“At Christmas, tea is compulsory.
Relatives are optional.”
– Robert Godden
I can’t believe December is already here….this year just flew by! I hope you’re all doing very well & are in festive spirits ❤
Today I’m really excited to share with you my Best find for 2016… the Green T Cup!
Last week while Karan & I were visiting our parents, my mum introduced me to this amazing green tea.
Karan’s always loved green tea, but me on the other hand – I’ve never been a fan – simply because I think it’s boring and bitter….well, not anymore! Thanks to the Green T Cup I’m slowly developing a liking for this amazing tea for health.
Let’s have a look at what the makers have to say:
‘Green T Cup is a patent pending, quality food product from Hale Beverages, a company with a vision to seek success through products that promote universal health and well-being.
Our manufacturing plant is based out of Chennai, South India while our base of organic farmers and suppliers are located around Coimbatore, and other places in the Southern peninsula.
Now you can enjoy a restful and rejuvenating sip of green tea, anytime and anywhere with Green-T-Cup! It comes with a special infusion layer all you have to do it pour hot water and wait a few minutes. Green Tea is rich in flavonoids, known for anti-oxidant action.’
The flavor I tried was called Ginger-Tinger….isn’t that adorable?!
I love the packaging to begin with, it is absolute GENIUS! A cup with green tea at the bottom…. all you need to do is pour hot water and voila! your green tea is ready!
‘This flavor is one of the best combinations of Green T Cup. Ginger Tinger is best suited for people who have a tendency to suffer from nausea, dizziness or have hangovers. We are always advised to have ginger during a long travel to keep us away from motion sickness. So with this drink one can travel with taste and also avoid motion sickness.’
‘Discover the healing touch of Green T Cup with ginger. It helps relieve nausea, dizziness and motion sickness. It relieves hangovers and is great in treating cough and cold. A refreshing brew with many a boon.’
They have a variety of flavors to choose from, so there’s something for everyone here:
- Orange Bang
- Cardamom Touch
- Ginger Tinger
- Original Green
- Mint Magic
- Lemon Lift
- Jasmine Aroma
Not just that, you can also select the quantity of green tea cups in your order, ranging from 30/60/90/250 Cups.
In my opinion the Green T Cup is perfect for those who travel a lot, or for people who like to have tea at work. It’s a great way to boost your metabolism, lose weight, it’s good for the heart and overall wellbeing….so give one a try today…trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
I’d love to know whats your favorite green tea & how you like to have yours….so drop a comment down below and share the love!
Until we meet next
Asthma is a condition which makes it very difficult for a person to breathe because the airways feel restricted. Allergies, exercise, stress and anxiety contribute towards asthma attacks. The medication as well as treatment for asthma can be very expensive…not just that, there are a lot of side effects that are unwanted. In reality, battling asthma in a natural way is slightly complicated; however the benefits that one receives by going the natural way are worth your efforts and time.
If you wish to fight asthma without medications, here are a few tips that would help you keep asthma attacks at bay:
Find out what are the allergies that you have when you are asthmatic. Figure out what are the substances that trigger asthma attacks in you and then carefully avoid those allergens so that you can prevent further attacks.
You should eat foods which help relieve the symptoms of asthma. Some of the relieving foods are tuna, mackerel and salmon- all of which are very rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. The foods reduce fabrication of compounds that are inflammatory, improve the pulmonary functions, as well as prevent any constriction that could be caused because of exercise. Other products that help to reduce recurrence of asthmatic attacks are spinach, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, tofu and beans (all of which are rich in magnesium). Veggies and fruits that are Vitamin B and Vitamin C rich help reduce inflammation and stress. Prostaglandins that are present in onions help relax the bronchial muscles as well as open airways. A very good source of Vitamin B6 is chick peas and they reduce wheezing.
To prevent asthma attacks, one should drink water that is purified, distilled or chlorine-free. There have been studies that prove chlorine leads to irritation in the receptors within the lungs and throat.
Practicing breathing exercises on an everyday basis woks wonders for people who suffer from asthma. Slowing breath and inhale through your nose…Practicing this will slow and sometimes even stop asthma attacks. You must relax as you take deep breaths through your nose….exhale through your mouth as this will help strengthen your respiratory muscles.
