Health benefits of herbal tea and its future role in American medicine
(originally posted on TylerMethod.com daily Outdoor Resistance Training blog)
As the already prohibitively expensive healthcare costs continue to rise in America there seem to be fewer and fewer options for U.S. citizens to have a relatively healthy adult life without paying through the nose. However, there is a growing movement that has been in place for thousands of years but is JUST starting to catch a steady following in the States-sipping herbal teas as a form of preventative medicine.
It makes perfect sense that tea consumption in the United States is the lowest compared to similar populations in other countries. And it also makes sense that the average American adult will suffer from diabetes, obesity, erectile dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, gout, stomach cancers, heart disease, blindness due to diabetes and other forms of cancer due to our record-breaking consumption of fast-food, almost all devoid of any plant material (other than that 3-day old sprig of lettuce on your Big Mac which actually has basically zero nutrition).
This is why there are so many sick and terminally-ill despite America being the home to the greatest advances in "modern medicine". Even still, most of America's European ancestry completely subsisted on herbs and various plants for medical remedies for countless centuries and tea consumption is still at a healthy level. And as a result, America's familial relative in the E.U. are considerably healthier, despite fewer public dollars being spent on healthcare.
We desperately need to fulfill our nutritional requirements and THIS is why we live in a land full of overly hungry people even though there is literally FOOD everywhere. Think about this for a second. Doesn't that seem odd?
The United States has seen unprecedented wealth and prosperity in a relatively short period of time. But for every blessing can sometimes eventually become a negative. Case in point: the richest nation in the U.S. is now literally dying because of it's wealth and the ease of simply buying a cooked carcass on a bun that not only has MORE FAT and salt for the entire day, but doesn't really have much nutrition at all and little to no vegetables or other plant-based foods. At least when McDonald's used to have a soybean patty there was that!
Besides eating more plant-based foods (veggies, fruits, nuts, grains, etc.) sipping tea is the most cost-effective solution for better healthcare. Herbal teas have the health benefits that every big pharmaceutical company is looking for. And...it's extremely affordable and with few to zero side-effects. Too good to be true? I don't think so actually. Let me explain.
The two MOST populated countries in the world have a several thousand-year track record of sipping various herbal teas daily to ward off disease, mild cases of depression and anxiety and for general good health and longevity. Oh yeah, China and India happens to have a population of some of the poorest people in history and even in today's modern times the average citizen is barely making ends-meet (although there is evidence that they will have a potentially prosperous future).
However, our neighbors to the far East seem to have had ideal health and multiplied despite this lack of wealth for conventional medicine (fertility is NOT a problem in country's that regularly sip tea as a curative and preventative medicine). The question remains, will Americans lean more on a homoeopathicly-inclined health regimen including the daily use of tea?
Or continue to think that a poorly absorbed, hard-pressed multi-vitamin and a diet soda will fill in your nutritional gaps? It would be commonsensical to learn from Traditional Chinese Medicine and ayurvedic medicine to help improve Western medicine as we gallop into the 21st century. Our collective wallets may depend on a more proactive approach to general health as health insurance rates are about to get nasty.
And while there are a select few supplement manufacturers that deliver a decent product that can help combat the lack of nutritional diversity in our diets but we must do more to protect our health and to take care of nutritional problems before they turn into a disease, deadly illness, cancer or heart disease.
Luckily, due to the mechanism through which tea is consumed (via the mouth) the salivation that occurs when tasting an awesome hibiscus-based herbal blend or a Jasmine Green Tea, the enzyme Ptyalin improves phyto-chemical and nutritional absorption and interaction (of the tea or anything you would eat). Thus, natural herbal teas can be an inexpensive alternative to supplements due to the efficacy of oral consumption.
I often notice how mankind, in its vain attempt to feel more superior than who we truly are, continues to try to invent new ways to do things that nature has done forever. As a Christian and a logical thinker, it's arrogant to think that God didn't know what He was doing when He created earth. And to solely depend on man-made pharmaceuticals and man-made processed foods is not only potentially hazardous to your health but it flies in the face of medical history as well as our Creator's. Granted, the global medical community has definitely taken advantage of modern medicine to save lives and improve surgery but to say that America has overly depended on the convenience of pills is a polite understatement.
The truth hurts but it shall set you free is what they say. Now use this knowledge to empower yourself and become the healthiest you have ever been in 2011. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.
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Tea has been cultivated for is nutritional and medicinal benefits for thousands of years. It's only recently that researchers are discovering its infinite health benefits with few to zero side-effects.
Variety is the spice of life. Try a different herbal tea today for better health.