post training?

The expert indicates which ones are best to ingest before and after physical activity

According to a survey conducted by the United Nations (UN), tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water. According to a budget of Euromonitor Internationalthe drink has seen a 25% increase in popularity in Brazil in recent years, double the global average of 13%.

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In addition to its wide range of types and forms of consumption, tea has numerous health benefits, depending on the leaf, fruit or root infused. Fúlvia Hazarabedian, nutritionist and director of the Bio Nutri program at Bio Ritmo, explains more about this ancient drink and provides advice on the best types to drink before and after exercise, improving your workouts.

Pre workout


Black tea contains caffeine in its composition, which increases energy for physical activities and acts as a great enhancer, helping with focus and concentration.

Green tea

An excellent ally for general health, green tea can increase energy and resistance during training, improving blood circulation and calorie expenditure.

Indian tea

Chai is an option for those who want to innovate in pre-workout. Made from black tea, milk, sugar and various spices such as: ginger, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, black pepper and cinnamon, it has many benefits including a decongestant effect, helps improve blood circulation in the digestive system and accelerates metabolism.

Ginseng tea

Another good option to consume before exercise is ginseng tea. This plant is known for its adaptogenic actions, which means it helps the body deal with physical, mental and emotional stress. Apart from that, it also promotes energy, reduces fatigue, increases stamina and improves concentration and performance ability.

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7 health benefits of teas

After training

Guarana tea

Native to the Amazon, guaraná can also be consumed in the form of tea. Obtained from the seeds of the fruit, it is used to combat physical and mental tiredness. Since it contains caffeine, guarana powder serves to replenish energy and improve alertness.

Ginger tea

A pre- and post-workout ally, ginger tea improves intestinal function, accelerates the metabolism, fights fluid retention and helps prevent more serious inflammation, as well as improving the immune system.

Cinnamon tea

Cinnamon tea is also a tea with a thousand and one uses, as it has calming properties, has a detoxifying effect, regulates the intestine and helps to lose weight. Furthermore, it improves cognitive ability, contributes to sexual health and hinders premature aging.

rosemary tea

Rosemary tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, being an ally of the body for recovery after physical exercise. Furthermore, it has a calming effect on the digestive system, helping the absorption of nutrients.

Chamomile tea

Another ideal flower for post-workout is chamomile. Chamomile herbal tea has relaxing effects on the body and mind, which can help reduce post-workout anxiety and stress, promoting muscle recovery and adequate rest.

Passionflower tea

Passionflower is the passion flower and is also an option for those looking to relax after training. Thanks to its calming and sedative properties, it relieves stress and promotes excellent sleep.

How to consume

The nutritionist explains that consuming hot or cold tea makes no difference. However, care must be taken in the preparation, since depending on what is used for the infusion – stem or leaves – the active ingredients could be lost. Additionally, Fúlvia comments that the teas can be blended, which can enhance and increase the benefits.

“There is also the option of mixing teas together and adding fruit such as lemon or honey to make them tastier. However, as with any other substance, it is always advisable to consult a doctor before integrating new supplements or herbal teas into your routine, especially if you suffer from pre-existing conditions or take medications”, concludes the expert.

Source: Terra

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