Posted on Leave a comment

Want to Win the Battle Against the Effects of Fast Food?

Fast-food effects

When you have a tsunami of food brands that only aims to entice you into shelling loads of money buying fast food, you don’t have much of a fight. Fast food does taste awesome! Plus, in a world where you have to streak through the day with loads of work and an enormous amount of stress, finding relief and pleasure in fast foods is not uncommon. But take a moment and GET REAL. Apart from blessing you with ungodly amounts of harmful chemicals and junk, fast food could play a sinister role in killing you with bad cholesterol and saturated fat. It has incredible abilities to turn your stomach into a junkyard.

 

We have these weapons of mass destruction on every street corner, and they’re called donuts, cheeseburgers, French fries, potato chips, junk food. Our kids are living on a junk food diet.
– Joel Fuhrman

 

On the pretext of seeking instant gratification in the present, you risk your future. You may be aware of this fact. But you behave as if engulfed in a prison of pleasure. Think again! It’s time to keep your fast-food pangs under control. It’s time to bid farewell to your fast-food addiction and the resulting wave of risks it brings to your health. And, tea can help you in a big way. Know how.

 

Tip 1: Detox your system. With tea.

Fast-food effectsIt is imperative to detox your system regularly. You have raced and danced in the world of fast-food dirt tracks, and you expect the body to clean all of it by itself? You need to give your body a hand.

Detox tea could be the answer to your woes. Celebrities from all domains swear by the benefits of detox tea, making it look like the new super food! Hold your horses! Don’t succumb to the marketing gimmicks. Detox teas work best when accompanied with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Yes, eat right, you must! Exercise regularly, you must! Wondering what these teas are? Detox teas are simply herbal teas, also called tisanes. Ono Teas offers a range of such teas, including Peppermint tea, Skin Glow Herbal tea and Hibiscus tea.

 

Peppermint tea

This tea is a beautiful combination of spearmint, peppermint and regular mint, offering you an ideal herbal minty experience. This tea cleanses your body, improves long-term memory, promotes oral health, boosts energy and reduces allergy.

 

Skin Glow Herbal tea

This tea is a herbal tisane that has been carefully crafted to keep the body in perfect balance. With a combination of the medicinal properties of turmeric, ginger root and lemongrass, this caffeine-free tea is great for slimming down, and healthy skin and hair.

 

Hibiscus tea

We process this ‘all red’ herbal tisane with handpicked Hibiscus petals in small batches to offer you a delicious citrus treat. This exotic, soothing caffeine-free herbal tea is recommended for detox in addition to decreasing blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

 

The above teas are excellent in flushing out toxins and bad cholesterol from your system. Regular consumption of these teas will offer you the elixir of rejuvenation.

 

Tip 2: Invest in nutrition.

Fast-food effectsIt is the first step to beat any further damage to your health caused by junk food. It is paramount that you need to stop excess intake of alcohol, coffee, smoking, meat, and fast food addictions in the next few hours. It’s necessary! Let this piece of news be your truth of the day.

You must start scheduling what you eat, why you eat and how much you eat. Introduce a whole food, nutritious diet to your lifestyle instead of pumping your body with foods that it doesn’t need. Do not dwell in YOLO. As you quit your addictions and slowly move towards the right kind of foods, you will experience the radical change – longevity and delayed aging. Remember, you are what you eat!

 

Tip 3: Sip tea. Simple!

Bring a change

Fast-food effectsLet’s be honest here. You cannot always maintain a schedule of ginger juices and green veggies to stay healthy. Sometimes you need a break from the not-so-boring-yet-boring diet food hassle. There’s where tea steps. Tea can serve as an excellent stimulant to help you stick to the lifestyle practices mentioned above. Moreover, tea is incredibly healthy, tasty and refreshing. You could begin your day with Turmeric Herbal tea. Turmeric is not only a great anti-inflammatory agent, but it also repairs your system within by providing antioxidants to your body.

