Hi guys, first of all, I want to use this medium to say thank you for your messages of goodwill, suggestions, and counsel since the launch of “Beforeandafter50” I cannot trade them for anything.
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 to drink 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
- Lemongrass tea
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 every day 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 fruits of the 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, 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 homemade 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.
Try taking a cup or two before embarking on any type of exercise, you will discover tea will not only increase your stamina but also keep you hydrated for long.
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 cramps 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 over a decade.
So begin to invest in tea from today and take it all the way!
Thanks for reading.
Hi, I am a compulsive optimist passionate about the woman being a blessing to her family and her immediate and intermediate environment in all ramifications. I am happily married to Kingsley Uranta and blessed with two children, Bob and King. By the way, I am 53 years old.