Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cure Insomnia With Tea

At first glance, this idea may seem somewhat counter intuitive. After all, tea contains caffeine. And doesn’t, caffeine tend to keep you awake. Well yes – But… This is largely anecdotal, but I have found a correlation to drinking tea and sleeping very well at night.

While I was doing research for some of the articles on my website and most specifically “Caffeine In Tea”, I came across a fact that I had not previously known. That is that while tea definitely contains caffeine, it also contains a chemical or substance called Theanine. And Theanine apparently has a calming effect such that it will help to keep your mind from racing at night. A racing mind is what is usually happening to me when I can't sleep.

I didn't think much of it at the time, but I do remember that I was experiencing terrible sleepless nights or going to bed and not being able to get to sleep as my mind reviewed every thing I had done, was going to do, needed to do, and problems in my life. I would lay there sleepless for hours. In the morning after I had finally gone to sleep and then woke up in the morning, I was not rested. I started taking pills to assist me. I didn’t like that though as it was making me groggy in the morning.

Then I started drinking more tea. It wasn't because I was trying to do something about my insomnia, but I just decided to get back to drinking more tea like I did years before, in part due to my love for it and my decision to do this blog and website on the subject. Now a few months later, I have noticed that I am sleeping like a baby, and I don’t fear going to bed and not being able to get to sleep any more. I remembered that article I wrote that mentioned the Theanine. It must work. I'm even going to bed earlier, unafraid of laying there in the dark solving the problems of the world (and my own).

I am now drinking two or more cups of Green Tea a day and occasionally have a cup of something else like Cocoa Chai Tea (mmmm) or Oolong tea. Now that I have linked drinking tea to a restful night’s sleep, combine that with all of the other benefits of drinking Green Tea, I think I will continue drinking the stuff. After all, it can’t hurt. I may even do some more research on it and post the findings here. So tune in next week.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Green Tea Flavonoids Protect Smokers from Lung Cancer

Yet another scientific study has found out another benefit of drinking tea whether it is Green Tea or Black Tea. UCLA Cancer Researchers have found that smokers who drink and consume the flavonoids that are present in Green Tea and Black Tea, had a lower risk for lung cancer. Although, the same flavonoids that exist in Tea are also present in fruits and vegetables.

This first of its kind study at UCLA was published in the June edition of Cancer Journal, stated that smokers who consumed three or more servings a day of foods rich in flavonoids such as fruits, vegetables and drink Green Tea or Black Tea, may be protecting themselves from lung cancer.

Many of us know or have heard of people who have been heavy smokers for most of there lives and never seemed to suffer from the ill effects of lung cancer, while many others are killed by smoking related lung cancer. In fact ninety percent of all lung cancer is caused from smoking. But a much smaller percentage of smokers actually develop lung cancer. I wonder; could it be that these people, who don’t develop the deadly disease, are the ones who have been eating more healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and drinking tea?

As I stated in an earlier blog, we are frequently seeing some new report or research that finds that drinking tea can benefit your health. You don’t have to convince me, but maybe now you can see that it is time to get more tea in your life.

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