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Iced Tea - Good, and Maybe Good For You
Created on 8/15/2014
Iced tea is a favored beverage all year round, but especially during summertime.

There are many varieties, and plenty of traditional recipes.

Overall, iced tea tastes good and refreshes.

In addition, it can be good for you!

You may know about the health benefits of hot tea, and most of those benefits hold for iced tea. It all depends on how you prepare it... Read More>>
What About Decaff Tea?
Created on 5/17/2013
By now most everyone knows that tea can be a healthy beverage.

And there are plenty to choose from.

A lot of folks are also trying to lessen their intake of caffeine - but if you're looking to get health benefits from tea..

you might want to stick with caffeinated brands - read on to learn more. Read More>>
Chamomile Tea - Tasty and Helpful
Created on 5/18/2012
Many teas for sale or available at restaurants are made using the leaves of herbs, such as chamomile.

Chamomile tea is delicious and smells good, too.

It can also help relieve a mildly upset stomach, and help prepare you for a restful night's sleep.

Maybe you'll try a nice, warm cup of chamomile tea before going to bed tonight. Read More>>
Cold Brewed tea?
Created on 9/23/2011
Ever wonder why you have to heat tea first in order to make iced tea?

You may not need to.

Cold steeping of tea, even coffee, is gaining steam (no pun intended).

Heating tea leaves first creates a different taste sensation, and is frankly a more rapid way to prepare your tea. It may also be healthier for you.

Simply placing tea in water in your refrigerator for a few hours, however, can result in a tasty and refreshing drink. Read More>>
Caffeineated Kids!
Created on 2/18/2011
There's a buzz going around energy drinks - and that's part of the problem!

A recently published study suggests possible health consequences associated with drinking energy drinks, especially in children.

Do you really need an energy drink filled to the brim with caffeine and caffeinated herbs? Do your kids?


You and your children simply need to get adequate sleep each night... Read More>>
Diet Sodas and Stroke?
Created on 2/11/2011
A lot of people drink diet beverages because they enjoy the taste and feel it's healthier for them than the full-sugar varieties.

Now comes data suggesting that diet sodas may actually INCREASE the risk for stroke!

The data are not definitive but they are cause for concern. We await further research but the yourwellness team's recommendation regarding beverages remains unchanged -

clean water and unsweetened tea are best (and they taste good, too!). Read More>>
Sugary Drinks - Not So Sweet?
Created on 2/26/2010
Sugar is not an evil thing! But it should be enjoyed much more in natural forms (fruits and veggies) than in highly processed food and drink.

Recent data suggest that drinking sugary drinks, even just 2-3 per week, may increase the risk for a very challenging illness - pancreatic cancer.

Before I go any further, there are many questions about the study, not the least of which is that drinking lots of sweetened drinks (soda, for example) is associated with plenty of other unhealthy behaviors, like not exercising.

We know taking in lots of sugar is not healthy for us. Keep things in moderation, even the occasional sugary drink, to stay healthy. Read More>>
Coffee, Tea, Diabetes Free?
Created on 12/29/2009
Are you still insisting that daily cup o' java is good for you? You may be right...

Recent data suggest that heavy drinkers of coffee (even decaff) and tea, meaning at least 3-4 cups per day, have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

The details are in the balance - remember that even decaffeinated coffee contains some caffeine, and that it's important to minimize caffeine intake after 3:00 to ensure restorative nighttime sleep.

People with certain health issues, like high blood pressure, should limit caffeine, too. Read More>>
Is wine really good for you?
Created on 7/14/2009
"I drink wine for my health."

Well, I GUESS I can see where you're coming from with the way this topic has been covered in the media - heart healthy, right?

Indeed, some health benefits have been tied to moderate wine intake, but there are risks as well, and at least some of the benefits described can be obtained in other ways.

It's okay to enjoy wine on occasion, but the health benefits of drinking wine are not so great that doctors should advise people who don't drink to pick up the habit. Read More>>
Green tea - it's mostly good news...
Created on 6/12/2009
You know that drinking unsweetened tea seems a pretty healthy thing to do, especially if we're talking about green tea, the type used in most research studies. Green tea has antioxidant potential, may lower cholesterol levels a little, and even might help fight certain forms of cancer. Recent data even suggest a possible role in helping to stem the spread of HIV infection.

However, most anything that has biologic activity can do harm under specific conditions. A medical paper recently came out that showed green tea and its main polyphenol, called EGCG, interfere with the action of a chemotherapy drug called bortezomib. This drug works in a very specific way, and green tea appears healthy in most situations, but please ask your doctor about all your vitamins and supplements, including green tea, if you are on medication. Read More>>
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