First, happy Monday! I love Mondays. I only work on weekends, so Mondays are like the beginning of a five day weekend for me.
Second, I have been searching online for these tea mugs for several days, and have yet to find the set. I hate the feeling I get when Google has failed me.
Every Monday morning it seems that the girls wake up particularly early. Today they woke up at 0700 (their norm is about 0930). After monetarily grieving for that 2.5 hour bracket of sleep that I will never get back, I switched on an attitude of gratitude and got up to start my day.
I oil pulled for the customary 20 minutes (I will write a post on my oil pulling experience in the future).
I performed my newest morning ritual of feeding the children, walking the dog (we adopted him 2 weeks ago), and cleaning the early mornings’ worth of kid-related messes.
Diaper changes x 2. Full dog poop bag x 1. Chance to catch my breath x 0.
And then, finally, I was able to sit down for my morning cup of green tea. Exhale.
It seems like a hot cup of tea can instantly transport me to a world of peace (no matter how many times mommy is chanted in the background). A world of fluffy clouds and grass that feels like soft carpet. A world of heart smiles.
Tea is to me what coffee is to most people. It gives me that morning ZING of energy. But, unlike coffee, tea does not leave me with the high-strung agitated feeling of energy that crashes the very same way in which it peaks.
Tea is very energizing, yet deeply calming for me.
Tea just is.
I used to be partial to the Organic & Pure brand of tea bags. My favorites are the green tea with lemon, decaf green tea (for those late night cups of green tea, minus the caffeine), and chamomile tea (for those nights where I want tea right before going to bed).
Then, after the nudging of two of my cousins, I tried Nirvana Tea.
I was in love at first sip.
I love loose leaf tea because the flavors are just so much bolder than the flavors from tea bag varieties. This is due to the quality of the leaves and the fact that I have more control of the intensity of flavor (just add more or less of the tea leaves). And, loose leaf tea tastes very fresh and pure.
Loose leaf tea just is.
Nirvana Tea redefined my obsession with tea (primarily green tea) .
I have always been a lover of green tea because of its bold taste, the way it makes me feel, and the rather common knowledge that it is very healthy.
People see me with my green tea and they usually say “wow, you are so healthy” (translation: ugh, you are annoyingly healthy).
But, what actually makes green tea healthy?
Here are some tidbits of information that I have gathered from various evidence-based studies.
- is known to have high levels epigallocathechin-3 gallate (EGCG). This substance has been linked to a reduction of cancerous cells in humans (1).
- is rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine that have a role in increasing 24 hour energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans (2), which in layman’s terms means that it aids in increasing energy levels and burning fat.
- has been connected to lowering cholesterol levels and incidences of cardiovascular and liver diseases in people who consume 5+ servings a day (3).
- is full of a compound called L-theanine that is known to for its anti-anxiety properties. L-theanine is one of the few compounds that are able to cross the blood-brain barrier. It increases GAGA activity, dopamine activity, and promotes alpha waves in the brain. This explains why it is so effective in promoting relaxation (4).
- is helpful in improving short term memory and may improve overall brain fuction. Studies show that it may also decrease the risk of Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases (5).
- has been shown to lower blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity; thereby lowering the risk of developing Diabetes Mellitis Type II (6).
This is not in any way a complete list of the health benefits of green tea. I found an exhausting amount of information on Google scholar (see…Google has a way of redeeming itself) that supports green tea being incredibly helpful in promoting overall health.
Green tea just is.
And I love it!
Now raise your hand if saying loose leaf tea instantly brings loose leaf paper to mind. **silently raising hand**
As a nurse, it is my first instinct to always warn the public that this is my personal experience (you knew this blurb was coming). Green tea, in addition to many other natural herbs, may interact with certain medications. Always speak with your physician before ingesting any herbs, no matter what form it comes in.
© Kelley Daniel, http://www.missingmarkers.com, 2014