7 Power Tips to Boost Your Energy Levels

wellnessWho doesn’t want to have a limitless store of energy to accomplish their daily tasks, even after a busy, long day? Especially given the hectic schedules modern life subjects us to, most of us strive to maintain adequate levels of energy to achieve all that we set out for ourselves. Here are 7 ways you can naturally boost your energy levels and make space for your favourite activities everyday:

1. Get Moving – Exercise is one of the most effective ways to keep yourself fit and positive throughout the day. Even a 15 minute jog early in the morning is bound to keep your energy levels up all day. Join a gym, go for morning runs, practise a personal exercise regime – the options are plenty. Choose a workout plan that works the best for you and stick to it to keep feeling positive and motivated all day.

2. Drink Lots of Water – The importance of drinking water frequently cannot be stressed enough. Not only does it keep you healthy and hydrated, water also flushes toxins out and thus gives a feel-good vibe as it improves bodily functions. If you forget to drink enough water during the day, always keep a bottle of water close and take small sips at regular intervals.

3. Get More Sleep – If you often find yourself lethargic through the day, you may be short on suffering from a lack of adequate sleep. At least 6-8 hours of sleep everyday is necessary to work at optimal levels. You can also take short afternoon naps (15-20 minutes) to restart your system.

4. Tap into Plant Power – One of the best natural sources of defeating fatigue are adaptogenic herbs, plants that are widely used for their medicinal and healing properties. They are known to reduce anxiety, stress and fatigue. An excellent way of building natural energy without resorting to artificial stimulators is Ginseng or Ashwagandha and Gotu Kola or Brahmi. These herbs boost both mental and physical energy, increase your threshold for taking stress, boost metabolism and enhance immunity in the body.

5. Switch to Tea – Most of us in 9 to 5 jobs fall into the habit of intaking large quantities of caffeine or energy drinks to keep ourselves going. This is an unhealthy habit and can be substituted with tea instead. Tea is natural, has a lot of health benefits and is the best substitute for artificial drinks and sodas that only harm the body in the long run.

6. Eat Clean – If you want your body to perform optimally throughout the day, you have to fuel it right. Include as much organic and raw produce in your daily diet as you can and cut out processed and junk food. Say goodbye to artificial foods, salty and sugary foods and embrace veggies, fruits, nuts and healthy meats. You’ll be amazed to see how energetic you feel by paying special attention to what you eat.

7. Relax – Above all, don’t forget to take a deep breath! Take time out during different parts of the day to just relax and free your mind of all troubles. Stress-induced feelings and emotions eat into a lot of your energy and must be carefully pushed away. During times of chaos, taking a deep breath becomes paramount and is an ideal approach to bringing your energy levels bank to normal when they are lagging. So take 5 minutes off when you feel fatigue, take deep, long breaths and you’ll experience an instant surge in your energy levels as oxygen travels to your brain. It is a quick yet effective way to give yourself a wake-up call in the middle of a busy day!

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.

TEA REVIEW – Rangsaa Elevate

elevate-reviewDry Leaves
Tea is a blend of tender black tippy tea leaves with exotic herbs and spices. There are scattered golden tips with white fuzz. The blend of brown and green color scheme, gives it an elegant and sophisticated appeal, and a woodland feel. Aroma is strong and enticing – with oaky, spicy, floral, sweet and citrusy (precisely ripe peaches) hints.

Infused tea/Unique Characteristics
The leaves brew a golden-amber color liquor. The aroma is herbaceous and spicy. On the palate, the infusion is distinctively vibrant and balances bouquet of complex aroma and flavors, with a mellow sweetness, and a wonderful buttery-mouthfeel. The top malty, smokey and citrusy notes, pleasantly heighten the underlying caramel-floral essence. The texture is thick and creamy, and it coats the mouth with a delicious sweet-aftertaste.

Infusion
One heaping teaspoon of tea was infused in 200 ml pre-boiled water (100C) for 7 minutes. The infusion is medium-full body, with almost no astringency and bitterness. When brewed for 10 minutes, the aroma and flavors were delightfully enhanced. The second infusion at 15 minutes carried forward some attributes – a good cup of tea for those who like mild, delicate teas.

This is a harmonious tea blend, which is equally flavorful and aromatic. Even brewed at 20 mins the tea is not bitter. There’s no way you can ruin this tea. It’s that good. Make it how you like it!

RECIPE – Rangsaa Maximus & Pineapple Healthy Cocktail

recipe-tea-rangsaa-maximus-2In the history of alcohol drinking, there’s never been a better time to get your mojo on with “healthy” cocktails. Bartenders, inspired by the juice bars and farm-to-table trend, are mixing up delicious drinks with all natural ingredients. Here’s a Rangsaa recipe that maintains your muscle and tissue health, while you enjoy an awesome drink!

KEY INGREDIENTS
1 tsp Rangsaa Maximus
30 ml Absolut Vodka
1/2 cup crushed ice
1/2 cup sliced pineapple
Lemon wedge
Salt

PREPARATION
Start by making the cold brew. Infuse one tsp of Rangsaa Maximus in 200 ml pre-boiled water for 10 minutes. Once cool, refrigerate the mix for an hour. When ready, first run a lime wedge around the outside of the rim of your glass and roll it in salt. Then, fill half the glass with crushed ice, add pineapple and top it with tea. Stir well. Your drink is ready!

BEST ENJOYED
Any time when you want a drink with a total body boost.

My TEA Journey

“Come oh come ye tea-thirsty restless ones — the kettle boils, bubbles and sings, musically.” -Rabindranath Tagore

The trend is slowly changing and if I had to choose one beverage among so many, I would probably take a nice cup of tea. My fifteen years long relationship with tea has been a thrilling and a learning experience. I was introduced to green tea by my friend/roommate from China, Lee, while I was studying in the US. Although it didn’t taste good, I enjoyed having an occasional cup of green tea, until it became a habit. My love for tea grew with time and I had a chance to visit a wonderful Taoist Tea Ceremony with my friend. It’s a Chinese ceremony that embodies the principles of harmony, respect, purity, tranquility and it’s always enjoyed with tea as a spiritual medium to practice. And my journey with tea began.