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Benefits of Tulsi Tea

Benefits of Tulsi Tea

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Tulsi tea

Tulsi or holy basil is common at every Hindu home and are known for its therapeutic benefits. Tulsi tea, basically made from Tulsi leaves, now promoted by various brands, has gained popularity of its health benefits. Lets have a look at few of the benefits of drinking Tusli tea..

  • It is devoid of caffeine and therefore can replace tea and coffee.
  • Increases your metabolism and helps in weight loss. This happens mainly as you are not gulping down sugar laden lattes and mochas or even your regular expressos.
  • Rich in antioxidants and help to prevent aging and prevents cancer.
  • Helps to destress and soothes and calms your system.
  • Acts as a decongestent and helps relieve colds and improves immunity.

Tulsi may be mixed with other herbs to improve the benefits.

Organic India Tulsi tea is excellant and is easily available at various stores. If you do not find it in your hometown, you can always grow it at home and stew it with water.

My recommendation is to drink tulsi tea before and after meditation as it helpes to create the mood to meditate successfully and maximize the benefits..

When to drink up H2O…

When to drink up H2O…

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Waking up to wrong fluids can affect the rate of hydration in the body. Anyways, you are dehydrated at night with your body going though a lot of repairs and not only is your body not  getting any food, but also water. So drinking coffee, tea can further dehydrate you.

300ml-500ml of water in the morning is great to ward off dehydration. If you find it queasy to drink plain water, you can add lemon to it. This will give you your quota of Vitamin C too.

Drinking water half hour before your main meals is great as it helps to absorb all the water-soluble vitamins such as all B group vitamins, Vitamin C which will be absorbed better from the food.

Add another 500 ml of water if you are exercising.

Last but not the least, Keep sipping water through out the day. This will keep you hydrated and refreshed.

Myth: Chocolate lacks any nutritional value

Myth: Chocolate lacks any nutritional value

darkchocolate_womanChocolate is my favorite food in the world. My friends keep telling me that anyone can lure me away with chocolates.

They have received a lot of beating from all because they are high in calories and can cause cavities. Poor chocolate. In my previous post, http://nutrihealth.in/2008/10/the-brighter-side-of-chocolates/ , I have told you the “feel good” factors of chocolate.

Now for those who do not know about the nutritional value of chocolate, here are a few facts.

  • Chocolate is a good source of magnesium,copper,calcium, iron and zinc.
  • It contains polyphenols which are antioxidants found in tea and red wine and are said to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Antioxidants also lower blood pressure and improve insulin resistance.
  • Stearic acid, is the main saturated fat present in chocolate and this will not raise your cholesterol the way other saturated fats do.
  • About cavities, Chocolate alone is not the culprit. Cavities are formed from any sugars and starches such as white rice, breads etc. The acid thus produced by them causes the cavity. In fact, the calcium from chocolate can be great for the teeth.
  • It does not cause acne and has no link to it at all.

And lastly, it does not cause weight gain unless your pigging yourself with them and eating the sugary ones. Eat them in moderation as a feel good snack and not as your desert.

Try Cadbury bournville Dark chocolate tastes great but do not finish the whole slab. Take a bite and relish the taste.