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HELPS tea review

Having trouble sleeping? Relax and sip a cup of HELPS tea!

Helps teas are specifically made to aid in certain health-related issues  such as: trouble sleeping, digestive help, and low-sugar diets. I was very excited in reviewing this product, as i had never heard of HELPS teas prior to this review and enjoy finding new teas to try.

This tea line has been around since 1959 with a commitment to quality, and it definitely shows when you sip their teas. HELPS teas are natural and don’t contain any artificial colors or preservatives. Learn more about their products by checking out their site at HELPS teas.

My teas arrived in the mail, neatly packed and within a week of my order confirmation. I received six boxes of teas which included: organic R&R, organic easy digestion, breathe, for low sugar diets, make it easy, and organic green tea. I decided to try almost all the teas, so I could provide a thorough review. Check out my experience with each tea below, and share your opinion on this innovative drink in the comments section.

HELPS organic R&R

A typical day at work leaves most people drained, especially Mondays. There is something about Mondays that make it the toughest day of the week. Which is why i would recommend HELPS organic R&R to find it’s way into your life! Rest and relax goes hand in hand, but sometimes is easier said than done. Whether it’s from a hectic work schedule or living a busy life in general, this tea is the perfect remedy to forget the stress and just relax.

The ingredients in R&R are lemon balm leaf and passionflower, with a 100% organic promise. It’s always nice seeing a short list of ingredients on something you ingest, and even better when you can actually pronounce what’s in it! The lemon balm in R&R gives this tea a nice crisp taste, and definitely helped in catching some Z’s. Great option if you are having trouble falling asleep, or just want an aid in relaxing. This tea is the perfect ending to a long-stressful day, and even better when paired with a nice warm bath prior to drinking it!

Helps breathe

I was pretty excited about trying breathe after i read it’s benefits. It’s designed to strengthen your immune system and help respiratory function, as well as aid in sinus issues. I hate sinus infections and related symptoms. Nothing is worse than feeling clogged sinuses and the energy-draining feel/aches that follow.

The ingredients found in Breathe are: organic thyme, eucalyptus leaf, propietary blend, organic mint and linden. Mint teas are my favorite, and i found Breathe to be a nice minty blend! The eucalyptus and organic mint mixed in perfect harmony. Breathe’s taste and scent made it one of my favorite’s of the HELPS line.

HELPS organic easy digestion

Have uncomfortable bloating or stomach problems?  Why not try a cup of tea! Easy digestion is said to support your digestive system and help rid of such problems. It’s also said to have calming and relaxing effects. The ingredients found in easy digestion are organic chamomille, anise and mint.

Another mint-tea treat for me! The taste was subtle, yet still good. I did feel a bit sleepy after this tea, most likely from the chamomille. I didn’t notice a positive or negative effect on my digestive system, but i normally don’t have too many issues with this. I did have a cup after a very heavy/greasy meal, and i noticed it helped tame that bloated uncomfortable feeling.

HELPS organic tea leaves

Organic green tea leaves has dried green tea and spearmint leaves and is said to be great for your skin. Green tea is perhaps one of the most popular teas, as it’s said to help eliminate toxins and keep skin looking youthful.

I love the fact this tea is a mix of green tea and spearmint. Once brewed, it has a subtle hint of the spearmint taste so it’s not overpowering. The spearmint punch adds a refreshing feel to this green tea. I enjoyed this tea very much, and if you love green tea you gotta try this one!

HELPS make it easy

Make it easy can be used to alleviate occassional constipation. Ingredients found in this tea are: senna leaf and fruit, propietary blend, anise, lemon balm, mint, and licorice root.

I didn’t need help with this issue, but wanted to try the tea so i could comment on the taste and any effects i felt. The lemon and mint were the flavors I tasted most, which is a plus for me. I had a cup of this tea late at night, and noticed a relaxed feeling a few minutes after drinking it. I also started feeling sleepy, and had a pretty restful night. I’m not used to sleeping before 1am and occassionally have trouble staying asleep, so this tea will definitely come in handy with that. Unfortunately, i wasn’t having stomach issues around the time i had this tea, but will definitely reach for it if needed.

