Find Your Daily Zen With A Simple Tea Meditation

tea-talk-3-1Today’s world is an ever-demanding place where we are constantly expected to be on-the-go, with little time for ourselves. Are we relaxed in our daily lives, with our minds calm and clear? The very fact that modern lifestyles drive us crazy with their deadlines, tight schedules and endless expectations draw several people to find that one quiet moment in the day.

Tea meditation helps you do just that. Meditation may be hailed as the ultimate path to mental peace and calm, but most of us find the first step towards achieving that great ideal a task in itself. The biggest challenge we face while trying to meditate is keeping our thoughts from running amok while we stay put physically.

On my quest to tackle the issue effectively, I figured out just the right way to ease myself into the exercise – tea meditation. The very process of preparing, brewing, followed by drinking tea in a calm setting is the most potent form of meditation, to me. Just the act of taking the time out to brew the perfect cup of tea helps me cancel out both external and internal noise and practise mindfulness, tuning into the present moment and focusing on what is important, here and now. Tea helps me slow down, pause, breathe and get in sync with the natural, uninterrupted rhythm of life.

The subtle aromas of different leaves, the simplicity and purity of natural flavours help us connect with nature. The entire process – starting from boiling water to brewing tea leaves, ending with sipping the flavorful infusion – gives us a much needed hiatus, a break in the endless action that our lives are. Compared with the tiny amount of time we get while waiting for the train or making a dash for a quick morning coffee, this is a time we can be certain of diving into and enjoying.

Tea is a delightful romance between water and tea leaves; tea leaves distend in water, releasing wafting aromas, colors and flavours nurtured by nature, giving you the very essence of nature in a cup of tea. The act of drinking tea is soothing, simple and a mind-awakening experience that is nothing short of a thrilling sensory experience. The entire process of experiencing and observing tea release its natural charm is meditative. Naturally, the use of proper and beautiful teaware assumes importance, contributing to and enhancing the overall tea experience.

Tea meditation is a great path to introspection and inner reflection. It helps us realise the intrinsic beauty of life and the grand amalgamation of experiences it offers us each moment. Along comes the realization that the present is the most important moment, worthy of all our attention and one of the best ways to heighten our awareness is the simple act of drinking tea with mindfulness.

You can practise your tea meditation during any given time of the day, be it the morning, afternoon or evening, depending on the freedom your work schedule allows you. A simple tea ritual, when practised daily, ensures peace of mind, a harmonious attitude towards life, self-realization and ultimately the freedom to experience life on your own terms.

The greater your appreciation and sensitivity towards the wonders of tea, the shorter will be your path towards a calmer, happier and zen you.

Why Runners and Athletes Should Drink Tea

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When I talk about tea, you probably think about the desi milk-chai, with generous amount of milk and sugar. You don’t necessarily think about, say, runners and athletes. But that’s a misconception. You’ve definitely heard someone tell you that tea is good for you. But beyond that general statement, you perhaps don’t know that tea has number of performance enhancing benefits that make it especially ‘a must drink’ for all runners and athletes.

Science and real-time global case studies prove that drinking tea supports physical activity through its preventive functions. It aids in providing more energy for training, quicker recovery, and is an unmatched nutritional tool for better performance. Tea helps athletes with improved alertness, more strength and an extra surge of energy during long workouts. The very high dose of antioxidants help the body metabolise fats for fuel late in the workouts, for needed strength endurance.

2004 study found that tea improved endurance capacity. ”Tea markedly improved endurance capacity and stimulated lipid use.” And a 2006 study concluded that “the endurance-improving effects of tea were mediated, at least partly, by increased metabolic capacity and utilisation of fatty acid as a source of energy.” In simple language it basically means that tea was found to improve strength and endurance during aerobic activity, and that increased endurance was in part due to an increase in fat being burnt for energy.