Majority people have reported that essential oil therapy works very well to get rid of asthma attacks. Rose, frankincense and marjoram help the lungs to expand, thereby encouraging you to breathe deeply. Germium, lavender, chamomile, marjoram and rose reduce any kind of respiratory spasm and also help as they relax the bronchial muscles. However, remember to test any such oil for allergens before you use them. You can use these oils by dropping a few drops in warm water (maybe in your bath), use on the sole of your feet or put in a humidifier. Eucalyptus and lavender are the best to use when you are suffering from an attack as they immediately relax and open up the airways.
Increasing the intake of magnesium helps a lot with asthma patients. Magnesium holds properties to dilate the bronchial passages, thereby preventing spasms that occur in these passages. Foods that are rich in magnesium are beets, bean sprouts, spinach and okra. In case you are not comfortable taking pills, you could easily get the benefits by taking magnesium supplements.
Drinking green tea is considered healthy and what’s great is that green tea is more than simply a so called ‘morning drink’ as it serves as an asthma treatment. Green tea holds a compound named theophylline that helps to relax as well as support your bronchial tubes. Regularly drinking green tea will result in fewer and less severe attacks.
Asthma patients are generally allergic to pollen, dust, etc. Therefore, make sure you keep the house dust free and clean. Stay away from fire places, burning wood affects the lungs and causes numerous breathing problems.
In case you are a smoker, it’s time you quit smoking! When you have asthma, you need to understand that the tiniest ash particle will worsen this problem for you. Stay away from smoking areas as the smoke can trigger an attack. Not just smoke, even alcohol is harmful for an asthma patient. Avoid consuming alcohol.
Avoid substances that worsen asthma such as air pollution, strenuous or excessive exercise and work outs. Whenever you feel that you are about to get an attack, immediately take cold-water baths. It will help you with the wheezing and breathing. Also, practice daily breathing exercises. Consult with an expert so that you know which breathing exercises will help you strengthen the respiratory muscles.
Foods that help keep asthma attacks at bay:
- Dairy products
- Green vegetables
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Fruit juice (apple, banana- helps children with asthma)
- Cola drinks
Warnings and Tips:
- Remain calm when you are going through an attack. Anxiety and stress increases the intensity of asthma attacks.
- Vitamins and natural herbs help asthma patients. Go to a vitamin store to buy them or check online.
- Study shows that people who take at least 400 mg magnesium every day have lesser chances of getting an asthma attack and it also reduces the symptoms as well as soothes the respiratory muscles. Keep away from high amount of salt or sodium as that diminishes the level of magnesium in one’s body.
- In case you feel that a certain food, nut, essential oil triggers an asthma attack, immediately stop the usage and contact the physician.
Asthma’s a persistent lung disease which causes a person’s airways (that lead to a person’s lungs) to turn narrow due to inflammation. Studies have shown that nearly twenty-two million people in America are affected by this disease, out of which 6 million happen to be children. Even though today, with medical advancements, there is multitude of treatments and medications that are available and can effectively treat as well as manage the problematic condition, majority people choose to naturally treat their asthma attacks. We would like to recommend that even if you choose to treat this condition naturally, kindly understand that you cannot completely replace the recommendations given to you by your doctor.
- 9 Natural Asthma Remedies (naturalblaze.com)
- Don’t Let Asthma Rule Your Life (uapkenya.wordpress.com)
- Breathe Easier With This Great Asthma Advice (mikexetreder.wordpress.com)
- New FDA treatment for severe asthma (abcactionnews.com)
- New treatment option for adults with severe Asthma (news4jax.com)
Women often worry a lot about shedding weight as the dream is to have that gorgeous hour-glass figure and every now and then women fret over how thin they would like to be. What we as women don’t understand is that weight loss should never be unhealthy, instead you should shed weight by following a weekly meal plan and by regular exercise, not by going on a strict diet that makes you feel famished by the end of the day. Here are a few ways and tips for women to shed that extra weight in a healthy fashion:
Drink lots of water-
Your body requires ample amount of water, so make sure you drink around 8 to 10 glasses full of water in a day. Water isn’t just a way to rinse out all the toxins from your system but an ample amount of water within your body will normally make you feel much healthier and also fitter. Water has no calories at all and that’s the greatest benefit.
