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Trade your multivitamin for tea :)

 

 

Taking a multivitamin?  Do you really know what is in there and if it is helping you?  Let’s break down what Bamboo Leaf Tea can do for your vitamin level and give you five healthy ways to get your body in top shape.

The water soluble vitamins are needed in frequent increments as they work through the system quickly and are excreted by the kidneys.  Fasting has been shown to lengthen the time that water soluble vitamins remain in the body thereby increasing the absorption of the essential elements.  In fact taking any supplement after fasting for a period of time increases the strength of the supplement.  That is why taking a supplement in the morning can produce the greatest effects.

Step 1  Try taking your supplements in the morning and waiting at least a 1/2 hour before adding any food or caffeinated drinks.  To really feel the effects of a supplement fast on water taking the supplement several times during the day.

Here is a review of water soluble vitamins and their effects.  Good news B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and vitamin C are all present in bamboo.

Water soluble vitamins include:

  • B1 / thiamine – important for nerve function, promotes a healthy appetite
  • B2 / riboflavin – important for vision and skin
  • B3 / niacin – important for nervous system, digestive system, and skin, helps to produce hormones
  • B5 / pantothenic acid – important for producing red blood cells and hormones
  • B6 / pyridoxine – important for making red blood cells, helps to produce melatonin, helps to reduce levels of homocysteine
  • B7 / biotin – helps to maintain blood sugar levels, strengthens hair and nails
  • B9 / folic acid – important for making DNA and red blood cells
  • B12 – important for making new cells and maintaining a healthy nervous system
  • Vitamin C – antioxidant, important for the immune system, aids in iron absorption, building block of collagen

Step 2  Drinking one cup of Bamboo Leaf Tea will cover most of the water soluble vitamins.  It’s best to do this several times a day to flush the system with the vitamins needed.

Step 3  B12 can be found in nutritional yeast (2tsp can be added to salads or to other foods for all of your B12 needs).  It is also present in shellfish, beef, fish, crustaceans, tofu, dairy, cheese, and eggs.

Teas are a great way to take in some of these important vitamins because they are extracting the water soluble components and delivering them in a way that the body can best absorb them.

Other minerals that are in bamboo are silica, calcium, manganese, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, selenium, and zinc.

Calcium is being added to everything from cereals to orange juice but is it harming the body or helping it?  Calcium is available in leafy green vegetables, raw dairy, sesame seeds, carob as well as bamboo.  The calcium  being added to our foods is inorganic, a cheap filler that is now being shown to possibly increase the risk of heart disease.  Calcium added to the body can cause calcium deposits which can lead to everything from bone spurs to kidney stones.  So stick with the good stuff and don’t buy fortified foods.

Step 4  Get rid of all your vitamins that contain calcium from inorganic sources.    

Bamboo is a powerhouse of bone building components.  Magnesium, silica, manganese, and calcium all work together to increase bone density.  The components in whole foods are formulated perfectly to ensure the highest nutritional value.  Separating out one element causes the body to pull necessary components from other parts of the body in order to absorb the single element.  Lucky for us this has already been worked out.

Step 5  Take bamboo powder for strong bones.  Whole food supplements are the best way to go for supplementation.  

So go ahead get rid of your multi-vitamin and drink another cup of tea, add in lots of veggies and you will be setting yourself up for the best health yet.  Take 5 steps in the right direction and see where it takes you.

Here’s a great recipe for Raw Kale Chips.

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Bamboo infused hemp oil – magic in a bottle

When we talk about the benefits of plants it’s important to understand that some components are water soluble and some are fat soluble.

The water soluble vitamins are needed in frequent increments as they work through the system quickly and are excreted by the kidneys.  Fasting has been shown to lengthen the time that water soluble vitamins remain in the body thereby increasing the absorption of the essential elements.  In fact taking any supplement after fasting for a period of time increases the strength of the supplement.  That is why taking a supplement in the morning can produce the greatest effects.

