Wednesday, July 23, 2014

watch your tea, if anemic!


Have you noticed I have not been posting much lately?  I have not had the energy to do so for a few weeks.  I could not figure out what was wrong with me.  Why I was short of breath- even while working out 3-4 times a week.  Why was I having trouble remembering things?  Why was all sorts of things happening I could not explain.  Well, I found out I was anemic.  Your blood level is to be between a 12-16 and mine was at a 9.  I was told by a nurse friend of mine to avoid tea- she said that the tannins in tea rob you of your iron.  So, I avoided most teas, sticking with just herbal tea.  Just to be sure nothing was wrong I had to do an upper and lower scope.  Praise God all is good.  But, a reminder that even though I think tea is the best thing ever, if you have low iron you should watch your intake.


I found this on line:
Question: Does Herbal Tea Interfere With Iron Absorption?
I've heard that drinking black tea with meals may have an effect on iron absorption. Does drinking herbal tea (chamomile, anise, green mint, etc.) with meals have the same effect?
Answer: Black tea, green tea, and oolong tea naturally contain compounds called tannins. Tannins give tea their color and characteristic astringent taste.
Tannins can also inhibit the absorption of iron, however, especially iron from plant sources, such as peas, beans, nuts, leafy green vegetables, enriched pastas and breads, and fortified cereals. Plant sources of iron are called non-heme iron.
The absorption of iron from animal sources, such as red and dark meat, is generally not affected by tannins.
Herbal teas often contain tannins, which means they could partially reduce the absorption of non-heme iron if it's taken together with a meal. A cup of chamomile tea or peppermint tea contains far fewer tannins, however, than a cup of black tea.
Adding lemon, which is rich in vitamin C, may partially counteract this effect.
You may notice that the longer you leave a teabag in water, whether it's black tea or herbal tea, the more of an astringent, bitter taste it takes on due to the tannins. Being careful not to oversteep tea by immediately removing the tea bag or leaves after steeping can reduce the amount of tannins in tea.
But keep in mind that unless a person has iron-deficiency anemia or does not eat meat, one cup of herbal tea is often acceptable.



http://altmedicine.about.com/od/drcathywongsanswers/f/teairon.htm

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wild Ginger Jasmine Tea




I took my cousin out to celebrate her 15th birthday!!!  She has been coming over and hanging out with me since she was 4!!!  As you can see we enjoyed tea parties back then too.

We went and got her nails done and then went for sushi.  I love sushi. And what is good with sushi?  JASMINE TEA!!!

Wild Ginger in Wooster has half price sushi on Tuesday nights, starting at 5pm.  Their sushi is one of the best around.  I also really enjoyed the jasmine tea.  It was the first time I had used a press with the tea.  I enjoyed playing around with that too.  The cups that you drink from are super small- but it worked out ok.  I also blew out the candle under the tea pot because it was getting way too hot...and you don't want your green tea to get too hot.  It was a very fun evening.  The tea was a little pricey I thought, around $3.00. But, it was a fun experience and the sushi WAS half price so it made up for the pricey tea. 

Wild Ginger China Bistro

3694 Burbank Rd, Wooster OH 44691 Today's hours: 11:00 am-9:00 pm (330) 345-6388