Raise a (tea)cup to better health!

An ongoing study is showing pretty exciting results when it comes to taking care of your brain: you can actually improve neuro-efficiency by steeping a simple cup of tea.

Assistant Professor Feng Lei from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine revealed that “regular tea drinkers have better organised brain regions – and this is associated with healthy cognitive function – compared to non-tea drinkers.” The study followed older adults who were drinking a variety of tea types several times each week. It was conducted by a collaborative team that was interested in finding benefits to tea drinking in addition to previously studied aspects such as heart health, diabetes and improved mood. 

What’s so magical about tea? 

Ok, so let’s just assume all these studies are correct in their findings. Let’s say drinking tea several times a week will help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, will keep us calmer, level out blood sugar issues, plus make our brains work better than ever. All these results beg the question of why? The quick answer comes from Harvard-led studies which pinpointed health-promoting substances like polyphenols, particularly catechins and epicatechins. In fact, “lab and animal studies say these molecules have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.” One thing researchers urge (in addition to making tea a part of your healthy habits checklist) is to keep the sugar out of your cup! Authors are quick to note that any benefits imparted by drinking tea will surely be cancelled out if you load up your cuppa with the sweet stuff. 

What else can tea do for me? 

In addition to these scientific studies, there are great tea producers out there making specific recipes based on supporting women’s health in particular. We’ve been a big fan of what’s happening at La Luna Tide, where women can get a subscription to a box of four teas that support a more balanced experience, all month long. 

With all the good teas can do, we’re hoping to work more of the drink into our daily routines. Maybe we’ll bring back high tea parties, or switch to a relaxing hot tea in the morning instead of a latte on the run. 

Do you live in a heart disease hotspot?

Heart disease, which can include several types of medical conditions, is the leading cause of death in the United States. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year. Heart disease can be congenital or caused by conditions like coronary artery disease, and it can result in heart attacks and heart failure.

In fields like epidemiology and public health, the term “hotspots” has been used to refer to areas of elevated disease emergence or prevalence, as well as areas of high transmission risk. The National Center for Biotechnology Information encourages the use of more precise terms, such as “burden hotspot,” “transmission hotspot,” and “emergence hotspot.”

This distinction is necessary so local and federal public health officials can make decisions regarding intervention and disease control, and so you can decipher available information and make informed choices about your health.

Why are heart disease hotspots important?

The American Heart Association (AHA) conducted a comprehensive study on the current and projected prevalence of heart disease, which includes factors such as gender, race and ethnicity. However, public health officials are becoming more interested in how geographic factors such as recreation, transportation, crime and unemployment affect your health.

Think of these factors as yet another data point to include in your full profile of health to help you understand your health risks, put symptoms in context and plan your best path to well-being.

“In many ways, your ZIP code is more important than your genetic code when it comes to health,” said Jay Butler, chief medical officer and director of public health for the state of Alaska.

The more you know
Do you think you live in a heart disease hotspot? The CDC created an interactive map showing heart disease mortality by state. This data, along with information about heart disease, prevention, and treatment will give you the tools to take control of your cardiovascular health.