Do aerobics or cardiovascular exercises every morning before you eat your breakfast. They are work outs for your heart and lungs. By training first thing in the morning, your body metabolism gets that kick start which will keep functioning all through the day and burn fat. Research shows that you can burn equal to 3 times more fat if you’ve worked out early in the day. Exercise doesn’t only mean weight training, women you can go out simply for a walk, or a jog, or a run. You can even take your pet out for a walk or roller blade with your kid or maybe go on a hike or cycling with your partner. Activities like swimming, playing packet ball, going hiking out in the open are fun ways to get your muscles working, so stop being boring and think of exciting ways to challenge yourself physically.
Don’t skip any meals-
You must eat 5 small meals a day. Begin with breakfast. Do not ever leave out the first meal of the day as it’s the most important and you’ll wind up devouring everything that’s on the way later on. Eat wisely so that your body does not yearn for more food. Keep the meals small and eat every 3-4 hours. This way your body will not store any fats for an emergency situation and the body metabolism will constantly work in order to digest what you’re eating, which in turn means that you’ll constantly be burning calories.
Keep an observant eye on each and every food that goes into your body. Bear in mind that it’s the simplest thing to eat stuff without even realizing that maybe you shouldn’t have done so! Eat more of green vegetables, fresh fruits, oats, etc instead of eating junk food. Reduce your intake of caffeine and aerated drinks.
Be wise about what you drink-
Consume lots of water and don’t confuse that drinking with alcohol! Say a big NO to packaged juices, sugar and cream in your tea or coffee and pop, as they all add to a disaster. Instead opt for fresh juice that has all the fiber intact as that’s the healthy part. Drink ample water because when you’re dehydrated, the body metabolism slows down and it stops burning the fat.
Don’t become overly-restraining-
You ought to have some favourite treats once in a while. Go ahead and allow yourself some bit of indulgence, just watch out that the quantity or the frequency doesn’t go out of hand or boundary. Indulging in small treats once in a blue moon can be gratifying for you during the whole weight loss incident. Cutting down too much in the case of favorite treats will usually end in an ugly early relapse.
Stop binging at 7pm-
One ought to plan stop eating at least 3-4 hours ahead of going to bed. If you’re someone who is very active during evening time, then maybe 2 hours is ok, but at least 4 hours must be the standard as the majority of us end up in front of out TV on our couches. Once you have had a meal, your body will need some time in order to burn what you have eaten. If you follow through with this rule, it will grant your body abundance of time for burning off calories and assist you in losing weight quickly.
Keep away from crash diets-
Now crash diets no doubt are tempting, but it will ultimately lead to a rebound of weight gain that brings feelings of disappointment and failure. A crash diet can undermine your health. It is tough to follow a crash diet for long, it can cause physical distress and it will eventually lead to frustration when you end up regaining the weight later on.
A journal or diary aids in documenting what you have been eating, what works for you and what hasn’t worked for you in the past. This is an excellent way to keep track of and assess what you eat and your habits once you’re at the end of a weekly meal plan. Share your journal with your dietician and then ask him/her to suggest some improvement points for you or guide you on what you should continue to do and what not.
Give your body enough rest-
The time you spend sleeping is a vital component when you are trying to shed weight. Researchers establish facts to prove that a better sleep habit is helpful towards the triumph of any plan that is directed at weight loss
Don’t be too strict or harsh on yourself. Go easy and allow yourself at least 1 day in the entire week to do and eat as you please. If you start disliking your diet, you should understand that something’s wrong. Go ahead and find an alternate diet that you like better and one that suits your lifestyle and body type.
Scientifically it’s been proven that Green Tea helps reduce cholesterol, which only does good to your body. It also helps in developing a better ratio of HDL (good cholesterol) as compared to LDL (bad cholesterol) as it contains polyphenols (a potent antioxidant).