Bancha tea (also known as Kukicha twig tea) is not only healthy and hydrating but helps to alkalize the body’s fluids and tissue, helping to prevent disease and reduce post-exercise pain in muscles by balancing your acidity levels. Even a mild case of acidosis can over time cause several health issues including:
- obesity or having difficulty losing weight as the body looks to conserve fat to help protect itself from acid build-up
- cardiovascular conditions
- urinary system problems (such as bladder infections and kidney stones)
- weakened immune responses
- premature aging
- joint and bone issues
- fatigue and listlessness
This is because the body is working harder than it should, looking for minerals, such as magnesium, calcium and potassium, that will help neutralise the acidity and remove it from your body.
Alkaline v Acidic Foods
Generally, our diet in Australia is rich in acid-forming foods. These foods include:
- meat products
- dairy products
- white flour
- processed sugar and artificial sweeteners.
For balance we should eat equal alkaline, which includes fresh vegetables and most fresh fruits.
Benefits of Bancha Tea
Bancha tea has the strongest alkalising ability of any herbal or Japanese tea. A cup of this tea is also packed full of nutrients including calcium, zinc, selenium (great for improved metabolism), copper, manganese and fluoride. It is also a rich source of vitamins including B-complex, vitamin C and A as well as flavonoids and the same catechins you find in green tea.
What you will need
1 tablespoon organic kukicha twigs (grab your packet of Bancha Tea here)
2-3 cups water
How to make it
Bring twigs and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and reserve twigs. Dry the twigs out as they can be reused again with a few more fresh twigs in your next pot of tea. This is a thirst quencher and tastes just as good chilled!
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