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The #1 Best Hot Beverage to Have Every Day, Says Science

Sip on this to start your day right!
FACT CHECKED BY Kiersten Hickman

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it sets the tone for our eating habits, energy levels, and health. However, it's not just what's on your plate that's important—but what's in your cup! While coffee-lovers might be a tad disappointed, there's one hot beverage, in particular, that is well known for supporting your overall wellness and digestion. Science illustrates that hot tea is one of the most significant contributors to a long, fruitful life.

The good news is you don't have to stick to just one tea blend to reap the benefits. Instead, each offers its own perks. Here's what research says about some of the best teas you can sip on for your health. Then, for even more drinking tips, be sure to read up on our list of Popular Drinks That Fight Inflammation, Say Dietitians.

White tea

White tea

If you prefer your tea flavor to be on the lighter side, with a refreshing, gentle aftertaste, turn to white tea. This blend is created from the Camellia sinensis plant, which can be found in India and China. Though it's not as popular as its green and black counterparts, it's been comparable in health benefits because it has a high level of antioxidants. For those mindful of caffeine consumption, white tea has a very trace amount, so it could be a smart choice for your evening wind-down. White tea also won't stain your teeth like coffee or darker teas, and it's even a source of natural fluoride!

Herbal tea

rooibos tea

You may think herbal teas are white teas, but that's not entirely true. Though they are similar since they don't carry caffeine, herbal teas also include herbs (obviously), fruits, spices, and plants to create a more savory flavor profile. Most people enjoy herbal tea during the afternoon or evening as a way to relax, release stress, and prepare for rest. Truly, there are hundreds of herbal tea options available, but some of the most well-researched have proven health benefits.

As an example, rooibos improves blood circulation and pressure, reduces oxidative stress, and encourages good cholesterol. Peppermint has menthol, making it ideal for a worrisome tummy, either from constipation, motion sickness, or IBS.

Green tea

green tea

If you've ever visited China or Japan, you definitely were offered green tea in nearly every restaurant or eatery you visited. It's part of their daily routine—and for a good reason. It's high in flavonoids that can reduce blood clotting and bad cholesterol. Some studies even suggest green tea has the power to protect against cellular damage which could lower the risk of prostate, breast, and colorectal cancers. And if you can't seem to remedy your acne? Try a new green tea habit; it's an anti-inflammatory beverage.

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Black tea

black tea

Though black tea is made from the same plant that green tea is made out of, the process is different. With black tea, leaves are left to dry and ferment, creating that darker hue—and a more intense flavor. Black tea is the best choice for those who need a little pick-me-up in the morning because it does have more caffeine. As you sip your hot beverage, you'll be boosting your immune system, fighting inflammation, and more.

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