Stay away from Caffeine

“Caffeine actually contributes to you feeling tired. A recent study has found that non-caffeine consumers were more alert upon waking than those who needed their daily morning fix. What the study concluded was that coffee is very good at curing the withdrawal effects of caffeine. The more caffeine you have, the more tired you get. If you cut caffeine, you’ll find you have more energy. A great replacement for your morning cuppa is Rooibos tea. It is ridiculously high in anti-oxidants and completely caffeine free,” says Holford.

Drink more water or herbal teas

“If you do nothing else,” Holford advises “one of the best things you can do to improve your health is simply drink more water or herbal teas. If you only drink when you are thirsty then you are already dehydrated and your body is suffering as a consequence. Chronic fatigue, headache, dry skin and dry joints so you become more stiff and achy are just some of the symptoms, the biggest problem being constipation, for which not drinking enough water is the single most common cause.”

Holford recommends drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water or herbal teas a day, with Rooibos listed as one of his highest recommendations. Rooibos is as effective as water for hydrating the body, but has all the additional proven cancer-fighting, heart disease reduction and anti-aging properties that water doesn’t.

Holford on Rooibs

Holford is quoted as saying: “Since redbush tea is naturally caffeine-free, it’s untreated so every last one of its healthful polyphenols is preserved. The other thing that sets redbush apart from other teas is its low tannin content. Tannins are the polyphenols in black and green tea responsible for their astringent taste. Since redbush tea is lower in tannins, it’s much smoother and milder tasting-no matter how long you steep it.

Furthermore, its potent antioxidant content protects your body from free radicals. The antioxidants in redbush tea are called polyphenols. And it’s the catechins in the polyphenols that support your overall health and boost your immune system. Plus, these antioxidants are also thought to lower blood fat levels, which in turn help to support normal cholesterol levels.”

About South African Rooibos Council & Rooibos

The Rooibos Council was established in April 2005 as a non-profit organisation to promote the interests of the South African Rooibos industry locally and internationally – including all products manufactured from Rooibos. South Africans have been enjoying Rooibos for generations, but not just for the refreshing taste… one of the major selling points in South Africa and abroad is its natural goodness and health benefits.

Find out more about its history and health properties at


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