You wouldn’t think that slurping on tea as you worked out could give you the same benefits of Gatorade and Powerade.
But not only does Rooibos, also known as redbush tea, help you get through your exercises, it also provides you with a host of other health benefits.
It is a natural tea that is taking the fitness industry by storm. If you’re into healthy sports drinks, then you have likely already heard of this ingredient being added to various mixes or even being used straight up.
If you’re consistently or inconsistently working out, then you should definitely check out rooibos tea — and no, you don’t have to drink it hot like a tea.
You can make it like a juice, similar to Tang or Kool-Aid, or even the traditional ice tea but 100x healthier. First, let’s go into why you should ditch your Gatorade and Powerade drinks to Rooibos tea.
Gatorade and Powerade are simple unhealthy
When you go into the ingredients that are inside of these popular sports drinks, you can’t help but notice a bunch of red flags.
They are made with liquid sugars like HFCS, fructose and glucose, chemical artificial coloring like red#40, citric acid and emulsifiers like brominated vegetable oil.
This is a mix for disaster — your insides are crying out for nutrition and instead it’s being poisoned with ingredients like these.
This is no good for a body that’s being thrown into fitness mode, which requires additional nutrients to repair and become stronger. When you neglect your body in this fashion, it’s bound to start breaking down.
So what’s so great about Rooibos?
For one, it’s a product of nature, not man. And anything edible that comes from nature is bound to be very healthful to our bodies. Heck, that’s why it was designed in the first place — to bio-compatible with our genetic makeup.
A little background information — Rooibos is a powder extract that comes from the Aspalatus linearis plant, which is found consistently growing in South Africa (isn’t the Mother Land great?), and it doesn’t contain any caffeine.
For those of you who already know — caffeine is something you want to avoid for a variety of reasons. However, the taste of Rooibos is like a herbal tea and can even be compared to those unhealthy, yet popular sports drinks.