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It’s Tea Time – Healing Herbal Teas

Healing Herbal Teas

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Boost Your Metabolism and Improve Your Health with Bitter Melon & Green Tea

For centuries Chinese and Japanese cultures have been knowing the secrets and enjoying the benefits of Green Tea and Bitter Melon. Numerous studies on the benefits of miracle green tea concluded that when you consume green tea and bitter melon you can help your body with cancer prevention, reducing hypertension, bringing down blood sugar levels, cutting down on cholesterol, liver protection, reducing atherosclerosis risks, inflammatory bowel disease prevention, diabetes prevention, antibacterial and antiviral functions, metabolism stimulation, anti-ageing, tweaking immune system functions, oral health benefits and stress-relieving properties. Imagine enjoying all of these benefits just by drinking green tea with some bitter melon powder every day.

Research suggests that green tea may prevent many types of cancer. Not only does green tea prevent the growth of new cancer cells, but some experts believe that it may even have cancer cell destroying properties. The antioxidant EGCG, that is, Epigallocatechin Gallate is the protective substance in green tea doing this good work. EGCG is a lot more powerful that Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Many studies show that bladder cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer can be prevented by drinking green tea regularly. It brings down the level of unwanted cholesterol and ups the “good” cholesterol levels. Diabetic patients can drink green tea to reduce blood glucose levels. Effects of hypertension can be considerably reduced. Drinking green tea helps oral hygiene as it kills plaque-forming bacteria. Some believe that green tea strengthens the immune systems and therefore protects us against different infections and diseases such as cold, flu, fever and diarrhea. Green tea is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and can even help prevent inflammatory bowel disease. Due to green tea’s metabolism stimulating properties, many dietitians are strongly advising its consumption for weight loss. Green tea is believed to burn fat and helps digestion.

Bitter melon’s applications in traditional medicine include killing bacteria, viruses, and some cancer cells, reducing inflammation, high cholesterol,  psoriasis and cleansing the blood. As most bitter-tasting foods, bitter melon stimulates digestion. This can be very helpful for people with sluggish digestion, dyspepsia, and constipation. So far 32 active chemicals have been identified in Bitter Melon, beta-sitosterol-d-glucoside, citrulline, GABA, lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin.  Bitter Melons are rich in iron. They also have twice the beta carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, twice the potassium of bananas, and contain Vitamins A, C, B1 to B3, Phosphorus and good dietary fiber.

The easiest intake for medicinal doses of bitter melon is as a tea. In combination with green tea you can enjoy all the benefits of both highly valued ingredients in a delicious and very nutritious cup of tea. Here is a safe link to try it for yourself – TRY IT NOW!

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

1. Sweet Potato

Is a good source of complex carbohydrate, beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin B6 and C as well as dietary fiber. These nutrients are powerful antioxidants that help heal inflammation in the body.

2. Spinach

Is a wonderfully rich source of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative flavonoids and carotenoids, Vitamin A, B2, B6, C, E, K, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and tryptophan. Try to buy organic whenever possible to avoid pesticide residues.

3. Broccoli

Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients such as sulforaphane which helps the body to get rid of potentially carcinogenic compounds.

4. Cauliflower

A close relative to broccoli, cauliflower also contains similar goodness that aids the body’s detoxification.

5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 Its rich supply of polyphenols protects the heart and blood vessels from inflammation. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are turned into anti-inflammatory agents by the body that can lower occurrences of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

6. Avocado Oil

Is similar to olive oil, containing high heart-beneficial monounsaturated fats. But, it has an even higher smoke point than olive oil, making it the ideal oil for cooking.

7. Blueberries

Are high in phytonutrients that provide anti-inflammatory protection against many diseases such as cancer and dementia. Try to buy organic whenever possible to avoid pesticide residues.

8. Blackberries, Cranberries, Strawberries, Raspberries

These berries are comparable alternatives to blueberries and are equally high in antioxidants. Try to buy organic whenever possible to avoid pesticide residues.

