Tea Anyone?

shutterstock_126531197As you are bombarded with the latest gadget to pulverize your kale and your other greens into liquid health, take a moment and think how much easier it is to boil a kettle and grab some tea instead. We are all looking for the easiest way to maintain our health and we are slowly getting the message that the soft drinks and energy drinks are not good for us. One of the easiest ways of improving your health is making the change to tea.

Let’s take a look at what this brilliant little leaf can do for you:

Shedding Belly Fat.
We have all heard that our increased girth is very bad for our health; this fat manages to wrap itself around our organs, leading to heart disease and can even lead to cancer. Part of the solution could be stocking your cupboard with some green tea….you may have to actually drink it and not just look at it in the cupboard, to gain the true benefits!

Green tea has been proven to boost your metabolism and since so much of your weight gain is dependent on your metabolic rate, wouldn’t it be great to speed it up with all the effort it takes to drink a cup of tea.
Improving Your Dental Health
We all love that routine visit to the dentist and I don’t know about you BUT every time I walk into his office he gets the drill out. Now if I can drink a cup of green tea and reduce the formation of plaque on my teeth, use the green tea’s catechins to help stop the growth of bacteria in my mouth and maybe reduce the prospect of me adding the second storey addition to his house, I would be a happy little vegemite.
Now the next few benefits:
Improving appearance, Cognitive Function and the risk of Alzheimers.
When I was younger all I had to worry about was where I was going on Saturday night, to listen to the latest band (my hearing is thanking me for that one!), whether I was going to survive at work on 2 hours sleep and whether whoever the latest was, rang me….on my landline with the dial on the front! I was immortal! I will let you in on a little secret….we aren’t, everything catches up. You should see what those ridiculously high heels did to my feet, but I digress….

The hydrating effect of tea combined with polyphenols with their strong anti-aging qualities will help you stay looking young. The amino acid Theanine found in tea has been associated with enhanced cognitive performance and then we have a chemical found in green tea which decreases the build-up of plague in the brain.

Needless to say iTea has a wide variety of all different teas and if you would like to purchase some please visit our website http://www.itea.com.au

I have to be able to pay for the podiatrists to fix the feet, there’s that trip to dentist and I have been thinking about an extension on the house! DRINK MORE TEA!!

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Cold Brew Iced Tea

We are coming into the summer months and from what we have heard we are in for a hot one. You want to stick to healthy drinks, after all a lot of those so called iced teas are usually full of sugar but who wants to boil a kettle and brew a hot cup of tea? Well did you know that you can cold brew tea just like all those trendy cold brewed coffees you can cold brew tea AND you do not need any fancy equipment.

You might think I can just throw the tea I have left over from breakfast into the fridge and there you go iced tea….no stale cold tea, bitter and definitely not the refreshing drink you were looking for. What you actually want in an iced tea is something as refreshing, complex, delicious and interesting as the hot teas you drink.

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Placing your tea leaves in cold water and leaving in the fridge overnight or if you can’t wait …for a few hours will leave you with a delicious ice brew without the bitter tannins and remember don’t throw those leaves out because you can use them a second time.

Placing 8 to 12 grams (a good rounded tablespoon) of tea to a litre of water will give you a cold brew. You can do this with any tea below:

White Tea will give you a delicate aromatic tea with a lovely perfume and a touch of creaminess.

Green Tea will give you an iced tea that is all about fresh clean flavours with grassy undertones.

Flavoured green teas are especially delicious with their fruity creaminess and full of antioxidants.

Oolongs are good if you are after darker iced teas that have a crisp clean bite you, will also find notes honey, flowers and cream.

Black teas you will find the tannins more evident and you will probably find that you need to add sugar but at least you can regulate how much you put in or maybe try one of our fruity black teas.

Enjoy!

Planning on Losing Weight? Here is a List of the Best “Diet” Teas…….

