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*People are always telling you what to do, but what's right for them may not be right for you.

Enjoyed your post. I thought that I would add a short comment regarding Ginger (which I love!)

When buying ginger, fresh is ALWAYS best! And buy ORGANIC if it's not too expensive. Be sure to avoid ginger with dry, wrinkled skin, or if it has mold or soft spots. African and Indian ginger are the most potent. Grating or using a garlic press will give you the maximum benefit. You can buy an inexpensive garlic press at Amazon or other online store.

Ginger can definitely give you many benefits but more is not always better. An ounce a day should give you all the benefits you will need. Don't overdo!!

Good luck and live in health!

When I make a trip to the local Whole Foods juice bar, I make sure to add 1 ounce of raw ginger to my drink. It helps any green drink taste good and as we are learning, it is very good for you!

Great tip. I have also heard of adding lemon juice to green tea since citrus increases the antioxidant effect of green tea.

Your definitely right, ginger goes perfectly well with tea, aside from using loose green tea, you can also try them with blooming or flowering tea and watch them bloom as well.

Green tea plus ginger is truly a great gift for those who are suffering from some digestive problem, I would strongly recommend them to have this specially after a dinner.

I've found that Tazo is a pretty decent bagged tea. Used to drink it a lot at my last job.

You can also make straight ginger tea (no tea leaves). I've had it at a few Indonesian or Southern Chinese restaurants. It's pretty intense, but I like it.

Drink hot green tea with added black pepper powder. It can do magic to your sore throat! It's also good to reduce cuffing.

I completely agree about the "not too hot" advice, and would further recommend finding a good source of whole leaf teas. The problem with bagged teas sometimes being harsh tasting can in part be due to what happens to the leaf "dust" as it ages in the bag and brews too quickly in hot water.

High quality whole leaf teas are not always easy to find in your local grocery store, but there are some good online sources. Even though they seem expensive, good teas still tend to be considerably cheaper than coffee on a cup by cup basis.

I also grow my own tea (though it takes alot of plants and requires a reasonably mild climate), and have never had a harsh brew. I like to scent mine with roses and osmanthus (a sweet smelling flower, much nicer than jasmine in my opinion), and my favorite in the summer is green with mint.

If you live in the South, find Luzianne Green Tea (blended for iced tea.) This is the only green tea I have ever liked! It is near the iced-tea tea-bags (bottom shelf usually) in the grocery store.

Even better, Luzianne green tea is inexpensive and the tea bags are "family-sized". I make it in pitchers and drink it cold/iced in large glasses. Drinking it this way makes it easy to get the 5+ cups that a lot of studies say provides a real metabolic boost.

Agree with the poster who said don't use boiling water. Boil the water and leave it for 3 minutes, then it will be approx the right temperature for green tea.

Most people don't like the taste of green tea saying that it is bitter. This is true only if you pour boiling water on it. The water must be 180 degrees only. And it should be steeped
only for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes for the first pour.The tea is not bitter and has its own incredible aroma and flavor. Loose tea is a better quality generally and of course there are many grades that you can choose from. I get mine from Gloria's Green Tea. Her husband's family are tea growers in Japan and they import small amounts every season. Her email is gloriamclean@earthlink.net to get info.

If you like fruit flavors, Lipton sells White Tea with Island Mango and Peach Flavor that is 'made with real orange leaves and lemongrass'... very fragrant, refreshing.

OR

Try snacking on green tea and crisp slices of grannysmith apple.

I put two green tea bags in a glass bottle (re-used lipton unsweetened tea bottle) and chill it. Do I get any benefits from green tea with this method?

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