Water soluble vitamins include:

  • B1 / thiamine – important for nerve function, promotes a healthy appetite
  • B2 / riboflavin – important for vision and skin
  • B3 / niacin – important for nervous system, digestive system, and skin, helps to produce hormones
  • B5 / pantothenic acid – important for producing red blood cells and hormones
  • B6 / pyridoxine – important for making red blood cells, helps to produce melatonin, helps to reduce levels of homocysteine
  • B7 / biotin – helps to maintain blood sugar levels, strengthens hair and nails
  • B9 / folic acid – important for making DNA and red blood cells
  • B12 – important for making new cells and maintaining a healthy nervous system
  • Vitamin C – antioxidant, important for the immune system, aids in iron absorption, building block of collagen

Teas are a great way to take in some of these important vitamins because they are extracting the water soluble components of the plants.

Other vitamins are fat soluble.  They tend to get stored in the body for longer periods of time.

Fat soluble vitamins include:

  • A / retinol – important for bone growth, tooth development, regulation of the immune system and fertility, it is an antioxidant and keeps the mucous membranes moist
  • D – critical in helping the body to use calcium and phosphorous, essential for strong bones and teeth, deficiency linked to autoimmune disease and osteoporosis
  • E / tocopherol – antioxidant, helps to prevent heart disease, critical for healthy skin and eyes, protects the circulatory system
  • K – essential for normal blood clotting, promotes bone health especially in reducing post-menopausal bone loss in women

These vitamins can be found in oils.

 

Hemp oil and bamboo have properties that accentuate each other so let’s talk a bit about this specific blend.

By combining hemp oil with bamboo we can get the best of two fantastic supplements.  One way in which this is done is through the magnesium content in bamboo.  Vitamins A and D require adequate levels of magnesium to carry out their functions in the body.  Bamboo contains magnesium which helps to build receptor sites on the cells for vitamins A and D.  So adding the bamboo to the oil increases the bodies ability to utilize these important vitamins.  This is really important for bone density and healthy teeth.

Another example is zinc and vitamin A.  Vitamin A helps the body’s intestinal tract to better absorb zinc, in turn zinc then helps transport fat soluble vitamins across the intestinal wall.  Bamboo contains zinc which works with the fat soluble vitamins to improve overall health specifically in relation to the immune system.

A third example is with beta-carotene, which is found in vegetables (think carrots).  Beta-carotene is turned into vitamin A by the body.  It has been shown that eating a salad with a oil dressing greatly increases the ability of the body to absorb beta-carotene.  So adding a hemp oil dressing to your salad improved the body’s ability to absorb vitamins in the salad.  Interesting.  This is why adding seeds to a salad greatly increases the benefits of eating the salad.

So drinking teas made with bamboo and then adding in oils infused with bamboo gives the full spectrum of benefits.  So making a smoothie with Bamboo Leaf Tea and then adding 2 tsp of bamboo infused hemp oil brings all of the benefits of bamboo in a delivery system that works.  I find that hemp oil is one of the best oils out there to deliver the fat soluble components and it brings a host of amazing contributions itself to the mix.  Let’s break down a bit some of the benefits of this fantastic combo and more importantly how to use it.


benefits and use – external 

Massage is great for stimulating the body.  It aids in increasing circulation and rejuvenating the skin.  Massage is also great for the scalp.  It stimulates hair growth by bringing vital nutrients to the surface where the hair follicles are located.  The bamboo infused hemp oil is the perfect addition to this regimin.  A small amount of this oil goes a long way so start with a few drops and add more as needed.

  • fatty acids present in hemp oil combined with the silica in bamboo can be used as a conditioner for the scalp or moisturizer for the skin, this is especially good during the dry winter months when the skin can become dry and the hair brittle
  • the high protein content in hemp strengthens the hair
  • topical use of hemp oil with bamboo can be used on burns, skin irritations, eczema, and in healing tattoos
  • unlike the chemically laden shampoos, conditioners, and skin care products this is 100% organic with no additives – so no stress on the liver
  • hemp oil with bamboo acts as an anti-inflammatory and contains anti-oxidants
  • hemp oil makes a great massage oil – healing sore muscles

 

benefits and use – internal 

First things first there is much confusion over the difference between hemp and marijuana.  This product is safe for everyone to use and is not a drug.  Here is a link about the safety of using hemp products if you are concerned with THC levels.  http://nutiva.com/documents/THCStudySummary.pdf  Hemp oil has amazing benefits that are unique to this seed.  Combining it with bamboo accentuates the benefits of both ingredients.  You can use hemp oil as a replacement for olive oil in foods, dressings, and smoothies.  I recommend not heating it to preserve the highest nutritional value.  For the best results take 2-4 tsp a day.

