Health benefits of tea
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA.

From its origin in China, tea has found its way to the palates of millions of people worldwide to become the most popularly consumed beverage in the world, only next to water.

 As a refreshing drink to quench your thirst on a sunny day, or a hot mug to keep you warm on a cold day, tea could be taken plain, sweetened, or flavored. It has been consumed for centuries and continues to be taken in its various forms.

Tea is a product of the Camellia Sinensis plant. The chemical composition, botanical variety, mode of production (how it is processed), place of origin, all determine the end product, whether it be black tea, green tea, oolong tea, or white tea.

TYPES OF TEA

Black Tea.

Black tea is made with fermented, fully oxidized tea leaves. It contains more caffeine than other types of tea and is the most widely consumed. Flavored tea are all variants of black tea.

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Green Tea.

The tea leaves are processed in a way that it does not get oxidized. They are the least processed and contain more polyphenols, less caffeine, and produce lighter tea.

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White Tea.

Tea leaves used in making white tea are unprocessed and unfermented. They are dried until flaky. White tea is very similar to green tea but has different properties.

Oolong Tea.

This type of tea is neither black nor green, possessing characteristics of both. They are mostly made from partially oxidized camellia leaves that are dried under the sun, curled and frosted.

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Pu-erh Tea.

This is a type of black tea made from old and fermented leaves.

Herbal Tea.

These are made from spices, herbs, fruits, seeds, and roots of plants such as ginger, garlic, turmeric, etc.

All these teas contain different levels of ingredients and are therefore different health benefits.

Health Benefits of Tea

Studies have shown that tea possesses many health benefits being that it is rich in a wide range of flavonoids and polyphenols. The amount of active nutrients contained in a cup depends on the age of the tea, how it is stored, brewed, and served. The longer the seeping time, the more polyphenols released.

Some of the many health benefits of tea are:

Tea is a Great Source of Antioxidants.

When the body breaks down food or is exposed to harmful toxins such as tobacco smoke, fume, or radiation, it produces molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals can cause damage when they get too much in the body and may cause heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Antioxidants are those substances that protect the cells of the body against free radicals. Tea contains Polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants. Polyphenols such as thearubigins, catechins, and theaflavins make up the antioxidants in tea and are effective in detoxifying the cells, thereby reducing risks of contracting diseases.

2. Tea May Lower Blood Sugar.

Consuming excess processed sugar elevates the sugar levels in the body. When your sugar level is too high, Insulin which is produced to convert sugar to energy cannot convert it anymore so the excess sugar is stored as fat. This leads to type 2 diabetes.

Research has it that tea can improve insulin sensitivity, and may also act to protect pancreatic cells and reduce inflammation-causing diabetes.

The study further shows that tea contains anti-diabetic effects. That is to say, the polyphenols in tea such as catechins, flavonols, theaflavins, and thearubigins have the possibility to reduce the risk of diabetes and its complications.

It also protects against diabetes by activating insulin pathways, enhancing insulin action, removing insulin resistance protecting cells, fighting off free radicals, and reducing inflammation.

 3. Tea Is Anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to disease-causing agents. Sometimes, the body mistakes its own cells and tissues for intruders and attacks it. When this happens, it causes several chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases, arthritis, obesity, and others.

Anti-inflammation is the property of a substance that reduces inflammation. Tea contains such properties which act as anti-inflammatory agents such as epigallocatechin–3-gallate (EGCG) in green tea.  EGCG has been shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, more powerful than vitamin C.  This active ingredient acts against a variety of inflammation-related diseases by suppressing the protein causing inflammation.

4. Tea My Help Prevent Cancer as it contains Anti-Cancer Agents.

Regular consumption of tea may reduce the risks of cancer. The polyphenols in tea contain antioxidants and other properties that may help prevent cancer. ECG inhibits the formation of new blood vessels of tumor cells thereby preventing them from becoming cancerous. It also stops blood flow to the tumor and increases normal cell growth, protects against damage caused by ultraviolet radiation. Green tea also activates detoxification enzymes that may help protect against tumor development and formation.

5. Tea Promotes Dental Health.

Surprised?

Tea is a great source of naturally occurring fluoride which acts to protect the enamel and prevent cavity (tooth decay). The antioxidants contained in tea reduces bacterial concentration in the mouth. Green tea helps promote the body’s inflammatory response to oral bacteria, fighting off decay.

6. Tea is Good for the Brain

EGCG found in tea helps protect brain cells against damage. It reduces the production of proteins that forms the plaques that clog the brain, especially in Alzheimer victims. Its antioxidant properties also help prevent brain cell damage. A study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that green tea can enhance the brain’s cognitive functions, especially the working memory. It also boosts

7. Tea May Prevent Arthritis

Green tea may help prevent and mitigate the risks of rheumatoid arthritis. The fluoride content in tea not only preserve the dental cavity, but it also preserves bone density, keeping the bones strong. The anti-inflammatory agents in tea also act against inflammation which causes arthritis.

8. Tea Helps Keep Calories Away.

Tea polyphenols increase the number of kilocalories the body uses per time, i.e. it increases calorie expenditure) and reduce body fat. A study found that those who consumed 6 cups of green tea daily over a period of 12 weeks had less body fat and weight than those who did not. Tea also promotes fat oxidation and has thermogenic properties. The caffeine and catechins polyphenols contained in green tea increases fat oxidation.

9. It May Improve Gut Health.

A healthy gut is vital to an individual’s wellbeing. Tea promotes gut health through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 1000Ml (about 4-5 cups) of green tea daily may positively modify gut bacteria.

