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Which Herb Should I Try for...

One of the questions I am asked often is something like, “Which of your wellness teas should I drink for condition X ?” where X is whatever is highest of the person’s personal health concerns.  I try my best to answer (always bearing in mind that I am not a doctor and there are a lot of you asking) but the answer is not always clear-cut because most wellness herbs have more than one benefit and synergistic effects. This is one of the reasons I’m not...

Oh Hibiscus! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.. hot, cold, spicy and tipsy!

By far the most frequently asked question about our new Organic Hibiscus Flower Tea is, “How do I prepare this stuff?” So I thought I’d send a few recipes your way. Don’t be limited by these suggestions. Use this as a jumping off point for your own culinary creations. The Basic: Hot Tea: Put 2 or 3 whole dried blossoms in a teapot with filter. Add 8 ounces of boiling (or near boiling) water. Steep for 5-10 minutes. WARNING :) This will be very sour....

Dried White Mulberry Granola

I think our organic dried white mulberries are pretty awesome just as they are.  (You can read more about why I think they make such a great snack and grab a 30% discount here.)   But recently, I found this Mulberry Granola Recipe on the website “Elana’s Pantry” and I can’t seem to get enough of it. My body seems to be telling me I need this. Not only is it super-tasty but virtually every ingredient is a superfood, including; dried white mulberries, walnuts, cinnamon...

The Obesity Paradox

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 65% of Americans are overweight or obese. The CDC has declared this an “epidemic”. Research shows there is cause for concern. If you are overweight you have a 150% - 200% greater chance of premature death. But wait! What about the obesity paradox? Obesity Paradox is the media friendly term for something called, reverse epidemiology. In short it is the result of epidemiological research indicating that people classified as overweight or obese actually have a lower...

The Longevity Diet

A new Article in the July issue of the research journal, Cell Metabolism has human longevity researchers excited. The Thought Process Behind the Study: Researchers at the Longevity Institute at The University of Southern California observed that alternating nutrient rich diet with fasting extended the life spans of some microorganism. Prior research has established that fasting in humans promotes metabolic and cellular changes that reduce oxidative damage and inflammation, optimize energy metabolism and enhance cellular protection. Furthermore intermittent fasting has beneficial effects on insulin, glucose,...

Top Ten Reasons BMI Is Useless

10. Only Valid If You Happen to Be A 19th Century Belgian The Body Max Index (BMI) formula widely used today was formulated 200 hundred years ago by Belgian mathematician Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet. He was tasked by his government to devise a formula to describe the statistical distribution of obesity in the Belgian population at that time. In other words, he took a bunch of data and came up with an equation to fit that specific data. It was, perhaps, useful for those people...

Exercise Your Diabetes Away

This week, as I tried to decide how to wrap up my current series of blog post on diabetes and blood sugar, I ran onto a new research paper in the International Journal of Endocrinology on the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Diabetes and in it they summarized recent research specifically about tai chi and diabetes. I couldn’t miss this opportunity to talk about one of my favorite topics. My first job after my academic studies was with AT&T Bell Laboratories. At the time...

Top 10 Foods for Diabetics

Top 10 Foods For Diabetics Earlier this week I blogged about the benefits of green tea for Type 2 Diabetes. The research that prompted me to make this post was a recent article in The Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants on three traditional natural remedies for diabetes, cinnamon, green tea and bitter melon. I focused mostly on green tea and added in my two cents worth on white mulberry tea and green tea as a synergistic approach. This blog prompted a bunch of emails,...

The Origins of Integra Tea (Part 5) - A Tea Is Born!

A Tea is Born I’ve owned a tea company for 9 years now. For all of those nine years I’ve only sold three teas, Gynostemma, Mulberry and Oolong. As a scientist, I wish I could say that I chose those scientifically after years of dedicated research But that’s not what happened. I’d been introduced to gynostemma by a friend while on vacation in Thailand. After feeling the effects of gynostemma on my own body I decided to build a tea company to bring gynostemma into wider circulation...

The Origins of Integra Tea (Part 3) - It's all about the physics, Baby! - Hysteresis

Last time we talked about the 3 physics laws at work behind aging and many illnesses. Today we take a look at the second on our list, hysteresis.  Hysteresis is a physics principle that says that for (virtually) all systems and substances you cannot predict future behavior without knowing information about the past. In short, systems and materials have memory and what they do in the future is affected by what has happened to them in the past. You don’t have to understand the physics...