Archive for Healthy Tea

Natural Remedy: Green Tea

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Are you a tea drinker? I drink a lot of tea. Hot in the winter and iced tea in warmer weather. While today’s post is about green tea, I make my tea using my own blend of green tea, black/orange pekoe, and white teas. It tastes absolutely delicious and is super healthy for you.

Oh, and drinking tea (hot or cold) won’t put the weight on you like soda.  Did you know drinking just one can of soda a day will put at least ten pounds of fat on your body in one year? Drink tea instead, even it it’s sweetened with raw sugar or honey, it will save you pounds! (I don’t remember where, but I read that white tea also helps to melt belly fat! Now who wouldn’t like that?!)

Green Tea

Green tea, has no caffiene, and has been around for a long time and is better known in other countries as a healthy and healing tea.

It probably has the most health benefits of any kind of beverage or food item we know about. Green tea was developed centuries ago for the sole purpose of healing.  The Chinese are the ones who first realized the benefits it holds and found a way to harness them for consumption. Green tea became an integral part of their society and culture because it could be used for things like headache pain and depression.  It was considered a highly sought after medicinal treatment because they felt it was the wonder drug of their time.

This wonder drug has been in their culture for over 4,000 years now.  Green tea can be helpful for many disorders and diseases.  Some of those include cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol levels, different types of infections, rheumatoid arthritis and even some types of cancer.

Green tea is most known for its ability to help your body stay strong and fight off disease – including some forms of cancer, such as esophageal cancer. Studies have shown that green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by at least 60%.

Dieters can also benefit from this flavorful tea. It’s known for its ability to help your body burn off some of the daily calories you take in.  It provides you with some of the needed nutrients as well as being a healthy beverage that tastes good.

Another benefit you may not realize that it provides is the fact that it can help prevent tooth decay. Since it has bacteria-destroying abilities, it prevents harmful bacteria from settling into your mouth and causing the rotting and decaying of your teeth. That bacterium is also prevented from traveling any further into your body (such as your blood stream) and causing more health problems.

If you suffer from insomnia, you should consider drinking some green tea before retiring for bed each night. You can get a good night’s sleep just by sipping a steaming cup of green tea before bed.  Introduce it into your daily beverage options and see how its powerful ingredient affects your health and wellness.

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Got Bad Breath? Drink Tea!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

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If you’re plagued with bad breath (halitosis), you can probably relate to how hard it is to get rid of it — and how embarrassing it can be. If you’ve tried over-the-counter remedies and found that they just didn’t work for you or just made your mouth feel like cotton, you need to know that TEA is your answer.

Tea is an all-natural way to banish bad breath!

What causes bad breath? It happens when bacteria grows rapidly on the surface of your tongue or hides in gum pockets. The bacteria gives off a sulfurous-like odor that gives you what’s known as halitosis or bad breath. Most over the counter products only attempt to cover up the smell, which is why they don’t work.

In order to rid yourself of the halitosis problem, the bacteria itself would need to be taken care of. Black tea is known to help control plaque within the mouth, which would normally cause the bacteria to grow.

Without the plaque, bacteria are kept under control, thereby keeping bad breath problems at bay.  Studies show that the polyphenols found in some teas helps keep the foul odor bacteria from forming.

By drinking some tea regularly, you can help keep bad breath and plaque under control AND reduce the amounts of colds, throat infections and even dental problems you endure.

What better way to do this than to do it with tea, which happens to be an all-natural product that has no harmful side effects linked to it? Not only that, but it assists with so many other things that help our body stay healthy longer. Read More→

Tea: Cancer Fighting Polyphenols

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

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Tea is rich in polyphenols, found in the camellia sinensis plants, which are crushed and then fermented into common teas (such as green tea, black tea and the oolong tea). These polyphenols have been extensively studied to determine the extent of their benefits.

The studies showed that they contain about 10 times the amount of antioxidants than what are found in our fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants are a powerful ally in the fight against ailments like cancer.

The ones found in the green and black teas are different than the antioxidants that are found in fruits and vegetables. Green and black teas contain flavonoids, such as the catechins, that can seek out and destroy chemicals that damage a body’s cells, and cause cancers to form.

