Posts for: January, 2016
We didn’t want to bombard you with too much information about tea all at once. It’s better to take it one sip at a time. So, in order to wrap up this week, we will finish talking about oolong and black tea, discuss some other benefits of drinking tea in general, and provide a few reputable tea sources to get you started.
Oolong Tea: The oolong leaf contains both caffeine and catechin, which combined with high levels of antioxidants are great at fighting free radicals. The taste is between a green tea and a black tea, and it comes in a variety of flavors. This tea, like white and green tea, provides a long list of health benefits when it is consumed regularly.
- Increases metabolism
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Increases mental alertness
- Strengthens immune system
- Help improve the quality of hair and skin
- Helps prevent tooth decay and plague build-up caused by harmful acids produced by mouth bacteria
- Helps prevent osteoporosis (contains magnesium and calcium)
Black Tea: Black tea is chalked full of curative qualities. It is rich in the potent antioxidants thearubigens and theaflavins. When consumed regularly and over a long period of time, black tea can do wonders for your internal and external health. Foods and beverages that are rich in antioxidants are beneficial because they help disable free radicals, which can lead to cardiovascular issues, inflammation, and chronic diseases, like heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and diabetes.
Black tea can also provide relief from asthma and digestive problems. It can also help you manage your stress levels. Black tea can help bring your cortisol (stress hormone) levels back to normal more quickly, and in turn can help you rebalance and find relief from stress faster. This wonder tea can even aid in increasing bone density. Also, like green and oolong tea, it can help protect against dental plague, cavities, and decay.
The antioxidants in black tea have the power to help reverse the visible signs of aging. Due to time, stress, sun exposure, and unhealthy diet and habits, our skin has a tendency to prematurely age. The powerful antioxidants in black tea can help restore skin elasticity, soften wrinkles, and bring that radiant glow back to your skin.
Who knew that a little plant called Camellia sinensis, which is where all true tea comes from, could have such extraordinary effects on our health. Incorporating tea into your daily diet is something that is easy, affordable, and delicious. By sipping a few cups of tea daily, you might be surprised how gracious your body will be and how positivitely it will react.
There is also something soothing about wrapping your hands around a warm mug, inhaling the fragrant notes, and sipping to your health. It is important to set aside a little time throughout the day to yourself in order to recollect, rebalance, and recharge. Drinking a cup of tea could be that short, but vital time we all need throughout our busy lives. There is a type of tea for everyone.
Here is a list of some incredible tea companies:
- Mighty Tea Leaf Teas
- Tazo Tea
- Yogi Tea
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- Numi Tea
- The Republic of Tea
Thank you for sharing a smile with us this week. We hope that you enjoy your tea!
It is official. The New Year is really here, the holiday party season is over, and it’s time to get back on track. After the run between Thanksgiving and the New Year’s countdown coming to that pinnacle moment, a lot of us are probably feeling the accumulated effects of holiday feasting, increased alcohol intake, and the up and down end of the year stress levels. Not to fret though, this month Parker Wellness will be offering valuable information, tips, and motivation on how to easily transition back to normal and start off the year with a bang.
A very easy and delicious addition to your day or evening should be a cup or two of tea. There are four types of true tea: white, green, oolong, and black tea. Herbal teas, like chamomile and hibiscus come from nontraditional tea plants and provide different benefits. Today, we are just going to focus on the four main types of traditional teas and their specific health benefits. While drinking tea has several benefits to your physical health, the time that you take to stop and enjoy that cup of tea can also provide several mental benefits. We will take a look at both. As we’ve talked about before, little positive additions to your daily routine can make monumental differences in your daily life. This might be one of them.
*Tea facts according to www.octaviatea.com
White Tea: White tea is considered to be one the healthiest teas. It is only harvested for a few days during the spring and is exposed to almost zero processing. It is nutrient-rich and super high in antioxidants. White tea is also very high in a rare amino acid called theanine. The combination of high levels of antioxidants and this specific amino acid can help fight aging, cancer, and other diseases. It can also lower anxiety and stress levels, promote positivity and happiness, strengthen the immune system, and sharpen concentration. This tea is in high demand and for very good reason.
Green Tea: Green tea is a powerhouse tea! The benefits of incorporating this into your diet should make it a no brainer. Green tea is rich in EGCG, Epigallocatechin gallate, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants. Let’s take a look at some of the major benefits of regularly drinking green tea.
- Helps improve brain function and can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
- Reduces the risk of various types of cancer, such as breast, prostate, and colorectal
- Can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Can help you reduce and maintain a healthy weight
- Can increase longevity
- Helps kill and further inhibit the growth of the most common and harmful mouth bacteria, Streptococcus mutans. This bacterium is one of the main causes of plaque formation, cavities, tooth decay, and bad breath.
