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The Health Benefits of Peppermint Tea

The Health Benefits of Peppermint TeaPeppermint tea is abundantly found as a wild herb in many parts of Europe. It is widely used for the manufacture of a variety of things like candies, ice cream, chewing gum, soaps and shampoos. But it is most commonly used for making peppermint tea. This tea is made by bringing natural spring water or distilled water, boil it and pour it over fresh peppermint leaves. This is then allowed to steep for about seven minutes. The strong minty flavor and aroma of this tea is because of high concentration of menthol present the peppermint plant. Peppermint tea is very beneficial to the health of its users. The benefits include:

1.Helps to cure problems of the stomach.
Peppermint is considered as a stomach healer. Intake of peppermint tea helps to cure problems of the stomach like frequent diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach aches and nausea. Peppermint tea is preferred over other forms of peppermint and is mostly used to relieve stomach related problems.

2.Helps to enhance body immunity.
Peppermint tea helps to relieve symptoms of common cold and flu. It contains healthy vitamins, such as Vitamin B, and minerals like potassium Peppermint Tice Tea -  Health Benefitsand calcium. Ma combination of all these nutrients in peppermint tea helps improve the general immunity and resistance of the body. Intake of this tea helps to control mild attack of respiratory diseases like asthma and prevent future illnesses due to viral or bacterial attacks.

3.Helps to reduce levels of stress.
The aroma and flavor of peppermint helps to relieve mental stress. Conditions of mental stress hamper good sleep during the night. Intake of peppermint tea helps to improve such conditions and results in better sleep.

4.Treats problems of bad breath.
People suffering from problems of bad breath can benefit form peppermint tea. Experience of many people has proved that regular and continuous use of peppermint tea can remove the problem of bad breath permanently.

5.Helps in weight loss.
Regular intake of peppermint tea helps to reduce appetite. Crave for food intake is thus reduced helping in weight loss.

6.Helps to alleviate many other common ailments.
Intake of peppermint tea helps to treat muscle aches, chronic pain, controls flatulence and helps to treat diverticular disorders.

Peppermint tea is easily available at all stores and is affordable for all. So the next time you prepare your grocery, remember the many health benefits of peppermint tea and add it to you list.

 How Prepare Peppermint Tea

Preparing peppermint tea using dried peppermint leaves (if you have your own peppermint plant, lay the leaves on a tray and let them dry in the sun for 24-48 hours until they become crunchy):

  • add 2 tablespoons of dried leaves to a cup of hot water
  • cover
  • steep for 10-20 minutes
  • strain

To enjoy the health benefits of peppermint tea even more, add a little honey or freshly squeezed lemon juice to your tea.

To store fresh peppermint, wrap the leaves in a damp paper towel, place in a plastic bag and keep in the refrigerator. This will keep it fresh for a few days.

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For a list of other herbs and their benefits please visit our herbal directory here – http://www.celestialhealing.net/herbal_guide.htm

Why You Shouldn’t Drink Milk

The Truth about Dairy

According to Dr. Willett, who has done many studies and reviewed the research on this topic, there are many reasons to pass up milk, including:

  1. Milk doesn’t reduce fractures. Contrary to popular belief, eating dairy products has never been shown to reduce fracture risk. In fact, according to the Nurses’ Health Study dairy may increase risk of fractures by 50 percent!
  2. Less dairy, better bones. Countries with lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption (like those in Africa and Asia) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.
  3. Calcium isn’t as bone-protective as we thought. Studies of calcium supplementation have shown no benefit in reducing fracture risk. Vitamin D appears to be much more important than calcium in preventing fractures.
  4. Calcium may raise cancer risk. Research shows that higher intakes of both calcium and dairy products may increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer by 30 to 50 percent. Plus, dairy consumption increases the body’s level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) — a known cancer promoter.
  5. Calcium has benefits that dairy doesn’t. Calcium supplements, but not dairy products, may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  6. Not everyone can stomach dairy. About 75 percent of the world’s population is genetically unable to properly digest milk and other dairy products — a problem called lactose intolerance.