  • hemp oil has highest amount of fatty acids of any plant, these EFA’s cannot be produced by the body and play a big role in preventing diseases such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and high blood pressure
  • EFA’s are essential for a healthy brain and nervous system
  • vegan alternative for fish oil (without the worry of toxins)
  • natural anti-inflammatory
  • EFA’s in hemp oil shown to heal ulcers
  • lubricates joints and reduces swelling – this hemp oil with bamboo is one of the best products on the market for joint pain and arthritis
  • high silica content
  • contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, and E
  • high levels of chlorophyll
  • it is a complete protein          
  • hemp oil is the only plant to contain vitamin D      

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

 

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Healthy, delicious, refreshing Bamboo Leaf Tea

 

Healthy, Delicious, Refreshing Bamboo Leaf Tea

 

bamboo leavesAfter reading an interesting article on bamboo leaf tea and its health benefits, I did a Google search and uncovered a link to the Bamboo Leaf Tea Farm (www.bambooleaftea.net) in Champions Gate, Florida, about a half-hour south of Orlando. While visiting friends in Orlando last month, I decided to make arrangements to go to the farm to learn more about bamboo tea.

The farm’s bamboo leaves are grown and processed by hand without the use of any chemicals or pesticides. The tea has a wonderful sweet green flavor. It also has the highest amount of vegetative silica of any plant. It is what allows bamboo to grow so fast and remain flexible. Silica adds strength and flexibility to all the cells of the human body. It also supports hair and nail growth as well as adding suppleness to the skin. Bamboo tea offers silica in a whole food form that can be absorbed better than any supplement. The tea also contains soluble fiber that benefits the digestive system and is high in antioxidants promoting overall health and wellness.

Shanti & Chas 4The farm is owned by Shanti Pierce. She was hired by Disney Imagineering as a bamboo and ornamental grass expert for the Animal Kingdom project. From there she started her own bamboo farm eventually growing more that 40 species. Of the 40 varieties, she selected three that produce a superior cup of tea.

Bamboo is a species of flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family. It is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth, with reported growth rates of up to three feet per day. Unlike trees, individual bamboo stems, or culms, emerge from the ground at their full diameter and grow to their full height in a single growing season of three to four months.

bamboo1The plants will grow in height anywhere from 20 to 80 feet. When asked about the longevity of bamboo, Shanti indicated that no one knows for sure. What indicates the end of the growing cycle is the flowering of the plant, a phenomenon consuming all of its energy. All plants of the same stock flower at the same time, regardless of their geographic location, and then the bamboo dies. The lack of environmental impact on the time of flowering indicates the presence of some sort of “alarm clock” in each cell of the plant that signals the diversion of all energy to flower production and the cessation of vegetative growth. This mechanism, as well as the evolutionary cause behind it, is still largely a mystery.

After sending several different tea leaf samples to an independent laboratory for analysis, she learned two things: one she knew and the other was a complete surprise. The first was that the bamboo plant itself as well as the leaves were very high in silica, which explained its flexibility, especially in inclement weather conditions like a hurricane. The second thing she learned was that bamboo leaf tea has a soluble fiber that is ingested when consumed. The silica and fiber supported her conclusion that bamboo leaf tea was an extremely healthy drink to consume regularly. She indicated that her research is ongoing.

After several years of research combined with trial and error, Shanti came up with the process she uses today to create Bamboo Leaf Tea. She follows an orthodox method of harvesting the tea by bending the stalk down to eye-level, clipping off the leaves, and releasing the stalk which then springs back to its original upright position due to its silica content flexibility. Following harvesting, the leaves are processed using several heating procedures. The process she developed retains the bamboo plant’s sweetness which is discernible in the tea itself.

Her vision for the future is to go to decimated parts of the world where water is present to re-vegetate the land with bamboo and grasses. The bamboo could then be harvested to create an improved source of livelihood and economic prosperity for the local population.