Familiar with the over sensationalized protein, right? Protein fills your system with a lot of nutrients, making you feel full. Did you know that a fantastic green tea protein shake not only gives you protein but also kills cholesterol and saturated fats? You can blend tea with your protein shakes, thus supplying your system with ultra-rich bioactive compounds to build strength and cleanse your body at the same time. Moreover, you need a robust system to digest your protein intakes efficiently. So, tea and your protein foods work hand in hand.

 

De-stress with tea

Fast-food effectsThe effects of fast foods also steer their way towards impairing health when you don’t give yourself the breathing space or moments of solitude that your mind and body always need. Worry not, you have Hojicha or Tulsi Lemongrass tea to your aid. These teas not only have excellent compounds to help you repair and restore your health but also prove to be your best me-time drink.

Answering the concern of addressing daily stress – you can drink tea to bust your stress. When you meddle all your day in stressful work, your mind will run towards the hallways of junk food. To shoot two cans with one bullet, start having herbal tea. Teas, such as Pure Chamomile tea, Chamomile Lemongrass tea, Oolong tea, Darjeeling tea, Hojicha tea, and Earl Grey tea are the ultimate stress busters. You can manage your stress levels efficiently by avoiding fast-food, introducing a healthy diet, and sipping herbal tea every day.

 

Teas to calm you

Your sleep patterns are significantly affected by the fast-foods you gobble. Fast foods introduce parasites into your bowels which affect your digestion ultimately catapulting your sleep pattern into a dark abyss. You can blindly trust Pure Chamomile tea to relieve you from stress and give you a good night’s sleep. Chamomile is considered as a mild tranquilizer and aids your sleep greatly. A study published in PubMed Central, part of National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), has hinted that the compound, apigenin in chamomile might be responsible for the sedative effect of the tea.

Fast-food effectsHerbal tea is an excellent de-stressing and health-giving beverage, unlike coffee and beer. It does not only bring a promise of health, but also a sense of contentment in whatever you do. Be it watching a movie, reading a book, or attending a meditation session; tea is an excellent drink to offer you tranquility. Thus, replacing your coffee and beer with tea is a positive step for you to counter fast food effects and also the craving. Turmeric Herbal tea and Tulsi Lemongrass tea are known to rid your body of the toxins slowly. Green tea helps to lose weight, prevent the formation of cancerous cells, restores oral health and helps your body cleanse itself.

 

To conclude

Your decision to quit and combat the effects of fast food may be hard to come by. But once you decide on it, accept it wholeheartedly with a calm state of mind and with some tea. Your cognitive clarity is linked to how healthy your system is. If you keep treating your tummy as a junkyard, it will be tougher for you to cleanse your body efficiently. Introducing tea into your daily routine acts as a blessing. No hectic workouts, no time-consuming meal plans. Keep a regular schedule of exercise and yoga and enhance its effects with tea. At a time where even your conscious decision tells you to binge on fast food, avoid the impulse. Starve your body of fast food and slowly and steadily make tea a great friend in everything you do.

 

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Ono Teas handcrafts full leaf teas suiting every moment you want to cherish, whether it is solitude or conversations with friends or just a leisurely health drink to counter lifestyle disorders. You can shop from our range of green teas, black teas, blends or tisanes based on the moment you want to celebrate.

To buy Ono Teas online, visit our website.
Stay connected with us on Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

References/Additional Reading

Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future

Junk-Food Facts

Tea and Health: Studies in Humans

Posted on Leave a comment

Ten Common Myths About Tea Debunked. Finally!

Myths

Tea has seen a lot throughout humankind’s history. Right from the ancient age to the present day, tea has always played a significant role in our society. Be it a social gathering or me-times; we have thought of tea as a regenerative, de-stressing and luxurious drink. It sidelines significantly from the regular beverages, such as coffee, alcohol, beer and aerated flavoured drinks, which may be detrimental to health. No wonder, there are multiple myths about tea, thanks to ill-informed people. The utter desperation behind tea smuggling and tea trade is now evident when we have medical science backing tea for it’s pure and medicinal values.

