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Benefits of tea and coffee

Benefits of Tea and Coffee

Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful,” says Tomas DePaulis, PhD, research scientist at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Coffee Studies, which conducts its own medical research and tracks coffee studies from around the world. “For most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good.”

Consider this: At least six studies indicate that people who drink coffee on a regular basis are up to 80% less likely to develop Parkinson’s, with three showing the more they drink, the lower the risk. Other research shows that compared to not drinking coffee, at least two cups daily can translate to a 25% reduced risk of colon cancer, an 80% drop in liver cirrhosis risk, and nearly half the risk of gallstones.

Coffee even offsets some of the damage caused by other vices, some research indicates. “People who smoke and are heavy drinkers have less heart disease and liver damage when they regularly consume large amounts of coffee compared to those who don’t,” says DePaulis.

Indeed, the brain responds to coffee in a unique way. The extra alertness can often help to focus, concentrate and even remember details at a higher rate.

Coffee also aids workers to concentrate. 200mg of caffeine can significantly reduce the tendency towards sleepiness and convert grogginess to alertness and concentration. In fact, coffee usually helps workers for at least 5-7 hours which can help out for the entire shift.

Also, many workers will find themselves feeling especially groggy after lunch. This is also an efficient time to drink coffee because attention, memory and concentration are most likely a part of the job. There are also studies that have shown that people who drink coffee over the lunch hour are more contented and more interested in their work, as well as more alert. However, it is also important that addiction to coffee can eventually increase the rate of irritability.

It is also important to consider what is necessary to perform at your best. Coffee can actually increase information processing by 10%. This is especially important for repetitive work. Coffee can also help to deal with the problem of headaches.

The tips about longjing tea

The Tips About Longjing Tea

The legend of Longjing Tea

Named after the region, Dragon Well (Longjing) has been appreciated as the crown of Green teas for about one thousand years. Prized above all other green teas, it is the pinnacle of teas.

Longjing Tea owns this reputation by virtue of its brilliant, clean, fresh green taste. It has beautiful color, elegant shape, fine fragrance, and an exceptional taste.

Hangzhou, the region where Longjing Tea is grown, enjoys renown, as the province of China’s most beautiful women. This magnificent region abounds in legend, poetry, exquisite gardens and its masterpiece-Dragon Well Tea.

How to brew the Nice Longjing Tea:

To brew the perfect cup of Longjing Tea you will want to use slightly cooler water than you would for your typical tea. The water used to brew Longjing Tea should be between 140 degrees F and 190 degrees F. The higher the quality of Longjing Tea is, the cooler water is used, and the shorter the brewing time is needed. Longjing Tea typical use one teaspoon per cup of water and can also be steeped multiple times. You can typically steep a single serving of Longjing Tea leaves two to three times before discarding.

How to Choose Longjing Tea:

The original Dragon Well Tea came from Lion Peak Mountain in West Lake (Xi Hu). Due to its popularity, Dragon Well Tea is now cultivated throughout China. Today any tea that is produced using the same technique is called Longjing.

Three Points to Teach You the Way to Choose Longjing Tea:

1: To know when the tea is picked:

The best Dragon Well Tea is gathered several days before Qingming (Pure Brightness, 5th solar term) when new twigs have just begun to grow and carry “one leaf and a bud.” To make one kilogram (2.2lb) of finished tea, 60, 000 tender leaves have to be plucked. In the old days Dragon Well tea of this grade was meant solely for the imperial household; it was, therefore, known as “tribute tea”. That is one of the many reasons why Dragon Well Tea is so precious. Dragon Well Tea can only be produced for 6 weeks a year. A good tea picker can harvest only 2 kilograms of fresh leaves in 10 hour a day.