Pu-erh tea helps to literally shrink fat cells in your bod Pu-erh tea can remove excess grease and help your body eliminate unwanted and leftover, hard-to-digest fats.  It is commonly known as the “weight/diet loss” tea. However, if you drink Pu-erh directly beore you eat a meal, it will cause you to gain weight instead because it clears up the fat deposits in your body and any residue in the stomach so that it actually increases your appetite, causing you to eat more.

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Oolong tea has been proven to reduce cholesterol, and can assist in fat burning.  It acts by increasing your hemoglobin levels which assist with the transfer oxygen to blood cells.

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Hibiscus tea contains flavonoids and minerals that can actually help reduce absorption of fats. Tests suggested that hibiscus extract blocks adipogenesis. (adipogenesis relates to energy/calorie intake)

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Green tea is an amazing tea that contains catechin EGCG, which is useful for maintaining metabolic health. Many studies have shown that consumption of green tea can promotes weight loss and help you burn calories.

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Rose tea is a caffeine-free alternative actually packs more antioxidants than green tea, and is thought to clear toxins from your system and prevent constipation. It may also help to beautify the skin. It contains an array of vitamins.

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Peppermint tea may speed up digestion, help controls cravings, increase immunity to infections, and relieve indigestion. Peppermint calms the muscles of the stomach and improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. As a result, food passes through the stomach more quickly.

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White tea slows down the body’s capability to absorb fats, while promoting stress reduction.

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Matcha Tea

Origins and the Traditional Landscape

Green Matcha tea is taking the healthy living world by storm.  The green brew is making a big name outside its old traditional ritual setting and there’s a good health reason for that. But what is exactly Matcha tea and why is it becoming a bit of a present day urban legend in the Tea world?

Matcha is made from the Tencha tea leaf, most popularly grown in the southern half of Japan, which is then de-stemmed, de-veined and stone-ground to a very fine dark green powder.

To make a Matcha Green Tea, the powder is placed in bowls, mixed with warm water and whisked with a traditional bamboo whisk.

Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

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Everyone in healthy lifestyle and conscious living circles is talking about the benefits of the tea. In recent years, normal green tea had already been recognised for its health properties, most popular being its anti-oxidising, cancer-fighting and weight-loss properties. What makes Matcha Tea so remarkable is the way it is harvested and processed

Matcha Tea:

  • Has around 137 times the antioxidants of the average green tea.
  • Contains L-theanine which promotes calmness. It helps your serotonin levels which aids you in getting a more restful night’s sleep
  • Is made up of clean energising properties because of its caffeine content. However, it is different to the regular caffeine boost, in that there are no side effects such as nervousness and hyper-tension.
  • Increases metabolism and helps the body burn fat four times faster than average.
  • Is a strong detoxifier, cleaning toxins and heavy metals from the body.
  • Holds substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein and Calcium helping the body boost its immune system.

Different Shades and Grades of Green

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The most popular grade of Matcha Green Tea is the premium grade which is high quality grade and available at decent prices. There is also a culinary grade Matcha which is of a lesser quality but is much cheaper and can be used to make things like cakes and smoothies.  I would advise people against buying the culinary grade Matcha as you do not get full value for your money.

Teas That Can Be Used As Natural Remedies

Drinking tea in general has many health benefits. Tea drinkers have been found to have a lower rate of diabetes, the compounds found in tea help to lower the risk of diabetes.

chamomile tea  Chamomile Tea: May help to control blood sugar levels. Drinking a cup morning and evening can help relieve stomach and intestinal cramps. The tea can be used as a home remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Drinking Chamomile Tea may be helpful if consumed at the onset of a migraine headache.

hibiscus tea Hibiscus Tea:  Sipping this tea has been found to help in lowering blood pressure. It canalso stimulate weight loss, boost your immune system due to high levels of vitamin C and reduce the intensity of hot flashes. Skin conditions and dandruff can also benefit from Hibiscus Tea.