HELPS for low sugar diets

This tea has a combination of bilberry, elder, juniper, propietary blend, orange and sweet leaf. It’s sugar-free and may be a good source in maintaining blood sugar levels.

For low sugar diets is the only tea i didn’t taste. Instead, I decided to give it to my mom for my dad. He has diabetes and i figured this would be a great tea for him, since his diet and tea-drinking options are limited.

Overall, I enjoyed doing taste tests on this tea line and am glad HELPS tea reached out to me for this opportunity. It’s great knowing exactly what goes into something you drink, and even better when those ingredients are specifically chosen to aid in certain health issues. HELPS teas also has a children’s line which doesn’t have any artificial color, preservatives, or added sugar. You can find more information about their kid’s tea line and their regular HELPS teas at Helpsteas.com or purchase a box and try them out for yourself here!

Have you tried HELPS teas?! How did you like it? Did it help with any health discomfort/issue you were having?

Tips for preventing stress

Have you ever felt your heart beat faster than normal, an uncontrollable shaky feeling, hot and cold at once, sick to your stomach, and an unbearable amount of worries…

Chances are you live a fast-paced life or deal with a lot of stress. Stress is a normal part of life but too much can be dangerous for your health.  A great amount of stress can weaken your immune system, fill you with rage, and make you a victim of anxiety. Anxiety is a source of fear. Life is pretty stressful and some anxiety is not a bad thing for most people. But when it gets overwhelming it can become a problem that might affect your mood, health, and even prevent you from doing everyday things. Stress that’s not dealt with correctly can lead to chronic stress, which will definitely take a toll on your body and overall health.

There are many things you can do to prevent stress from taking over your life…

1. Breathe.

Sometimes you just have to stop worrying about the world and take a moment to breathe. Take 5 minutes a day to close your eyes, inhale deep through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Deep breaths send oxygen to your brain and cause a relaxed feeling throughout your body.

2. Vent.

Find someone you feel comfortable talking with whether it’s a family member, a friend or life partner and just let it all out. Sometimes talking about whatever your source of stress is can be enough to stop worrying and move past it. Sometimes people hate sharing their worries or fears with others so they hire someone to listen, that’s why therapists are still in business.

3. Meditate.

Meditation is pretty much a way to stop concentrating so much about everyday situations you can’t control and let positive energy flow through your body. It takes great practice to completely clear your mind and let energy flow, but there’s many websites and resources to help you out. Yoga is also great technique to help with breathing and concentration.

4. Go for a run.

Exercise helps reduce your blood pressure, which can become elevated with overwhelming stress. Your heart is a muscle, when you workout your heart needs to pump blood faster to help increase your oxygen intake. Not eating too much sugar and processed food can also help reduce stress.

5. Be thankful.

If you’re dealing with a lot of stress at work, school or any situation it might be difficult to slow down and forget your stress factors. It’s a good tip to think of at least one thing your thankful for every day. Being alive is something no one should take for granted. It also helps to realize there’s well over six billion people populating our earth, which means there’s someone out there with worse problems than your own…

Got any tips for dealing with stress you’d like to share? Comment below 🙂

Kawasaki disease

Have you heard about Kawasaki disease yet?

Most people probably aren’t well aware of the severity  this disease can cause in children. I had no idea this disease even existed until a few years ago. A previous article , Kawasaki disease awareness , gives a quick overview of symptoms, complications, and resources associated with this disease, as well as a brief summary on the Kawasaki symposium 09 held in San Diego, CA.

Kawasaki disease is very serious and can lead to death if not treated in time. Raising awareness is a great solution to solving that issue. THE FACES OF KD does just that. It provides great information on this disease, offers a place for those affected by it to share their stories, shares resources, and ways to contribute towards research on this scary disease. Stay updated  and check out the website for information , events, contests and a forum on all Kawasaki -related topics.

