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Take the "Tea-off" Challenge

I recently had a health screening and the doctor told me I needed to drop about 15 pounds to prevent some common health problems. Amazinly, she also recommended that I add a number of teas to my diet. Since I happen to like herbal teas, I was pleased to follow her recommendations.

I started with a bit of research and discovered that studies have shown there are healing properties in tea especiall as we age. Below is my FAB 5  list of teas that are in my tea-off challenge. Tell us about your FAB 5.

Barley tea.   Barley grass has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been prescribed to fight diseases of the spleen or poor digestion. It is also reported to help improve blood sugar levels, reduce bad chlorestorel levels,  protect against certain forms of cancer,  cleanse the body of toxins and relieve early cold symptoms.

Ginger tea. One of the main benefits of ginger tea is it helps in the digestion process. Daily intake of ginger tea can give relief from the stomach problems such as flatulence, diarrhea, stomach gas and indigestion. Ginger tea has also been used as a remedy for for flu, cold, headaches,sore throat, migraines, preventing nausea and vomiting.

Ginseng tea. Ginseng is also another common tea that has been consumed by Chinese people for over 5000 years. Some scientists believe that Ginseng helps the brain produce more endorphins which helps in balancing physical and emotional stress hormones. Health benefits include help in releiving menustral and and menopausal symptoms. It also is credited with improving sex drive, fighting fatigue,   decreasing the effects of Crohn's Disease,  boosting memory and acountering arthritis, asthma and diabetes. 
Health Benefits Ginseng tea.
Ginger Facts and Health Benefits
Barley Tea for a Healthy Body
Health Benefits of Sorrel
Harvard Health: Green Tea Benefits

Japanese green tea. Green tea has powerful antioxidants called catechins that have 
been shown to  fight viruses, slow aging, and have a beneficial effect on health. Studies have also shown that green tea also helps to  reduce high blood pressure, lower blood sugar,  prevents cancer, and lower cholesterol.
flower. It is a common drink in Carribean countries and Latin America. Some of the health benefits of sorrel tea include reduction of high blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes.  It also has been used to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels,  remove toxins from the body and help fight cancer.  Sorrel also helps fight signs of aging.

Sorrel tea. Sorrel tea also known as Hibiscus tea is made from the hibiscus
Well, you might not be a golfer  and can take a traditional tee-off, but in this challenge anyone can step into the tea box.
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