Hi guys, first of all I want to use this medium to say thank you for your calls, messages of good will, suggestions and counsel since the launch of my blog “Beforeandafter50” and oh my! I cannot trade them for anything. I felt really motivated and inspired to say the least.
I have received messages and phone calls from different people, men and women alike asking me to help them achieve their dream body; two instances readily come to mind. One of the callers said to me over the phone “Please ma, someone gave me your number, I was told that you could help me. I want to join your fitness club, I want you to help with my big tummy……….”
Another caller told me this, “I know you are older than me but if I was to guess your age, my highest guess would be 40”. I treasure these feedbacks. Let me assure you, I am not going to disappoint you as we embark on this life transforming journey together.
It’s tea time now that we are done with all of the above. Frankly, I cannot remember precisely how or what led me into drinking herbal teas. One thing I know for sure is that my journey into the world of teas started in 2007, exactly 10 years and still counting. My day starts with tea, I take between four to five cups of tea every day. These are some of the teas that I take on a regular basis:
- Green tea
- White tea
- Black tea
- Moringa tea
- Chamomile tea
- Ginseng tea
- Peppermint tea
- Noni tea
- Lemon grass tea
I take between four to five cups of tea every day.
And several others, but my favorite is actually the green tea which I take more than any other type, at least three cups out of the five that I consume everyday must be green tea. Sometimes I combine different varieties; my best combination so far is green tea with any berry flavored tea (Blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, etc.). I love tea so much that I cannot imagine a day going by without me taking two cups at least. I am a tea collector in every sense of the word.
Now let us look at some of the health benefits of tea.
The Health Benefits Of Tea
Herbal teas are very rich in antioxidants, which prevent free radical damage and reduce cell aging.
2. Regulates blood sugar level
Green tea helps to reduce the risk of diabetes and also helps to manage it. In particular, bilberry and sage help lower blood sugar levels.
Green tea is dense in nutrients; as a result, people have found relief from inflammation when they regularly consumed green tea. People diagnosed with arthritis have noticed reduced pain when drinking ginger tea. It also provides relief from rheumatic aches.
4. Great source of vitamin C
One of the best plant sources of vitamin C is rosehips, which are the fruit of rose plant. Vitamin C is important for the immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function.
5. Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can negatively affect the heart and kidneys and cause cardiovascular complications. Herbal teas can help fight these diseases naturally. Most herbal teas have little to no caffeine. Instead, they are packed with phenols and flavonoids that are powerful antioxidants.
White tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas when uncured an unfermented.
7. Improves Digestion
Herbal teas help in the breakdown of fats in your digestive tract and speed up the process waste removal. They also help relieve constipation and other digestive problems.
8. Improves Liver Health
Dandelion tea is a gentle liver cleanser. It helps the liver to regenerate and function at a higher capacity. It also helps with our digestive process by assisting in the production of bile.
9. Great for weight loss
Green tea works wonders against flabs. Researchers attribute the fat-burning properties of green tea to catechins, specifically EGCG (the name of a group of antioxidants that blast adipose tissue by increasing the release of fat from fat cells)
10. Reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack
A study found that people who drank one to three or more cups of tea a day had nearly 20 percent reduction in the risk of heart attack and a 35 percent reduced risk of stroke. Those who drank four or more cups of green tea daily had a 32 percent reduction in the risk of having a heart attack and lower levels of LDL cholesterol.
Now, there are one thousand and one teas out there, and they all have their different purposes and health benefits. For instance, I started taking tea out of my usual natural instincts that it could be beneficial for health, until it became a part of me. Today, apart from its health benefits which of course, are countless, I drink for pleasure, as a habit or hobby. I just love exploring teas.
My best section when I enter a store is the tea section. I could stay there for 30mins, just picking out and reading different labels and their functions. You are in trouble if you dare follow me to a tea store, especially if you are in a hurry, you might end up missing your appointment, LOL. Sometimes, my family would almost practically drag me out each time we go shopping together. You will hear remarks like “Let’s go o”, “We are ready o”, “Are we going to sleep here?”, “Please, we will wait for you in the car”, and so on.. Sounds funny, huh? But it’s all true.
In my home, do you know what happens? If you mistakenly cough or sneeze around me, then you must get ready for my “tea trouble”. This means that you will take at least 2 cups of my home made ginger tea. Your only luck would be if I sweeten and flavor it with Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon.
I will expatiate more on the power and health benefits of Ginger and Apple Cider Vinegar next time, and also teach and show you my mix.
I always chase my husband around the house with a cup of well brewed tea every morning; sometimes I would tell him he would meet his tea on the drawer once he is out of the bathroom. Do you know what? Any day he misses his tea, either because he is in a hurry to go out or tactfully avoided it, he can be sure that I will increase the volume, put it in a flask and send it ahead of him to the car. And his driver and my maid are now so used to it that they would always ask, “What about daddy’s tea?”
You might perhaps wonder why he runs away from the tea. This is because he has a sweet tooth, he loves sugary things! Which I have fought for years. So as part of my goal to help him overcome this, I try not to sweeten his tea. The most I do is to flavor it. However, I do sweeten them once in a while as a special treat, especially if he is down with fever or flu.
Let me say this: there is nothing wrong with you adding sweeteners, preferably natural sweeteners, to your tea. But it is better if you can adjust or train your taste bud to taking it natural or flavored. Better still, you could make your adjustments gradually, until you are able to master it. Also remember, that the more you are able to take your tea without the sweeteners, the more goodness you are adding to your body and the more you are able to explore more teas as I do today.
Let me say this: there is nothing wrong with you adding sweeteners, preferably natural sweeteners, to your tea.
Apart from all its other health benefits, tea is actually a type of food. Try taking a cup or two before embarking on any type of exercise which may include aerobics, jogging, cycling, mountain climbing, brisk walking, rigorous or acrobatic dancing and so on. And you will discover tea will not only increase your stamina but also keep you hydrated for long. However don’t forget to also take along your bottle of water with you while embarking on any form of physical exercise.
I think it’s important I also share this with us, especially for my ladies in their late forties and early fifties. Before I entered into menopause, I never in my life experienced menstrual cramp or what women always refer to as “monthly sickness”. I can argue substantially that this was as a result of my long years of healthy lifestyle, and now my tea exploration which has spanned a decade. Not to mention the fact that I never experienced menopausal difficulties or hot flashes. Menopause and other health related challenges as they apply to men and women’s health would also be discussed in Beforeandafter50 as we progress.
I HAVE A CASE AGAINST SUGAR
Still talking about “monthly sickness” or menstrual cramp. Virtually all the maids or house-keepers I have employed went through this agonizing experience. In fact it could be unbearable for someone who is watching over them on a monthly bases. The best I could do in those days was to place them on medications, and keep them off work until the pain eases off. All of a sudden from nowhere, it occurred to me at the time that I should keep my maid, Blessing, off sugar for a month. You know what? Just that month, Blessing never experienced that painful experience till she left my house 2 years after, and this was because I continued monitoring her sugar intake and her diet in general. For her, it was a major testimony and for me, it was a golden discovery, one that I don’t joke with even till date. To the extent that it has now become a trend in my house. You need to see how joyful and grateful my maids are each time, when after just one month, the pain they have suffered for years suddenly disappears forever.
Honestly, anybody would trade pain for anything else in this world. Besides, what is this substance we call sugar anyway? And how can we tame it? Well, that’s for next time on Beforeandafter50.com.