Know someone who has been affected by this mysterious illness? Share the knowledge and recommend The Faces of KD!

What is diabetes?

Diabetes has turned into an increasingly common illness affecting  both men and women.
But do you really know what it is? How it’s caused? Or even why it happens? This article is meant to educate you on this very serious illness which requires a complete change of lifestyle.

Diabetes doesn’t discriminate. Men, women, and children are at risk of getting it, and chances are increased when someone in your family has it. Diabetes occurs when your body is unable to produce insulin naturally and it affects your blood glucose levels. Insulin is a hormone that is naturally created in your body and helps to regulate how your metabolism works as well as other body functions. There are three types of diabetes which can affect different people. Type 1, which is usually diagnosed in childhood or young adults. Type 2, which is most common and can lead to life-threatening complications if an individual is unaware they have it. And gestational diabetes, which is diagnosed during pregnancy and may cause complications for both the mother and child if not properly handled.

Like i mentioned, diabetes requires a change in lifestyle unless you want it to progress and do a lot of damage to your organs and body. Diabetes is such a dangerous illness that might sometimes require the amputation of a foot or even leg in very serious cases.

Diabetes symptoms vary between individuals. Some experience every symptom and others might get none. That’s why nutrition and physical activity is so important especially when diabetes is within your family. It also helps to speak with your physician and have tests done.

Symptoms range from numbing/tingling sensation in hands and feet, frequent urination, feeling very thirsty, tiredness, weight loss, reoccurring infections, blurry vision, a longer healing time for cuts and bruises… Sometimes symptoms are hardly noticed so if diabetes runs in your family, it’s a good idea to let your doctor be aware if you feel you might be at risk.

Diabetes can be helped and sometimes even prevented by taking good care of yourself. This includes getting physical activity to help maintain a healthy weight and getting proper nutrition. It’s a pretty scary disease that completely changes your life, but positive thinking and help from your loved ones definitely helps.

Being aware and educating yourself on this disease is the first step. For further information please visit http://www.diabetes.org/

Kawasaki Disease Awareness

Kawasaki Disease is a serious heart condition affecting young children.

Kawasaki Disease is an important issue facing children today. It is especially important to me because my beautiful niece is a kawasaki survivor and i feel urged to dedicate this special post towards raising awareness about this condition.

kawasaki_disease

First let me briefly explain what Kawasaki disease is.

Kawasaki disease is one that most often affects young children of Japanese and in some cases Latin/Hispanic descent. Symptoms of this disease usually start with high fever which can reach 104F or higher, bloodshot eyes, body rashes, cracked dry lips, red strawberry-like tongue, peeling skin, swollen lymph nodes, irritability, joint and abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and a rapid heart beat. It affects many organs including, the skin, mucous membranes, lymph nodes, blood vessel walls, and the heart.

If untreated Kawasaki can cause serious damage to the heart or in worse cases it can be fatal.

This weekend my sister, niece, and I attended the Kawasaki Disease Parent Symposium held in San Diego. We had the privilege of meeting Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki , who first discovered this disease in 1967. He was a very kind man and even though his English wasn’t great  (he brought his translator with him) he still got his point across and managed to throw in some jokes here and there! Mr. And Mrs. Dr. Kawasaki flew all the way from Japan to attend the symposium and gala afterward. It was held at the University of san Diego and attracted quite a few individuals looking to gain further knowledge. The point of this symposium was to teach about the disease as well as raise awareness on research that is being done. Since there haven’t been many cases it’s hard to fully understand it without research.

Overall this experience was great it gave me a better understanding of Kawasaki disease and I’m glad to know a team of specialists in San Diego is working hard to gain more knowledge in this issue.

Please show your support for Kawasaki Awareness!

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Raising awareness is the first step to battle this heartbreaking disease.