9. Papaya

Contains papain, a protein-digesting enzyme. Together with other nutrients like vitamin C and E, papain helps to reduce inflammation, and improves digestion and healing from burns.

10. Pineapple

Contains bromelain, an enzyme that aids in the healing of indigestion, sports injury, trauma and other kinds of swelling. Extracts of bromelain have also  been proven to be effective anti-inflammatories and are used in the treatment of arthritis.

11. Green Tea

The flavonoids in green tea are potent natural anti-inflammatory compounds that have been shown in numerous studies to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Combine Green Tea with Bitter Melon for even greater benefits. Use this safe link to try it – TRY IT NOW!

12. Water

What can be more cleansing for the body than pure clean water?

13. Shiitake Mushrooms

These mushrooms have been revered for their immune-boosting properties and mild smoky taste. Alternatives are Maitake, enoki, or oyster mushrooms. There is no better way to prevent cancer and enhance your health than to feast on a plate of stir-fried yummy mushrooms.

14. Wild-Caught Salmon

Is an excellent source of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), two potent omega-3 fatty acids that douse inflammation. The benefits of omega-3 range from preventing heart disease and some cancers to reducing symptoms of autoimmune diseases and psychological disorders. Anchovies, mackerel and sardines are also rich sources of omega-3 fats. Flaxseed and walnuts supply omega-3 fats called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid).

15. Turmeric

Commonly found in pre-mixed curry powder turmeric contains a powerful compound called curcumin. The anti-inflammatory effects are on the level with hydrocortisone and Motrin, but having none of their side effects – TRY IT NOW!

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16. Ginger

This relative of turmeric is also highly prized around the world for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Ginger is used to expel cold and relieve motion sickness and vomiting. Use this safe link to try Ginger – TRY IT NOW!

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17. Kelp

Contains fucoidan, a type of complex carbohydrate that is anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-oxidative. Studies on fucoidan have found promising results in using the brown algae extract to control liver and lung cancer and to promote collagen synthesis. The high fiber content of kelp also helps to induce fullness, slow fat absorption and promote weight loss.

Drink Green Tea

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Green Tea is reported to have many health benefits. Since ancient times the Chinese have known about its medicinal benefits, and have been using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. Researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Other research indicates that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

 Drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful with:

cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease, infection, impaired immune function, tooth decay (bacteria-destroying abilities destroy dental plaque), preventing diabetes, stroke, dementia (prevents plaque deposits in the brain), weight loss (boosts the metabolism), longevity (rejuvenates cells and tissues), increasing exercise endurance,  preventing osteoporosis and bone loss

Check out the post about Green Tea with Bitter Melon and learn how you can boost the benefits of Green Tea even more. Then use this safe link to try Green Tea and Bitter Melon for yourself  – TRY IT NOW!

Remedies for Losing Belly Fat

Let’s admit first that there’s no miracle cure for stomach weight. Getting a flatter stomach requires effort and patience. First, we have to recognize factors in our life that contribute to stomach weight, and then  do what is necessary to reverse the situation.

1. Diet

Diet pills are not the answer. Rather, evaluate your eating habits and select healthier foods such as lean meats, fresh  fruits and vegetables, beans and nuts, instead of the sometimes more convenient high calorie and high fat fast foods. Cut back on sodium, which  can lead to fluid retention, and alcohol consumption, which can  slow your metabolism.
Eat breakfast to jumpstart your metabolism in the morning. Then have small meals and snacks through the day to keep your body fueled. This will also keep you from bingeing when you get too hungry and cut back on cravings. Two to three hours before bed should be your last meal for the day. Eating any closer to your bed time will just keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.

2. Sleep

We all need our sleep to recharge and get back to work the next day. Even though, sleep may seem like a luxury sometimes, it is a necessity. Too little sleep over long periods of time will lead to weight gain, especially around the midsection. Besides the weight gain, lack of sleep can lead to other health problems, aches and pains. Aim for 7-8 hours a night, at least most nights.

