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Tea is here to Support Us. Proactive Tips for Improving Health Habits

Tea, this miracle of agriculture,  is here to support us...

Pictured above in pots and in Angela's hands is our Michigan-grown Tea,
& confirmation by the Daffodils and Iris at our entrance that the farm is waking back up.   

Welcome, Spring!

Thank you for your support of Certified Organic Michigan Agriculture

More good news about Green Tea!

Our faithful friend Green Tea comes through again as an excellent source of anti-viral and anti-inflammatory catechins, notably, one named epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG, for short). Though no one knows for sure how this can affect the symptoms or the severity of the current Coronavirus infection, we did find a recent online article where, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D, N.D explained the science by saying  that  “Corona virus enters the cell via a vesicle called an endosome. Once inside, it releases an enzyme called 3CL (3-chymotrypsin-like protease). This 3CL enzyme attacks the cells’ defense mechanism against the coronavirus inhibitors.”  One of the herbal remedies Dr. Cousens mentioned by name that may potentially help weaken the 3CL enzyme, (thus supporting the cell’s ability to protect itself ) is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is found in abundance in Camellia sinensis (Tea).  White Tea and Green Tea have the most EGCG, as far as "steepable options" to stay hydrated with.  On his website, Dr. Andrew Weil suggests drinking 3-5 cups of Green tea per day as part of his recommendations during this challenging time.  
Some other botanicals we found that also have the anti-3CL substances: 


Be proactive. Take steps NOW to improve your overall health habits.
 

Now is a GREAT time to take up a daily Matcha habit! 

If you've been following us for while, you know that we love sharing the good news about Matcha at any opportunity. It is the very best quality.  It's available in loose powder form (to prepare in warm water with a whisk, or to toss in a smoothie) and we also created an innovative option back in 2011 by partnering with an E. Coast laboratory to machine encapsulate our Organic Matcha in easy- to- swallow 500 mg. Vegan capsules.  1 gram of Matcha (about 1/2 teaspoon of the powder, or two of our capsules) has much more Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG)  than just steeping and drinking a pot Green Tea. You would have to drink about 15 sixteen ounce cups of  Green Tea to get the same amount of EGCG as 1 gram of our Matcha powder.  If you haven't ever tried it, please consider it now. We think you'll really like how it makes you feel.  Shop Light of Day's Matcha.

Drink warm fluids/ Brush & Floss/Gargle

We are hearing that COVD-19 virus is likely weakened and can be eliminated in hot temperatures, so keep hydrating with hot tea to help support your health. Gargle with warm dilute salt water a few times a day as an additional proactive measure. And please remember the basics including brushing and flossing your teeth!  Good oral hygiene is so important for overall health and a proven way to extend longevity.

Some staff thoughts on living slowly...

Snails, turtles, sloths, manatees...perhaps these gentle, perceptive creatures can provide some inspiration for you during this time of reduced activity. Integrating slowness in our lives can be challenging, yet very rewarding for our nervous systems and often our relationships with each other and the world at large. Depending on your location and circumstances, you may or may not be naturally experiencing a sense of slowing down with the various mandates to stay home...or perhaps you're experiencing restlessness and a sense of being overwhelmed.  When feeling restless, consider embracing that energy and use it productively for work or engage it: active, energetic, creative,  sound, etc.

Our team came up with a few  suggested "activi-teas" (grin)  to help embody slowness and peace: 

1. Puzzles! A great way to relax while still keeping the mind focused and stimulated. You can still socialize, eat, and have a pot of tea while working on them.  Some friends of ours chose a really hard one at the beginning of our isolation period and are still working on it. They shared that this has been enjoyable "because you can walk away and come back to it whenever the itch strikes". 

2. Listening to a whole album How many of you have a favorite song but realize you have never listened to the full album it's on? This is quite common since the advent of iPods, streaming services etc... Or maybe you have a favorite artist but missed the boat on one early album of their discography. Turning the speakers up for a deliberate listening session usually offers at LEAST 40 minutes of delicious distraction. You can draw, stretch, or enjoy a cup of tea that matches the mood of your album of choice.

3. Stretching / yoga / meditation Slowing down, breathing and connecting with our bodies is something that is always good and important, but can be easy to overlook in our usual daily routines. Especially if you've been sitting at the computer more than usual. In whatever way you can, try to prioritize this right now; there are tons of discounted/free resources available online right for yoga and Xi Gong flows as well as guided meditations. This can be a great time to start a new practice. If tuning into something feels like a hassle to you, just do whatever gentle stretching feels right for at least 15 minutes (so that you can really check-in with yourself).

