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A Body of Goodness

One1_Fall_2015-36Going back to ancient China, teas were commonly enjoyed hot or iced. Tea is a hot drink made by infusing the dried, crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water and is one of the most enjoyed drinks worldwide. Black, Green, Oolong, White, and Pu’erh, listed by their strength, come from the Camellia sinensis, native to Asia. Herbal teas or tisanes include chamomile, rooibos and fruit teas.China and India are popular for their herbal blend of spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Besides its generally great taste, teas are known to have health and homeopathic
benefits. Tisanes like chamomile, catnip, poppy and valerian are said to have relaxing properties. And spruce, moringa and pine teas are known for nutrients as vitamin A and D and those with calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc are known as Ayurvedic. Teas and tisanes are said to be high in antioxidants, which supports the body’s immune system. Green tea has been credited with the benefits of fighting prostate and breast cancer, boosting metabolic rate and is said to assist in weight lost. It is also said to improve brain function and may even lower the risk of Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease. Studies have also shown that green tea can reduce blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Research Going back to ancient China, teas were commonly enjoyed hot or iced. Tea is a hot drink made by infusing the dried, crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water and is one of the most enjoyed drinks worldwide. Black, Green, Oolong, White, and Pu’erh, listed by their strength, come from the Camellia sinensis, native to Asia.

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Herbal teas or tisanes include chamomile, rooibos and fruit teas.China and India are popular for their herbal blend of spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Besides its generally great taste, teas are known to have health and homeopathic benefits. Tisanes like chamomile, catnip, poppy and valerian are said to have relaxing properties. And spruce, moringa and pine teas are known for nutrients as vitamin A and D and those with calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc are known as Ayurvedic. Teas and tisanes are said to be high in antioxidants, which supports the body’s immune system. Green tea has been credited with the benefits of fighting prostate and breast cancer, boosting metabolic rate and is said to assist in weight lost. It is also said to improve brain function and may even lower the risk of Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease. Studies have also shown that green tea can reduce blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Research leaves to make one pound of finished tea. Because of this and the need to produce on a large-scale, teas are now grown on flat terrains and machine harvested. Orthodox teas are now produced by allowing the leaves to wither on bamboo trays before using leaf rollers to crush them. Today, luckily, we can find a variety of teas not only in pharmacies, as it once was in the 17th century, but also in supermarkets and coffee shops. So the next time you sip on a hot cup of goodness, remember that it’s not only nurturing your body and soul but it’s now available for everyone to enjoy without a prescription.


 

One1_Fall_2015-37GINGER TEA – indigestion, nausea, colds, flu, and sore throat.

TURMERIC MIXED IN MILK – calm the nerves and is an anti-inflammatory.

GINSENG – energy booster.

ECHINACEA – common cold.

MINT – digestion, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea and colic.

Disclaimer:

This article is not to provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to anyone. The article is the opinion of the writer and for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in the place of an advice from your physician or other healthcare provider.

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