Tea is fantastic and also a smarter choice than coffee, soda or energy drinks. It’s true that caffeine is a proven performance enhancer that increases endurance, improves alertness and makes running feel easier. Although tea provides only half as much caffeine as coffee or energy drinks, it makes you feel good at the right places without any side effects, such as acidity and bloating. The acid in coffee and energy drinks can be hard, leading to heartburn and upset stomach. So, if you look at it, tea is your all natural ‘power drink’ that offers a boost and can even make you healthier.

I believe tea is very personal. In my opinion, I would recommend that fitness enthusiasts should collect an assortment of teas – black, oolong, green, white and herbal blends, and see what they enjoy the most. Maybe it’s delicate green tea in the morning, oolong after a run, or a herbal blend without any caffeine to wind down after an evening run. And remember, quality counts in tea. So, make sure that you choose whole leaf, high quality, all natural, fresh and premium tea. For added flavour and health boost, try infusing your tea with fresh fruits, herbs and spices.

Get to know your tea, experiment and explore, develop your relationship and enjoy your fitness journey with tea. It is your all round performance drink. So, drink up and see how tea can step up your game!

Green Tea Blends – The Latest Fitness Power Drink

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Green tea has gained immense popularity because of it’s healthy properties in the recent years and is one of the most popular drinks of the new millennium. But sadly, just few of us actually drink it. So, I thought how about I reach out to my fitness driven readers and convince them about this green power drink aka ‘supersip’, that is taking the fitness industry by a storm.

There are many reasons why green tea has increasingly been given the green light and is the most recommended beverage by fitness and nutrition experts. Well, to start with, green tea provides you with a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. It boosts metabolism, increases fat oxidation, endurance during exercises and improves overall health.

Brandon Carter, the best selling author and fitness expert refers to green tea as the ‘magic green drink’ and advices all his clients to drink it before and during their workouts. He also gives credit to green tea for that extra boost of energy and endurance, which contributes towards more efficient workouts. Keith Cormican, internationally recognized fitness and wellbeing expert says that gym recoveries can be improved by clearance of the by-products from training and green tea can really help with the process. He has been encouraging everyone to consider adding green tea as a weapon to their arsenal of fitness techniques and healthy living choices.

Research from Colorado State University found that tea’s main antioxidant, EGCG, can improve your VO2 max – a measure of how efficiently your body uses oxygen. EGCG is also known to stimulate brown fat, which is even extracted and used as a weight loss supplement.

Green tea is a great fitness supplement that is all-natural and will give you a great energy boost. And if you pick a good tea blend, you can avail some more healthy benefits from your power drink. Hence, if you don’t like lot of chemicals and junk in your body and are looking out for a great pre-workout supplement – it’s definitely green tea.

So, is it as simple as brewing some tea bags to reap the above mentioned benefits? NOT REALLY. To get maximum health benefits, it’s most important to drink the right kind of tea. I would suggest a whole leaf, all-natural, high quality fresh tea. It’s also very crucial to choose a higher quality brand of green tea, because the lower quality tea can contain excessive levels of fluoride, which leads to many health problems.

Green tea is your all-natural miracle drink. Just pop some green tea/green tea blend and ice in your shaker bottle and drink it before, during and after your workout or have it hot – whichever way you prefer. Whether you drink it as a pre-workout or post-workout drink or simply as an energy drink substitute during your workouts, the pros have declared green tea as significant news for anyone who is fitness driven.

You’ve nothing to lose and yet everything to gain by making this powerful herb a part of your daily routine!

10 Reasons Why Green Tea Is Good For You

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Love for tea shares ten reasons why green tea is good for your mind, body and soul. Put your kettle on as the facts are in and tea is officially awesome for your health.

1. Your brain –  A cup of green tea doesn’t just make you more productive in office, with improved accuracy and attention but it also prevents the progression of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease as we age.

2. Your bones – Regular tea drinkers have higher bone mineral density and strength than non-tea drinkers. The benefit is attributed to phytochemicals in tea, such as flavonoids, that protect against bone loss.

3. Your heart – Green tea contains tannins that are known to lower cholesterol naturally. Evidence based research concludes that people who drink 3-5 cups of green tea regularly have lower risk of heart diseases.

