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Rejoicing International Tea Day With Cup of Life

INTERNATIONAL TEA DAY was first observed in Delhi, India back in December 15th 2005 and migrated to countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, etc. International Tea Day aim to draw global attention of governments to the impact the global tea trade on workers and growers, and has been linked to requests for price supports and fair trade.

Tea drinking began in China for medical purposes. The simple mixing of tea herbs with boiling water has helped relieve many ailments. Tea helps to rejuvenates the weak body after a long day of work.

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The health benefits of tea are numerous like, Tea help to reduce blood sugar level, it helps improve gut health, helps reduce blood pressure, and it reduces the risk of strokes and cancer too.

“In India, TEA is not just a beverage, it’s an EMOTIONS.”

-Akhilasoukhya

There are quite a few Emotions (varieties) of Tea:

Black Tea:

Black Tea is the favourite among tea drinkers, it accounts for more than 90% of the tea sold in the West. Black tea is generally stronger than any other tea and contains more caffeine too.

“You can’t buy Happiness, but you can buy tea and that’s kind of same thing.”

-Akhilasoukhya
international tea day

Oolong Tea:

Oolong tea is the product made from the leaves, buds, and stems of the Camellia Sinensis plant which is the same plant that is also used to make black tea and green tea, while some people take Oolong Tea by mouth to sharpen thinking skills and improve alertness.

“Tea is the solution to all problems.”

_Akhilasoukhya

Green Tea:

Green tea, native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries across the world. Green tea has extensively been used for medical purposes.

   “We are par-tea people!”

-Akhilasoukhya

White Tea:

The least strong tea which is known for its rich aroma and flavor is a mild beverage with high amount of anti-oxidants and is appreciated by tea connoisseurs for its unmatched subtlety, complexity and natural sweetness.

 “Tea is liquid wisdom”

-Akhilasoukhya
international tea day

Apart from the above mentioned, tea can also be classified regionally so hence,

Butter tea or “gur-gur”, as it is known in the Ladakhi language, is a beverage popular in the Himalayan regions. It is traditionally made from tea leaves, butter, water, and salt. Himalayan nomads are known to drink almost 40 cups a day.

Another is Masala Chai which is common in the urban parts of our country, it is the usual tea with a twist of classic Indian masala and ginger to give it its unique taste.

international tea day

Assam tea, as its name suggests, is a black tea native to Assam. The tea is known for its body, briskness and strong malty flavour. Darjeeling tea is famous all over the world. It has many varieties, including black, green, oolong, and white. Typically, Darjeeling tea is thin bodied and has a distinct aromatic smell. A tea that soothes the senses, you could say.

Nilgiri tea, also known as blue mountain tea, is grown in the southern part of the Western Ghats. It is a dark, flavourful and extremely aromatic tea

On the occasion of INTERNATIONAL TEA DAY we have given you a tour of all the tea. Comment down below, let us know which is your favourite?

Categories Beverages, Diet, Fitness, food, Health, nutrition, skin, Wellness

Health benefits of Bottle Gourd in Morning

8 reasons to start your day with Bottle Gourd juice!

What is the first thing you do after waking up? If you have a habit of drinking bed tea or coffee, give it up right now! Kick-start your day with a healthy Bottle Gourd juice. Be it post workout and detoxification or dealing with UTIs. Bottle Gourd juice can work wonders for your health.

#1 Acts as an excellent post workout drink

Replace your protein shake with a healthy and natural post workout drink – (Bottle Gourd)lauki juice. The presence of natural sugars in the vegetable not only restores glycogen levels but also replaces the carbohydrates lost from the body during a workout. This juice also improves the efficiency of the muscles due to its high protein and nutrient content.

#2 Helps you deal with UTI

If you are experiencing a burning sensation or pain while urinating, all you need to do is drink a glass of freshly prepared lauki juice every morning. Because, symptoms of urinary tract infection such as burning sensation and pain are caused due to high levels of acid in the urine. And as lauki juice is loaded with water and is alkaline in nature, it exerts a cooling effect on the body and acts as powerful diuretic agent, relieving the burning sensation.

