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Tea for Two

On a cold winter evening, John and I often end the day with a cup of hot tea.  He prefers Yogi brand ginger tea for its digestive and inflammation fighting capabilities.  I opt for whatever strikes my mood at the time.  I am currently into a combination of lemon balm and chamomile, as they are both relaxing, something that I want as bedtime draws near  and lemon balm has some nice dimagedigestive properties as well.

There are many types of tea that have healthy benefits.  Green tea has shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol, as well as help with high blood pressure. Green tea may also help block the formation of the plaque linked to Alzheimers disease.  For diabetics,  green tea has shown to keep blood sugar stable. It may even help fight cancer due to its phytonutrient EGCG.

Oolong tea is a metabolism booster due to the combination of catechins (antioxidants) and caffeine; a fat burning powerhouse that is helped along by the polyphenols that help fat blocking enzymes.  You have to use sugar sparingly though if you want those good benefits.

A cup of peppermint tea can help with constipation and digestive issues and the aroma can elevate your mood.  A couple of lesser known teas include nettle tea, with its antihistamine properties it can help those who suffer from hay fever and allergies.  Licorice root tea(not the candy) is also anti-inflammatory with bacteria killing abilities.  It can also sooth sore throats.  This tea is naturally sweet, so if you don’t like a sweet tea this one might not be for you.

Finally, for most of us the most familiar tea is black tea.  We like it hot and iced. It is the go-to-tea for most of us, luckily it is full of polyphenols that help prevent plaque from clinging to teeth, while preventing the growth of bacteria in the mouth. It can help with belly fat and while more studies are needed it could help prevent diabetes.

These are just a few tea choices, there are so many many more, explore the tea isle and enjoy tea adventures, but if you can’t decide just change it up and let your mood guide you.





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B Vitamins Are Not Complex

We generally are aware of the importance of vitamin C, and calcium and in recent years are more educated about the need for Vitamin D, but most of us are probably a bit more vague about the family of B Vitamins. These vital nutrients help support adrenal function and maintain a healthy nervous system, as well as other body functions.

B1 (Thiamine)
B1 helps make new cells and support the immune system. It sis sometimes taken as a supplement to prevent memory loss, maintain a positive attitude and fight stress. The best way to get this in your diet is whole grains, peanuts, spinach, beans, kale. and wheat germ.

B2 (Riboflavin)
B2 helps fight free radicals in the body; those little buggers that damage our cells and age us. It is also needed for the proper development of skin and the lining of the digestive tract and red blood cell production. A diet containing almonds, milk, eggs, brussels sprouts, spinach and yogurt can help maintain necessary B2 levels, although alcoholics may need additional supplementation.

B3 (Niacin)
B3 is works to increase the HDL cholesterol in the body. It can be consumed in red meat, milk, eggs, beans and green vegetables.

B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
This nutrient breaks down fats and carbs for energy. It helps with the production of sex and stress related hormones. It helps promote healthy skin and perhaps reduce signs of aging such as skin spots. You can get B5 from avocados, yogurt, eggs, meat and legumes.

B6 (Pyridoxine)
Pyridoxine helps the body produce serotonin, melatonin, which help regulate sleep and norepinephrine, a stress hormone. It also helps regulate the amino acid homocysteine, which is associated with heart disease. There are studies being conducted that indicated it could help with inflammation for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. It is found in chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, sunflower seeds, cheese, brown rice, lentils and carrots.

B7 (Biotin)
This vitamin is often associated with healthy hair, skin and nails A deficiency can show up as thinning hair with loss of hair color, depression, exhaustion and tingling in the arms and legs. It is important during pregnancy for the normal growth of the baby. It can be found in barley, liver, yeast, pork, chicken, fish,potatoes, cauliflower, egg yolks and nuts.

B9 (Folate)
This is also known as folic acid, which is the synthetic form used in supplements and fortified foods like cereal and bread. This vitamin is important for women who are pregnant as it supports the growth of the baby and prevents neurological birth defects. You can get it from dark leafy greens, asparagus, beets, salmon, root vegetables, milk, bulgur wheat and beans.

B12 (Cobalamin)
This is the power house vitamin and one that people are probably the most familiar with. It is necessary for the proper function and development of the brain, nerves and red blood cells. It is used for dementia, paranoia, behavioral problems, tingling in hands and feet and pernicious anemia. It is only found in animal products such as fish, shellfish, dairy, eggs, beef and pork. It is important that vegetarians and vegan supplement their diet with B12.

The B vitamins are not complex at all. A well rounded diet is an easy way to obtain these vitamins for a healthy mind and body.