4. Your immune system – Tea contains catechins and flavanoids (antioxidants) & Vitamin H (also called biotin), that prevent cellular damage and assist in healthy and strong immune system.

5. Your fitness – Green tea works as a brilliant pre and post workout drink.  A cup of green tea boosts your energy and enhances your performance by improving endurance and alertness.

6. Your dental health – Green tea kills bacteria which improves dental health and lowers your risk of infection.

7. Your skin – Green tea helps to keep your skin healthy. EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), the main polyphenol in green tea, has anticancer properties that may prevent the development of skin tumours.

8. Your hair – The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea boosts hair growth. It inhibits the growth of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which hinders hair growth and causes hair fall.

9. Your mental health – Green tea is like yoga in a cup, it can calm your nerves while boosting your mood. Theanine present in green tea works as an excellent anti-depressant and helps in relieving stress and anxiety.

10. Your body – Regular consumption of green tea lowers risk of type-2 diabetes, various kinds of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, resulting in a healthy body – helping you live longer.

Now, before you load up on this elixir of life make sure that you drink the right tea. It’s very important to know that all the benefits that you read about green tea are based on research on fresh, high quality loose leaf tea and not flavoured tea/tea bags. So, be smart and drink right.

Why Drink Tea?

Tea isn’t just a comforting and pleasant beverage, it is a ‘supersip’ that has remarkable healing properties. Whether it’s your ‘pick-me-up’ with the morning daily or your new sports drink, tea is the new ‘wonder drink’ that everyone must consume.

Tea is making a comeback because of it’s innumerous healthy and medicinal properties. New studies point to evidence that these healing properties have a scientific basis. The benefits of tea are largely due to the flavonoid content and antioxidant ingredients that are good for the body. These disease-fighting compounds help prevent certain cancers, keep your heart healthy, burn fat, sharpen your mind, and help your body beat the effects of aging and stress.

Tea does a body good. The facts are in and it’s definitely teatime!

Make Oolong Tea Your Fitness Companion

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If you are working out and your trainer has asked you to drink coffee before you hit the gym, oolong tea is a worthy substitute to consider. There are many reasons why the athletes, fitness trainers, bodybuilders and health enthusiasts around the world, including the media cannonade, are promoting oolong tea as the new pre-workout jolt.

We all agree that our best gym workouts and fitness plans are sabotaged by our daily humdrum, which drains us out. Oolong tea reduces physical and mental fatigue, which makes it easier to sail through an intensive workout session and can be a great addition to the fitness enthusiast’s arsenal. This tea is incredibly healing and energizing, plus it contains the EGCG phytonutrient just like green tea, which helps your body turn fat into energy and remove toxins.

Oolong tea benefits pack more of a punch than any other tea. It is an excellent fitness drink – light and energizing, with just enough caffeine to kick-start your exercise routine. A cup of oolong tea before a workout does wonders to boost your energy. It enhances performance by improving endurance and alertness.

Many workout and health supplements have tea extracts in them, but what can be better than consuming 3-4 cups of pure organic oolong tea. Just steep your tea for 5 mins and drink it 15 minutes before your workout, or chill and enjoy it as ice-tea during your workout. It will leave you with a peaceful feeling without compromising on motivation and mental activity.

If you want to achieve results in a healthy and natural way, make sure you consume some tea before your workouts, to really take advantage of what this wellness tonic is capable of. Besides the above facts, Oolong tea has plethora of health benefits which include reduction of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, inflammatory disorders and high cholesterol levels. Though you might think that this is just a cup of oolong tea, it’s benefits will actually go a long way towards living a healthier life. After all, it’s not just tea, it’s the lifestyle we believe in and strive for!

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Intense training normally results in oxidative damage to muscles, inflammation, release of the stress hormone cortisol and possibly delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS. A concentrated extract from black tea lowered the incidence and intensity of these side effects in a group of college-age male athletes, according to a study published in “Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.” The reduction of these factors led to faster recovery and the ability to train more intensely.