What’s all the Hulla Boo about the Cuppa?

Beep Beep Beeeeepppppp……went off the alarm yesterday.

A few minutes later…

Good Morning mom…is the tea ready? Went off my sister,barely being able to open her eyes.

I’m just sitting there looking at all the drama that was happening or maybe about to happen. Just triggering a wave of questions….what is it about tea that is making my otherwise really sensible sister go cranky early in the morning.

Finally after a hustle of a few more minutes, she sat on the bed smiling at me and the hot cuppa in her hand.

Wow, what a magical cuppa it was! I wish it was that easy for me to make her smile too after a stupid fight..! Human beings I tell you.

Everybody drinks tea.

Only the options keep changing, it may be white tea, green tea, blackcurrent tea, lemon tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea, we have something as jasmine tea as well!! Wow, who could have possibly thought that tea would become so socially acceptable? Its the only beverage that people consume more than a coke maybe?? Or maybe even water?? Its a fun fact, do google it!

For some it makes them fresh, for some it makes them open their eyes (literally!! I see that everyday). It might be a way to pass time for some or a full blown gossip session for people with some tea and cookies thrown in.

The truth of the matter being, it really livens you up, re-hydrates you and gives you a powerhouse of antioxidants as well (it consists of flavanoids, which is also present in apples, berries, garlic etc yay!!) maintains your bone health and prevents its loss(voila who could have thought of that?!!!), it definitely contains less caffeine than your regular coffee (doesn’t mean you start loading up on it though) and soothes the digestive system.

Well that’s a lot of reasons to have tea!

It makes one think how did tea come into being in the first place. I’ve got it covered for you. According to a legend  a Chinese Emperor  while drinking a bowl of just boiled water, when a few leaves blew from a nearby tree into his bowl, changing its colour and flavour. Phew! If making tea was that easy! And this is not the only legend that goes about for something as simple as a tea..

Now, that the summers are really on..it’s time to bring out those iced-tea glasses, and stir up some quick tea’s to refresh you this season! Keep reading to find some awesome iced-tea recipes in the next blog.

Getting to the roots..

Iron deficiency anemia is the most common of all. To alleviate it, the Mother Nature has provided us with a lot of natural foods….let’s have a look at some of them:

  1. Lotus stem: Also known as “kamal kakdi”, its powdered form is highly rich in iron and has a high bio availability. It almost has 60.6 gms of iron and also is easily available in the market. The Kashmiri’s eat a lot of dishes made of this stem, also taking into account at the altitude they live at, they could be prone to anemia.
  2. Dates: Also called “khajur” is easily available in the Arab regions and has greatly made its presence felt worldwide. It consists of a plethora of minerals like selenium, magnesium, potassium, along with iron which is highly bio available.
  3. Raisins: This small and sweet dry fruit comes packed with the nourishing iron required in our daily life. This would also cut your craving for sweet unhealthy foods, keeping your weight in check. What more could one ask for!
  4. Figs: These small goblets called as “anjeer” for a part of numerous sweet dishes. One fig each day would take care of all symptoms of anemia.
  5. Prunes: Fondly called “Aalu Bukhara”, this small fruit is our another powerhouse performer. A half cup of prunes would provide you about 0. 81mg of iron, would contributing highly in aiding digestion, improving your bone health along with your vision as well.
  6. Dried Apricots: It is known to contain almost 15% of the daily iron requirement of the body. Its other benefits include it being good for the eyes, the heart and the digestive system as well.

 

Their are other sources that do provide good enough amount of iron, but these are the top 6 natural sources that would definitely get you results.

Like it is with medicines, they need to be taken before or after food, with our iron rich sources, citrus fruits like amla, orange, kiwi, guava are important so that the iron is easily absorbed.

Also, avoiding tea, coffee with the meals helps in further absorption of the precious iron in the body.