Health Tips

Be good to your body and it will be good to you.   

Here at Your Tea, we are all about being kind to your body... you only have one of them after all.
A great analogy for this is a car - if you put dirty petrol in it, the car will chug and splutter along and eventually break down.
Same goes for your body.

You need to fuel it properly. Food is fuel for your body.
What you put in your body will determine exactly how it operates.
A body needs to be nourished with warm, nutritious foods that are soft on your digestive system and loaded with beneficial qualities. 
Unfortunately, there is a huge surge in 'fat free, sugar free, carb free etc etc' foods in the super markets these days.
Hate to break it to you - but snap open bar claiming to be all of the above - and you may as well be eating cardboard.
Those foods hold NO nutritional value what so ever.
They do however, contain a bucket load of chemicals, additives and preservative... all of which create cellulite and toxins in your body. Yuck!
Moral of the story: be conscious of what you put in your body. 
All of our teas in the Your Tea range assist your body enormously. 
There is no magic potion in this world that will fix your body concerns on its own without your help.
BUT - if you treat your body correctly - combine our teas and you will feel like a whole new person.
So are you ready to make your mind, body and soul as best as it can be?


How to be kind to your digestive system:

Let us strip things back to basics here. Your digestive system processes the food you put in it... but what if that system doesn't work properly? Well - this can lead to the following issues; fat storage, trapped toxins, upset stomach, decreased energy levels, loss of skin health... the list goes on.There are a few simple things you can do to help your system by starting where it all began... food. Here are some 'yes' foods and some 'no' foods. Yes = easy to digest, soft on the belly. No = will leave you with an angry stomach!
* Porridge (organic)
* Eggs
* Rye bread (toasted)
* Steel cut oats
* Quinoa
* Pumpernickel bread
* Natural Yoghurt
* Walnuts
* Beans (kidney, red, black and bertoli)
* White rice
* Polenta (great as a porridge)
* Stews
* Soups
* Green leafy vegetables (cooked)
* Roasted pumpkin
* raw fruits and vegetables
* salads
* cold water
* peppermint tea
* cereal 
* apples
* energy drinks
* rich, oily fried foods



We all hate it - so how do we get rid of it?!Firstly we need to understand what it is. Cellulite isn't just caused by excess fat... cellulite is also caused trapped toxins, poor circulation and a lack of strong healthy blood to carry toxins out of the bloodstream (to then be excreted by the body).Have you ever seen slim girls with cellulite and wondered how on earth THEY have cellulite when they don't have an inch of fat on them?! It's often an indication of an unhealthy lifestyle and/or diet.


In a nutshell, cellulite can be reduced and often cleared by:

1. Reducing weight

2. Changing foods you consume

3. Strengthening blood and circulation


You have to be willing to work with your body to kick cellulite out. You can't expect it to vanish by itself whilst still drinking diet coke! We've created a list of foods to avoid, that will all contribute to cellulite production.


Foods to avoid


* sugars 

* raw fruit (strewed is ok)

* cold water

* energy drinks

* alcohol

* smoking

* fruit drinks

* high chemical foods such as "sugar free, fat free" etc etc 

* chocolates & lollies

* cakes

* carbonated drinks

* peppermint tea

* fried foods

* coffee

* salt

* ice-creams & flavoured milk

* pain killers such as Panadol and Neurofen


Foods to increase


* green leafy vegetables (cooked)

* cooked beetroot (for blood)

* hot water and lemon once a day (squeeze whole lemon in hot water)

* green tea extract

* red meat

* porridge

* cinnamon 

* cardamon

* juniper and rosemary oils for massage

* pepper

* Vitamin A


Exercise = your BEST friend!

This is integral aspect of increasing blood flow to eliminate toxins. You don't need to slog it out at the gym though. Try a brisk 3-4km walk each day accompanied with some weight baring exercises (also vital)... such as push ups, sit ups, lunges and squats. You don't need to go and spend money on a gym membership to kick cellulite to the curb.

Our Anti-C tea is a fantastic tea for treating cellulite. Accompany the the above principles with our tea and cellulite will be a thing of the past.

Here is our Anti-C wonder tea:



Hot Water + Lemon = A Wonder Drink

Consuming hot water and a generous squeeze of lemon is a perfect way to start your morning.
The benefits of lemon juice are endless:
- aids digestion
- clears and purifies skin
- aids in toxin removal
- improves immune system
Squeeze half a fresh lemon into a mug of hot water.
This will really kick start your day and your stomach will thank you for such kind treatment.
Once consumed, rinse your mouth out with warm water to clear the lemon juice residue... as lemon juice can be harsh to the tooth enamel when used constantly.

Why AVOIDING raw foods is GREAT for digestion

We will put it out there - raw food and your digestive system defiantly aren't a match made in heaven.
Highly incompatible in fact!
Here is an analogy that will help explain the effects raw food has on your stomach.
For the sake of this exercise, the 2 cooking pans below represent 'stomachs'.
The cooking pans (stomachs) should already be on a 'low heat'.

