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Teas that Improve Your Health

Teas that Improve Health
by Mary Duryea
For the health-conscious shopper, tea is an essential Co-op purchase. There are many
teas available that have multiple health benefits.
Here are just a few examples:
My personal favorite healthy tea is Rooibos. It’s an herbal tea, so you don’t have to worry
about caffeine. Even without the caffeine, you will find that it boosts your energy. It also
has a naturally sweet taste, so you won’t need to add sugar (or guilt!) to your morning
cuppa. And Rooibos is incredibly nutritionally rich, containing polyphenols and
minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium, and copper.
Plus it’s a source of alpha hydroxy acid, a natural exfoliant that is found in a lot of
beauty products. As if that wasn’t reason enough to add it to your shopping list, Rooibos
also comes packed with ingredients that will help you ward off disease and live a long,
healthy life. One of these ingredients is quercetin, which has been shown to strengthen
capillaries, helping to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Another is rutin, which can
help allergy sufferers. Finally, Rooibos’ antioxidant activity can sweep away free radicals
from your body. This will assist in reducing your risk of cancer.
Another tea with great health benefits is Tulsi (Holy Basil). This herb can improve your
immune system, reduce inflammation, and protect you from viruses and bacteria. It’s
also a source of essential oils, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, all of which help
your body fight cancer. And it’s an adaptogen, meaning it reduces the burden of
different stressors on the body, including those from emotions, pollution, pain, and
dietary choices. If the taste of this tea isn’t to your liking, it is also available as a
supplement.
You also shouldn’t fail to try red raspberry leaf tea. This tea is particularly great for
expectant mothers. It helps to prevent miscarriages and will decrease the amount of
time you spend in labor―and who wouldn’t want that! It can also be used to raise
progesterone levels because it is a phytoprogesterone. But don’t think that its benefits
are limited to those who are expecting: raspberry tea is also good for preventing the flu
and, if you’re unlucky enough to already have the flu, it can promote a speedier recovery.
If you would like more information on this topic or other health issues, check out my
website: theessentiallifestyle.com. You can contact me for advice or to inquire about
health coaching services at mary@theessentiallifestyle.com.

*Article as printed in the Potsdam Food Cooperative Community News.

 

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How to Achieve Success

If you want to achieve success in your heath goals, the number one thing that you will need is commitment. Many people set wellness goals for themselves, but when it comes to following these plans, they will continually have excuses why they don’t follow them. One way to avoid this excuse trap is to have a clear reason for obtaining your goal. For instance, your reason for improving your health could be to be able to do more activities with your family. To remind yourself, you could put a picture of your family on the refrigerator. This will also help you to make a better choice when you decide what to take out of the refrigerator.

Another key to success is getting your family and friends support. This will make your journey more pleasant, and you will achieve results faster. It is essential that your family be on board when it comes to eating healthy meals. If there has to be several meals prepared you will lose incentive to continue.You also want to avoid people who are critical of what you are doing.

One of the most important things that you can do is to tailor your plan to your individual likes and dislikes. This will ensure that you will continue this plan, once you have reached your goal. You want to make sure that your plan includes foods that you love to eat. You will not stick with a plan, where you do not enjoy the menus. The key is to find healthy alternates to the foods that you love. Most of us know that sugar is bad for us, but it is also addictive. To help you ease off of sugar, I am giving a free recipe with a healthy sugar alternative, coconut sugar, when you sign up for my free newsletter. The glycemic index for coconut sugar is 35 compared to table sugar which is 60. It also contains minerals that have been removed from table sugar in the processing stage.

When you sign up for my newsletter, you will learn about all of the components of the essential lifestyle. One of the components is your environment. People sometimes forget that anything that you put on your body, gets inside your body. The skin is the largest organ in the body. Unfortunately, most of the personal care products that you use contain chemicals that are bad for you. To help you find healthy body products, I have provided a link to NYR organics (on the side bar). Their products contain no harmful chemicals.

I hope these suggestions will help you reach your goal, sooner. Remember that the most important point is to be committed. You will be amazed how fast you will achieve success, when you stop making excuses. Here is a story that will encourage you. It is about a woman who was able to get off  of her medicine in 3 days, just by changing her diet: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2014/February/Dump-Sugar-Eat-Fat-and-Cure-Diabetes/. If you need help making lifestyle changes, sign up at my services page. Also, remember to sign up for my free newsletter, so that you can learn about the other components of the essential lifestyle.

Blessings,

Mary Duryea