9 Teas You Can Add To Your Diet Today

9 Teas You Can Add To Your Diet Today

Here's the addition to your lifestyle you never knew you needed.

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In the age-old debate between coffee and tea, I'll take a cup of green tea any day. It's both relaxing and energizing, and if that sounds like an oxymoron, then so be it. I've recently started making a cup of Chai Green Tea and honey a regular part of my evening routine.

This small addition to my day has helped me relax, sleep better and wake up easier. Interestingly enough, it's also sped up my weight loss goals, even if by a little.

It's difficult to find anything that's healthy for you and delicious, but this beverage makes enjoyment a realistic goal. Between being rich in antioxidants, aiding in burning fat, increasing metabolism, and improving heart healthiness, it's hard to be steered wrong.

Of course, as with anything, there are ways to make it unhealthy. It can be challenging finding the right tea for you and your health, so I've decided to start you off with a list of teas to kick-start your journey.

1. Chai Green Tea

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Not only is this tea delicious, but it also tastes a bit like Christmas. A perfect blend of black tea, herbs and spices, its origins can be traced back to India. It has amazing antioxidants, improves digestion and your immune system, and fights inflammation. What does antioxidants even mean, you may ask? In a nutshell—it has anti-cancer properties, fighting to keep your body as healthy as possible.

Add a couple spoonfuls of honey, and you're all set.

2. Matcha Green Tea

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I'm sure you're sensing a theme by now. Green tea is arguably the healthiest tea you can drink. Add Matcha powder to the mix (pun intended), and you've just created a dynamic duo for yourself. It's important to note that best results occur with a healthy diet and exercise.

3. Chamomile Tea

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Having trouble sleeping? Are you stressed or experiencing uncomfortable premenstrual symptoms? Chamomile can help with this, particularly those with Type II diabetes.

4. Ginger Tea

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The tea that gives you the kick you need, but in a nice way.

5. Peppermint Tea

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Peppermint in general is a fantastic beverage for digestion, but it also contains a load of antioxidants and nausea-fighting properties. It's perfect if your stomach is upset or you're suffering from anxiety.

6. White Tea

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This is another tea that I'm personally adding to my list of things to try. It's light, and you can drink it at any time of the day. It has a higher antioxidant count and lower calories and caffeine—perfect if you're looking for a non-caffeinated pick-me-up. Benefits include reducing the risk of tooth decay, increased heart healthiness, cancer-fighting properties, skin protection, and it aids in weight loss.

7. Black Tea

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Black tea is great for your digestive track and bone density. This drink enhances energy by increasing blood flow to the brain. Choosing a specific tea for yourself is more a matter of taste than anything else since they all contain roughly the same benefits. More benefits include decreasing chances of a stroke and arthritis, as well as relieving stress. Anyone can benefit from drinking it.

8. Rooibos Tea

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Rooibos is a new name for me, but it's another I'm adding to my "try" list. It helps with skin conditions such as eczema, alleviates muscle soreness and insomnia, and aids in hypertension.

9. Oolong Tea

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This delicious looking tea is great for cancer prevention, weight management and your health overall. It's also a great way to boost your metabolism and help make your skin look healthier!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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An Incurable Disease Doesn't Change The Love I Have For You

Because one day the one you love the most is fine and the next day they're not, it causes devastation you never truly recover from.

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Loving someone with an incurable disease is the most emotionally straining thing I have ever experienced.

My significant other and I have been together for almost six years. During the summer of 2018, we all noticed the significant changes he was going through. He had lost around fifty pounds and had a lack of appetite. We had figured something was going on, however, we didn't realize it was anything serious.

Fast forward to the Fall semester of 2018. I had visited my boyfriend and we had expressed certain concerns, such as, through the night I would try and get him to stop uncontrollably itching his legs to the point of bleeding, or that he was looking a little yellow and was exhausted all the time. After seeing his sister in November, while I was at school, she pleaded with him to go to urgent care because he did not look good. He was yellow, exhausted, and very sickly looking. We didn't realize that the urgent care visit would be the precedent of the rest of our lives.

After coming home for Thanksgiving and spending a week straight in the hospital with him, it finally set in that something was not right. Between all the vomit, getting moved for testing, the weakness, the constant calling for medications because the pain was so severe, and the almost month-long stay in the hospital, it hit me full force that something was really wrong. Words will never truly describe the emotions I was feeling, or the burden of my thoughts that I felt were too selfish to pass on anyone, so I kept them to myself.

When we finally got the diagnosis, we were surprised. PSC, otherwise known as Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, is an incurable liver disease that affects the bile ducts which become scarred and inflamed, more likely than not lead to cirrhosis and an inevitable transplant. There was no cure, rather the only solution was a liver transplant, and even then the disease can be recurring.

I was thinking selfishly. I was torn in two. What would our future look like? Could we have children? Could we ever do the things we used to?

Loving someone with an incurable disease is a mix of emotions. There is a constant fear in the back of my mind that he is going to wake up in intense pain and have to be rushed to the hospital. There is a constant fear of every time waiting for the bi-weekly blood test results to come back, in fear that his Bilirubin spiked again or he is undergoing a flare up and needs to be hospitalized. There is a constant anxiety that one day he's going to be fine, and the next day he won't be. Even the simple things, such as laying beside one another, was a constant fear I had, due to the pain he was in every day. What if I hit him in my sleep on accident? What if I accidentally hugged a little too tightly and caused him pain?

Loving someone with an incurable disease can be a fluctuation of emotions, however, he makes it worth it.

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