           Pan #1                                                

1. Consume raw vegetable                                                
2. The pan immediately looses heat                                 
because the raw veggies are 'cold' ie; uncooked                 
3. The pan struggles to heat up                                          
4. The pan finally gets warm enough to start cooking        
5. The pan cooks most of the food, but couldn't cook        
it all properly
6. The pan is fairly exhausted after all that effort
7. The pan is dirty and still scattered with pieces of food,
and it is SO not ready for another meal anytime soon!

          Pan #2

1. Consume cooked vegetable
2. The pan immediately starts cooking efficiently as veggies are already 
half 'warm' ie; cooked
3. Cooking along beautifully
4. Cooking completed!
5. Pan is clean and ready for next meal
As you can see - Pan #2 (stomach) that was given the warm/cooked foods - was far more efficient in digesting.
Now we are not saying that you need to cook the living daylights out of your foods before eating, because that would compromise their nutritional quality. 
For example, if you pour some boiling water over fresh Bok Choy, this is sufficient to help is digest FAR easier.
This principle and approach to eating will help avoid bloating, indigestion, lethargy after eating and other problems some may face with digesting foods.
By helping your digestion, this will also help to maintain a healthy weight. 

Easy on the WATER!

We can practically hear you saying "WHHAAAATTT".
Sorry guys - the western world has drummed a doozy into our heads.
We are all told to drink a couple of litres of water a day... that is FAR too much!
Water is 100% necessary for your body. It helps to lubricate your insides, hydrates skin, organs and aids in flushing out of system of impurities.
But we do not necessarily need 2-3 litres a day of it.
When you consume that much water, you're drowning your body. 3 litres of water on top of meals will create a body that is water logged and prone to retaining fluid.
Unless you're a professional athlete, the human body finds it extremely difficult to use that amount of H20.
Try drinking a litre a day (of warm water) and notice the difference.

Sugar is not your friend.

Sugar, sugar sugar. This sweet, delectable substance is an absolute killer!
It's a killer on your teeth, killer on your digestive system and a killer on your butt.
Indeed, this sweet substance has many not so sweet side effects.
Sugar can contribute to bloating, fluid retention, weight gain, acne, reduced immunity and spikes insulin levels.
Ever noticed after eating a piece of cake your spirits are lifted? This is the sugar taking your body on a serious high... but what goes up must come down.
Sugar causes huge physical spikes in your body, which translate to emotional spikes.
Yep - sugar takes your body on one massive roller coaster ride. Not ideal at all.
Eliminating or reducing sugar from your diet will help your bodies functionality immensely.
Of course - sugar is highly addictive, so coming off sugar can be a difficult task.
Once your body has overcome this phase, you will find your body and mind will feel much more level and predictable. 
So go on, challenge yourself and kick sugar to the curb... it may not be easy but the results are 100% worth it.

The dangers of "SUGAR FREE" foods


ASPARTAMA accounts for over 75% of the diverse reactions to food additives! They have fewer calories and are known as being the healthier alternative. 

Diet coke, Pepsi Max, sugar free gum and sugar free lollies are all products that use genetically modified sweeteners. They all have the same sweet flavour as sugar but with half the calories. It almost sounds to good to be true, well I’m afraid in this case it is.

Sugar free and diet products seem to be the better option these days. 

Sugar free food comes form a chemical called Aspartame. This chemical is harmful when it reaches a temperature of 30 degrees C°, the wood alcohol in aspartame converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which inturn causes metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. Considering our natural body temperature is 37 degrees C° this chemical will turn into a poison that will harm you.

No matter how much you have of the chemical it is enough to cause a reaction. Once your body has ingested an unknown substance it wants to expel the harmful chemical from your body, inturn causes a reaction. Studies show that over 75% of reactions from food additives where products that had aspartame as an ingredient.  There have been 90 different document symptoms that have been caused by aspartame. The most common are headaches/migraines, dizziness, nausea, numbness, weight gain, memory loss, diabetes, vision problems and so on.

You’re probably wondering about how aspartame causes weight gain, however formaldehyde stores in the fat cells of your body, particularly in the hips and thighs. Dr. Roberts an American specialist did a series of studies on over weight people who have a fairly balanced diet but are still suffering with weight issues. They had 30 days with no sugar free foods such as diet coke and yoghurt. On average the group of people lost 19pounds (8.64kg) over the trial period.  They no longer suffered from aspartame symptoms and were a much healthier weight. 

There have been many studies on sugar free foods and their harmful reactions to humans.

So many people are addicted to foods that have aspartame in them.  Aspartame has a toxic chemical that changes the brain’s chemistry, even causing seizures. This chemical changes the dopamine level in the brain. This is why aspartame is extremely poisonous.  It is classed in the same group as Cyanide, arsenic and formaldehyde.


Sugar free foods may sound great on paper - but they can be deadly off it!


Fire up your belly

There is nothing worse than going to bed with an upset stomach. The night's sleep is usually atrocious and you wake up the next day feeling pretty average.
A hot tip, literally, is placing a heat pack (or hot water bottle) on your stomach an hour or so before bed and when you go to sleep.
This will help to alleviate discomfort and edge along digestion.
In fact, nights with a heat pack on your belly can be quite dreamy indeed!