Monday, January 19, 2015

Exercise… Even If It's Just A Little Bit Each Day

According to an article in New York Magazine, being a part of the group of individuals identifying as moderately inactive (here, that is characterized by people who briskly walked 20 minutes each day) lowers your mortality risk 20-30 percent. 

Think of exercise as an additional supplement. While tea is great for dietary support, exercise can be just as important as what you eat. Furthermore, taking the step from inactivity to one 20 minute walk a day, can make a huge difference.

Whenever I'm too lazy to run, I can always at least muster the energy for a walk. Listen to music or your favorite podcast. Find new things to listen to to make the walk feel like an escape. If you can enjoy exercise you can enjoy all the benefits that comes along with it.

Basically, it benefits everything.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

An App For High Blood Pressure

If you've read a lot of the posts here on Todd & Tea, then you might know I have struggled at times with keeping my blood pressure in check. Over the years I'd become unable to even take my blood pressure without it being high, simply because I'd panic when I was taking it. My mind races while the nurse pumps the machine, or even at the buzz of a drug store blood pressure cuff.

I'd been on medications like metoprolol, a beta-blocker, and lisiniprol, an ACE Inhibitor, which really didn't work, either. Really, I found two major ways to control my blood pressure: (1) daily exercise and cardio, and (2) this Breathe Away High Blood Pressure App!

It's a 15 minute exercise in which you breathe 6 times an hour. It instructs you to breathe in and out. I recommend sitting with your eyes closed and cross legged while you do it, but honestly, you can do it anywhere you feel comfortable.

I've done some googling on it, and there seems to be a lot of evidence to support my own hypothesis. However, why cite sources when I can tell you from personal experience, that slow breathing can help lower blood pressure.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mighty Leaf Organic Green Dragon

Just after steeping today's brew of green tea, I knew I was going to have to share this tea on Todd & Tea. This tea was recommended by Men's Health as the best green tea in the supermarket. I was happy to hear that Mighty Leaf was being awarded this, because their teas are always an incredible experience.

This tea stands out among green teas because of the silk bags that Mighty Leaf uses. It is easy to see the freshness and quality of the leaves being brewed. It reminds me of the green peony flowering teas, but packed into a beautiful tea bag.

There is a hint of melon sweetness in this palatable, but formidable brand of green tea. As you probably know, green tea is one of the healthiest teas you can drink. With a mild caffeine profile, the health benefits are numerous and include helping brain function and increasing your body's ability to burn fat.

All in all, green tea will make your body function better, especially if you incorporate it into your daily routine.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Making Tea Time A Priority

On some level, life is just a series of moments we attempt to occupy with activity. Ideally, rewarding or paying activity, but also importantly varied activity.

When I first started to drink tea heavily, I bought up every flavor I could find. People said I was crazy. What kind of person has 2 small drawers and a third larger drawer filled with loose tea bags and boxed tea bogs from most of the mainstream tea vendors at our local supermarkets.

One time recently, I searched my name on Twitter and I found someone making fun of me for being obsessed with grocery store tea. I thought about it, a little offended at first, but not really sure why. I consider the best place to buy tea IS the grocery store.

Not only is there a consistent and full collection of many brands and flavors, caffeinated and medicinal, it's so easy to add into a grocery store return. This is especially so, if you remember that tea has tons of antioxidants and other amazing nutrients for your body.

So, by purchasing the bulk of my teas at the grocery stores I've been to, stores both big and small, I have anything from Camomile, to English Breakfast (loose), to Echinacea Plus, to Throat Care and Cold Care (the last 4 are all from Traditional Medicinal's). Another two favorite teas of mine, that I find myself having to replace weekly are the Detox and Relax by Pukka.

Pukka is an exquisite experience. I find it never to be short of an actual tea experience. The pungent herbs build a sophisticated detoxifying aura. These teas aren't just absent mindedly sipped. These are relaxation techniques bordering on hypnotism.

Too often when our life seems stuck, we tend to actually act as though we are physically stuck. This manifests as laying in bed, or sitting on the computer for an excessive period. Get up and grab a cup of tea. It's a wonderful celebration of nutrition and water.

It's no wonder it's been enjoyed for thousands and thousands of years and is still as popular than ever.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hibiscus Tea For Lowering Blood Pressure

What I love most about the promise of Hibiscus Tea for lowering blood pressure are the frequent comparisons in effectiveness of hibiscus tea and prescription medication.

I love being able to say that there is something easy to buy, fun to drink, and effective for reducing blood pressure. And what is that thing?

I think that health problems like high blood pressure can seem overwhelming, and it can be very difficult to perfectly maintain a regimen that effectively manages high blood pressure, but adding hibiscus tea to your diet is probably going to be among one of the easiest and most satisfying contributions to your physical health that you can imagine.

I have dealt with hypertension and learned to incorporate tea, especially hibiscus tea (I really enjoy Traditional Medicinals Heart Tea) into my life. Learning to accept my blood pressure as something I wanted to deal with, not just something I had to deal with, was also very helpful.

Check out this article from Mother Earth News that references several studies done to support the claims made in this article. I have written about this very topic before and done research, all of which would support these claims.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

What Can Tea Do For You?

Drinking tea throughout the day is going to invariably help you stay hydrated, however, it goes one step further than water on it's own, and offers you added health benefits.

Chamomile: Reduces Anxiety; Mild Sedative
Ginger: Aids digestion; reduces inflammation
Green Tea: Reduces Inflammation; alleviates depression; boosts metabolism
Black Tea: Great for Oral Health; Increases tolerance to stress
Oolong Tea: Great for Oral Health
Pu'Erh Tea: Great for weight loss

Almost any tea is going to have some added health benefits. Drink it several times a day for maximum results! Don't forget to mix in water throughout the day for complete balance of hydration!


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