Properly Storing Loose Leaf Teas

by Elena Popec 22. July 2010 12:06

Loose leaf tea is a delightful, delectable tea that is packed with health benefits for you. But protecting this tea, and keeping it fresh and delicious, involves storing it in a proper container. Heat, air, light, and moisture, are some elements that could potentially damage the tea or drain it of nutrients, so it’s important to keep the tea protected from these elements.

Loose leaf vs. tea bags
   
Sure, tea bags may seem to be convenient. But in the long run, they can be harmful to you. Tea bags are almost unrecognizable as tea anymore. The nutrients and antioxidants have been beaten out of it, resulting in little more than “tea dust.” The processing of these teas may also have left traces of harmful chemicals that will bring on inimical side effects. Loose leaf tea on the other hand is intact, with more antioxidants and nutrients, and more flavor. It is processed through simpler methods and allowed to retain its sweet, rich aromas and the taste is far superior to tea bags. When you brew loose leaf tea, the water has room to move around the leaves, which brings out the flavor.

Health benefits of loose leaf tea

   
Drinking tea every day yields many results that are beneficial to your health. It can help you to lose weight, help lower your cholesterol, prevent you from developing high blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular disease, and improve your dental health. Regular tea drinking may prevent you from developing cancer. It may also help improve your sleep, ward off headaches, improve your memory, improve cognitive functions such as learning, and help to prevent you from developing arthritis and types of dementia. Tea is just packed with an almost countless number of health benefits. Green tea has even been shown to lead to a longer life-span.

How to store tea
   
Tea of course should be stored at room temperature, and the best way to protect it from heat, moisture, and other elements is by keeping it in an airtight container. Tea can’t be sealed and put in a freezer, as this will damage it. Likewise it cannot be kept near a toaster, stove, or microwave or any other type of heat, as this will also damage the tea. If kept in a pretty, but not airtight container, the tea will lose its flavor fairly quickly.
   
Try not to use containers that are clear plastic or clear glass. This leaves the tea accessible to light which can damage it. Try to store tea away from any foods or spices that are strongly scented or flavored, as teas can easily absorb the flavor and aroma of the food around them.

Drink up
   
Don’t keep tea for too long, as over time, even in the best of storage containers, tea will lose its flavor and nutrients. Tea is meant to be consumed. And drinking a few cups of tea every day will help improve your health and has even been shown to lengthen your life. So brew some tea. You can even brew tea and refrigerate it to enjoy refreshing iced tea all week.

Does the Green Tea Diet Work?

by Steven Popec 19. July 2010 09:31

With all the weight loss miracle claims, it’s hard to ascertain what actually works, and what’s actually good for you. There are many fad diets and crash diets that make wondrous and difficult to believe claims, but many of these are incredibly unhealthy, damaging, and can wreak havoc on your body, and cause far more harm than good. Diet pills and diets that exclude food groups are advertised all the time these days. The truth is that there is no miracle cure, but adding green tea to a healthy diet and exercise plan may help you to lose weight.

Weight loss effects
   
Being at a healthy weight is about more than just social acceptance. It can lead to significant health improvements, such as a lower cholesterol, and put you at a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and a variety of other ailments.
   
The “secret” is that green tea contains a chemical called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, which may be beneficial in helping you lose weight. This is just one of many nutrients and antioxidants that green tea contains that have a beneficial effect on your health and your weight loss adventures.

What green tea is and does
   
Loose leaf green tea comes from the same plant as white, black, and oolong tea. It’s a plant called camellia sinensis which is grown in many countries all over the world. The difference between these types of teas is all in the processing. Green tea is a little more oxidated than white tea, and unlike the fermentation process of black tea, is produced by steaming fresh leaves. In this way, the process yields a higher content of certain types of beneficial nutrients and compounds. Due to this process, loose leaf green tea has a higher content of polyphenols than does black tea, or oolong tea.
   
Green tea has many healthful effects, including a boost in your metabolism which will lead to burning off calories at a quicker rate. Green tea has also been shown to help improve your energy, which leaves you with more energy for daily exercise. It may also burn off fat, making it easier to see those pounds start dropping.
   
The EGCG polyphenol that occurs naturally in this tea will make it easier to burn off more calories throughout the day. It has a stronger effect than other natural compounds to increase thermogenesis, which leads to a higher amount of calories burned off at the end of the day.
   
While all of these are shown in various studies, the truth is that there is no miracle weight loss cure. There is no answer that will instantaneously slim your waist. Weight loss is a journey, and it takes a lot of work and a lot of time. It needs to include a well balanced, healthy diet, and daily exercise. But adding loose leaf green tea to your daily routine can help you in this process. Drinking green tea can only be helpful, as it has a myriad of other nutrients and antioxidants that will lead to health improvements in many areas.
   
It can’t hurt to give green tea a try. It’s healthy and tasty. Drink up and enjoy!

Chamomile Tea May Help Prevent Diabetes

by Steven Popec 28. June 2010 07:23

Chamomile tea is delicious and has many health benefits, and studies show that it may even help prevent diabetes. This type of tea is associated with other health improvements, such as helping to alleviate anxiety and types of sleep disorders, among many others.