  

Based on such findings, Dr. Willet has come to some important conclusions:

  • Everybody needs calcium — but probably not as much as our government’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) and calcium from diet, including greens and beans is better utilized by the body with less risk than calcium supplements.
  • Calcium probably doesn’t prevent broken bones. Few people in this country are likely to reduce their fracture risk by getting more calcium.
  • Men may not want to take calcium supplements. Supplements of calcium and vitamin D may be reasonable for women
  • Dairy may be unhealthy. Advocating dairy consumption may have negative effects on health.

 

If all that isn’t enough to swear you off milk, there are a few other scientific findings worth noting. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently asked the UDSA to look into the scientific basis of the claims made in the “milk mustache” ads. Their panel of scientists stated the truth clearly:

  • Milk doesn’t benefit sports performance.
  • There’s no evidence that dairy is good for your bones or prevents osteoporosis — in fact, the animal protein it contains may help cause bone loss!
  • Dairy is linked to prostate cancer.
  • It’s full of saturated fat and is linked to heart disease.
  • Dairy causes digestive problems for the 75 percent of people with lactose intolerance.
  • Dairy aggravates irritable bowel syndrome.

 Simply put, the FTC asked the dairy industry, “Got Proof?” — and the answer was NO!

Plus, dairy may contribute to even more health problems, like:

• Allergies
• Sinus problems
• Ear infections
• Type 1 diabetes
• Chronic constipation
• Anemia (in children)

Due to these concerns, many have begun to consider raw milk an alternative. But that isn’t really a healthy form of dairy either …

Yes, raw, whole, organic milk eliminates concerns like pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and the effects of homogenization and pasteurization — but to me, these benefits don’t outweigh dairy’s potential risks.

From an evolutionary point of view, milk is a strange food for humans. Until 10,000 years ago we didn’t domesticate animals and weren’t able to drink milk (unless some brave hunter-gather milked a wild tiger or buffalo!).

If you don’t believe that, consider this: The majority of humans naturally stop producing significant amounts of lactase – the enzyme needed to properly metabolize lactose, the sugar in milk — sometime between the ages of two and five. In fact, for most mammals, the normal condition is to stop producing the enzymes needed to properly digest and metabolize milk after they have been weaned.

Our bodies just weren’t made to digest milk on a regular basis. Instead, most scientists agree that it’s better for us to get calcium, potassium, protein, and fats from other food sources, like whole plant foods — vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and seaweed.

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6 Tips for Dealing with Dairy

  1. Take your Cow for a Walk. It will do you much more good than drinking it”s milk.
  2. Don’t rely on dairy for healthy bones. If you want healthy bones, get plenty of exercise and supplement with 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily.
  3. Get your calcium from food. These include dark green leafy vegetables, sesame tahini, sea vegetables, and sardines or salmon with the bones.
  4. Try giving up all dairy. That means eliminate milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream for two weeks and see if you feel better. You should notice improvements with your sinuses, post-nasal drip, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, energy, and weight. Then start eating dairy again and see how you feel. If you feel worse, you should try to give it up for life.
  5. If you can tolerate dairy, use only raw, organic dairy products. I suggest focusing on fermented products like unsweetened yogurt and kefir, occasionally.
  6. If you have to feed your child formula from milk, don’t worry. The milk in infant formula is hydrolyzed or broken down and easier to digest (although it can still cause allergies). Once your child is a year old, switch him or her to real food and almond milk.

Still got milk? I hope not! Remember, dairy is not crucial for good health. I encourage you to go dairy-free and see what it does for you.

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Read More About The HarmFul Effects Of Milk

“The Harmful Effects of Milk” – Don’t Drink Cow’s Milk

You can also read Dr Akilah’s published article about the harmful effects of milk.  http://www.celestialhealing.net/milkpage.htm

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