 

by Certified Tea Master Chas Kroll

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Questions and more questions about Bamboo Leaf Tea

I get emails all the time about  the tea and how to get the most out of your order.  Once people know all of the great benefits that Bamboo Leaf Tea has to offer they want to optimize their use so here are a few tips on brewing the tea and taking supplements.

How much tea do I need to use per cup?

1 tsp of tea is sufficient for 8 oz of water.  If you like your tea strong you may want to use more.  When I make ice tea for the markets I use double the amount of tea because I know I am serving it on ice and the ice will melt.  Bamboo Leaf Tea has a light, sweet flavor so if you are switching from coffee or black tea you may want a stronger flavor.

If I were to describe the flavor I would do it in this way.  Do you remember as a kid lying in the grass on a summer day, the grass has just been mowed and you are looking up at the sky and finding shapes in clouds?  You have nothing that has to be done, no homework, no job, no responsibilities.  Your two best friends are lying next to you and a soft breeze is blowing the air just enough so that you are neither cold nor hot.  Your body is relaxed, the ground is completely and totally supporting you.  The three of you are laughing as you pick out funny shapes and tell jokes.  Life is easy, it is fun, and all is well.   That is my description of the flavor of Bamboo Leaf Tea. 🙂

How long should I steep the tea?

The standard answer is 3-5 minutes.  If you would like to use the tea more than once then the second time boil the tea for a minute or two.  For a third cup boil the tea for up to 10 minutes.  When there stops being any color to the water you have dissolved all of the nutrients and can start again.  Bamboo is very fibrous and so cooking it opens up the plant and allows the nutrients to be accessible.  Bamboo is one of only two teas that can be used in an expresso machine and this is because the leaves will withstand the high temperatures.

What is the best way to store the tea?

I like to refrigerate all of my teas.  Bamboo has a beautiful green color and that will leach out if exposed to sunlight.  It is best to store any tea in a dark, cool place.  Freezing the tea will destroy any nutrients that are sensitive to freezing so I prefer refrigeration.  If you would like to re-use the tea leaves later on simply store them in the refrigerator and boil them in water for a second cup of tea.

What are other uses for the tea?

The tea leaves can be ground up and used in cooking or added to baked products.  I am always adding supplements to my kids pancakes or eggs.  In Asia bamboo charcoal is often added to bread for it’s medicinal properties.  This is called sweet bread and is of course black.  The tea can also be used in hair rinses, bathing, soaking hands and feet or adding to a pets water bowl.  (there are some past blogs on different uses)

How much silica is in one cup of tea?

Each cup of tea has 350 mg of silica per cup.  That is based on using 1 tsp of tea per 8 oz of water.  That is the amount recommended in supplements.  Of course I drink lots of bamboo teas and there is no upward limit.  Silica is flushed through the system and excreted through the urinary tract.  Often times when we are taking supplements starting off with a larger amount for at least 30 days brings the system back into balance and then we can cut back to a maintenance amount.  Silica deficiencies affect almost every adult in the US and relate to chronic problems with teeth, bone density, and cellular strength.  Silica is a basic element that we all need for so many functions of our body and yet we get almost none in our diet.

Is there caffeine in the tea?

Bamboo has no caffeine in it.  There are several blends that I make that have caffeine:  Green tea + Lemongrass, Breakfast Black, Chai or Medicinal Chai, and a little in Peppermint Patty.  These are great teas for the morning routine.  Way better than coffee!

How can I take the powder supplement?

Most of us know how to take a capsule but incorporating powder supplements into our diet is another twist.  The benefit of buying the supplement in powder is that the price is usually cheaper, you aren’t ingesting the  capsule material, and you can easily increase the amount that you take.  However a lot of people have never taken powders so here are some ideas.

1  Mix the powder in a smoothie.  The easiest smoothing base is banana, spinach, and almond milk.   The best part about the smoothie is that you can add all of your supplements in and take them at the same time.  Here is a link to 15 ideas for smoothies.

2 Mix the powder into your breakfast.  You add the powder to your morning eggs or even pancakes.  The flavor doesn’t really change just a new twist on Green Eggs and Ham.

