Health By The Cupful

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“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly. “I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”

“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.

In today’s fast-paced, challenging and frenetic schedules, we seem to have forgotten ourselves in the race for economic success, social standing and self-satisfaction.

Our health is in decline and our modern lifestyles have gotten us off the right track, with fast foods, alcohol abuse, drug dependencies and high-tech stress all pushing us to breaking point.

In spite of all the abuse our bodies endure, they still usually serve us well for many years before they start to break down. Even then, with a little help, they respond and continue to function.

Good nutrition is the foundation to good health and the fuel which drives us. It comes directly from the things we eat and drink; good, bad or otherwise.

The secret to a health body is balanced diet containing four basic nutrients – water, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats – as well as vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients.

Herbal medicine may not be everyone’s cup of tea – pun intended – but it can help ease symptoms, provide nutrients and it’s as easy as popping the kettle on each morning.

Herbal teas possess medicinal properties and can help with minor illnesses ranging from colds, flu or indigestion to fighting infection and nausea.

But when choosing a herbal tea remedy, make sure you pick the right one. While fruit flavoured teas – such as rosehip, apple and orange – tend to be delicious, they are developed for their flavouring more than anything else.

On the other hand, teas made with herbs such as elderflower, hops, chamomile, thyme, peppermint and ginger have greater therapeutic value and some of then can even be grown in your own backyard.

So, it’s time to address the cultural drinking problem. Rivers of sugary soft drinks, laced with chemicals and colourings can make us sick and overweight. Moderation in everything is the key and incorporating better drinking habits can impact dramatically on health and wellbeing.

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