2: To know the way and how much time to roast the tea:

Once the tea shoots are harvested, they must be roasted the same day. After picking the tea is “withered”, the tea is spread thinly to dry for 8 to 10 hours to remove moisture and reduce any grassy or bitter flavor. Once the tea is sufficiently dried, it is “Roasted”. Roaster usually uses bare hands to roast tea to feel his work. It is an extremely hot job and takes novices many years to harden their hands so that they do not feel the heat. Watching an experienced roaster dry the tea is like watching a martial art master. It takes a novice over 5 years to master 10 hand required movements to dry the tea. A master roaster can only fry 1 kilogram of high grade Longjing Tea each day. After roasting, the freshly processed Dragon Well tea is ready to drink.

3: Aroma also is one of the most important factors in judging the quality of a kind of tea.

By putting 3 grams worth of leaves into 100 milliliters of boiled water, people can judge the quality of the tea by the smell. Dragon Well Tea is pan fried, so it has a delicious chestnut aroma which should be high, and lasting. The brewed tea is floral with an exceptionally long sweet aftertaste. Lesser teas often taste weak, grassy, or bitter.

High quality Dragon Well Tea will never have these features. The easy way to buy a West Lake variety is to ask for an authenticity certificate. This won’t guarantee its authenticity, as tea gardens often sell fake tea with the certificates they have been issued. If possible it is always best to purchase tea at an actual tea plantation.

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Pregnancy herbal tea – raspberry leaf tea – recommended for expectant mothers

Pregnancy Herbal Tea – Raspberry Leaf Tea – Recommended For Expectant Mothers

When I was pregnant with my 6th child, I used a midwife instead of an OB. My midwife introduced me to raspberry leaf tea as a beneficial pregnancy herb tea, particularly during the final 2 trimesters. Prior to this, I had never even heard of raspberry leaf tea. My only exposure to anything similar was herbal raspberry tea and I quickly learned that this was not the same thing.

Raspberry leaf tea is just that: tea made from the dried leaves of the red raspberry plant (rubus idaeus). The raspberry plant is rich in vitamin A, C, E and some B complex. Increased vitamin A can help aid the mother’s immune system and help the growth of healthy skin and bone development in the baby. Vitamin E helps with blood circulation, which is crucial for a pregnant mother. (Did you know that a pregnant mother’s blood volume increases 50% during pregnancy?) Red raspberry leaf also contains high amounts of phosphorous and potassium which are easily metabolized into calcium. An increased availability of calcium is important because calcium helps control nerve response to pain during labor. I don’t know about you, but that’s important to me.

The biggest benefit for pregnancy that is associated with raspberry leaf pregnancy herb tea is that it is known to be a great tonic for toning and strengthening the uterus. This is the reason it’s been used for centuries by pregnant women. This benefit is due to the content of “fragrine,” which is an alkaloid that helps your uterus produce more powerful and effective contractions. This means achieving your goal of holding your new baby that much sooner. No use in going through the pain of contractions that are not doing the job of opening up our cervix, right?

Prior to going into labor, most of us experience those practice contractions, known as “Braxton Hicks.” They can be irritating at best. But with the help of raspberry leaf pregnancy herb tea, those Braxton Hicks contractions could actually be helping to prepare our uterus for labor, not just remind us that it is coming.

The benefits of the tea do not stop during labor, but have also been known to continue to work after we give birth. Once our uterus has contracted enough to open up our cervix and we push that baby out, it then has to continue working to contract back down to its normal size. Because of the richness of vitamins and minerals, it can also help your milk supply to be plentiful and come in quickly.

You can now find different sorts of pre-packaged pregnancy tea that contains raspberry leaf and other herbs that are safe in pregnancy. But, I still prefer the loose leaf variety. My midwife always had bags on hand for her clients. Now that I am pregnant with my 7th child and in my 3rd trimester, all of the benefits of raspberry leaf tea are my focus again. Unfortunately, I live in a different part of the country than my former midwife, so I have had to come up with my own recipe for raspberry leaf tea. All of these ingredients can be ordered online or purchased at your local co-op or health food store.