3. Physical Activity

You knew this was coming. To speed up weight loss and get flatter ab muscles, a regular  exercise routine is a must. High-impact and low-impact cardio workouts burn fat and calories,  and help to shed belly fat. Just ab or core  exercises are not enough to sculp a slimmer, more defined  mid-section. Work out with resistance bands or weights will build lean muscle, speed up your metabolism and even strengthen your bones, ladies. Try different exercises such as Pilates and certain dances, like salsa, samba,  belly dancing, to target the abdominal muscles. Exercise at least 90 minutes a  week, more if possible. Keep it fun, that will make it easier to stick with it.

4. Increase Your Fluid Intake

Something as simple as drinking water can help with weight loss. Fluid retention, often brought on by a high-sodium diet and certain prescription  medications can add several pounds to your body, especially in the abdominal region. To lose water weight and slim the stomach, increase your  fluid intake. Water is best, and it works as a natural diuretic. Caffeine, in moderation, can also work as a diuretic, and flush excess fluids  from the body. 2 to 3 cups of green tea a day will speed up your metabolism. Drink about eight glasses of water a day to combat extra weight. Combine green tea with bitter melon for even greater results and more benefits. Check out the post on green tea and bitter melon and use this safe link to try it – TRY IT NOW!

Lower Bad Cholesterol Naturally

Cholesterol is an essential ingredient of the body. It performs several functions like transportation of fat, it provides defense mechanism, protects red blood cells and muscular membrane of the body. It travels through the blood in protein packages called lipoproteins. Low Density Lipoproteins, also called bad cholesterol, causes most blockages in the arteries. High Density Lipoprotein, the good cholesterol, removes the bad cholesterol from the blood and helps prevent heart attacks.

High blood pressure, obesity, stress, diabetes, a high fat diet, and / or excessive smoking and drinking can raise bad cholesterol to dangerous levels. You should definitely follow your doctor’s advice. There are a few natural remedies that can help along the way.

  1. 8-10 glasses of water a day will stimulate the kidneys and help lower cholesterol levels.
  2. Oatmeal, oat bran  doesn’t just make a great breakfast that keeps you full for a long time, when eaten every day it can help lower cholesterol levels by up to 10 points.
  3. Sunflower seeds are a tasty treat and help lower cholesterol.
  4. A handful of walnuts or almonds every day provide the body with some of the healthy oils and lots of fiber and keeps cholesterol down.
  5. Lots of fiber every day will flush out the bad cholesterol. Flaxseed, Psyllium, Chia seed – find one you like or change it up for variety. Use this safe link for chia seed – TRY IT NOW!
  6. Green tea is a refreshing drink, hot or cold, plus it helps lower cholesterol levels. Green tea capsules are available as well, but the brewed tea was shown to be more effective in several studies. The combination of green tea and bitter melon can provide even greater benefits. Use this safe link to try it  – TRY IT NOW!
  7. Onion juice cleans the blood, helps the digestive system, insomnia, heart, and lowers cholesterol.
  8. Garlic eaten every day gradually lowers cholesterol. A clove a day is recommended. To reduce garlic odor eating fresh parsley is highly recommended. The fresh greens will provide lots of Vitamin C as an added bonus.
  9. Coriander seed tea helps lower cholesterol. Take 1 glass of water and 2 tbsp of coriander seeds, boil together, let it cool, strain, and enjoy three times a day.
  10. If coriander tea isn’t for you, try cinnamon. Boil 10 pieces of cinnamon sticks, about 1 inch each, with 5 cups of water, sweeten with a little honey and drink it hot. This is said to be very effective. (Please don’t use honey if you are allergic to it!)
  11. Regular exercise plays a very important role in keeping your cholesterol levels in check.
  12. Adding soy products, fresh fruit, veggies and B6 Vitamins to your diet and consuming less unhealthy oils, whole milk, red meat, butter and cheese will help you reach healthy cholesterol levels.

There is a lot we can do naturally to keep our bodies healthy. Remember to always consult your physician. Let him/her know what you are doing to avoid possible side effects with medications you may be taking.