Tea Baggin’ with The Vegan Project

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All of us “socialites” here at The Vegan Project are admitted caffeine addicts.  In fact, as this very moment in blog writing history, Bridget and I (Sam) are enjoying a delicious cup of coffee at a quaint, west end coffee shop.  Espressos, dark chocolate mochas, soy americanos, almond milk lattes, matcha, black, herbal or green tea– you name it, we’re all over it.

As you can imagine, we were especially excited to receive a variety of organic teas from our friends at Traditional Medicinals: the godfather of medicinal tea here in Canada!

It was perfect timing for me especially because I’m back in the (hungry & miserable) depths of my next fitness competition prep.

Year-round, I tout the benefits of drinking tea but even more so during this 15 week “leaning out” period.  Tea is such a great beverage option for those counting calories in addition to the many health benefits it provides!

Did you know that green tea has a really high concentration of antioxidants which help to prevent the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic AND colon cancers?  It also prevents the clogging of arteries, burns fat, counteracts oxidative stress on the brain, reduces the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases AND improves cholesterol levels!

Black tea, for comparison sake, has the highest caffeine content (for those seeking a “morning coffee” substitute) and studies show it may also protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke and reduce risk of stroke.

I’d also like to make special mention of “Roasted Dandelion Root Tea,”— something I’ve been a huge advocate of since getting into bodybuilding and fitness competing.

In a previous post, I talked about the natural diuretic properties of asparagus.  In a nut shell, asparagus gets rid of bloating because it contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine.  This wonder amino not only helps to flush out the fluids that cause water retention but it helps rid the body of excess salts too.  And yup, dandelion root tea has similar diuretic properties!

Dandelion leaves have been found to produce a mild diuretic effect, which means it’s great for people who suffer from mild fluid retention, especially women who suffer from those good ol’ PMS-related “I’m-fat-bloated-and-disgusting” symptoms.  This is a real Dr. Shorkey medical term of course 😉

Dandelion root also provides vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin B complex, as well as zinc, iron and potassium.  Because of its iron content, it is widely used as a remedy for liver ailments, and as I mentioned earlier, its’ diuretic effect helps rid the liver of toxins.

Drinking it in tea form really helps your body’s natural detoxification process by helping your body break down fats during digestion and carry away waste.  And here, poor dandelions get such a bad rap for making an appearance on lawns and gardens.  I for one, am a fan.  And on that note, HAPPY SPRING!!!!!  The sunshine has finally arrived here in Vancouver!  Time for this vegan to go outside and enjoy it!

– The Vegan Project

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