Nutrition Archives - Health Tea Box

July 8, 2019


When it comes to providing optimized health services to aged clients, doing so with the highest standards of quality and benefit is of utmost importance. The goal is to help these individualsage with dignity and to continue to feel their best, despite their age.

While there are a lot of products on the market that can do this for the general population, few meet the demands and cater to the needs of the aging individual. Their needs are different: the nutrient demands are altered, the brain and mental health requirements change, and the goals surrounding preventative health are different as well.

And while other health products may not work, we know the health tea box does: it has been shown to improve cognitive function, support improved gut health, increase energy and reduce stress.

Specially formulated teas, designed with a target purpose and their own unique nutrition profile, these teas are an ideal addition to the daily routine of individuals in aged care living. In fact, in many cases, they are a great alternative to other products which individuals do not enjoy consuming and therefore resist as part of their regular schedule.

Each tea has carefully researched ingredients, all of which serve a specific purpose in being part of the recipe. With this high degree of research behind each one, we are confident that these teas and their contents can help satisfy the requirements of Quality Control Agency Checks:



Healthy Hydration Alternative

Hydration at any age is crucial for overall health and wellbeing. In aged care however, it is particularly important because this age group is more susceptible to dehydration:

  • Dehydration has shown a decrease in cognitive performance, particularly relevant for the aged population who are typically already suffering cognitive declines
  • Adequate hydration can have a positive effect on patient quality of life, including reducing incidence of urinary tract infections, emotional outbursts, and kidney degradation.

The tea is a great way to encourage individuals to stay adequately hydrated, as it is more flavourful than water, is warming and can be part of a ritual and social routine with other facility clients.


Nutritional Properties

The teas as part of the Health Tea Box are designed to be nutritionally rich. They offer a variety of nutrients and health properties which are particularly relevant for the aging population:

  • Antioxidants– present in the matcha, turmeric, coconut, and fruit in the teas and important for reducing oxidative stress in the body.
  • Anti-inflammatories – turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory which helps reduce inflammation at the cellular level
  • Vitamins and Minerals – Vitamin C, found in our teas in the orange zest and kiwi, is an important vitamin for immunity. The immune system in the aging population is sometimes compromised and needs additional nutritional support whenever possible.
  • Anti-Cancer – containing licorice, ginseng and turmeric, throughout the blends, all of these ingredients have been shown to have anti-cancer properties, an important consideration for the aging population
  • Digestion Enhancement – A healthy gut is at the root of a healthy mind, disease prevention and emotional stability. The tea blends contain several functional digestion promoting ingredients, including fennel, peppermint and rose petals.

Preventative Health

Much of the work with the elderly population is in preventative care, working to offer them the appropriate lifestyle choices, such that they can prevent any further decline in their bodies physically and mentally. There are many areas of preventative health which are important to address:

    • Sleep– Increased age facilitates a natural decline in sleep requirements. Sleep is still essential however, and our tea contains sleep boosting ingredients, such as Valerian, Chamomile and Lemon Balm.
    • Immunity– With a tea designed specifically for immunity, containing antioxidant rich ingredients like orange zest and peppermint, targeting immunity in the elderly is essential for reducing the chance of fatal illness. Other teas include immune boosting benefits from licorice, pomegranate and chamomile.
    • Type 2 Diabetes– Many individuals in aged care have pre-existing conditions such as Diabetes. Our teas contain antioxidants and ingredients such as Turmeric, Ginseng and Coconut which help address these diseases at the root cause and mitigate their negative effects. The antioxidant properties from licorice, and adaptogen benefits from rhodiola are also critical players in addressing chronic illnesses such as diabetes.
    • Cardiovascular Distress– A prominent concern amongst the elderly population, our tea contains ingredients which have been shown to improve cardiovascular function, including Ginseng, Gingko Biloba, Rhodiola and salvia miltorrhiza.

Mental Health

Memory, cognition, and mental health are all top priorities when it comes to bettering the life and wellbeing of the aging population. While genetics and life history play a large role in determining mental health outcomes for an individual, there are many lifestyle changes one can make that can influence these outcomes positively, and act as preventative measures towards further declines. Two of our blends in particular – Cognitive Assist and our Afternoon/Evening blend – target cognitive and mental health. They assist with stress adaptation, promotion of clarity of thought and strengthening of memory. They contain ingredients such as:

  • Red Ginseng – offers cognitive benefits to patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Gingko Biloba – effective and safe long-term for patients with dementia
  • Huperzia Serrata -– derived from Huperzine A, which helps improve behavioural disturbances and general cognitive function
Health Tea Box

The ingredients used as part of the Health Tea Box are all natural and plant-derived and the teas contain no added sugar, artificial flavours or preservatives. In essence, these blends act as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to fighting and preventing health degradation and disease which commonly affects aging individuals.