Cautions: Hibiscus tea should not be consumed by pregnant women. People with Hypertension or low blood pressure should also not rink hibiscus tea.

passionflower  Passionflower: This tea has been used by the ancient Aztecs and also in World War II as a truth serum due to its natural sedative properties. Native American also used passionflower for its sedative and pain relieving properties.  Passionflower is the herbal tea to go to for relieving stress and anxiety, symptoms of menopause and ADHD. It is now known that it can improve your sleep due to the combination of chemical compounds that have a calming effect. To improve your sleep drink it an hour before you go. Pure Relaxing  is a lovely calming blend with passionflower.

jasmine green teaJasmine Green Tea: The aroma from both Jasmine tea and lavender can lower the heart rate, calm your mood, lower stress induced high blood pressure and risk of stroke.

rosehip teaRosehip Tea: This tea is a good source of vitamin C and will also boost your immune system. The tea can help with a reduction of fat storage and the accumulation of fat in cells. Rose hip is also high in both vitamin C which boosts your immune system and vitamin A which helps the body fight off bacterial and viral infections.

matcha teaMatcha Green Tea: This tea will boost memory and your concentration. Drinking Matcha will help with relieving stress and inducing a calm mood. Another benefit of drinking this tea is that it increases your energy levels and endurance which is why Japanese Samurai drank it before going into battle

ginger teaGinger Tea:  helps to lower inflammation, relieve nausea and fight respiratory problems.

Green Tea: drinkers of green tea have lower rates of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The Correct Storage of Your Tea.

Shuto Green 200g CanisterStoring your tea is very important. You have gone and bought yourself some lovely premium teas and due to improper storage you find your favourite cup of tea turns into something truly awful!

So how do you store your favourite teas so they remain fresh and flavourful as possible? 

There are 5 things that can rapidly affect your tea.

LIGHT

Your teas should be stored in a dark place and although it is popular to store them in a clear glass jar, so you can see how pretty they are, sunlight and UV rays can degrade your teas very quickly. Teas will lose their flavour and aroma very quickly when exposed to sunlight.

AIR

Not storing your teas in an airtight container increases the risk of your teas absorbing moisture or unpleasant odours.

HEAT

You should avoid storing your teas in direct sunlight. Other warm places should also be avoided such as near your stove, toaster or oven. Heat also removes the flavour and aroma of your tea and will increase the chances of your premium teas taking on moisture.

ODOURS

Tea’s ability to absorb fragrance is handy when you are creating teas such as Jasmine but not so good when you have stored your teas next to the onions and you now have an onion infused tea! When storing your teas you need to keep them away from areas of strong odours such as your spice cabinet, your kitchen tidy, your fridge or other areas which may have strong smells.

MOISTURE

One of teas worst enemies is moisture which can ruin tea leaves within minutes.Due to the fact that tea leaves are completely dried this also means that they absorb moisture very quickly and easily. When storing your tea it then becomes very important to store your tea leaves away from any moisture source. Moisture will cause mould to for, tea leaves to cake or other unpleasant results, they should only be exposed to water when you are about to infused the leaves and enjoy a cup of your favourite tea.

iTea has a selection of tea storage canisters to suit any decor:

http://www.itea.com.au/teaware/tea-storage.html

The Benefits of Peppermint Tea

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A herb prized for its medicinal benefits and distinctive flavour, peppermint is a naturally occurring hybrid of spearmint and water mint.. Unlike other mints, peppermint contains healing oils and powerful therapeutic ingredients such as menthol, as well as some 40 other compounds.

As a native of the mediterranean peppermint leaves have been used in Ancient Rome and Greece to crown luminairies. We feel a better use is make a minty refreshing tea that can be enjoyed both hot and cold. As it is not a true tea but a tisane it is naturally caffeine free.

Personally, I have used Peppermint for years to help with digestive problems. It can help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, help ease nausea and vomitting and ….excuse me!…. help with flatulence.farting-man When dealing with our other end it can help with bad breath and reduce heartburn.

Peppermint tea is good to have when fighting a cold as it clears congestion and reduces coughing.

And if that’s not enough to convince you to have a cup of Peppermint Tea in this mad busy world it will help reduce your stress levels.