3 Mix the powder into yogurt, applesauce, or pudding.  Chia makes a great raw pudding.  You can mix chia with almond milk and add your supplement and some flavoring like vanilla.  Let the mixture sit for about an hour and enjoy.  Here is a link to a chia pudding recipe.

Are the capsules vegetarian?

Yes the material used to make the capsule is a vegetable product.

How many capsules do I take a day?

I recommend taking 2 capsules three times a day.  This is equivalent to 1 tsp of powder per day.  I like to break up the process so that the body has a silica intake throughout the day.  If you start your day with caffeine it is best to wait a couple of hours before taking any supplements as the caffeine will inhibit your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

 

 

 

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Tea made from bamboo?

“Tea made from bamboo really?” This is the question I get asked a lot. The short answer is “Yes”.

Bamboo is a fantastically versatile plant that can be used for everything from flooring to clothing, from utensils to food. It is and continues to be a food staple in Asia and is slowly being introduced to the rest of the world. Bamboo teas have been used medicinally in India, China, and South America for hundreds if not thousands of years. The documented use of the plant shows up in the Ayurvedic books as well as the Chinese Compendium of medicine. In Central and South America the uses have been passed down from healer to healer. The green leaves would be picked and boiled to make an extract that has been used to treat upper respiratory problems, aid liver detoxification, digestive issues, and skin ailments to name a few. In Chinese medicine bamboo is believed to reduce dampness in the liver which manifests it self as irritability, anger, and toxification of the body. In Japan the people who work weaving bamboo are thought to have less health issues due to the absorption of the plant through their skin. In Columbia boiled leaves are used to treat coughs and in Cuba the leaves are used in poultices. In Asia bamboo leaf extract are widely added to drinks to boost the immune system and promote overall health.

 This is the beginning of bamboo teas. Bamboo Leaf Tea has taken this idea and turned it into a beverage that can be enjoyed in many variations. There are many types of bamboos as there are many types of people and so I intend to create many bamboo blends and so bring this ancient health benefit to you.
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Healthy Skin and Teeth with Bamboo Tea

   I love tea!  It is great hot or cold and is a fantastic way to get extra nutrients into my body.  So here are a few other ways that I like to use Bamboo Leaf Tea that you might like to try.

 

  • Skin:  Bamboo has the highest concentration of silica of any plant in the world.  Silica adds elasticity to the skin and helps to build collagen.  It can best be absorbed by placing tea bags directly onto skin blemishes, puffy eyes, or acne.  Simply heat some water and place the tea bags into the warm water.  Make sure the temperature is warm and soothing and not burning.  Place the tea bags directly onto the area and relax for 20 minutes.  Repeat daily for 1 week and check out the amazing results.
  • Teeth:  Silica works with calcium to build bone.  Healthy bones mean healthy teeth.  Bamboo also benefits the gums by strengthening them and adding elasticity.  For problem areas in the mouth simply repeat the above process and apply the warm tea bag directly to the tooth or gum.
  • Hair:  Your hair is 40% silica and therefore requires silica to grow.  Silica is often added to shampoos and conditioners but what type of silica is it?  Organic bamboo silica is a great way to strengthen your hair and give it a beautiful shine.  Bring 8 cups of water to a boil, add four tea bags and let steep for 1 hour or until luke warm.  Pour the mixture over the hair and wrap in a towel.  This can be left on all night or for several hours in the evening whichever is convenient.  Wash the hair as usual and style.
  • Nails:  Don’t forget the hands and nails they do so much for you and are subject to the most abuse.  Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add two tea bags.  Let the bamboo steep until the temperature is warm, not hot.  Pour the mixture into a bowl and soak your hands and nails for 20 minutes.  Rinse and follow up by rubbing a tablespoon of organic coconut oil into the nails and hands.
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  • Body:  You’ve pushed your body physically and mentally and it’s time for something nourishing.  Bathing in bamboo will flush your system with antioxidants,and over 10 essential minerals.  Bamboo also has anti-inflammatory properties and detoxification properties.  So choose the organic supplement of bamboo over the chemical spa treatment and your body will thank you by looking and feeling younger.

Bamboo for the health of your body inside and out.  Live, love, learn, and make healthy choices for your body.

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