In a recent report by a team of International health experts led by Dan Buettner and recently reported on by NBC news, herbal tea was listed as one of the key factors in maintaining a healthy, slim life style. Why herbal tea? Buettner believes and studies agree that when fresh, dried herbs are taken in a tea and are not processed by pill or tea machines, they are much richer in the active compounds that dramatically improve health - including decreasing one's risk for heart disease, dementia, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and obesity.
"It's the difference between fresh spinach from the garden," said Polly Colvin of the Natural Health Foundation, "and a can of spinach that has been sitting around for three years."
Colvin points to Kapha Slimmer Tea sold by a small herbal tea apothecary in Portland, Maine and online at http://www.homegrownherbandtea.com as an example. Kapha Slimmer, she says, contains many of the same ingredients you would find in a diet pill but in safer concentrations and, in many cases, far more effective combinations. For example, Kapha Slimmer contains unprocessed ephedra, which is a safer variation of the highly processed and dangerous ephedra sold in many best selling diet pills. The tea also contains, among other common diet pill ingredients, Damiana, which stimulates and repairs the nervous system but also is commonly sold as a aphrodisiac supplement for women and men because of the affect it has on enhancing the sensitivity of the nervous system's response in the male and female sexual organs.
"Drinking a fresh cup of herbal tea has the additional benefit of filling the stomach and thereby decreasing appetite," Colvin continues, "as well as activating the plant's compounds which require in most cases heat or alcohol to extract their essential oils." She also points to herbal tea's diuretic properties, which aide the body enormously in ridding itself of toxins and waste while decreasing pressure on the arteries and veins. Toxins have been linked to a number of diseases including weight gain, allergy sensitivities, headaches and fatigue. Most people carry an average of 100 known toxic chemicals in their fat cells at any given time.
"I would suggest to anyone wanting to lose weight to eat less and exercise more," Colvin adds. "But if you want to go the route of a dietary supplement to increase metabolism and help rid the body of toxins so you get more out of your workouts - not to mention have the energy for them - I would encourage fresh, organic herbal tea like you can find at Homegrown Herb and Tea ."
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East End Health News is a division of East End News and is located in Portlan, Maine. It regularly issues releases dealing with health ad nutrition.