#3 Detoxifies your body and exerts a cooling effect

Drinking a glass of lauki (Bottle Gourd) juice on an empty stomach makes you feel fresh and energetic. The juice contains 98% water and antioxidants that help in flushing the harmful toxins from the body. This in turn cleanses your body and helps you to start your day with a bang! Also, during the hot summer days, sipping this nutrient-rich juice not only satiates your thirst but also prevents loss of sodium from the body, providing a cooling effect.

#4 Helps you lose weight

Did you know that lauki juice is low in calories and fats, making it an effective drink to lose weight? Also, it is rich in fibre that keeps you full and thus, prevents you from hunger pangs. And being an excellent detoxifying agent and a great post workout drink, lauki juice helps you to achieve your weight loss goals.

#5 Acts as a natural remedy to get rid of suntan

If you don’t want summers to ruin your skin or leave a dark patch on your face and back, then try this home remedy to deal with suntan. Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and high water content, lauki juice acts as a natural bleaching agent to lighten your skin tone. Due to the high water content, it also moisturizes the skin.

#6 Treats constipation and other digestive problems

If you suffer from constipation or flatulence, ensure you drink a glass of lauki juice once a day (preferably early morning). With 98% water content and high fiber content, lauki juice helps in proper digestion of food. It also contains electrolytes that helps in maintaining electrolyte balance in the body and help your to fight diarrhea.

#7 Helps you to deal with hair loss

If you have tried everything one earth and still haven’t found anything to prevent hair loss, then this miracle-like remedy might help you! Known to be loaded with nutrients, lauki juice when applied in combination with sesame oil on the scalp proves to be effective in treating hair loss and even baldness. And what’s more, in Ayurveda, it is known to prevent premature greying of hair.

#8 Relieves stress and depression

Lauki juice contains the highest amount of choline, a neurotransmitter, than any other vegetable. It is loaded with vitamins, amino acids and minerals that help in the synthesis of neurotransmitters that in turn help in proper functioning of the brain cells and thus, prevent mental disorders like stress and depression.

We are sharing a quick magic Bottle Gourd juice recipe with all of you.

Ingredients

• 1 cup Ghiya chopped.
• Mint
• Cumin powder
• Ginger
• Water
• Ice cubes
• Salt

Recipe

• Take 1 cup peeled and chopped Bottle Guard in a blender.

• Add handful mint, ½ tsp cumin powder, 1-inch ginger, ¼ tsp salt.

• Add 1 cup chilled water and blend smooth.

• Pour Bottle Guard juice in a glass with few ice cubes.

Categories Beverages, Diet, Fitness, food, Health, nutrition, Protein, salad

Melon Strawberry Fruit Salad

Melon Strawberry Fruit Salad

This Strawberry Melon Fruit Salad is perfect for all your spring/summer potlucks and barbecues (as well as Easter!) ! Its wonderfully simple yet refreshingly delicious packed with an incredible harmony of melons and fruit makes it taste extra gourmet AKA you will have everyone begging for the recipe.

Ingredients

Strawberry Melon Fruit Salad

  • 1/2 medium seedless watermelon, cubed (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 medium honeydew, cubed (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 medium cantaloupe, cubed (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes

Add and chop later:

  • 3 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 2 honey crisp apples, cubed

Benefits:

  • Regulating blood pressure.
  • Boost immunity.
  • Fights cancer.
  • Helps in skin improvement.
  • Fights cholesterol.
  • It is anti inflammatory.
 Our summery ensemble of fruit includes watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, red grapes, green grapes, apples and bananas. I find this particular cast of characters delightfully balanced and refreshing, but feel free to mix it up however you please.
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Cucumber & Basil lime juice

Cucumber & Basil lime juice

 

Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 (biotin). B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress. Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber. And Basil Contains Disease-Fighting Antioxidants. Acts as an Anti-Inflammatory. Fights Cancer. Contains Antibacterial Properties. Contains Antimicrobial Properties that Fight Viruses and Infections. Combats Stress by Acting as an ‘Adaptogen’ Fights Depression.