What studies say
   
And now, new studies show that  drinking chamomile tea every day may help with diabetes. And if chamomile tea can help by preventing diabetes from developing it will prevent any related complications such as kidney or nerve damage. It can help to improve your life functioning that has been affected by this condition.

Chamomile tea and the health effects
   
Chamomile is a type of herbal tea that is popular all over the world, and is known to have positive effects on health. It has been used to treat anxiety, sleep disorders, migraines, skin problems, ulcers, inflammation, and many other conditions. It also has been shown in some studies to help fight off cancerous cells.

What is chamomile tea?
   
Unlike most types of tea, which come from the Camellia sinensis plant, chamomile comes from its own plant which is called Matricaria chamomilla. Dried flowers from this plant are prepared and dried to make chamomile tea. This type of tea is packed with antioxidants and nutrients which are great to add to your daily life by drinking a few cups every day.
   
Helping to prevent diabetes is shown by some research, and it can’t hurt to try drinking chamomile on a daily basis. Diabetes is a serious condition involving the way glucose is processed into the body. Glucose is the way the cells in our body get energy and are able to function.

What is diabetes?
   
Generally, in a healthy body, when glucose levels are increased in the blood stream this will trigger the pancreas to start producing insulin. Insulin directs the glucose, letting it know where to go. Without insulin, or with insulin that is not performing its proper function, this can lead to high levels of glucose in the blood. This is what happens to people who suffer from diabetes. The high blood sugar levels cause a whole slew of symptoms ranging from irritability and dizziness to vision problems and loss of consciousness. These symptoms can impede on a person’s life and daily functioning, and interfere with work and recreation. It comes with higher health risks and can be difficult to manage.

Drink up
   
Adding chamomile to your daily routine may help to prevent this condition from ever developing. It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which includes a healthy diet consisting of all the necessary nutrients, and daily exercise.
   
But studies have shown that chamomile tea consumption can lead to a decrease  in glucose levels in the blood. It can also help to inhibit enzymes that cause diabetic neuropathy, eye problems associated with diabetes, and nephropathy.
   
It can’t hurt to try drinking chamomile every day. It’s a delectable treat, and much healthier than sugary soda pop or sugary concentrate juices. But it’s also important to talk with your doctor when making changes in your diet and when on a plant to prevent or aid with a condition you are experiencing.

Green Tea & Sleep Apnea

by Elena Popec 22. June 2010 07:41

Sleep apnea is a form of sleep disorder that impedes the breathing process during sleep, and if you have it, you know it’s absolutely no fun. It can cause your breathing to pause or even to stop during sleep. It can be dangerous, and lead to a variety of other risky health problems.

Problems associated with sleep apnea

It may lead to problems with cognitive abilities such as learning and memory skills, as well as impede other cognitive abilities. Sleep apnea can also mean that you don’t get as much sleep as you should, and the sleep you do get is not restful and does not help restore and refresh your body.

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital
   
A good night’s sleep is actually extremely important for your body. It restores the body to prepare it for a new day, and refreshes the cells. Not getting a good night’s sleep is a tremendous problem, as sleep serves an incredibly important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Lack of good, restful sleep can interfere with your daily functioning and impede on your life.

Other effects of sleep apnea
   
Sleep apnea, otherwise known as obstructive sleep apnea, is a condition that deprives your body of oxygen while you are asleep. A person who suffers from this condition may experience pauses in breathing while asleep, and their breathing may even stop. This can lead to a drop in oxygen levels, and if oxygen doesn’t get everywhere that it’s supposed to, this can have a negative impact on organs in the body. Breathing is tremendously important, and during sleep it is especially dangerous not to get enough oxygen into your body.
   
This condition also increases the risk for other health problems such as heart attacks, high blood pressure, and strokes. It’s definitely a condition that is necessary to prevent, and green tea may be an aid in sleep improvement.

Green tea can help
   
Green tea is packed with antioxidants which may help improve memory and other cognitive functions. It also contains polyphenols which counteract oxidative stress that occurs in the brain. Damage to cells caused by free radicals, a type of harmful molecule, causes oxidative stress. This in turn causes other types of complications and illnesses. It can also affect memory and learning skills.
   
Fortunately, the polyphenols that occur in green tea work to counteract oxidative stress. They are found in abundance in loose leaf green tea and also in various fruits and vegetables. Loose leaf tea is also the best way to get all the nutrients from the tea. It is more natural, healthy, and hasn’t been processed to the point of beating out all the nutritional value. Loose leaf green tea is also much more flavorful, and far superior.
   
Tea bags have pounded and processed the leaves, leaving you with a bag full of tea dust that is, while not entirely void of, lacking in many nutrients found in loose leaf tea. Organic tea is even better for you, as tea that is not organic may have traces of harmful chemicals. When you drink tea, you want to be drinking the tea that is going to actually give you the health benefits that you need to improve your sleep.

Enjoy the Benefits of African Rooibos Tea

by Steven Popec 21. June 2010 07:19

What is Rooibos?

