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Find your nirvana while drinking green tea

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The science behind meditation, is it really beneficial for you?


Meditation is like brain fitness. It strengthens your thinking muscle! Its purpose is to train your brain to focus and relax, that's it.  The concept originates in ancient Buddhist, Hindu, and Chinese traditions. Mindfulness is less about spirituality and more about concentration; it is the ability to quiet your mind, focus your attention on the present, and dismiss any distractions that come your way. All it really takes is the ability to intentionally not think about anything for a little while.

Only recently have we started to see studies that actually reflect the common wisdom. The University of Washington has recently published a study showing that meditation can increase productivity and help you focus, another study published in Brain Research Bulletin suggests meditation can reduce stress.  The University of Massachusetts Medical School also published a study on how meditation boost the overall brain power.  

What is in tea that helps you concentrate?


Thousands of years ago, Buddhist monks discovered that tea clarifies the mind and helps people feel happy.  But what explains that?  The ''magic molecule'' or theanine.  I'm not joking!  The theanine is a unique amino acid found only in tea (Camellia Sinensis).  Evidence from human electroencephalograph (EEG) studies show it modulates aspects of brain function; they found that theanine significantly increases activity in the alpha frequency band which indicates that it relaxes the mind without inducing drowsiness. These data indicate that theanine has a significant effect on the general state of mental alertness or sharpness. Furthermore, alpha activity is known to play an important role in critical aspects of attention, and further research is therefore focused on understanding the effect of theanine on attention processes.


Find your nirvana while drinking green tea


Theanine has also been found to induce the release of dopamine in the brain, which is primarily a neuro-chemical associated with feelings of pleasure and well-being.   The American Botanical Council has just recently released a new report claiming that theanine in green tea can enhance reward learning and decrease symptoms of depression. Reward learning is the conditioning response of positive behavior following a positive event. Positive reward learning is thought of as a way to counter depression.
 

Posted on April 13, 2017 and filed under Benefits of drinking tea.

The truth about Teatox

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The word “teatox” is inspired from well-known naturopathic detox cure which imply the elimination of certain food and life style habits such as refined sugar, saturated fat, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco for a period of time that can vary from ten days to three weeks.  The purpose of it being energy improvement and immune system enhancement. When adding tea and herbal blends to support a detox cure, the benefits are widely increased.  A detox cure is not a weight loss diet


Many people wrongfully link weight loss and detox program.  Even if losing weight often come along with it, a detox cure is a system cleansing method to get rid of toxins, to rejuvenate and re-energize the body.  Don’t get mistaken by shameless marketing techniques.  Before spending your money on miracle promising, expensive products, take the time to research serious and valid information, and to educate yourself on the topic.  Then, determine what you want to achieve, fix your goals and make the right choice to suit your objectives.  


What tea to choose and why?


GREEN TEA
The American Botanical Council has published a study result that has proven that drinking four cups of green tea daily coupled with three times per week resistance training, promote changes in body composition, weight loss, the maintenance of lean body mass, loss of body fat, decreased waist circumference, and lowered body fat percentage.  That phenomenon was explained by a study conducted by scientists at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, who have found that catechins combined with the caffeine contained in green tea can increase energy expenditure by 4 to 5 percent and fat oxidation by 10 to 16 percent.


Another study from the American Botanical Council has proved that polyphenols contained in green tea and hibiscus tea help to lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.  The study recommend to drink three to four cups of green or hibiscus tea per day to help with high blood pressure control.

PU’ERH TEA
Pu’erh tea gain to be known.  Like other fermented food such as miso, yogurt and kefir, this fermented tea contain a surprising beneficial bacteria.  The lactobasillus gasseri is a type of probiotic that improves liver functions and helps to metabolism and to eliminate fat and to balance intestines’ flora.  This bacteria is also known to lower bad cholesterol, to reduce inflammation, to enhance immune functions, to ease asthma, allergies, diarrhea, and menstrual pain, and to promote weight loss by reducing belly fat.


In 2003, Chinese researchers have found in Pu’erh tea traces of lovastatin, a biochemical treasure that helps keeping our cholesterol level down.
However, Pu’erh tea has become well known for its ability to inhibit an enzyme complex called fatty acid synthase (FAS) which is linked not only to obesity but also to cancer.  This suggest that regular consumption of Pu’erh tea can help prevent cancer and help with weight control, especially when used in conjunction with a low glycemic-index diet and a regular exercise program.


Pu’erh tea also contain gaba which is recognized to act as relaxant and mood disorders stabilizer.  Gaba is believed to have a number of other effects, including regulation of vascular functions and modulation of renal functions.


HERBAL BLEND
The father of medicine Hippocrates said

–‘’Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food’’-


Herbal teas can do much more than quench your thirst.  They are drug less alternative to increase natural energy and to provide effective defenses against disease.  They are natural solution for people who want to get protective health benefits in their daily diet without taking handfuls of supplements and pills for minor discomforts and ills.


