Tea Aids in Weight Loss (and more)

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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

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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

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→

Herbal Healing and our Ancestors

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The fact is, without herbal medicine, modern medicine wouldn’t be as advanced as it is today. Humans have relied on plants for thousands of years – not only for nutrition, but to ease what ails us.

Herbs have helped us survive disease and pestilence, and contributed to our survival for as long as we’ve been around. Herbs are even mentioned in the bible many times.

Only over time have we learned which herbs and parts of a plant provide value and which have the potential to cause damage.

We know that our ancestors used herbal remedies because archeologists have unearthed evidence that they used plant-based treatments all over the world. What’s intriguing is that cultures on a global scale, which had no known contact with one another, all used herbal remedies in much the same way – testing and tracking what worked and what didn’t in the herbal world of remedies.

As time proved some assumptions correct, our ancestors passed the teachings about herbal treatments down through familial lineage. They also created texts to help others study and learn about the techniques used in taking a natural approach to healing. Read More→

The World of Herbal Medicine

The Chinese have made it a point to blend nature’s garden into the world of medicine more than any other culture in history and they still advocate the importance of herbs today.

Many cultures have traditionally used herbs in their remedies, but since around 5000 BC China has alleviated ailments using herbs.  This power knowledge has been accumulated for thousands of years, which is how the Chinese have mastered the art of cultivating herbs for medicinal purposes. Even today other cultures from around the world look to them for insight into how a diagnosis can be treated with herbs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

The world relies heavily on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) — everyone from consumers to specialists in every field of medicine.  The Chinese developed their system of medicine and herbal remedies to cater to the yin and yang principle, where the body is in perfect balance. Herbs deliver that harmony.

Instead of treating one symptom, as is commonly done in the Western world, Chinese herbal remedies seek to get the body back to a natural state of balance allowing healing to take place and eliminate imbalances.  Along with herbal remedies, the Chinese also incorporate acupuncture, massage, and a healthy diet into the concept of harmony and healing.

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Before You Buy Herbs for Your Health

What You Need to Know…

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Let me precede this post with the fact that I am a huge believer in herbs and natural remedies. I studied them for years though I am NOT a practitioner. The information I provide here is not intended as medical advice in any way. It’s provided for your interest in alternative health therapies available.

I’ve used herbs, vitamins, enzymes, healthy foods, etc., personally for nearly two decades. Obviously, I’m sold on the benefits!

Let’s talk about some specific things you should know before you buy herbs for your health.

Although widely touted as a healthy alternative to synthetic pharmaceuticals, herbal treatments must be used with caution and by someone who knows what they’re doing. You want to be knowledgeable about what you put into (or on) your body before you ingest a dangerous amount of an herb you’re not familiar with.

Many companies sell herbs off the Internet without any verifiable way to back up their claims or even that you’re receiving the kind of herb you’re investing in. You want to only buy from a reputable company that delivers herbs you can trust.

Make sure you’re working toward preventative health, and not simply treatments or cures for diseases or ailments you encounter from time to time. Herbal medicine works best when you try to maintain a balance within your body, not when you seek out help solely to fix an immediate problem. Read More→

Herbs and Naturopathy

Naturopathy and HerbsMore and more people are turning to natural healthcare, using naturopathic medicine to treat what ails them. Taking this natural approach, using herbs and natural remedies, offers you a whole body healing approach, rather than the dominant single-symptom treatments doctors use in modern medicine.

Naturopathy

Naturopathy enables you to treat your entire body and leading you to good health (and can even reverse some conditions). It combines the mind, body, and spirit so both your internal and mental states get back in balance and have a stronger ability to stave off infection and heal faster.

For thousands of years, our ancestors have practiced naturopathic medicine because it’s all they knew (and all that was available prior to the culmination of man-made prescriptions). Read More→

Preparing Your Own Herbal Remedies

How to make your own herbal preparationsIf you’re a fan of natural healing with herbs, you’ve probably been confused at times about the different ways herbs can be prepared for your use in treating conditions. There are quite a few ways to do this and I’ll list them below.

First, know that the terminology may be confusing, but the processes are simple and allow you to enhance your herbal experience in any way you see fit. Depending on which methods you use in herbal preparation, you may need a scale, blender, (or grinder), glassware you can heat, enamel pots and double boilers that don’t contain aluminum or copper, cheesecloth, a strainer, wooden spoons, and jars with lids.
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