Rooibos tea, also known as Aspalathus linearis, is a common drink in South Africa and has been consumed there for years. It’s a unique type of tea, and isn’t quite as common just yet in the Western world. It is a mild flavored, fruity type of tea and is already growing in popularity with the rest of the world due not only to its delectable flavor but to its many health benefits. It is grown in the mountains of the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is sometimes called the African rooibos tea. It can be brewed and consumed hot, or made into a delicious iced tea. It has numerous health benefits and can truly add to a healthy lifestyle.

What does Rooibos Mean?

Rooibos means, “red bush.” It is an African word for the flowering shrub that grows in the Western Cape, north of Capetown, in the mountain region. It grows to five feet or so in height, with a red brown stem and needle like, vibrant green leaves. It is a legume shrub which has roots that are able to withstand the poor soils of the mountain region. Its roots can tolerate the acidic soils due to the abundance they have in nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

Antioxidants and Nutrients

The tea that is produced from this plant is delicious and it also has been recently discovered to have high antioxidant contents, like many other teas. Its vitamins and nutrients have led to its increase in popularity in the Western world. It has many health benefits, as do other teas, and is deliciously fruity flavored. It is sometimes blended in with herbal teas that are available today.

The Health Benefits

This tea is sweet on its own. It doesn’t have all the artifice and preservatives and additives of other teas, which makes it a much healthier choice. This tea is incredibly healthy with many benefits.

Research shows that rooibos tea can help with health problems such as headaches and that it may help to lower blood pressure as well. It can even help to prevent anxiety attacks, and helps to alleviate insomnia, and irritability. The tea has already been being used in South Africa to treat asthma, eczema, and hay fever. It is, like most teas, almost like a magical panacea in some ways. It has many other benefits as well. Rooibos can also help maintain healthy teeth, act as an anti-inflammatory, and help to fight off viruses. It has been shown to help with alleviating abdominal pains as well. And it contains elements which are beneficial to healthy skin. This type of tea also contains properties which help maintain healthy circulation of the blood and also helps to fight aging. It of course helps the body’s immunes system as well, like other teas, with all of its antioxidants. Here’s another benefit: Rooibos is free of caffeine! In this way, it is effective at helping alleviate stress, insomnia, and tension and can help relax a person.

It’s fruity and delicious, and healthy too!

Drink Herbal Tea: It's Good for You!

by Steven Popec 4. June 2010 07:10

There are so many types of herbal teas available to help you in so many ways. Drink them regularly and you'll find yourself better than you've been in a long time. They have the power to affect your healing from various conditions from which you may suffer. They will also assist in recovering from the stress we're all prone to these days, and in detoxifying from the poisons our bodies carry from these stresses, from poor lifestyle choices, and also from the environment. In terms of its detoxification properties, herbal tea is a real boon. It can go into the colon and help you pass the toxins that have gathered there.

What's Wrong with Us?

Many of us don't feel completely well but don't realize it or don't understand why. With our lack of exercise, stress that's common in our fast-paced world, and fast food/junk food diets, waste cannot be passed as it should and accumulates within the digestive track. That means you've got a bloated feeling and a bloated appearance. Bacteria grow where the waste accumulates so that you get sluggish and sick without knowing why. Added to that, the new food you take in can't be processed well, so any nutrients they could bring can't be absorbed and you're not getting their benefits. Herbal teas with cleansing capacities take care of this problem.

How do Herbal Teas Help?

There are lots of different teas that have this cleansing property, and you can ask at your local health food store for some more names. Senna, barberry, raspberry, and rhubarb are some of the commonly known teas that help with fostering your digestive well-being. Your colon's health improves immensely when you drink these or other cleansing herbal teas over time. The natural process of waste elimination begins to happen regularly again once you've begun drinking these teas.

They also support the strength of the muscles in this area of the body, which means that they are strong enough to contract as they should in order to push this stuck fecal waste, as well as future contributions, out of your body. Your body is meant to let go of food once their nutrients have been absorbed. If it doesn't, that food turns into poison in your body. So it's not like you're adding something foreign to your body. Rather, you're restoring it to the way it's meant to work in nature.

Herbal Tea Ideas

If you run out and can't get what you need at the moment and just want a simple tea solution, boil a piece of ginger root. Or you can drink green tea, which is readily available, or just boil water with some lemon until it's hot. Any of these will greatly benefit your digestive system and help you cleanse and feel lighter and healthier. Your elimination will become more regular and you'll be more positive and radiant without that sluggish feeling. It's unquestionably important that you watch what you eat when you're aiming for a healthy colon.

How it Affects Your Diet

Fast foods don't get digested properly and leave toxic plaque on the intestinal track. Fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, pass through this are as they're meant to do. After all, your body was made to process its food well. It's our contemporary lifestyle of fast food and junk food, combined with stressing out over small issues, and getting little sleep that contributes to our digestive woes. A good start is to buy some herbal teas that are good for cleansing and detoxification and use them regularly. Then your body can begin to get back to normal and you can have the advantages of the good food that you're going to start buying and consuming as part of your everyday diet.

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