Green Tea and Three Other Natural Teas for Your Health

Many societies have always used herbal remedies to maintain health. Yet, others are slower in adapting natural remedies. Even now, some people still rely on modern medicine for problems that can be treated effectively with an herbal remedy. If you are leery about natural herbs or how to use them, make it easy on yourself. Get the benefits of herbs through drinking them in the form of tea.

Brewing a natural herb tea is a great way to get the benefits of the herb along with a great tasting drink. Here are four great herbal teas and what they can do to help you.

Before drinking herbal teas, taking herbal supplements, or taking any medications, you should talk to your doctor. Herbs can have side effects, complications, and drug interactions; just like prescription meds. You doctor will be able to tell you if it’s safe for you to use certain herbs or not.

Green Tea: For centuries, the Chinese have known about and used the medicinal benefits of green tea. It has been used to prevent and treat a variety of illnesses and health problems. Some of the benefits is that Green tea will strengthen your immune system, helps improve memory and sharpens mental focus, promotes younger looking skin, helps prevent arthritis, removes toxins from your body, helps prevent cancer, protects liver function, relaxes the body, to name a few of the benefits.

Scientific research has been conducted to prove these benefits of Green Tea not only in Asia but also in the US. Ressearch also sows that drinking Green Teac can help lower total cholesterol levels, as well as improve the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol. Green tea comes in many varieties. Go to the resources in the title link to find out more about this all-in-one healthy herbal tea.

Valerian Tea: Valerian has been used for centuries to help with a whole host of medical problems. Most recently it has been used to calm nerves and even soothe severe anxiety and restlessness. It is a great tea to enjoy at the end of the day when you want to unwind and relax. Because it acts as a sedative, Valerian is often used to cure insomnia and get a restful night’s sleep. It is commonly used to help with cramps and digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome.

You should also be wary of continued use because it can become addictive and produce withdrawal symptoms if you stop using it. When making Valerian tea, do not use boiling water as this could decrease its potency. Just pour hot water over the tea and let it steep.

Echinacea. Want to be able to strengthen your immune system and better fight off viruses like that flu? Or course you do. That’s why you should try to drink Echinacea tea regularly. This tea stimulates your cells and helps boost interferon production; both essential parts of immune functioning

My family uses echinacea tea at the slightest sign of a cold with good results. Still, a few people may be allergic to Echinacea, so if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction or an asthma attack, see a doctor immediately.

Hawthorn Tea: If you’re looking for a natural, effective way to help improve your heart function and circulation, you should try hawthorn tea. This herb has been known to help the heart, relieve blood pressure problems, lower cholesterol, and improve circulation. It’s also an antioxidant which means it helps prevent cancer and improves overall health.

If used properly, herbal teas can be a great way to naturally improve your health and help you live a happier life. If you benefit from these teas, there are many other options that you can try to maintain good health.

Get Fit on a Cruise

Cruising is one of the most relaxing types of vacations possible. It’s even better when you know how to book your own cruise, save money and get the best deals around. Booking the cruise is just one part of what you need to know.

If you have never taken a cruise, you might wonder why this is suggested on a fitness center site? Well, certain types of cruises can offer several fitness type programs. You might find some type of exercise program for your age group. There are also tours, trips, and excursions. Some offer walking or hiking. You can snorkel, scuba dive, and have other adventures.

Then there are the spa adventures. Imagine getting a massage with the ocean gently lapping all around you in perfect peace. Have a dip in one of the pools then relax in the hot tubs to ease your tired muscles.

And the food (did we talk about the food yet)? When my husband and I went on a cruise, I was so afraid of coming home fat from all the food. It seemed like we ate all day but I didn’t gain a pound. I know it was because of the fresh ingredients combined with a balance of activity.

If you’re stressed out, cruising is extremely relaxing. It helps to bring down the blood pressure when everything you need done for the day is taken care of by others. All you have to do is enjoy.

You’re probably starting to see why cruising can be a part of your fitness program.

This ebook tells you everything you need to know to make taking a cruise a wonderful relaxing adventure, all within a reasonable budget.

  • Know how to book the best cruise for you. There are many to select from and you want to maximize your adventures.
  • Know the type of cabin to book and why, particularly if you get seasick.
  • Know how to arrange your seating preferences so you always have exactly what you want in dining.
    Understand “tipping” properly. (If you’ve ever cruised, you’ll know why this is important. It can really mean lots of money if you don’t know what you’re doing).
  • Know how to work with travel agencies and avoid travel agencies rip-offs. Go in as an educated consumer.

Make taking a vacation a part of your fitness program. You deserve it.

Boomers – Start Exercising

Have you started an exercise program, gotten all excited about it, but then gave up on it a week or two later. While you start out super motivated, that excitement can quickly fade. The key to sticking to an exercise program is finding a way to keep that original motivation. Here are a few tips for getting for getting and staying motivated.

1. Find a role model. Many boomers get motivated to diet and work out by taping up pictures of models or actresses. This is actually a great way to remind yourself what your goals are and keep a visual of them fresh in your mind. Just be sure to pick an appropriate role model and not someone with unhealthy eating and exercise habits or an unachievable image.

2. Set small goals. If you start out setting tough goals, you probably won’t achieve them and will then become discouraged. The key is to start with small, easy to achieve goals and work your way up. Start with “I will work out three days this week”. Once you get yourself into a routine, get yourself to work out harder and do more during each session.

3. Reward yourself. Setting goals is good way to get yourself into a workout program. If you have trouble keeping yourself going, try rewarding yourself when you reach a goal. Don’t go with big rewards, just small rewards for reaching small goals. For example, “I can go to that movie if I work out three times this week.” If you’re working out to lose weight, don’t reward yourself with food.

4. Get a buddy. Find a compatible workout partner. That means you’re more likely to want to go work out. Having a buddy also makes it harder for you to skip your workout. You won’t want to let your budyy down by not showing up for your workout. This keeps you accountable to your program. If you can’t find a workout buddy, hire a personal trainer to keep you going.

5. Make it fun. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring a repetitive. If you don’t like your exercise routine, change it. Keep looking until you find something you enjoy doing. This way, you’ll end up looking forward to exercise instead of dreading it. Learn new ways to do routine exercises so you don’t get bored with them so easily. See if you find some ideas from this program

6. Mix it up. Even the most exciting workout can get boring if you do it over and over every day. Find several exercises you like to do and alternate. Try swimming Mondays, dance class Wednesdays, and a Pilates tape on Saturday. Get yourself going with a personalized set of workouts from the Workout Pass group Any time you find yourself getting bored with a workout, replace it in your rotation for a while and start it again in a few months.

7. Don’t take it too seriously. If you start acting like exercise is hard work, it will become hard work. Make your exercise a light, fun, activity rather than a chore you have to do. This will keep you from getting a bad attitude and make you less likely to give up.