Since childhood, a lot of people may have heard about tea bringing in addiction or dependency. Tea was also perpetrated as just dust or low-quality tea dust, given to people who can’t afford the real drink, and real tea leaves only being accessible to the elite of the society. The reality of the above claim should be left in the hands of those individuals who have the time and money to perpetuate lies but at the same time fail in doing so. Again, why do we say that? Because the answer is still, medical science. Researchers, including ancient and modern, have time and again proved the health benefits of tea. Before we milk the science out of it, let’s give it a little historical context to show why tea myths are brainless.

 

A peek into the history of tea

Shunan Zeng, the holy farmer who accidentally discovered tea after being poisoned nearly 72 times when he was in search of edibles in the forest, was the first person to write about tea. The inception of tea was in China, 1,500 years before the Pharaohs built the Pyramids of Giza. So, you must wonder why tea isn’t considered as phenomenal as the pyramids themselves? You see, tea had a different approach and preparation method during the ancient age. Only about a 1,000-2,000 years ago, we discovered that tea could be heated, packed, powdered and added to hot water finally bringing ‘Matcha’ on the table.

Tea mythsIt got so popular that everyone right from the pompous emperors to poor artists consumed tea with a great sense of luxury. Do you also know that the world’s fastest ship around that time, the clipper ship, saw its inception because of the intense trading competition between the world’s most powerful emperors? Well, it would be mean to say that the British popularised tea, considering colonial animosity and the false history of course, but unfortunately, that is the case. The world says that Queen Catherine of Braganza, a Portuguese noblewoman brought tea to its fame as it has today. Even the hills of tea in Darjeeling were born out of covert operation by the Brits who chose to steal tea trees and plant them in India for further profit.

 

So, why all this mollycoddling for tea’s history?

It’s always good to give a little context before talking more. It proves why tea was regarded as significant historically, economically and medically. As chest thumping tea lovers who dream of nothing but superior health, holistic sense of self, and healthy social time with loved ones, Ono Teas stands witness to the atrocities done to tea today. Tea cannot wail or scream out of sorrow, but we can help it out with some truth. All the myths that tend to taint tea with wrong colours must be debunked, and here we go!

 

Myth No. 1: Black Tea should be black. Period.

This is one of the most common myths. Before anyone even begins to catch a racist node to this, there is entirely no reason why anybody shouldn’t add milk, honey, or lime to black tea. This tea type, one of the easiest and healthiest drinks, can even be prepared by adding cardamom, cinnamon, ginger or cloves. The pseudoscience behind ‘It will alter the antioxidant levels of the tea’ is, well you guessed it, pseudo. If you add milk or honey, it only adds to the flavour and richness to it. Today, you have even better options, such as using soy milk or almond milk in the tea, which only makes it more fantastic.

 

Myth No. 2: Peppermint tea is good for stomach issues.

We don’t like to criticise tea. And we won’t. The better choice of tea for your stomach-related issues would be the Turmeric Herbal tea or Turmeric Ginger tea. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that aid in flushing out toxins or parasites from your gut. Even though mint acts as a coolant, pepper can sometimes be an irritant to the intestinal hair, and that’s precisely why you should avoid it, only during stomach issues. Otherwise, Peppermint tea is a great tea. Hails!

 

Myth No. 3: Green tea can make you look like a Greek god.

One of the most baseless myths under circulation! Yes, green tea does effectively help you in managing your weight. But like the commercials you see, it is tough to bring yourself into shape instantly. To be in form, you need more than just tea. Green tea aids in metabolism and improved energy burning. The regular consumption of green tea can enhance your metabolism, which will ensure that you don’t have unnecessary fat stored in your body. So Greek god or not is out of the question. First hit the gym and then sip green tea. You will make your way through.

 

Myth No. 4: Dried tea leaves are eternal.

Every product that you buy has a shelf life. So is the case with tea leaves. Be it dried or roasted. They have a shelf life only for about 6-8 months, and to your knowledge, it is the most ethical way of processing tea. Supplying it with preservatives may increase its shelf life but may be detrimental to your health. So, consume the beverage daily and don’t use the tea leaves for too long. They don’t taste great. Trust us.

 

Myth No. 5: Tea bags are fantastic!