Some other activities that help connect to slowness:
-Design and plant a new garden, watch it grow, noticing the small changes.
-Water gazing - take time to simply stare at a body of water and notice the subtle movements.
-Walking slowly in a forest, taking deliberate and quiet steps, noticing all of the sounds, smells, and sights around you. Take it all in. Revel in it.

Choosing even just one 'slow' practice to commit to on any given day can bring peace and clarity of mind to your life. We hope you will enjoy some of our favorite relaxing tea and tisane blends as a part of your renewed commitment to slowness. This is a wonderful opportunity to create new habits.

Click HERE to visit the Tisanes section of our website. These offerings are free of caffeine and can support your winding down process.

 

Up for a good read?

Have you heard about this amazing book capturing & celebrating the passionate work of 20 Northern Michigan Women? Being printed now!


Northern Harvest: Twenty Michigan Women in Food & Farming
-by author Emita Brady Hill.

Here's the link:  Northern Harvest 20 Book
 


Here are some other books we've been featured in:

  • Reinventing the Wheel by author Megan McNealy: One of the Top 20 Must Reads of 2019-(Forbes) and a Silver award winner in Human Resources/Employee Training 2020 Axiom Business Book Awards.BUY THIS BOOK
  • World of Tea by author Jane Pettigrew – BUY THIS BOOK 
  • Tasting & Touring Michigan’s Home Grown Food, a Culinary Road Trip by author Jaye Beeler BUY THIS BOOK
  • Green Marketing by author Dr. Robert Dahlstrom BUY THIS BOOK
  • Sustainable Marketing by author Dr. Robert Dahlstrom BUY THIS BOOK



 

Pictured above in pots and in Angela's hands is our Michigan-grown Tea,
& confirmation by the Daffodils and Iris at our entrance that the farm is waking back up.   

Welcome, Spring!

Thank you for your support of Michigan Agriculture

More good news about Green Tea!

Our faithful friend Green Tea comes through again as an excellent source of anti-viral and anti-inflammatory catechins, notably, one named epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG, for short). Though no one knows for sure how this can affect the symptoms or the severity of the current Coronavirus infection, we did find a recent online article where, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D, N.D explained the science by saying  that  “Corona virus enters the cell via a vesicle called an endosome. Once inside, it releases an enzyme called 3CL (3-chymotrypsin-like protease). This 3CL enzyme attacks the cells’ defense mechanism against the coronavirus inhibitors.”  One of the herbal remedies Dr. Cousens mentioned by name that may potentially help weaken the 3CL enzyme, (thus supporting the cell’s ability to protect itself ) is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is found in abundance in Camellia sinensis (Tea).  White Tea and Green Tea have the most EGCG, as far as "steepable options" to stay hydrated with.  On his website, Dr. Andrew Weil suggests drinking 3-5 cups of Green tea per day as part of his recommendations during this challenging time.  
Some other botanicals we found that also have the anti-3CL substances: 


Be proactive. Take steps NOW to improve your overall health habits.
 

Now is a GREAT time to take up a daily Matcha habit! 

If you've been following us for while, you know that we love sharing the good news about Matcha at any opportunity. It is the very best quality.  It's available in loose powder form (to prepare in warm water with a whisk, or to toss in a smoothie) and we also created an innovative option back in 2011 by partnering with an E. Coast laboratory to machine encapsulate our Organic Matcha in easy- to- swallow 500 mg. Vegan capsules.  1 gram of Matcha (about 1/2 teaspoon of the powder, or two of our capsules) has much more Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG)  than just steeping and drinking a pot Green Tea. You would have to drink about 15 sixteen ounce cups of  Green Tea to get the same amount of EGCG as 1 gram of our Matcha powder.  If you haven't ever tried it, please consider it now. We think you'll really like how it makes you feel.  Shop Light of Day's Matcha.

Drink warm fluids/ Brush & Floss/Gargle

We are hearing that COVD-19 virus is likely weakened and can be eliminated in hot temperatures, so keep hydrating with hot tea to help support your health. Gargle with warm dilute salt water a few times a day as an additional proactive measure. And please remember the basics including brushing and flossing your teeth!  Good oral hygiene is so important for overall health and a proven way to extend longevity.

Some staff thoughts on living slowly...

