Another Benefit of Drinking Tea...Helping Control Inflammation...
Sometimes referred to as a Silent Killer, Inflammation has negative effects on quality of life far beyond what we recognize.
Silent because inflammation is one of those things we just don't often see coming, or expect to develop...It can be gradual and difficult to notice at first but build to being debilitating.
There are Two Types of Inflammation for us to be aware of...
So, Just What IS Inflammation...Why should I be concerned and can drinking tea really help??
Inflammation (from Latin: inflammatio) is part of the biological response of body tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants. It is a protective response involving immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators. The function of inflammation is to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, clear out damaged cells and tissues, and initiate tissue repair.
Acute: More Event-related...Obvious and Immediate...
Chronic: Longer-term and continual impact...over time
The Most Common Reasons for Chronic Inflammation Include:
-Autoimmune disorders, like lupus where your body attacks healthy tissue.
-Exposure to toxins, such as pollution or industrial chemicals.
-Untreated acute inflammation, like from an infection or injury.
-Autoinflammatory disorders, like recurrent fever syndromes, where there’s a defect in the cells in charge of stopping inflammation.
-Repeated episodes of acute inflammation.
Acute Inflammation Symptoms…
-Muscle aches and joint pain
Diseases Linked to Chronic Inflammation:
-Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia
-Anxiety and depression
-High Blood Pressure, heart disease & stroke
-Type 2 diabetes
-Allergies and asthma
-Skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis
What Can YOU Do?
Natural Inflammation Reduction Lifestyle…:
Eat an Anti-inflammatory Diet
-Aerobic Exercise…150 min/week
-Limit alcohol to 1-2 drinks per day
-Reduce Chronic Stress
-Yoga can help reduce interleukin-6 (marker for inflammation)
The Anti-inflammatory Diet:
More Natural Remedies...
And Then...there is the Tea...
An important part of the Anti-inflammatory Diet IS the tea...
Using Teas, Herbs and Spices in Minimizing Inflammatory Conditions...
Part of the Anti-Inflammatory Diet is of course tea...herbs and spices. We have options for infusing our bodies with natural ingredients shown to help mitigate negative impacts of inflammation.
Knowing the right teas, herbs and spices is the key to taking advantage of the opportunity they offer.
Teas with high concentrations of EGCG (antioxidant) are especially beneficial in the quest against inflammation.
EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) we call the antioxidant that does the heavy lifting in tea. Amongst its numerous other health benefits it has Anti-Inflammatory effects that help us in our fight against inflammation.
Then, there are the Herbs & Spices...
Herbs & Spices can also have beneficial inflammation-fighting properties:
-Stinging Nettle, Turmeric, Ginger, Rosemary, Fennel, Black Pepper, Sage, Chrysanthemum...
With the benefit of teas, herbs and spices in mind, we have assembled a listing of teas and blends that we suggest you consider for your approach to inflammation management as well as for tea drinking pleasure:
High EGCG Teas:
Yunnan Lu Cha
Blends or Teas and Herbs:
Old Bombay Chai
Bengal Masala Chai
Turmeric Masala Chai
Black & Ginger
Crimson "C" Immune Booster