There is no replacement for loose tea leaves. Tea bags often come with low-quality tea dust and the bags are made from bleached silk or corn plastic, making them even more harmful for the environment. Just like tea, be more holistic. A tea bag will add to the style factor, and if you can’t resist the temptation, opt for a bleach-free tea bag product. But we still urge you to use loose leaf tea as it has greater healthy compounds than the tea bags. We provide you with loose tea leaves. Be it tea bags or loose leaves; Ono Teas is where you should be headed.

 

Myth No. 6: Tea bags do not give great tea.

Do not confuse this tea myth with the above. Tea bags, when prepared and steeped properly, give excellent aroma, texture, and taste to the tea. You just need the right preparation technique, and with that, you can achieve a great cup of tea. We give you our word. And if the thought of tea bags being detrimental for you and the environment scares you, then worry not. Ono Teas is planning to launch a wide range of superior tea types packed in biodegradable packs, which is right for you as well as Mother Earth. Worry not. We got your back.

 

Myth No. 7: Green tea is the only antioxidant-rich tea source.

Again, one of the most common myths about tea! Can we stop this already? Green tea is great! It is healthy! It helps and provides a lot of health benefits. But it is not the ONLY antioxidant tea source. All teas are rich in antioxidants, and that’s why tea is acclaimed so much in the first place. The production and packaging of every tea type differs and the antioxidant levels vary in every tea type depending on the combination of herbs and tea leaves. A couple of the best antioxidant-rich teas are the Turmeric Herbal tea and the Tulsi Lemongrass tea by Ono Teas, which give you the perfectly balanced antioxidant supply. Come on now. Drop this myth already.

 

Myth No. 8: Tea is the only shield against free radicals.

Free radicals are responsible for gradually damaging our organs and the entire body. It is essential to always have a balanced diet and workouts along with tea, which will help fight free radicals. Depending on tea alone would be foolish.

Jasmine tea, hibiscus tea, green tea, and lemon verbena tea are the best-known teas that provide you with a bottomless supply of health.

 

Myth No. 9: Herbal teas are always natural and safe.

Even though it’s bad for business, we want to be true to you. Herbal teas can sometimes come in the way of medications and instantly react as an allergen to your body. It varies differently with the user and the scope of allergy, and getting harmed by it is extremely low. But you should always have some background check before buying herbal teas and how it can get in the way of your health. It can also be harmful to pregnant women. Some teas with a stimulating effect on the uterus or menstrual flow should be avoided entirely. Sometimes even the healthiest of things can backstab you. Being honest, forever.

 

Myth No. 10: Tea can kill cancer cells.

This statement is one of the most easily believable myths. The gravity of this myth is immense. Green tea has been studied very carefully by scientists and has been suggested to provide the body with a perfect space to improve cellular function. One of the studies published in PubMed Central, National Center for Biotechnology Information (PMC, NCBI) infers that tea could play a role in delaying cancer onset and reducing cancer incidence. However, medical science doesn’t support any claim of tea curing cancer.

 

Bonus Tea Myth Debunking

Myth No. 11: Those with a mould allergy, stay away from tea.

It is of the weakest myths you would have ever heard. It can quickly be brought under the light because the production and manufacture of tea say so. The high temperature involved in the fermentation of tea completely erases any fungi present in it. So, it is not even a rare chance that you might get a mould allergy from tea. If you still get it, you will have to monitor your diet carefully and other intakes before dumping the whole blame on tea.

 

Final words

Tea mythsOur tea police want to debunk and bust more tea myths, but it is already time that we stop it. The only thing we want out of this deal about debunking myths is for you to understand the importance of tea and the real insights into it.

Historically, tea has played a massive role in health, luxury, trade, and economy. It still is one of the most revered beverages across the world. In India, we have a vast tea culture in and around all religions. Sometimes it is chai. At times it is masala chai. And if mood speaks, it is Sulaimani. Can you guess what the next favorite tea type would be in India? Maybe the Uttarakhand Pure Chamomile Green tea? Or the native Tulsi Lemongrass tea? Or our exotic, exclusive, one and only non-alcoholic Whiskey tea? It is time to revive our tea culture. It is time to bid adieu to the tea myths. In the mirage of coffee and alcohol and other weak beverages, the image of tea lies blurred. Not entirely, but not in its full potential either. Other than that, we always stand by tea and the service it has towards humanity. Sounds too emotional? Wait till you try our different teas. We already have more space for people to join our tea revolution. Ciao!

