Despite the relentless rise of Ireland’s coffee culture, we are still the second-largest consumers of tea in the world.Alongside an increase in the popularity of wellness products, the global functional foods market was estimated at $161.5bn last year; and the demand for green teas and herbal infusions is on the rise. A recent convert to healthy beverages, Rosalind Beere was a Diet Coke “addict” for 20 years, relying on caffeine and sugar for her to keep up with her busy lifestyle of children, work, and studying for a PhD.A turning point came four years ago, when she was knocked down by a drunk-driver. Her back was injured. “I couldn’t walk or exercise, so I knew my whole lifestyle had to change.”Ms Beere was aware of the health benefits of green tea, but she hated the taste. So, she began experimenting with loose-leaf teas in her kitchen, initially adding mint to gunpowder green tea to create a drink that she hoped would give her a … [Read more...] about Fast food heiress opts for herbal teas over taco kebabs
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ATTENTION brew-lovers, did you know there's a day dedicated to the nation’s favourite drink? Well, there is - and its April 21. But how did the day come about? And what's the best way to make a cup of tea? Here's all you need to know... When is National Tea Day 2019? The highlight of the year for tea lovers takes place on April 21. National Tea Day takes place every year and was founded by brew enthusiasts who wanted to create a platform to promote brands for taste and ethical practices. Last year #Nationalteaday was one of the top hashtags on Twitter with a number of celebrities getting in on the action. How do you make the perfect cup of tea? Everyone has a personal preference when it comes to making the perfect cuppa, but this is a good place to start: Draw a kettle using freshly drawn cold water which enhances the brightness in the cup Be careful to not over boil the water (note: black tea brews best at boiling point) Pop a tea bag or tea leaves in your mug and pour the hot … [Read more...] about When is National Tea Day 2019 and how do you make the perfect cup of tea?
KIDS could be banned from buying tea and coffee because of its high caffeine content, a government report reveals. Ministers may also force firms to include large health warnings on packs of teabags and coffee beans. Excessive caffeine consumption amongst children has been linked to anxiety, sleep disruption and hyperactivity. But most of the focus has been on energy drinks, which are popular with youngsters and laced with caffeine and sugar. Coffee contains around 400mg of caffeine per litre, energy drinks 320mg and black tea 200mg. Products containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre must include a warning but tea and coffee are currently exempt. The Department of Health consulted last year on plans to ban the sale of energy drinks to children, with the result expected later this year. Now a new document shows the ban could be extended to other caffeinated products. The revelation is made in the Department of Health’s response to a Commons Science Committee report on … [Read more...] about Kids could be banned from buying tea and coffee as ‘high caffeine consumption is linked to anxiety and hyperactivity’
Our lifestyles impact on every area of our health, with 40% of all deaths caused by everyday habits and behaviours, according to Public Health England. Here Michele O’Connor explores some simple but effective steps you can take to prevent common conditions Heart disease ■ Stand up: For each hour a day that we spend sitting down during our lifetime, the likelihood of developing heart disease goes up by 14%, say scientists from the Medical College of Wisconsin, US. Walk while you ■ See a hygienist regularly: Neglecting dental health can be a significant risk factor for heart disease. Harmful oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream, increasing the risk of inflammatory effects elsewhere. Research suggests that having your teeth professionally cleaned annually can reduce the risk of heart attacks by 24%. ■ Eat an apple a day: Oxford University researchers found eating just one piece of fruit each day lowered the risk of a heart attack (or stroke) by one third over … [Read more...] about Simple steps you can take to help prevent eight common health conditions
THE eyes may be the window to the soul, but the face can reveal many hidden secrets about a person’s health. From yellow patches around the eyes to thread veins and acne, there are many tell-tale signs that can uncover the inner workings of your body. Dr Anton Alexandroff, a consultant dermatologist and spokesman for the British Skin Foundation, says there are a number of warnings to watch for in the mirror. He explains: “Your face may give away many secrets about your overall health.” He tells Lynsey Hope what you should look for.Pale skin What it means – ANAEMIA: A pale or greyish complexion could be a sign of iron deficiency. Dr Alexandroff says: “Insufficient blood reaches the skin, causing it to look pale. It is thought to affect millions of people in the UK.” Make sure you eat red meat twice a week to build up iron in the body. Lentils, beans, pulses and leafy green vegetables such as spinach are also good sources. Acne What it means – … [Read more...] about How acne, yellow eyes and scaly patches can reveal diseases including jaundice and kidney problems