Freelance contribution by Indiana Lee

People have been drinking tea across multiple continents for thousands of years — and for good reason. 

Tea drinking helps us connect with loved ones, gives us access to clean bacteria-free water, and allows us to relax and unwind after a hard day. 

Many of us have loved tea for our whole lives for these exact reasons. But, there could be another reason for our natural inclination to drink tea: it boosts natural hormone production. 

Here are a few ways that tea drinking helps us improve our lives by regulating and promoting hormone production.

Hormone Production and Mental Health

Many of our mental health issues have an underlying hormonal cause. Traditionally, this fact has been used to gaslight women — but hormonal imbalances affect men, too. While the research on hormones and mental health is still emerging, researchers have found links between low dopamine production and common mental health illnesses like depression. 

Of course, if you suspect you are suffering from chronic depression or anxiety you should always visit a medical professional. 

However, if you’re feeling the effect of mild winter blues or are just a little down in the dumps, then tea might be a great addition to your mental health toolbox. This idea of a “toolbox” is backed by nurses and medical professionals, and includes other steps like exercise and meditation.

Bowl of tea surrounded by snake plants

In particular, green teas should factor in your mental health toolbox. Research shows that green tea can lower the prevalence of depression, and teas like Rhodiola contain high levels of L-theanine which fights fatigue, decreases stress, and improves athletic performance.

Testosterone Production

Testosterone levels are important to the health and wellness of both men and women. It’s essentially the hormone that gives you “get up and go”, and regulates sex drive, muscle mass, and strength. Testosterone production typically slows down by 1% per year after you turn 30, and ignoring low testosterone levels can severely hamper your quality of life. 

If you have a serious testosterone imbalance, you should see a doctor who can recommend treatments and may provide you with “boosters” to maintain your current levels. 

But it’s worth noting that tea can also play a vital role in increasing and regulating your testosterone production, as tea has an anabolic effect that increases muscular strength and improves bone mass. 

Tea also helps you live a testosterone-friendly lifestyle, as you can replace alcohol intake with a tasty brew, cut down on stress, and improve the quality of your sleep — all of which improve testosterone production.

Circulatory Health

As we get older, many of us face health issues that stem from poor circulatory health. Clogged arteries may lead to strokes or heart attacks, and fluctuating hormones have a major impact on the health and strength of your vascular system. This may lead to conditions like varicose veins or hot flashes. 

A drop in hormones may also cause vein walls to relax. In turn, this leads to additional pressure being placed on the valves which control blood flow. This additional pressure makes it harder for the heart to work against gravity and may lead to accumulations in the blood which cause spider veins and circulatory problems. 

Although tea is not a magic elixir that instantly improves circulatory health, it will aid your efforts to improve your hormonal balance and improve circulation. Teas like ginseng have hematopoietic properties which help boost blood production and may help improve the amount of oxygen your blood cells receive — making it easier to exercise and continue with healthy regimes.

Spots and Acne

Almost everyone goes through a period of their life where spots and acne develop on their face and body. Usually, this occurs during your teenage years or early 20s. It’s entirely normal and is nothing to feel embarrassed or overly self-conscious about — it may even be a sign that you have high testosterone levels

However, if acne is frustrating you then regular consumption of green tea may help. That’s because green tea contains the following acne-reducing properties: 

  • Antioxidant: green tea contains polyphenolic compounds which modulate the free radicals that may be causing your acne. 
  • Antibacterial: Acne forms when bacteria clogs your pores. Green tea helps reduce the number of bacteria produced from your skin (dead skin cells, oils) which can stop pores from clogging as often. 
  • Anti-inflammatory: green tea can reduce the “redness” of angry pimples.
  • Anti-androgenic: green tea can help regulate hormones during periods of great stress or hormonal change.

Green tea isn’t guaranteed to reduce your acne, but it can play a part in combating the severity and regularity of acne flares.

Conclusion

Tea alone isn’t a silver bullet for regulating hormone production, but it can help you overcome or mitigate fluctuations in hormone production. In particular, green teas can produce compounds that help reduce the severity of acne, and teas like ginseng may improve testosterone production and help improve your overall mental health.

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