Herbs

February 10, 2019
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It is often said that staying well hydrated is important, but why? The average adult’s body consists of 50-65% water about 2/3 of which is contained in our intracellular fluid. Water plays a very important role in keeping our body functioning properly. Some of the roles that water carries out include: regulating body temperature; helping (as saliva) to metabolize protein and carbohydrates; acting as a shock absorber for the brain, spinal cord and internal organs; flushing waste and toxins from the body via urine; and carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

Dehydration is caused when a person loses more fluid from their body than they take in. If untreated, severe dehydration can cause seizures due to an electrolyte imbalance, a reduction in the volume of blood in the body also known as hypovolemic shock, kidney failure, heat injuries, and even coma or death. Elderly people are particularly susceptible to dehydration.

What causes this susceptibility to dehydration in older people?

  • The ability of elderly people to overcome the effects of vomiting, diarrhoea and fever can be reduced.
  • Older people are often on multiple medications, some of which can cause more frequent urination leading to dehydration. Some of these medications include diuretics, antihistamines, laxatives, antipsychotics and corticosteroids
  • The sense of thirst decreases with age so many older people simply do not realise that they require more fluids.
  • Mobility difficulties and relying on others to provide fluids can constrain seniors from drinking frequently.
  • Urinary incontinence or needing to go to the toilet more frequently can cause some elderly people to purposely reduce their fluid intake.
  • With age, the capacity of kidneys to retain fluid decreases.

Symptoms of dehydration in older people include:

  • Reduced urine output
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Constipation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Reduced or no sweat
  • Difficulty in walking.

How can we prevent dehydration in older people:

  • There is a general notion that drinking plenty of water helps to remain hydrated. However, our body is hydrated not only by water but also by other fluids or high fluid foods like fruits, soup and jelly. Offering a wide variety of fluids and high fluid foods can help increase the overall volume of fluid that an elderly person consumes.
  • Encourage visitors to share a beverage with their loved one while visiting.
  • Maintain a hydration program while tracking the impact of different foods on the patient. Keep providing adequate drinks not only after meals but in-between meals too.
  • Ensure that a variety of beverages are available, and offer smaller amounts more often rather than larger amounts less frequently.
  • Make sure that a beverage is always in reach of the elderly person at all times.
  • If you feel particular medications are resulting in dehydration, speak to the person’s doctor to see if there are alternative options available.

Hydrating alternatives:

If water is used for hydration, it is best to offer either warm or room temperature water. Cold water is more difficult to drink in higher volumes, contracts the stomach and makes digestion harder. It also makes nasal mucous thicker hindering normal respiration.

It is important that beverages offered other than water are healthy choices. Drinks such as cordial and soft drink are high in artificial colors, flavours, caffeine and sugar or artificial sweeteners. Fruit juice if consumed frequently also contributes a high amount of fructose or sugar to the diet. Drinks which can hydrate the body along with providing much-needed nutrients are thus needed.

One such healthy supplement is opting for herbal teas. They are a powerhouse of vital nutrients and anti-oxidants thus supplying the body with health giving benefits, helping to prevent cognitive decline and improve immune fuction while simultaneously preventing dehydration.

Using Health Hydration Station herbal teas

Health Hydration Station offers a combination of five different herbal teas made from a combination of natural herbs, flavouring and spices designed to address various areas of health and wellbeing. They are:

  • Morning blend, a combination of white and green tea, matcha, hibiscus and fruits, which enhances energy and reduces fatigue.
  • Day blend, a mix of a number of Chinese herbs including ginseng, gingkgo, and salvia, as well as fruits. It enhances alertness, working memory, focus and cognitive function in general. It reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and assists with neuro-protection.
  • All day blend, includes licorice, pomegranate, orange zest, and hibiscus, it boosts immunity by increasing antioxidant intake.
  • Afternoon blend, a combination of turmeric, ginger, peppermint, and cinnamon, it helps to improve digestion and gut health and relives nausea and stomach discomfort.
  • Night blend, a mixture of valerian, chamomile, lemon balm, cinnamon, and vanilla, it reduces stress and anxiety and aids rest and sleep.

These teas have pleasant flavours and provide a healthy alternative from water for elderly people, while offering a daily well-being tonic for the mind and body and addressing common health concerns of older people.


January 10, 2019
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Living species are all dependent on each other. It is this dependency which completes the biological cycle. It is the same with maintaining health and fitness. A healthy lifestyle begins from our home and so do medicines to cure ailments. Simple ingredients used in everyday cooking could actually do wonders to our health. Due to modernization, we have begun to consume more junk food and fizzy drinks, a style statement for people nowadays. All this together has taken a severe toll on general health.

The World Health Organization conducted research that found that three-quarters of the world population relies on medicinal plants for their medical uses.

The advantage of using medicinal plants:

First and foremost, herbs are the safest for treatment. They have minimal or absolutely no side effects and they are in sync with nature. Herbal treatments have also been found effective across age groups.

Herbs such as tulsi, aloe, neem, turmeric, and ginger are readily available but actually have a deep impact on the general health of people.