 

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Ono Teas handcrafts full leaf teas suiting every moment you want to cherish, whether it is solitude or conversations with friends or just a leisurely health drink to counter lifestyle disorders. You can shop from our range of green teas, black teas, blends or tisanes based on the moment you want to celebrate.

To buy Ono Teas online, visit our website.
Stay connected with us on Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

References/Additional Reading

Cancer Prevention with Green Tea and Its Principal Constituent, EGCG: from Early Investigations to Current Focus on Human Cancer Stem Cells

Posted on 1 Comment

Adopt Herbal Tea – A Healthy Alternative to Coffee

Coffee

Is coffee good for you?

In a world where almost, everyone has a mosh pit of coffee and harmful beverages, there is a high possibility of one crossing that danger line. In a sense, every year, people suffer from addiction to caffeine, alcohol, and other stimulants, which does very little good and empirical damage. Especially in this fast-moving age, romanticizing and glorifying coffee addiction also comes with a bunch of physical and mental dependency. You may often find people having a cup of coffee, along with cigarettes that claim to soothe them down. Many of them also have coffee when they have loads of work to complete. In Ono Teas’ prism of the world, this practice is unhealthy. Dependency and lifestyle around coffee and caffeine tell a lot about inefficiency. Before that, let’s discuss the already established ill effects of caffeine on health.

Caffeine has been known to have some beneficial properties to it. Now it is fundamental to realise that over here, problems outweigh benefits. Caffeine is not vicious. But the resulting dependency creates fatigue and robs you of your energy. Additionally, it creates digestive issues, gives rise to insomnia and meddles with your focus levels. Your physical problems are directly linked to your mental stability. The dependency also gives rise to:

  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Bipolar disorder symptoms
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability, and
  • Can also lead to depression if all of this is interlinked.

Caffeine, or coffee, is the only psychoactive drug that everyone accepts with raised arms across the globe. Caffeine is also terrible for pregnant women. The foothills of the mountain of caffeine problems always seem safe, unless one crosses the line.

 

Drink the better beverage

CoffeeCrossing out the possibility that you are one among the self-actualised individuals on the Maslowian hierarchy, you always need a little something to stimulate yourself physically and mentally. Not using anything to be motivated, relaxed and stress-free is a great solution. But do you know what could be a better alternative? The answer is tea.

This beverage might not seem or sound like the magical ayahuasca of your life, but tea is fantastic! It offers the perennial promise of excellent health and no-better-drink for your leisure time. Tea conquers all areas of dismay, be it health, or your me-times.

Tea was an expensive and luxurious commodity during the colonial age. Even though today’s usual tea is unbelievably cheap, it does not rule out the fact that it is luxurious.

 

Tea drinking – A new perspective

CoffeeTraditionally, the Indian social circle is known to dumb down tea. The milky chai, undoubtedly tasty, also comes with some repercussions. If you take into consideration the quality of milk used in these teas, it would be clear as to why it is damaging to our health. Even culturally, the milky tea or chai has become the staple beverage. It is not only unhealthy but also super addictive.

A number of academic studies have commented on the risks of milk consumption, but the results are conflicting. Scientists and academicians are still on with research on milk-related allergy and sensitivity. Moreover, people also have a culture of sipping chai from the streets. Not to be narcissistic about it, but the quality of milk and the unhygienic process of making the chai may add to the harm quotient of the drink. A little shift in the daily habit by replacing regular tea with herbal tea might move mountains! Be it Tulsi Lemongrass tea, Pure chamomile tea, or the green tea; it beats coffee and caffeine in every way. It is undoubtedly the healthiest alternative to caffeinated drinks.

 

A peek into the wonders of tea

CoffeeTea is super powerful in tackling anxiety issues, insomnia, curbing cholesterol, and other lifestyle discomforts as well. Right from the ancient ages, mankind has looked upon tea not like a royal commodity but rather a medicinal herb. The ancient Chinese used tea to heal a lot of diseases, including the chronic ones.

