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Become A Tea Aficionado

There are many reasons for becoming a tea aficionado. You might have some English friends that you want to impress with your newly learned extensive knowledge. You might be thinking of becoming a natural healer and want to include herbal teas in your repertoire. Maybe you think that every body needs to be an expert on something, so why not tea? Or, maybe you just want all your friends to know to buy you fancy tea sets on your birthday.

All kidding aside, tea has been associated with about every health benefit under the sun, from lowering risk of heart disease to cancer prevention and, if that isn’t a good enough reason to become a tea connoisseur, what is? Let’s take a look at how you can increase your experteas.

Woman with tea
Know Your Tea
There four main types of tea are white, green, black and oolong, here’s a little bit of information about each one.

White Tea
The least oxidized and processed of all the teas, white tea also contains the least caffeine and most antioxidants.

Green Tea
Green tea is steamed after it is harvested; this gives it its distinctive flavor and slightly more caffeine than white tea.

Black Tea
The most processed of the teas, black tea has the highest caffeine content, strong flavor and fewer antioxidants.

Woman with green tea
Oolong
With a caffeine content somewhere between that of green and black tea, oolong tea is a favorite among connoisseurs and features rolled or twisted leaves for a distinct appearance.

Tasting Tea
Lalith Lenadora is the East India Company’s chief taster. He says, to properly taste tea, “Take a small sip and let it cover the tip of your tongue. Then take a second sip and taste it with the back of your tongue. Now your taste buds are all awake as you take a third sip.” He also recommends that you slurp your tea to mix in air, however, you may want to avoid this at parties and social gatherings.

Appreciating Quality
While many big brand teas use machines to pick their tea leaves, others pick by hand to ensure the crop consists only of the bud and top two leaves of the tea bushes, which is as it should be. If you are going to become a tea aficionado, pay attention to where the tea comes from, how it is produced and whether or not the grower is getting a fair price.

Appreciating Variety
The flavor of tea is affected by the climate, soil and weather conditions in the region and year in which the crop is grown and the time of year in which it is harvested. The harvesting and blending will also have an impact on the taste. As Lenadora says, “You could probably try a different type of tea every day for the rest of your life and never run out of options.

Of course, after all this, you must find “your tea”. Let us know how you “found your tea” or maybe how you plan to. We want to hear all of your tea encounters! Let us know!

Food For Collagen Building

You are what you eat. When it comes to skin and beauty, what you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto your body. Changing your diet can have impressive effects on your skin. As you age, your body naturally slows down the production of collagen, a protein responsible for keeping skin healthy, plump and young-looking. To combat the natural aging process, try adding the following five foods that help build collagen to your diet.

Red peppers.

Red Vegetables
Experts recommend consuming red vegetables for collagen building due to the lycopene contained within. Brooke Alpert, a New York based nutritionist, says “lycopene acts as a natural sunblock, protecting the skin from damage while increasing collagen levels.” A study published in the British Society for Investigative Dermatology reports similar findings. Subjects of the study who consumed tomato paste had 33% more protection from sun damage than a control group of participants. If tomatoes aren’t your thing, pick up other red vegetables like sweet red peppers, chili peppers or beets.

Salmon with herbs and lemons

Fish
“Fish like tuna and salmon are loaded with omega-3 fatty acid,” Alpert says. This benefits your skin, and collagen function, because cells are protected by a fatty membrane that surrounds them. With this fatty membrane in place, cells function properly and are able to fully support the skin structure. Aim to eat fish two to three nights per week to get your omega-3 fatty acids. Another excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids is walnuts, so you may want to keep those on hand for quick and healthy snacking.

Kale

Dark Green Vegetables
Dark green vegetables such as kale and spinach can help boost your collagen production. Orlando dermatologist, Dr. Dimitry Palceski, states “vitamin C has antioxidizing properties that stabilize the messenger enzymes that break down collagen. It also protects against free radicals to prevent weak collagen.” It’s quite easy to incorporate more dark green vegetables into your diet. Swap iceberg lettuce for more nutritious alternatives such as romaine, butterhead and arugula lettuces.

Soy

Soy
Soy contains plant hormones that serve as antioxidants known as genistein. Genistein helps to block enzymes that are harmful to collagen as well as prompting the production of collagen. Another reason to enjoy soy for great skin is the plant-derived compound isoflavones. A specific form of isoflavones called aglycones lessen visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Tofu and tempeh are excellent sources of soy, and tempeh has tons of protein. However, you don’t have to love tofu to get soy in your diet. Substitute your regular or chocolate milk for soy milk or try a soy-based cheese on your next pizza.

White tea.

White Tea
You know that drinking green tea has some great health benefits, including some for your skin, but you might want to swap your green tea for white tea to help build collagen. A Kingston University London study looked at green tea skin benefits and white tea skin benefits and the data showed that white tea is estimated to have three to six times the amount of green tea when it comes to protecting the skin’s matrix. White tea is thought to protect the structural proteins of the skin, collagen included. Additionally, white tea adds antioxidant benefits that fight free radical damage.

Eating a well-rounded diet full of vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients may dramatically improve your skin from the inside out. When you incorporate the proper ingredients into your diet, your skin will reflect these healthy changes and become clearer, stronger and more radiant. The next time you take a trip to your grocery store, load up on these foods to protect your skin and help build collagen.