At the end of the weekend, we will finish up and look at the two other types of tea and why you should make tea a part of your life.
Thanks for sharing a smile with us today!
Welcome to 2016! Today is the first day of a brand new year. It is a fresh start, a new beginning, and the first day that you can launch your New Year’s resolutions campaign. According to the Statistics Brain Research Institute (www.statisticbrain.com), 45% of Americans consistently make resolutions at the start of each year. Only 8% of resolution makers actually succeed. Why is this? Is it because we make too many resolutions, or that we make unrealistic resolutions, or that after a month the motivation that comes with the opportunity for self- reinvention fades? Maybe it’s that we are putting too much pressure on ourselves and too much significance on a simple date, January 1.
The top ten most common New Year’s resolutions, based on the Statistic Brain Research Institute, are to lose weight, get organized, spend less and save more, enjoy life to the fullest, stay fit and healthy, learn something exciting, quit smoking, help others in their dreams, fall in love, and spend more time with family. These are all great goals, and a lot of us are making them every year. However, most of us are failing to accomplish them. It might be time to rethink New Year’s resolutions.
While it is a good idea to have in mind some long-term goals, you might be more successful if you focus on short-term goals continuously throughout the year. A short-term goal might be that in January you are going to stop buying cigarettes, start taking Juice Plus, or have a special lunch date with your mother every other week. Get through January before you start thinking about what marker you will be at with your goal or goals in June. Stay more present minded, instead of jumping too far into the future. The goals that you set for yourself become part of your journey, and that journey is all about one step at a time. You cannot skip steps and expect to be successful.
You have to start sometime, and there is nothing wrong with using the dawning of a new year to inspire the commencement of your journey toward self-improvement. However, don’t let the inevitable pressure of declaring your New Year’s resolutions along with roughly 145,000,000 of your fellow Americans, get in the way of accomplishing what you set out to do.
Making little changes can make monumental differences. Also, psychologically, little goals seem more obtainable than big goals. But, keep in mind that a series of little goals can lead to the triumph of something really big. Remember, you can work on your goals month by month. Start by saying something like this: “During the month of January, I am going to walk my dog every evening after dinner to work toward getting in 10,000 steps a day.” Then build off of that. This approach is more manageable, and more likely to produce successful results. The traditional resolution proposal is usually structured something like this: “This year I am going to walk my dog every day in order to get in 10,000 steps a day.” That seems a little more daunting and the pressure is immediately on to tackle this yearlong goal. For some, maybe that 8%, this approach works, but for the rest of us, it obviously doesn’t. Here are some examples of how this alternative mindset and method work.
Example 1, Goal 1: Work on keeping a positive frame of mind. There are a lot of situations and events that are out of your control. There are also going to be moments where things don’t work out the way that you had planned. It is probably even easier to make a list of things that have or could bring you down, ruin your day, or spiral you into a negative state of mind. Consistently remaining in the negative is more detrimental than you might think. It is more than just dwelling, fuming, or rolling your eyes at everything; it can actually affect your health. Maintaining positive thinking will help you cope with stress better, make you more resilient, improve your immune system, and can even increase your lifespan. By making a resolution to take things as they come, work hard and do the best that you can do, and to just give yourself a break, can help you succeed in all of the other goals that you have set for yourself. Maybe this is the year that you focus on yourself, your career, your happiness, and your attitude. Positive thinking, positive energy, positive year.
Example 2, Goal 2: Eat a more plant-based diet. The United States is the second largest meat consuming country in the world. Eating red meat has been linked to type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, and certain types of cancers, among a long list of other negative health effects. Not to mention, that our high demand for livestock products has had a horrendous effect on the environment. Just watch Cowspiracy! This is not an attempt to make everyone a vegetarian, but it would be wise to consider the amount of animal products you are consuming on a daily and weekly basis. By decreasing the amount of meat in your diet, you will start to notice incredible changes in your internal and external health. Throw in some Juice Plus and you might be blown away by how great you feel. Little dietary changes can ultimately lead to a spider web effect of positive life transformations. When you are healthy and you feel well, you tend to be more productive, happier, and open to new opportunities and experiences. You might not realize how important your health is until it is taken away from you.
Remember, little changes can produce big payoffs.
There will be ups and downs throughout any year. If you are tackling your goals one day, one week, or one month at a time, you will feel more often the reward of the changes you are making instead of waiting for the end of a year to allow yourself to be proud or disappointed. You are also less likely to abort your resolutions when you have moments of weakness or get off track because you know that you can always pick up from whatever point you left off on. You don’t have to wait until January 1 to start all over again. You can keep the same resolutions every month, but just take it month by month. Be proud of yourself every step of the way. Life is a continuous journey. Live closer to the present, only glance into the future, and don’t look back on the past.
May this year be filled with love, happiness, and successful resolutions.