One of the most revered and favoured drinks, when one dines out or has fast food, is the iced tea. Not only is it tasty and aromatic, but is also useful in several ways. One often flavours it with lemon and ginger, which adds up to the beneficial quotient.

If you look around, green tea has become popular these days. The answer to its rise to fame are some of the following health benefits it offers with every cup.

  • Fights off oral bacteria
  • Helps you shed some weight
  • Not only releases but also makes way for some dopamine rush
  • Is an excellent alternative to the usual beverage!

CoffeeIf you are a working professional, a retired war veteran, or a grandmother sewing sweater, tea is an excellent drink to bring you tranquility. It perfectly decorates your mood, be it your me-time or a chat with your family. You can also avail and have different tea types suiting the occasion. Ono Teas offers a range of teas to stimulate your conversations. Try our non-alcoholic Whiskey tea, Kashmiri Kahwa, Peppermint tea, Tulsi Sweet Lemon tea and many more. The pure chamomile tea serves as an excellent de-stressor tea. You can have the Turmeric herbal tea with your breakfast, making it easy to breakdown and digest your food. If you are in a bad mood and feels like the world is about to see another apocalypse, head straight for the Chamomile Lemongrass tea. It is a great de-stressor and also soothes your soul by its natural aroma.

 

Taking tea, a step further

A teacup is not only known for it’s magic to bring a sense of calmness to the body and the mind but also prevent many lifestyle disorders, such as stress and anxiety. You see, a cup of tea is not the same when you share it with others. The space it gives to create memorable moments and experiences with yourself and loved ones is irreplaceable. As you know it’s the age of combinations; you can also have tea in coffee flavours. For completing your health chart, you can always have the coffee flavoured green tea! Another mostly favoured combination of tea is infusing tea with protein shakes. You can find numerous tea protein shake blends that serve as an excellent drink for workouts and overall health.

Tea is ceremonious too. No, it’s not far-fetched. If you look at many spiritual ceremonies, people consume herbal tea mindfully before and after the spiritual sessions. According to Wikipedia, the Japanese have an elaborate tea ceremony, also called Chanoyu, Sado or Ocha, that encompasses a ceremonial preparation and presentation of a powdered green tea known as matcha. A couple of videos below will give you an essence of the Japanese tea ceremony.

Take a look at a scene from a popular film “Karate Kid 2”, depicting a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Here’s a story of Sensei Sobin Koizumi hosting a tea ceremony, published by National Geographic. As per this story, she has been involved with tea ceremonies since she was six years old! Incredible, isn’t it?

Many cultures sip tea, the elixir of life, in high self-esteem and have acclaimed its sheer power to bring a sense togetherness with every cup. Tea is devoid of all the adverse health problems that other caffeinated or alcoholic drinks bring in. It helps you throughout your schedule.

 

Tea is the right choice

CoffeeDifferent tea types support you in different ways. Be it your favorite latte, or the prestigious Irish coffee, the help it does is only topical.

Adopting tea opens up multiple pathways for health and lifestyle. Can you drink tea when you’re anxious? Yes. Can you have a coffee flavoured decaf green tea? Absolutely. Can you sip Pure Chamomile tea for a night of better sleep? Without a doubt! You see, tea can be adopted and blended with any drink that will rank it into a healthy alternative. The time is ripe for it!

 

 

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Ono Teas handcrafts full leaf teas suiting every moment you want to cherish, whether it is solitude or conversations with friends or just a leisurely health drink to counter lifestyle disorders. You can shop from our range of green teas, black teas, blends or tisanes based on the moment you want to celebrate.

To buy Ono Teas online, visit our website.
Stay connected with us on Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

References/Additional Reading

Use of dairy products, lactose, and calcium and risk of ovarian cancer – Results from a Danish case-control study

Health benefits and risks of consuming milk

The Interrelationships between Lactose Intolerance and the Modern Dairy Industry: Global Perspectives in Evolutional and Historical Backgrounds

Japanese tea ceremony

Tea ceremony explained, YouTube footage

This Tea Master Is Preserving an Ancient Art for Future Generations