Black tea is one of the most popular teas known to man (thanks to teas such as Earl Grey, English Breakfast) and have since been widely accepted and embraced all over the world for its various health benefits.
Tea is one of the most adored beverages in the world, just second to water. All true teas grow from the same shrub named Camellia Sinensis. The only difference between black, green, white, oolong teas is how they are processed once they are picked.
Specifically looking at the processing stage of black tea, it is oxidized and/or fermented - which contributes to its unique color, flavor, and of course, health benefits that are so widely known.
A few health benefits of black tea consumption are (but not limited to):
All thanks to the great source of antioxidants and polyphenols present in black teas.
February is heart month and the heart is just another area where black tea may play quite a beneficial role. *(Those with heart conditions should use caution when it comes to caffeinated beverages)* There is increasing evidence that those without heart problems can see their possibility of heart issues reduced.
Wow! How wonderful right?!
Consumption of black tea may help reduce clotting and inflammation. One 2012 study found that black tea reduced cardiovascular risks and improved the levels of antioxidants in the study participants overall.
All in all, black tea offers numerous benefits beyond just a morning caffeine kick. Researchers are still exploring the potential health benefits of black tea; however studies in humans have generated mixed results. More research is needed for other supposed benefits, including those for osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay, high blood pressure and stomach disorders.
To get the most antioxidants out of your cup, try it loose leaf and without milk.
This January help us celebrate Hot Tea Month by posting photos of your favorite moments enjoying tea. From now until January 31, 2017, we’ll be collecting photos of yourself with friends or family enjoying the benefits of tea or an original lifestyle shot that best represents your unique relationship with tea. Get creative and start sharing today! The top three shutterbugs will win some very cool tea accessories by Breville.
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In the past year, several businesses have come forward promoting a new buzz word; "teatox." Companies like Flat Tummy Tea, Fit Tea and SkinnyMint have all hit the ground running with claims to kick that bloated and sluggish feeling while boosting energy, cleansing your system and supporting metabolism.
Endorsed by the likes of physically fit celebrities Chloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Bella Thorne, these detox teas seem almost too good to be true. And after a bit of research, it appears they are. Below is our breakdown on the top three detox tea companies in the market today:
Activate Tea (morning) - Peppermint (leaf), Lemon Balm (leaf), Licorice (root), Dandelion (leaf and root), Cleavers (leaf), Fennel (seed), Green Tea (leaf), Caraway (seed), Cardamom (pods).
Cleanse Tea (night) - Senna (leaf), Peppermint (leaf), Cassia Chamaecrista (pods), Licorice (root), Caraway (seed), Dandelion (root), Rhubarb (root)
Price (based on 2g/cup, 2 cups/day): 4 week supply $66.25 ($0.54/g), 2 week supply $48.86 ($1.74/g)
Fit Tea Detox (morning) - Organic green tea, Oolong Wu Yi, Garcinia Cambogia Extract, Pomegranate, Organic Rooibos, Ginger, Stevia, Honey, Guarana, Citric Acid, Sea Salt (electrolytes), Lemon Juice, Matcha Green Tea
Price (based on 2g/cup, 1 cup/day): 4 week supply $45.00 ($0.80/g), 2 week supply $25.00 ($0.89/g)
Morning Boost (morning) - Green tea, nettle leaves, yerba mate, dandelion, guarana
Night Cleanse (night) - Ginger root, lemon grass, peppermint, hawthorn berries, orange leaves, senna leaves, licorice root and psyllium husk
Price (based on 2g/cup, 2 cups/day): 4 week supply $69.90 ($0.62/g), 2 week supply $37.90 ($0.67/g)
Detox-ification (morning) - organic rooibos, organic honeybush, organic lemon myrtle, lemon peel, juniper, ginger, licorice root, anise, lemongrass, marigold, stevia, birch leaves, willow bark and natural flavours.
Price: (based on 2g/cup, 1 cup/day) 50g for $10.50 ($0.21/g)
At Tea Blendz we sell our detox tea WITHOUT laxatives or ridiculous amounts of caffeine. We also sell herbs, which can easily be added to any tea at any time. Depending on medical conditions (as some herbs affect certain illnesses or ailments) creating your own tea allows you to control what actually goes in your cup.
You may find this unbelievable, but any oolong, green, black, or white tea can have the same health outcomes as Flat Tummy Tea, Fit Tea or SkinnyMint. The difference is that their products are endorsed by celebrities and branded in such a way that you want to believe losing weight and getting a flat stomach is as easy as drinking a cup of tea.