Common herbs and uses include:

  • Black pepper, cinnamon, myrrh, aloe, sandalwood, red clover, burdock, and bayberry are few herbs which are useful in healing wounds, sores, and boils.
  • Basil, cilantro, fennel, apple mint, golden oregano, and lemon can be simply used as a part of our daily diet. They are easy to maintain at home.
  • Turmeric is an antiseptic used on wounds to heal them. It also controls the growth of germs and harmful bacteria.
  • Chirayta, black pepper, and sandalwood are natural remedies to control fever and production of heat recommended by healthcare specialists.
  • Sandalwood and cinnamon are natural astringents which are aromatic and can also be used for arresting the discharge of blood and mucus.

Precautions to be taken:

Herbal medicines contain active ingredients and are powerful. Always ensure to take a note of:

  • Over-the-counter herbal supplements and vitamin supplements you are taking
  • Any allergic reactions you might have experienced
  • Other medications you are undergoing for ailments.

Feather in the cap:

The best part of herbal medicines is they are a part of our everyday life. Health Hydration Station teas blendsare one such impactful herbal alternative to cure ailments. This herbal concoction when consumed on a regular basis can provide wonderful results in protecting our body from health issues. Health Hydration teas are tasty and can be consumed by people across age groups. Though medicines aim at body health, blossoming teas are a treat for both the body and soul. They refreshe the mind and stimulate health from the inner self.

What’s more? They are readily available, can be easily brewed and consumed in few minutes. Health Hydration teas include fresh herbs, spices, dried fruits, variety of green tea leaves which doubly benefit us with the nutrition of the flower as well as the natural nourishment of the green tea leaves.

  • Health Hydration teas are rich in antioxidants and help in slowing down the breakdown of LDL cholesterol. All this prevents blood clots, improves vessel function, and protects the body from heart diseases.
  • Health Hydration teas have a great impact on lessening the stress levels. A continuous intake of this herbal concoction can lower the systolic blood pressure in just six months.
  • Health Hydration teas have no caffeine (except for Morning Energy blend) and hence do not make the mind jittery like fizzy drinks. They literally boost alertness and improve concentration levels without taking a toll on the body.

Are you still thinking? Without second thoughts, shift over to the plethora of herbal options available to lead a permanent healthy lifestyle.


December 17, 2018
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Recent study by National Center for Biotechnology InformationU.S. National Library of Medicine suggests that People who drink hot tea daily are less likely to have glaucoma than those who did not consume hot tea.

Frequency of a diagnosis of glaucoma in individuals who consume coffee, tea and/or soft drinks.

Wu CM1, Wu AM1, Tseng VL2,3, Yu F2,4, Coleman AL2,3,4.

Abstract

AIMS:

To evaluate the association between consumption of coffee, tea or soft drinks, and glaucoma in the participants of the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

METHODS:

The exposures of interest of this retrospective cross-sectional study were caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, iced tea, hot tea and soft drinks. The outcome of interest was a clinical diagnosis of glaucoma based on the Rotterdam criteria. Analysis of the correlation between the frequency of consumption of each type of beverage and glaucoma was performed using logistic regression modelling while controlling for age, body mass index, gender, ethnicity, smoking status and diabetes. Data were weighted using the multistage NHANES sampling design.

RESULTS:

Among a total of 1678 survey participants, the overall prevalence of glaucoma was 5.1% (n=84). Most participants were non-Hispanic white (n=892; 53.2%). There were no statistically significant associations between consumption of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, iced tea and soft drinks, and glaucoma. Participants who consumed at least one cup of hot tea daily had a 74% decreased odds of having glaucoma compared with those who did not consume hot tea (adjusted OR=0.26, 95% CI 0.09 to 0.72, P=0.004 for trend); however, no statistically significant association existed for decaffeinated hot tea and glaucoma.

CONCLUSION:

In NHANES, participants who consumed hot tea daily were less likely to have glaucoma than those who did not consume hot tea. No significant associations were found between the consumption of coffee, iced tea, decaffeinated tea and soft drinks, and glaucoma risk. This study is limited by its cross-sectional design and use of multiple statistical testing, and larger prospective studies are needed to investigate the proposed association between tea consumption and decreased glaucoma risk.

Full details of the article. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29242183#)


December 14, 2018
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We are super excited about our new series of short videos that we are planning to release early next year explaining the the benefits of each Health Hydration Station herbal blends and teas.

You’ll be able to learn directly from our Naturopath Kimberlee about the herbs and spices of each infusion/tea and its benefits in keeping hydrated and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Filming is done. Now for editing and post-production.

Special thanks to Kimberlee and Florient for doing dozens of takes, trying to get the perfect shot. 🙂

 


October 30, 2018

The Health Hydration Station incorporates over 30 herbs, tea leaves, spices and fruits. It is a novel, innovative approach to increase health and wellbeing incorporating regular/consistent consumption of evidenced based herbal infusions designed to:

  • Reduce Systemic Inflammation & Oxidation
  • Support Gut, Brain, Heart, Nervous system and Immune health
  • Encourage better sleep and reducing fatigue
  • Reduce stress & anxiety
  • Promote healthy hydration



Made from all-natural ingredients that work Synergistically, Health Hydration Station can assist in lowering rates of many life style related diseases.

Health Culture systems wellness program, incorporating Health Hydration Station and its Wellness Education program offers unique solution for the work environment.


As part of our continuous wellness education program we offer an opportunity to organise “Health Days” and “Morning Tea” events. These are fun and engaging events that will allow your employees to socially connect while we share our health knowledge.

We offer a monthly electronic newsletter and health calendar containing a variety of resources such as healthy living tips, new relevant research, general life hacks and recipes. Collectively these help you be the best version of yourself.



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