Tea is also thought to defend against toxic chemicals that we see with inhaling tobacco smoke. They protect cells from these nasty enemies and prevent them from damaging our body’s cells.

Tea can defend against other ailments like blood clot formations, high cholesterol and it can possibly delay the onset of diseases like diabetes. Polyphenols are also known for their aid in weight loss programs and in the defense against halitosis and dental problems.

They can also improve skin conditions and they are possibly linked to aiding in the delay of Parkinson symptoms. The benefits don’t stop there, though. It’s reported that tea can help reduce your chances for skin cancer – and in some cases, by using the tea extract in lotion form, you may be able to block the damage from the sun.

Tea is known to slow the growth of already-formed tumors, it protects your bones from frailty, and even boosts your immune system so you can lessen your chances for colds, throat infections and flu symptoms. Read More→

Tea Aids in Weight Loss (and more)

Friday, May 27th, 2011
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At a Glance:

The Benefits of Tea

  • Increases metabolic rate
  • Increases energy
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Burns fat calories
  • Hydrates like water
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Decreases chances of cancer
  • And More!

Tea is known for its wondrous ability to help reduce stress and decrease a person’s chance for heart disease, but can it help us lose weight? Actually, studies show that it can help us in our weight loss efforts.

Tea is a natural way to boost your energy without the need for any harmful medications or supplemental drugs. Your energy level goes up, enabling you to exercise more, which in turn enables you to burn off those fat calories.

Tea has also been shown to increase your metabolic rate at which the body naturally burns off the fat calories to shed extra pounds. Studies show that tea can burn off about 80 calories a day in addition to a good exercise regimen.

Green tea is thought to contain flavonoids, which enhance the body’s use of a hormone called norepinephrine. It’s thought that the hormone encourages the body’s metabolic rate for burning of the fat calories. Read More→

Green Tea: Special Health Benefits

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

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Green tea has been around a very long time. It’s been used by the ancient Chinese for many medicinal purposes for about 4,000 years. It’s been used in their culture for just about everything.

Modern-day scientists have studied green tea and reported a possible linkage with the reduction of chances for people to contract some types of cancers, along with positive effects on our bodies like increasing our energy levels.

Green tea has been linked to helping eliminate our chances of contracting other diseases as well, such as cardiovascular disease and arthritis – and it can even help lower our cholesterol levels.

Using green tea can help with our minor aches and pains like headaches and joint pain.  Green tea contains catechin polyphenols, which are believed to be the ingredients that give us all of these wondrous health benefits.

The polyphenols are found in the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, which is then ground up and made into our green tea. These polyphenols are thought to inhibit the cancer cells from growing to form the many types of cancer we see today, without damaging any tissues in the process.

Polyphenols are considered to be very powerful anti-oxidants, which promote healthier body processes. It’s also known for helping some people lose weight, by increasing your energy levels and promoting a healthier rate of calorie burning within your body. Read More→

Health Benefits of Tea in History

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The medicinal use of Tea began in ancient times in China and Japan. Tea was popular for two reasons: its wonderful taste and the health benefits it offers.

It was commonly used for headaches, depression-like symptoms, boosting energy, and even to aid in improving eyesight.

As the story goes, an emperor was presented with a cup of hot water that had turned brown from a leaf that had dropped into a pot of boiling water. He was pleased with the taste of it and from that point on, tea was born.

Tea was also ground into a paste-like substance and was applied to reduce pain and inflammation.

Health benefits of tea stand the test of time.

It became popular with Buddhists as a means to stay awake for long periods of meditation. As the centuries came and went, tea evolved, but kept its medicinal purposes. Instead of drinking the tea to rid themselves of their ailments, our ancestors started to grind the leaves and boil them together with foods, like rice, ginger and milk.

Tea was also reportedly used for things like normal aches and pains, digestion problems and as a means of boosting a body’s immune system to defend against a myriad of foreign bodies that enter us.

It was an historic belief that tea also held religious properties that enabled those who drank it to elongate their life expectancy. Tea traveled to many different countries and its medicinal benefits came along with it.

Tea became popular and was used throughout medical history. Read More→