If you are still wanting to try out Flat Tummy Tea, FitTea or SkinnyMint please realize the following:
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Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.
ANCIENT ORIGINS OF HALLOWEEN
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
TODAY’S HALLOWEEN TRADITIONS
The American Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.
The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.
Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends. For these friendly spirits, they set places at the dinner table, left treats on doorsteps and along the side of the road and lit candles to help loved ones find their way back to the spirit world. Today’s Halloween ghosts are often depicted as more fearsome and malevolent, and our customs and superstitions are scarier too. We avoid crossing paths with black cats, afraid that they might bring us bad luck. This idea has its roots in the middle ages, when many people believed that witches avoided detection by turning themselves into cats. We try not to walk under ladders for the same reason. This superstition may have come from the ancient Egyptians, who believed that triangles were sacred; it also may have something to do with the fact that walking under a leaning ladder tends to be fairly unsafe. And around Halloween, especially, we try to avoid breaking mirrors, stepping on cracks in the road or spilling salt.
But what about the Halloween traditions and beliefs that today’s trick-or-treaters have forgotten all about? Many of these obsolete rituals focused on the future instead of the past and the living instead of the dead. In particular, many had to do with helping young women identify their future husbands and reassuring them that they would someday—with luck, by next Halloween—be married. In 18th-century Ireland, a matchmaking cook might bury a ring in her mashed potatoes on Halloween night, hoping to bring true love to the diner who found it. In Scotland, fortune-tellers recommended that an eligible young woman name a hazelnut for each of her suitors and then toss the nuts into the fireplace. The nut that burned to ashes rather than popping or exploding, the story went, represented the girl’s future husband. (In some versions of this legend, confusingly, the opposite was true: The nut that burned away symbolized a love that would not last.) Another tale had it that if a young woman ate a sugary concoction made out of walnuts, hazelnuts and nutmeg before bed on Halloween night she would dream about her future husband. Young women tossed apple-peels over their shoulders, hoping that the peels would fall on the floor in the shape of their future husbands’ initials; tried to learn about their futures by peering at egg yolks floating in a bowl of water; and stood in front of mirrors in darkened rooms, holding candles and looking over their shoulders for their husbands’ faces. Other rituals were more competitive. At some Halloween parties, the first guest to find a burr on a chestnut-hunt would be the first to marry; at others, the first successful apple-bobber would be the first down the aisle.
Of course, whether we’re asking for romantic advice or trying to avoid seven years of bad luck, each one of these Halloween superstitions relies on the good will of the very same “spirits” whose presence the early Celts felt so keenly.
Author: History.com Staff
When someone says "green tea" most of us immediately think of the word "healthy." It is a well known fact that green tea has been used as medicine for thousands of years in Asia, but besides fat burning and weight loss - what does green tea really do?
The following is a list of 5 amazing benefits of green tea we bet you didn't know:
The antioxidants found in green tea can actually penetrate eye tissues and produce antioxidant activity. Catechins, an antioxidant in green tea, are capable of being absorbed into the tissues of the eye. Several studies have even found that green tea can prevent cataract-induced blindness.
Do you suffer from springtime allergies? Drinking the green liquid may provide some relief, as it's been proven to be anti-allergenic.A 2007 study published in the journal Cytotechnology found that green tea catechins can reduce pollen allergies. A specific compound, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), appears to be the most potent. In addition, Quercetin, a naturally occurring flavonol in tea, can also alleviate allergy attacks.
Packing for a tropical vacation? Make sure to add a few bags of green tea to your suitcase. The catechins in green tea make the skin more resistant to the effects of UV rays and therefore premature aging. These catechins can also lead to reduced skin redness after sun exposure.
We know what you are thinking - tea stains teeth. This is true, however according to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Periodontology, drinking green tea showed an adverse effect on periodontal disease.
Regularly consuming green tea reduced symptoms of periodontal disease, once again due to the presence of catechin. Catechin reduces inflammation in the body, therefore interfering with the body’s inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria. Its ability to control bacteria and dental plaque makes it useful for preventing cavities and other indicators of poor oral health.
We live in a world where greasy food is almost too accessible. Replacing unhealthy snacks and drinks with green tea could actually help keep down cholesterol levels. Green tea’s powerful antioxidant, EGCG, has been proven to stop the absorption of cholesterol from the large intestine.
With all these amazing benefits, why wouldn't you add drinking green tea to your daily regime?