Pregnancy Herb Tea Recipe

8 parts red raspberry leaf
3 parts alfalfa (Alfalfa is high in Vitamin A and K which help with blood clotting)
3 parts peppermint leaf (Peppermint goes a long way to help flavor the tea. It has also widely been used to help with digestion and relaxation)
2 parts nettle leaf (Nettle leaf is known as a blood purifier)
2 parts dandelion (This is optional. The benefits of dandelion are to help purify the blood, and it is particularly good for anemic moms. The other benefit is that it helps to purify the liver. The benefit of adding this is to help prevent jaundice in your newborn.)

Directions:

If you want just 1 cup of hot tea, add 1-2 tsp of the mixture to 1 c boiling water. Let it steep and then strain for 5-10 minutes. You can sweeten as desired. It’s great with honey!

My favorite way to drink it is iced. I like to make a big pitcher and store it in my fridge.

To make a pitcher: Use 4 T of the mixture to 8 c of boiling water. I like to let mine steep as long as I can (usually 1-2 hours.) Strain it into your pitcher. If you find it too strong, add water as desired. You can pre-sweeten the whole thing, or just sweeten it cup by cup. Serve over ice and enjoy.

This is a great way to keep your water intake up, as well. To be sure you’re getting the recommended amount of water per day – in pregnancy – double your weight and that’s how many ounces/day you should be drinking. (Yes, that much!) Because Pregnancy Herb Tea is herbal and non-caffeinated, you can substitute it for water.

That reminds me, I need to brew another pot of Raspberry Leaf Pregnancy Herb Tea. I hope you will, too!

**Disclaimer: Because of the sensitive nature of the pregnant mother’s body, and the risks at stake, please know that the FDA of the United States government has neither endorsed nor substantiated any of these claims. Before drinking this pregnancy herb tea or changing your diet while pregnant, do consult with your health care professional before partaking, for your own safety and your baby’s.**

Wu yi green tea

Wu Yi Green Tea

When looking for the newest diet ideas you need look no further than Wu Yi Green tea. You will see it referenced repeatedly on line and in print. Despite the awesome claims of users, you may be wondering just what Wu Yi Green Tea actually is.

As you may have guessed from the name this is a Chinese tea. It is not actually a purely green tea. This tea is one of the most famous and most expensive of the Oolong teas. This tea comes in somewhere between black tea and green.

Not sweet like the black and less grassy tasting than the green, oolong tea is considered a blue-green tea. Brewed to be strong the bitterness actually leaves a sweet aftertaste.

This famous tea gets its name from the area in which it grows, the Wuyi Mountains of northern Fujian. It is processed like so:

• Wilted, preferably in the sunlight to remove part of the moisture.

• Cooled in a shady area.

• Leaves are gently tossed to bruise them, this aids in oxidation.

• Cooling and tossing are repeated several times.

• Stop the oxidation process using high heat. The leaves are often stir fried, of course in large-scale production there is a machine that does this job.

• Roll the leaves into strands or small balls

• Roast the leaves over low heat to remove any remaining moisture.

• Package and ship

In China tea is very important not only as a staple drink but in medicine and tradition. Chinese practitioners have used herbal teas for generations as a part of holistic healing. Tea is also important from a symbolic standpoint, it can be used as a sign of submission, apology or as a wedding toast. It is such an ingrained part of the culture that it is considered one of the seven daily necessities.

Knowing where Wu Yi tea comes from and its importance in the society from whence it came gives confidence that there is indeed something special about this tea. Chinese people have been developing and using tea for thousands of years in medicine and celebration, and this tea is one of only two that are considered “famous” Chinese teas.

The popularity of this tea in China and elsewhere stems from the excellent antioxidant properties and polyphenal, a metabolism booster. The metabolism booster is great for weight loss, and as a bonus, you will have clearer skin, stronger bones and a strengthened immune system. That is a lot of pluses in a cup of tea!

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