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Today I Am 52 September 1, 2010

Filed under: Dates to remember,Explanations,Health,Uncategorized,Weight Loss — alwayswithme @ 9:02 am

Today is my birthday (52 years old) and I am so disappointed in myself for not “having it all together” by now and by how out of shape I’ve continued to get myself. Get not let, because I have chosen all along what to eat and do. No one forced me. I’ve let my focus issues, my depression issues and my life issues lead me around rather than writing my own life script.

This year I hope to “get it together”;   it  being:

  • my weight
  • my waist
  • my resting heart rate
  • my blood pressure
  • my cholesterol readings
  • my C reactive protein level
  • my fasting blood sugar level
  • my home
  • my hobbies
  • and my exercise
 

About Tea Since I’m Not Feeling Well Today February 8, 2010

Filed under: Health,Sharing — alwayswithme @ 6:12 pm

Tea goes back to China almost 5,000 years ago. Herbal teas were specially blended from plants that exhibited medicinal properties to maintain health and prevent illness. Find out what makes tea so beneficial and how you can craft your own custom blend to stay healthy!

What is tea?

Technically speaking, tea is the dried and processed leaves of Camellia sinensis, and includes four main varieties: black, oolong, green, and white tea.

Black tea, produced when tea leaves undergo an oxidizing process that turns the leaves black, has the strongest flavor and the highest content of caffeine—about one third the caffeine you would get from the same cup of coffee. Oolong tea is slightly less oxidized and has less caffeine. Green tea is steamed, rolled and dried immediately after harvest, which halts the oxidation process, allowing the leaves to retain their green color. White tea undergoes the least processing—the young tea buds are picked and then air-dried. All of these varieties have different health benefits, with green tea and white tea leading the pack.

Green tea from Camellia sinensis

Experts believe that flavonoids are the key health-promoting ingredient in tea. These polyphenol antioxidants are present in many foods and plants, including tea leaves, and have been found to help prevent cell damage. Recent research suggests that tea may protect against heart disease and many types of cancer.

What about herbal tea?

Well, herbal tea is not really tea at all, but actually an infusion or tisane made from various leaves, flowers, fruit, or herbs. Herbal tea is sometimes enjoyed for its delicious taste and many times enjoyed for its medicinal properties.

Lemon Verbena herbal tea

While real “tea” boasts many healthy benefits, a major pro to herbal tea is that it is caffeine-free. Also, you can tailor your tea to your needs by selecting herbs and plants that address the health issue you want to target.

The list of tea recipes that follow are just a few combinations to help you heal.

1. Warming tea for cold hands and feet

For a warming tea from head to toe, make cinnamon and clove tea by putting 2 cinnamon sticks and 1 teaspoon of cloves in 3 cups of water and boil for 15 minutes. Strain and drink 3 cups each day. Drink one cup in the evenings to warm your insides, which encourages a good night’s sleep.

Specially blended Winter Tea makes use of herbs that expel cold while warming and tonifying your kidneys.

2. Pore-opening tea for combating a cold

This is a traditional Chinese remedy for a “wind cold”, which usually occurs during seasonal changes and is often a result of exposure to drafts. At this early stage, Chinese medicine suggests that perspiration is helpful in removing the pathogens from the skin.

Boil one chopped garlic clove, three slices of ginger, one chopped scallion, some basil, and a pinch of cinnamon in 24 ounces of water for five minutes. Drink the tea hot and go to bed. Cover up and prepare to sweat. Sweating opens the pores, releasing trapped pathogens from the skin. Drink at least 3 cups of tea daily until symptoms subside.

For “wind heat” type of cold, which is characterized by high fever, sweating, sore throat, cough, headaches, and a yellow nasal discharge, you would see a Chinese medical practitioner for an herbal blend that is individualized for your needs.

