Time for Tea

It’s almost the end of October. Soon, it’ll be time to turn on the heat and pull out our sweaters and coats. When it gets cold or if I’m under the weather, a cup of hot tea always makes me feel better. Various types of tea, whether it’s black, chamomile, green, or another variety, has its benefits.

  1. Black Tea. With a little honey and lemon added, black tea is soothing for a sore throat. Also, many Asian dishes have tea incorporated into them to enhance color and flavor (National Geographic). Also, black tea can boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, and control diabetes. Organic black teas are always a great choice.
  2. Green Tea. You can use green tea for cooking as well to enhance the flavor of food, like shrimp or rice. It also works as an antioxidant, lower cholesterol levels, burn fat, control diabetes, and reduce inflammation in the joints and digestive tract.
  3. Lemongrass tea. If you like lemon, this is very soothing for your stomach and helps to fight cancer.
  4. Herbal tea. Herbal teas do not contain caffeine. When you go to an upscale spa, they have a variety of these teas available. The idea is to relax. A cup of chamomile tea before bedtime will help you sleep.

If you drink at least one of the teas mentioned above, you should see a difference in your health.

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An Alkaline Body pH can prevent a Host of Diseases

From General Chemistry, you learn about pH and its scale. All acidic substances have a pH ranging from 0-6; alkaline or basic substances have a pH ranging from 8-14. Neutral pH is 7, which is that of water. Your blood pH is typically ranges from 7.3 to 7.4.

For those of you that aren’t a science geek like me, you just need to know that body pH affects your overall health. In 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Peace prize for his cancer research.   Normal cells take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. According to Warburg’s research, cancer cells ferment sugar instead, which makes an acidic environment. If you can avoid or at least reduce certain foods, beverages, or other toxic behaviors that cause an acidic pH, you can reduce your risk for cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses. Here is a list of things to try:

  1. Keep alcohol to a minimum. Alcohol is toxic to your liver in large amounts in addition to being addictive. However, drinking red wine does have benefits. In some cultures, they drink wine with every meal. For instance, in the early 1990s, French researchers reported the “French paradox”; the French eat a diet high in saturated fat yet have a very low incidence of cardiovascular disease (National Geographic). Drinking one or two glasses of red wine per day can reduce the risk of heart disease. Remember, everything in moderation.
  2. Stop drinking soda. I’ve stressed this in the majority of my posts. One of the ingredients listed for soda is phosphoric acid, obviously a culprit. See my post on Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda-Regular and Diet.
  3. Watch stress levels. Stress creates negative energy; therefore, your body is going to reactive negatively.
  4. Eat leafy, green vegetables, cooked and raw. Green vegetables are a good source of fiber and help eliminate carcinogens from our body. Eating one or two large salads most days can help the body heal itself. When you get bored with salad, try adding pomegranate seeds or red peppers (sweet or roasted) to them. Pomegranate seeds are very tasty and contain antioxidants that can help lower blood pressure.
  5. Watch caffeine levels. I’ve already discussed soda. I’ll admit that I love coffee, but I only drink one cup a day if at all. Too much caffeine can make you irritable and jumpy.
  6. Drink green tea. Green tea contains antioxidants and helps with weight loss. It is very soothing and calms you when you drink it hot. Choose a brand that you like. You can never go wrong with organic.
  7. Stop smoking. This is a given. I haven’t heard any benefits coming out of it.
  8. Avoid high fructose corn syrup. This is found in almost everything from ketchup, soda, BBQ sauce, and the like. Be sure to read food labels. This is designed for us to become fat and addicted to certain types of food.
  9. Reduce your consumption of processed and fast foods. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I don’t see long lines at the McDonald’s drive-thru like in the past. In a world of busyness, these are the things that we run to because it’s quick. A cheeseburger and fries is delicious when you cook it yourself or from a trusted restaurant. You know that the meat is hormone-free.
  10. Stay hydrated. Make sure you drink 8-10 glasses of water per day to prevent dehydration, for clear skin, and to keep bowel functions regular. I prefer spring or filtered water. Tap water contains chemicals like chlorine and fluoride, which you don’t want to drink.

Trying a few if not all of these suggestions should make a difference in your overall health. I lost 25 lbs. over time. When I learn techniques that work, I share that information with others.

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You Told Me That I Had Cancer

Since 2009, I’ve had thyroid nodules. Before that, doctors always thought that there were problems with my thyroid function because of my big eyes and skinny frame at that particular time. My thyroid function is normal. Thyroid nodules typically are not cancerous, but you are closely monitored. They can affect your breathing and your ability to talk and swallow. I didn’t have symptoms, but I can look at my neck and see the changes in size. Surgery would be too drastic unless there was a real need.

I’m sharing my story to encourage those that may be going through a similar situation with their health. Each year, I either have a biopsy or a thyroid ultrasound as a way to check for any changes. Last month, I scheduled a thyroid ultrasound and my routine mammogram on the same day. There weren’t any issues with that. I was only there for an hour or so.  The next morning, 6:30 am to be exact, I get a call from my doctor’s office saying that the doctor wants to see me that day or the next day.

At 10:00 am, I’m at my doctor’s office. I knew that he was either going to tell me about the ultrasound or the mammogram. This is my primary care doctor. When he walks in, he tells me that he has bad news and that it’s CANCER. I’m speechless to say the least. He tells me that there’s nothing to worry about and that this type of cancer is curable; I would need to have surgery. He also said that it might not be cancer, but the radiologist  was pretty confident that it was since the left nodule doubled in size. Before I left the office, I took a copy of my results with me.

I had an appointment with my Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist that Friday. When he saw the report, he said that it might not be cancer; I had to be positive. He referred me to a very reputable cytopathologist for a biopsy. She was able to see me that following Monday afternoon. She performed another ultrasound before doing the biopsy. Since 2009, I’ve had three of them, so I knew what to expect with the procedure.

Yesterday, I followed up with my ENT. Because of my strong faith, I was not worried about my results. My biopsy was benign, which means that I DO NOT HAVE CANCER! Of course, they will continue to monitor me, but I’m fine. By the way, my mammogram results were normal. I have family members that have been diagnosed with breast cancer, so I take that test very seriously.  I do my best to take care of my body, physically and mentally. We live in a time where we need to be mindful of everything going on around us. Doctors aren’t always right.  I never took life for granted; I will get the most out of life that I can.