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22
December

Written by
Travis Richardson

Drink these to stay healthy this winter!

6 Great Teas For Winter!

I am a huge tea drinker and I love exploring the properties of tea, new varieties, and flavors. I find that teas keep me balanced, healthy and feeling well.

So here are my top 6 teas I’ll be drinking this winter:

1.  Yerba mate –  This South American plant has been used for centuries.  The chemical components are similar to green tea, but more nutritious.  High in certain minerals like potassium, magnesium.  The energy is more sustained with less “spikes” than other forms of caffeine. Tons of vitamins-A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5, B Complex.  I like yerba mate for focus and clarity.  Some health gurus I know say that this tea helps them write books!

2.  Tulsi Tea – The “Queen of Herbs,” known as Holy Basil is a very sacred herb of India.  It’s been used for over 5000 years in various capacities.  This tea is anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal anti-oxidizing, and helps a ton with immune system.  Super good for helping prevent cold and flus.  Benefit has been shown for respiratory system, heart health, fever reducing, combating stress and fatigue, skin and hair health, weight loss and digestive health.  Can’t go wrong here!  I love this tea!

3.  Chai Tea – Chai is typically made up of cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, black pepper, nutmeg, and anise.  All very warming herbs.  Cinnamon helps with balancing blood sugar, and assisting circulation.  Cardamon helps to benefit the lungs, kidneys and heart.  Cloves  have pain-relieving and antiseptic properties.  Black pepper helps relieve stimulate digestion.  Nutmeg is great for the kidneys.  Anise assists the cardiovascular system.

4. Green Tea – Most people are familiar with green tea, and it goes without saying that green tea has an amazing reputation for good reason-there are more studies on green tea than any other tea out there.  Green tea has shown to help with cognitive function, physical performance, preventing cancer, protect against alzheimer’s and parkinson’s, kill bacteria, stabilize blood sugar, reduce cardiovascular risk, weight loss, and longevity.

5. Matcha tea – The ultimate green tea is matcha, which contains MANY times the amount of antixoidants of just regular green tea.  It really is unmatched in health benefit, leaving other teas in the dust.  The reason-you drink the whole leaf (ground into a powder) so you get more of the good stuff.  Experts at Tufts University discovered that matcha has 20 times the antioxidant capacity of blueberries.  (ORAC rating – 1300 units per gram in matcha vs. 91 units per gram in blueberries)

6. Pu – erh (fermented black tea) – I first tasted Pu-Erh during my trip to China about 5 years ago.  Pu-Erh

is like wine-it gets better over time.  However, because it is the most processed form of tea, it is also has a lower antioxidant content.  The Chinese people, however, credit it with tons of health benefits.  Preliminary studies show it can help with triglycerides and cholesterol.  In addition it is thought to be an anticancer tea and can help improve beneficial bacterial flora in the intestines.

Happy Holidays everyone! Drink your teas and stay warm :)

Nutrition Challenge

Try a new tea! Order one of the 6  teas mentioned above and let me know how you like it!  I’d love to hear from my tea fans.   

Fitness 101

Know the difference between concentric and eccentric movements.

Concentric is when you are contracting the muscle, eccentric is when you are lengthening it.  Spend a little more time and focus on the often downplayed eccentric motion when lifting weights and watch your
metabolism shift!  So for instance, on a bicep curl the concentric motion is when you squeeze the biceps and lift the weight up, the eccentric motion is when you lower the weight….  

 

Mindset Mastery

Challenge:  Give thanks at mealtime.
Take time at every meal to give thanks to all the people, all the energy, all the time it took to grow, harvest and deliver your food to your table.  We are all so interconnected and we have so much to be grateful for.  When we think about the 1000s of people that
it takes to make our food distribution system work, we can only feel humble and grateful.

 

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