10. Tea May Be Excellent For Your Heart (Cardiovascular Health)

Consuming tea reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, especially stroke. It slightly lowers bad cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation, and inhibits blood clotting. Tea is rich in antioxidants, which fight disease-causing free radicals. These antioxidants, reduce oxidative stress, one of the major triggers of heart disease. It also improves blood circulation in the body, widens the arteries, and reduces risks of clots.

Now you understand the many health benefits of tea, grab a cuppa and enjoy . . . Cheers, to your health!!

why it rocks to be a work at home mom
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10 Reasons why it Rocks to Be a Work at Home Mom

Recently, we’ve seen a rise in terminologies such as mom boss, mompreneur, and work at home mom.  All these describe a mother who earns money doing what she loves from the comfort of her home. That means her home is her office, from where she operates her money-making business.

The mamas herein are not telecommuting – that is to say they are not employees working for employers from home or desired remote locations, they are work from home moms who are working for themselves running their own businesses from home.

The number of people who work from home is on the rise according to statistics by Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs. It has it that remote work grew 44% in the last five years and 91% over the last 10 years. Likewise, the number of stay at home moms currently stands at 29%,4 an increase of 6% from 1999.

Work from home opportunities abound, both on and offline. What you choose to do is based on your passion, opportunity, circumstance, income, age, location, and state of health. What is most important is that you are running your business from home while still carrying out your mom’s duties.

Not everyone is cut out to be a WAHM, 71% of moms still work outside the home, but for those who are, they agree the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

Reasons why it rocks to be a Work At Home Mom, are

You Are Involved In Raising Your Children

Studies have found that children who spend more time with their parents in their formative years are more stable and productive as adults. Two studies from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Institute of Child Development of the University of Minnesota showed that children who spend most of their child at home with parents are less aggressive when compared to children who spend most of their time away in daycare. Being a work from home mom affords you the opportunity to spend more time with your children, to be more involved in their upbringing. You are able to groom your children your way, help them form healthy habits, and increase their self-esteem.

10 Reasons Why It Rocks to Be a Work At Home Mom

You Participate In Co-curricular Activities with the Children

As a Work At Home Mom, you have the time to attend your children’s Co-curricular activities. Being present at these activities boosts young one’s performance, knowing their parents are cheering them up from the sidelines. They are more confident and tend to get better results. It also forms cherished childhood memories that your children carry into adulthood. Attending these activities with your children also fosters bonding. The children share their thoughts, activities, associations, success, and challenges with you to and from the games.

Saves cost: daycare, commuting, clothes.

With the rising cost of living, being a WAHM saves costs. You save on daycare for the children, cost of school fees, and supplies, commuting to and from school or daycare,. By working at home, you save on the cost of commuting to and from work, save the cost of anxiety brought on by the frenzy of getting prepared for work and catching the bus, traffic, getting to work on time. It saves you the cost of purchasing high-end office clothes. You must appear neat and well-groomed to work on a daily basis and clothes cost money. As a WAHM, you don’t need to follow fashion trends as it comes and goes.

Puts You In Charge Of Your Home

Every woman wants to be and feel in charge of her home. From running the home to caring for the children and your husband, you love to be in charge. Working from home makes this a reality. You are aware of the administration of every aspect of your home even as you work to bring in additional income.

Eliminates Fear of Child Safety

We live in a world where safety is of grave concern. Society is getting more unsafe every day with children being abducted, some from home, parks, or to and from school. The safety of children while at play in the home is also a matter of concern.  (source). As a work at home mom, you see and monitor your children’s activities to ensure they are safe. The children also feel safer and secure with both or either of their parents than caregivers. Footages of caregivers assaulting their wards abound, some go as far as sexually assaulting the children they are paid to care for. The possibility of your child being molested by a caregiver, visitor, or sibling is reduced when you work at home.

Job Security

In America today. — No of people lose their jobs on a daily basis. There is a growing fear of job security and no assurance of security either. As a WAHM, you are your own boss. Nobody hires or fires you/ you only need to be motivated to do your work and achieve results.  You are not bugged by the thoughts of not meeting a boss’s deadline, not making it to the office on time, you manage your own time, resume and close when you deem fit. You chose your work hours and are not scared of losing your job.

You Are Your Own Time Manager

Time is every mother’s best friend and enemy, something you can never get enough of. When you work from home, you assign your own tasks, set deadlines, and schedule your work around chores, errands, children, partners, and other activities. You decide your work hours and are not answerable to anybody. This is one of the highpoints of working from home.

Reduces Job-Related Stress

Regular 9-5 jobs are stressful. You face the stress of getting ready and getting to work on time. The stress of the job, your colleagues, boss, commuting to work, traffic jam, all combine to stress the life out of you. Work-related stress amounts to —% of long term illnesses such as high blood pressure, —(source). Working from home is not 100% stress-free but since you set your own work hours and daily scope of work, the stress is highly minimized.

Unlimited Earning Potentials

Your earning potentials as a work at home mother are unlimited. The limit is determined by you: what you do, how committed you are to seeing it succeed, and the strategies you use. It is unlike salaried jobs where you receive a particular amount weekly or monthly. You could run multiple businesses or do more than one thing as a work from home mom. For example, you may be running a homemade pastries business while also running an e-commerce shop. The earning potentials are unlimited.

Unleashes your creativity and potentials.

Working from home unleashes your potentials. Being your own boss and sole determinant of your income, you get creative, trying to find better ways of doing a particular thing, finding ways of increasing your income, and being the best at what you do. It helps expand your mind, which affects your productivity.