You can have complete and powerful blends such as Tea Monde’s White Ginseng Detox to improve your mood, energy and immune system, or our 10 day teatox program.  But you can also choose a functional wellness blend that works especially to improve one aspect of your system dysfunction.  Each person has different needs and there are multitude of choices.


Keep in mind that you should always consult a physician or other qualified health professional regarding treatment of any health problem, and that nothing you read in that blog post or any other web or book publication take the place of medical advice from trained medical professional.  It is advised to consult your pharmacist about drinking tea and herbal blends to ensure there are no interaction with your medication.

To learn more about our 10 days teatox program, whatch this video:

Posted on March 8, 2016 and filed under Benefits of drinking tea.

Fight the cold and flu before they knock you down

This morning I woke up with an itchy throat and a kind of runny nose. I don’t want to be sick; so I whipped up my secret weapon to fight whatever is going on in my system:   my Power Booster Green Tea Special Flu and Cold Fighter.

Right after I had a first cup, I felt a change.  My sinuses unblocked and my throat stopped itching. I’ll keep drinking this special potion for the next three or four days and I’m sure no virus is going to survive.

If you would like to try it, here is the recipe:


4 tsp       Power Booster green ginger powdered tea, certified organic
1                 Lemon freshly pressed juice
1 tbsp     Fresh ginger root grated
1 tbsp     Honey
750 ml   Filtered hot water (85°C)

Direction:
In a Filter-In Hario Tea bottle, or any teapot, pour together the lemon, ginger and honey.   Cover with hot water and let dissolve.
Add powdered tea, and pour the rest of the water.
Mix well and serve.
This drink is good hot, cool or cold. You can keep it at room temperature once it has cooled down, or put it in the refrigerator.


If you ever try it, I’d like to get comment.


Posted on October 31, 2015 and filed under Benefits of drinking tea, Recipes, Tea how to.

Green tea helps keep the flu away

Green tea helps keep flu away

A recent medical study indicates that simply drinking a cup of green tea daily could prevent influenza infection, especially for school-aged children.  Japanese researchers studied 2,663 students aged 6 to 13 who drink tea daily and found 40 percent were less likely to get the flu.  Those who drank up to five cups a day were the least likely to become ill. Even just one cup of green tea per day also had significantly fewer absences due to flu.  Researchers concluded that regular consumption of green tea is protective against influenza infections.

Other researchers at the Yonsei University’s Department of Biotechnology at the College of LifeScience and Biotechnology in Seoul, South Korea, tested green tea solutions in variousconcentrations and discovered tea killed the influenza virus on skin.  All concentrations were effective against the flu virus, including the one with the lowestconcentration. Skin was exposed to one green tea bag per 120 ml of hot water low concentration and two to three bags per 120 ml to test higher concentrations. Even weak green tea solutionsproved effective. Researchers concluded that using a green tea solution as a hand disinfectant, gargling with tea and drinking tea could be a useful way to prevent transmission of the flu virus.

Source: World Tea News and Research published in the October edition of the Journal of Nutrition, and study published in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry of Japan Science and Technology Agency
Posted on October 16, 2015 and filed under Benefits of drinking tea.

Green Tea’s EGCG to prevent Alzheimer disease

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I cannot avoid thinking ”if my Dad had drunk green tea…”


EGCG (epigallocatechin-3 gallate) one of the main ingredients in green tea, has shown to increase production of neural progenitor cells.  Animal studies testing mice’s ability to run a maze, showing that an active ingredient in green tea boosts production of neural progenitor cells aiding long and short-term memory.


Researchers at the Third Military Medical University in Chongqing China, report EGCG helped mice with object recognition and spatial memory, as well as enhanced learning. This property of green tea may also help humans fight the onset of degenerative diseases and memory loss.


My father died from Alzheimer disease in January 2012. My father-in-law is presently hospitalized with Alzheimer, and my mother is also affected by it. Health authorities don’t talk about worldwide epidemic. Without being alarmist, I sincerely believe that there is one.
How many of you know someone affected by this disease? Have you ever thought that you could be affected by Alzheimer by the end of your life?


And if the simple action of drinking two to four cups of green tea per day could help you to prevent from losing your brain functions?  Would you take or keep the habit of drinking green tea?


I value your opinion, please share your thoughts…

Posted on August 30, 2015 and filed under Benefits of drinking tea.

Tea may help raising your RHI

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The tannins found in green tea induces the release of dopamine in the brain, which is primarily neuro-chemical associated with feelings of pleasure and well-being. (Source: Daniel Reid ”the Art and Alchemy of Chinese Tea”)


According to this statement, should we believe that people who drink green tea regularly can improve their capacity to be happy? If so, we should add this moment to our day, by putting green tea on the top our list of RHI (relative happiness index).

Posted on August 30, 2015 and filed under Benefits of drinking tea.