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful of fresh basil (tulsi).
  • ½ lime.
  • 1 cucumber.

Method:

Juice the basil into a glass cut the cucumber and blend with 50ml of water and stain the content into the glass squeeze the lemon into that and mix well and drink up.

Benefits:

  • Helps hydrate you.
  • Provides vitamins and minerals.
  • Brings down blood pressure.
  • Soothes skin.
  • Has antioxidant properties.
Categories Beverages, food, Health, nutrition, Preventing Illness

Carrot spinach juice

Carrot spinach juice

This healthy spinach carrot juice recipe will not only give you a TON of natural energy, but has a hefty dose of fiber!  The pineapple is a nice sweetener and flavor, make sure to keep the nutritious core in it, as your Blendtec or Vitamix high powered blender will easily pulverize it and make it digestible for you.  You can substitute apple for the pineapple if necessary, but make sure to core it first, since apple seeds aren’t nutritious like the core of the pineapple! You can use regular water or we like coconut water for added hydration, electrolytes, and potassium. Because carrots juice is so fibrous compared to other juices we make and to make it more of a thin juice consistency, you will notice in the recipe instructions for Blendtec we use the SOUP button, which runs a full 40 seconds longer than the WHOLE JUICE button, and for Vitamix, we run it a full 1.5 minutes on High before manually stopping. However be sure to add lots of ice so it doesn’t get hot and kill the live enzymes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Carrot peeled and chopped.
  • 1 Bunch of spinach (1 cup).

Method:

Clean the spinach carrot cut into pieces add carrot, spinach and ½ cup water into the mixer grinder or blender blend it discard the  pulp and serve. Drink it immediately to get maximum nutritional benefit.

Benefits:

  • Creation of RBC.
  • Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Prevent bleeding gums.
  • Rich in Antioxidants.
  • Prevents formation of cancerous cells.
  • Treats vision problems.

 

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Beet & pineapple juice

Beet & pineapple juice

pretty juice made from beet and pineapple. Makes for a nourishing and delicious beverage that will whisk you away to paradise!. Vegan & Gluten Free.

Ingredients:

  1. 100 gms pineapple.
  2. 100 gms beetroot.
  3. Small piece of ginger.

Direction:

            Peel the skin of pineapple, ginger and beetroot slice into large pieces cut to fit into juicer run it and stir and serve.

Benefits:

  • Anti inflammatory juice.
  • Brilliant body cleanser.
  • Good for digestion and also relieves constipation.
  • Reduces pain of arthritis.

Notes:
Organic produce highly recommended; otherwise, if using conventional, give the produce a quick peel.
If you don’t have a juicer, you could instead blend up the mixture in a high-speed blender. Add water as necessary. Use a nut milk bag to strain the pulp.

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut
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Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

The Cabbage Juice Recipe That Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

Bloating is almost inevitable, especially during holiday season or after a nice, family gathering.  Being bloated is the feeling of having excess gas in the digestive system, which feels like you have a “food baby’ in the stomach. For some people, this unpleasant feeling is much more than an occasional discomfort.

Causes of Bloating

  • Excess wind ( caused by foods like onions, beans, cabbage, sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli)
  • Constipation ( which can be prevented by eating a high-fiber diet and drinking plenty of water)
  • Swallowing air when eating fast or talking while eating
  • Food Intolerance, especially when the bowel doesn’t empty properly, the food causes gas to be trapped, or too much gas is produced)
  • Coeliac disease ( intestine cannot absorb gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The good news is that there is an easy way to alleviate bloating, improve digestion, and set up a quick detoxification process.  We are talking about a cabbage juice recipe which works wonders for stomach bloating. Check it out!

