10 Tea Recipes: How to Use Tea in Every Drink and Dish | The Health Sessions

10 Tea Recipes: How to Use Tea in Every Drink and Dish

My dad used to joke that my mom and I don’t have blood running through our veins but tea. Honestly, I don’t even think it’s that much of an exaggeration. Because honestly, what’s more comforting than a big warm mug of tea?

Thankfully for me, a cup of tea really does make everything better. Tea is packed with disease-fighting antioxidants, called polyphenols and flavonoids. Drinking 3 cups of black tea per day reduces your risk of heart disease and improves your blood sugar levels. The slight caffeine buzz from tea also improves your alertness and focus.

Green tea contains even more health-boosting powers, thanks to its production process. Because the tea leaves are steamed and dried soon after harvest, green tea contains higher levels of antioxidants than black tea. One antioxidant in particular, called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), seems to be responsible for the health benefits of green tea, like inhibiting tumor growth in animal studies and boosting your brain functions.

Whether you enjoy a cup of Earl Grey, jasmine green tea or herbal infusions, there’s a flavour for every taste and every occasion. What most of us don’t realize, is that tea can be used in more ways than just putting a tea bag in boiled water. Besides making iced tea, you can use ground matcha in lattes, a mix of chai in baked goods or make tea-smoked savory dishes.

So get the health benefits from tea with every meal with these 10 tasty tea recipes.

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How to Reset Your Internal Clock | The Health Sessions

10 Natural Ways to Reset Your Internal Clock

You know how you often feel tired and groggy in the afternoon? That’s your internal clock at work.

You might be more in tune with your work schedule than your body rhythm, but all of us are governed by a biological schedule. Circadian rhythm refers to the countless changes your body experiences over a 24-hour period. From your sleep-wake cycle to hormone production and daily fluctuations of alertness, circadian rhythms affect every aspect of your functioning.

The master internal clock that controls the different clocks throughout your body is a group of nerves in the hypothalamus called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). Each morning, light enters your eyes and travels along the optic nerve to signal to the SCN that it’s time to start the day’s circadian cycle.

For thousands of years, humans organized their days around their biological clock. But now that we are no longer getting up at sunrise, spending our days outdoors and going to bed when it gets dark, our body clocks get disrupted. And this can cause serious troubles. Research has linked disturbed internal clocks to anything from an increased chance at injuries and accidents to chronic health problems like obesity, heart disease and cognitive decline.

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The Benefits of Bathing: How to Turn Your Tub Time Into a Health-Boosting Ritual

The Benefits of Bathing: How to Turn Your Tub Time Into a Health-Boosting Ritual

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen 

What’s nicer after a long, tiring day than soaking in a warm bath?

All throughout history, humans have appreciated the healing powers of water. From the Roman bath houses and the Japanese onsen to the hot springs in Iceland, people immerse themselves to feel fresh, relaxed and rejuvenated.

But being in water has actually has some important benefits from your health too. Taking a bath clears your skin and calms your nervous system. It also releases tension from your muscles and alleviates pain. What’s more, soaking in a warm bath can also help you sleep better. And those are just the perks of hot water: studies show that cold water reduces inflammation and boosts your circulation.

In the beautifully illustrated Bathe, Suzanne Duckett shows how you can turn your daily tub time into a soothing ritual that boosts your health, beautifies your skin and even fuels your creativity. After all, it’s the act of stepping into a bath that prompted  Archimedes to solve his problem and yell “Eureka!”

If you want to transform your next bath into a health-boosting ritual, check out these 5 bath recipes with all-natural ingredients.

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How to Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing | The Health Sessions

How to Practice Alternate Nostril Breathing

Breathing exercises are an excellent tool to relax and recharge at the same time. They’re a crucial component of many relaxation methods: yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation and mindfulness. Now you’re probably familiar with deep belly breathing, but have you ever heard of alternative nostril breathing? Alternate nostril breathing is an ancient yogic practice that … Read more >



11 Smart Food Combinations to Maximize Your Nutrient Absorption | The Health Sessions

11 Smart Food Combinations to Absorb More Nutrients

You know you should eat a wide variety of colorful foods to get all the vitamins and minerals you need to function well. But simply consuming these nutrients isn’t enough – your body has to absorb them first.

The percentage of vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients that makes it into your bloodstream after ingestion is called bioavailability. The bioavailability of nutrients is influenced by how you cook your food, your biological makeup and how you plan your menu.

Your menu? Yes. Because when you add certain ingredients together, that combination maximizes your body’s ability to absorb the available nutrients. Take a look at how you can get the most nutritional value out of your meals by making smart food combinations.

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