Snails, turtles, sloths, manatees...perhaps these gentle, perceptive creatures can provide some inspiration for you during this time of reduced activity. Integrating slowness in our lives can be challenging, yet very rewarding for our nervous systems and often our relationships with each other and the world at large. Depending on your location and circumstances, you may or may not be naturally experiencing a sense of slowing down with the various mandates to stay home...or perhaps you're experiencing restlessness and a sense of being overwhelmed.  When feeling restless, consider embracing that energy and use it productively for work or engage it: active, energetic, creative,  sound, etc.

Our team came up with a few  suggested "activi-teas" (grin)  to help embody slowness and peace: 

1. Puzzles! A great way to relax while still keeping the mind focused and stimulated. You can still socialize, eat, and have a pot of tea while working on them.  Some friends of ours chose a really hard one at the beginning of our isolation period and are still working on it. They shared that this has been enjoyable "because you can walk away and come back to it whenever the itch strikes". 

2. Listening to a whole album How many of you have a favorite song but realize you have never listened to the full album it's on? This is quite common since the advent of iPods, streaming services etc... Or maybe you have a favorite artist but missed the boat on one early album of their discography. Turning the speakers up for a deliberate listening session usually offers at LEAST 40 minutes of delicious distraction. You can draw, stretch, or enjoy a cup of tea that matches the mood of your album of choice.

3. Stretching / yoga / meditation Slowing down, breathing and connecting with our bodies is something that is always good and important, but can be easy to overlook in our usual daily routines. Especially if you've been sitting at the computer more than usual. In whatever way you can, try to prioritize this right now; there are tons of discounted/free resources available online right for yoga and Xi Gong flows as well as guided meditations. This can be a great time to start a new practice. If tuning into something feels like a hassle to you, just do whatever gentle stretching feels right for at least 15 minutes (so that you can really check-in with yourself).

Some other activities that help connect to slowness:
-Design and plant a new garden, watch it grow, noticing the small changes.
-Water gazing - take time to simply stare at a body of water and notice the subtle movements.
-Walking slowly in a forest, taking deliberate and quiet steps, noticing all of the sounds, smells, and sights around you. Take it all in. Revel in it.

Choosing even just one 'slow' practice to commit to on any given day can bring peace and clarity of mind to your life. We hope you will enjoy some of our favorite relaxing tea and tisane blends as a part of your renewed commitment to slowness. This is a wonderful opportunity to create new habits.

Click HERE to visit the Tisanes section of our website. These offerings are free of caffeine and can support your winding down process.

 

Up for a good read?

Have you heard about this amazing book capturing & celebrating the passionate work of 20 Northern Michigan Women? Being printed now!


Northern Harvest: Twenty Michigan Women in Food & Farming
-by author Emita Brady Hill.

Here's the link:  Northern Harvest 20 Book
 


Here are some other books we've been featured in:

  • Reinventing the Wheel by author Megan McNealy: One of the Top 20 Must Reads of 2019-(Forbes) and a Silver award winner in Human Resources/Employee Training 2020 Axiom Business Book Awards.BUY THIS BOOK
  • World of Tea by author Jane Pettigrew – BUY THIS BOOK 
  • Tasting & Touring Michigan’s Home Grown Food, a Culinary Road Trip by author Jaye Beeler BUY THIS BOOK
  • Green Marketing by author Dr. Robert Dahlstrom BUY THIS BOOK
  • Sustainable Marketing by author Dr. Robert Dahlstrom BUY THIS BOOK



 

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MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

The information contained in this newsletter, on our website, or in any of our literature is not presented as medical advice, nor should it be used as a substitute with a qualified and licensed physician. Although much of the information can be found in sources cited in the Tea Association of America's brochures, on the U.S Dept. of Agriculture's website, and in many cited independent studies, much of the investigation related to Tea and Tisanes has, unfortunately, not been thoroughly evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration to date. Our products are not designed to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any specific diseases, and therefore any information contained herein is not to be read as a specific remedy or intended to guarantee any specific result. We are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of our products or any of the suggestions or procedures discussed within. If you have specific food allergies or aversions, please note all ingredients contained in each of our organic and gluten free products. As noted above, all matters pertaining to your health and well-being should be discussed with your licensed medical physician. Thank you.- Light of Day Organics.

REFERENCE LINKS AND THANK YOU'S TO CONTRIBUTORS
Dr. Andrew Weil, MD
Dr. Gabriel Cousens ,MD, ND
Maddy Baroli-   The "thoughts on living slowly" segment was contributed by our friend, Maddy who is back in the area again as a fresh graduate from forestry school on Toronto. Welcome home Maddy & congratulations! She's seeking full time employment in her field if anyone has any leads for her. Click on her name to visit her LinkedIn profile.


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