Healing Digestive Juice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups purple cabbage
  • ½ green apple
  • ½ small lemon
  • 3 ribs of celery

Instructions:

All you have to do is to wash and chop the ingredients, blend them, and strain the liquid. Simple as that!

How does it work?

The efficacy of this healing juice lies in the combination of its ingredients, all of which are extremely beneficial and work in synergy to calm the digestive tract, set up a healthy detox, and beat bloating.

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

1. Purple Cabbage

Purple cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin A (which boosts immunity), vitamin C (which protects cells from toxins), potassium (which balances body`s fluid levels), and fiber.  As a matter of fact, only a single serving of raw purple cabbage contains 20% of the DRI for vitamin A, 80% of your DRI for vitamin C, 216 milligrams of potassium,  40 milligrams of calcium, and 14 milligrams of magnesium.

2. Green Apple

Just like purple cabbage, green apple is also high in fiber which is important for cleansing the system and boosting metabolism.  It is a good source of antioxidants as well, which are known to support the rebuilding and rejuvenating of cells. Ultimately, it has a robust mineral profile! It is an excellent source of iron which increases the metabolic rate.

3. Lemon

Lemon is known for its robust mineral and vitamin content, including iron, calcium, zinc,  potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, riboflavin, niacin thiamin, folate,  pantothenic acid,  vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C,  and vitamin E.  This citrus fruits provides a wide variety of benefits, such as improving digestion, purifying the blood, and promoting a healthy weight loss.

4. Celery

Most of its benefits are attributed to its phytonutrients and antioxidant content. It works wonders for digestion, supplies the body with fair amount of dietary fiber, and helps clean the bowels due to its high water content.

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

Anti-Inflammatory Juice Recipe
Categories Beverages, Diet, food, Health, Uncategorized

Anti-Inflammatory Juice – Healing Juice

Inflammation is the root of most diseases

– so why not stop it at the source? This juice is packed with anti-inflammatory foods that leave you feeling great. Pro tip: Use canned pineapple packed in juice (not syrup!) when pineapple isn’t in season to keep this juice easy on the wallet.

Anti-Inflammatory Juice Recipe
Anti-Inflammatory Juice Recipe the healing juice

TOTAL TIME- 5 minutes

SERVES- 2

MEAL TYPE – Beverages

DIET TYPE – Gluten-Free, Paleo,Vegan,Vegetarian

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 celery stalks
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • ½ green apple
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 knob ginger

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add all ingredients to vegetable juicer. Gently stir juice and consume immediately.

Most diseases today are due to inflammation. Inflammation damages your cells and arterials walls and can cause High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Arthritis, and digestive disorders. By reducing inflammation, your body is better able to heal from any disease. This Anti-Inflammatory Juice recipe is the perfect blend to help support your body’s natural defenses and reduce inflammation.

Orange, tomato, pineapple and carrot juices are all high in vitamin C, which means they have antioxidant properties, which can neutralize free radicals that lead to inflammation. Tart cherry juice has been shown to protect against gout flares and reduce osteoarthritis symptoms.

But be sensible when drinking juice: it’s delicious, but also high in sugar and calories. Check with your doctor if you’re a fan of grapefruit juice, because it can inactivate or alter the effect of many medications.

Your immune system becomes activated when your body recognizes anything that is foreign—such as an invading microbe, plant pollen, or chemical. This often triggers a process called inflammation. Intermittent bouts of inflammation directed at truly threatening invaders protect your health.

However, sometimes inflammation persists, day in and day out, even when you are not threatened by a foreign invader. That’s when inflammation can become your enemy. Many major diseases that plague us—including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s—have been linked to chronic inflammation.

One of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation comes not from the pharmacy, but from the grocery store. “Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Choose the right foods, and you may be able to reduce your risk of illness. Consistently pick the wrong ones, and you could accelerate the inflammatory disease process.

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