3. Alertness-Enhancing Tea

The next time you need to spice up your concentration, instead of reaching for harsh stimulants like coffee, try the potent yet gentle energizers in your spice rack. Studies have found that compounds in everyday herbs and spices can increase mental function and physical vitality. All these herbs and spices contain volatile oils that stimulate your senses and increase alertness: dill, oregano, cilantro, rosemary, sage, bay, peppermint, ginger, garlic, parsley, cinnamon, onion, chives, garlic and leek. Make a tea from any combination and drink whenever you need a pick-me-up.

4. Herbal Hearing Aid Tea

The traditional Chinese remedy for diminished hearing is to make a tea from herbs that gently restore the ear. Make a hearing aid tea by boiling together for 15 minutes: 4 cups of water, 1 heaping tablespoon each of oregano, cilantro, rosemary, and sage, combined with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 3 slices of fresh ginger. Drink three cups a day for three weeks and hear the difference.

5. Stomach-Settling Tea

Ginger has been shown to soothe the digestive lining and balance gastric juices. Make ginger tea by slicing fresh ginger root into 2 inch long slices and boiling in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes. Strain out the ginger and sip the tea slowly. Drink ginger tea as often as you need to settle your stomach and keep nausea away.

Or steep 1 teaspoon each of mint, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, sage, and basil in a cup of hot water. Drink after each meal to soothe and prevent bloating.

Among my patients, a very popular herbal tea is Internal Cleanse Tea, which is specially combined to detoxify, calm nerves, clear the mind, balance emotions, and ease digestion. 

Try the whole Tao Tea collection, specially blended to bring you balance in mind, body, and spirit.

Brewing Tips

Follow these tips for best benefits:

  • Tap water affects the taste of tea. It is best to use fresh filtered water. To learn about a high-performance filtration system that I recommend, click here
  • To extract the most beneficial compounds from the tea leaves or bags, let them steep for three to five minutes.
  • It is best to drink tea unsweetened and without milk, which can minimize some of the health benefits. Forgo the sugar and try instead honey, stevia products, or a stick of cinnamon.
  • For maximum health benefits, I suggest you work with a licensed acupuncturist or traditional Chinese medicine practitioner to find an herbal blend tailored specifically to your needs.

I hope you reap the powerful healing benefits of tea! I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.

May you stay healthy, live long, and live happy!

 

For more from this author, go to his website http://www.askdrmao.com/
 

6 ways to live a lot longer on Shine

Filed under: Health — alwayswithme @ 5:33 pm

6 ways to live a lot longer on Shine.

 

Weight Loss Tips February 3, 2010

Filed under: Health,Weight Loss — alwayswithme @ 1:40 pm

10 Ways to Right-Size Your Diet – Healthy Living on Shine.

 

I’m Trying to Do Things More Naturally February 2, 2010

Filed under: Health — alwayswithme @ 9:28 pm
6 Timeless Remedies Experts Still Love

Natural healers discovered these wonder cures hundreds of years ago. Turns out they were really onto something

By Stephanie Woodard

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Smoothie Cubes : Cooking During Stolen Moments January 24, 2010

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I’m thinking we’d be more inclined to eat a bit healthier if these treats were waiting for us in the freezer.

Smoothie Cubes : Cooking During Stolen Moments.

 

About the Dentist July 7, 2009

Filed under: Health — alwayswithme @ 8:55 am
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I don’t like going to the dentist, but up until two years ago, I went every six months like we were supposed to.  When my DH lost his job, we lost our dental coverage, plus we had no money and so we didn’t go.  Even after he found a job we didn’t go because we had no dental insurance.  We finally got some and it coincided with one of my crowns coming out so. . .I went to the dentist.

The first thing they always say is “oh my, you do have a small mouth”; this is after I tell them that I have a small mouth and would they please give me a baby or a childs tooth brust.  Anyway. . .I had periodontal disease (great) so yesterday I had the first half of my scaling and root planing done.  I hate going to the dentist.

So, to anyone who may read this please remember to floss, if you have a tiny mouth like mine use those portable flossers that are ready made on your back teeth.  Also use Crest Pro Health as your toothpaste and as your rinse.  Be thinking of me in August when I have the other side done.

Tips for when you go to the dentist, bring your IPOD and ask for gas.