Baby Boomers are filling an increasingly larger percentage of those looking for aged care, but members of this demographic are unique in that they enter aged care educated in natural health practices, and in many cases with the desire to help themselves through natural health solutions. The Health Tea Box is the answer to this, with research-backed ingredients and multiple health benefits behind it.

Aging is an inevitable part of the life trajectory. It doesn’t however, have to be an unpleasant and difficult one. Through proper nutrition and exercise, the use of health promoting products like a Health Tea Box, and through the care and commitment of the generous aged care workers, these individuals can maintain a high quality of life into their final days.



From the experts:

“The use of natural ingredients offers a holistic approach to helping aging individuals, allowing them to gain benefits across their whole body – from brain and memory to joints to inability to sleep. Natural alternatives encourage health issues to be targeted at the root cause, not simply through a band-aid solution that may stop working or have other negative consequences. Furthermore, drinking tea is a simple integration into the daily routine of most people, and it tastes delicious!”



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



May 27, 2019

Wondering why your employees are present, but lack presenteeism? Feeling like you are constantly finding covers for sick employees? Thinking about adopting a workplace wellness program, but not sure what to do? Here’s what you need to know about programs that work . . . and those that probably won’t!



Workplace wellness is a multi-million-dollar industry. When done right, those millions of dollars spent earn far more than that in return. When done wrong however, workplace wellness focuses around a reactive instead of proactive approach and leads to millions of dollars in workplace productivity loss, employee absenteeism and loss of company ROI.

If you want to find yourself in the latter category it’s time to stand up and get real about what your employees need and how you can get there.

What’s Wrong With my Workplace Wellness Program?
Here’s the thing: it might not be that there is anything outlandishly wrong about your program, as much as it is outdated. Heck, even something you started last year could be outdated by now with the rate of advancement of technology and wellness trends. And while some of it is indeed trends that will always be on again, off again, a lot of it is backed by science and research. And when it comes to that, there are a few areas of your program that researchers know are no longer best serving your employees:

  1. Symptoms over Cause
    Employees show up to work (or are absent from work) with symptoms of compromised wellness: fatigue, gut distress, poor concentration, no energy, lack of focus.But wellness programs that only address these symptoms instead of helping employees get to the cause of them will only go in a vicious circle of getting rid of symptoms temporarily, and then seeing them return.
  2. Trends over Sustainability
    Similar to addressing a symptom instead of a cause, programs that just jump on trends an don’t offer their employees the resources and education to make sustainable changes will never see long term progress. For example, encouraging employees to do a challenge of 3 weeks meat free is not as effective at promoting enhanced long term heart health and diabetes reduction as if employees are educated on what it looks like to adopt a plant based diet.
  3. Short-Term Over Long-Term
    Quick fixes and plans with a short turnaround are less effective than setting down a foundation that will allow your employees to adopt habits that they can maintain over the long-term.

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How can I fix it?

Let’s start with the hard part: you have to make a change. Change is indeed hard – logistically, financially, physically, and emotionally – and as a result is often avoided. In fact, the reality that things have to change is often the primary hurdle in the way, and why workplace wellness programs remain the same for so long. But now that you know you are going to have to make a change, let’s jump in and figure out what you need to change.

  1. Answer the Why
    One of the biggest issues surrounding wellness programs is adherence and consistency: employees start a program, but fail to see it through or fail to engage in it consistently. You can help address this issue by relating the program to their real life: why what they are doing is important for their everyday functioning. For example, how drinking the energy tealets them be more productive at work, but also have more energy for their kids. How the night-time tea, which improves sleep, will allow them to more easily get up and exercise before work and help them have more patience for their family.
  2. Break Down Barriers
    In addition to answering the why, find out the why not. What are the hurdles in the way of your employees’ adherence or starting the program? What is holding them back from committing? Things such as lack of knowledge, feeling unsupported or uncomfortable, or not able to connect with other employees to form a network and feel part of a team can all be contributing factors.
  3. Cultivate a Community
    Addressing the issues surrounding making employees feel comfortable, supported and part of a team can largely be addressed by working to create a community. Make workplace wellbeing an integral part of weekly happenings at the office and something that everybody participates in. Cultivate a culture of positivity and encouragement and encourage employees to reach out to each other to aid in maintaining accountability and adherence.


If you’re ready to make a change and create a wellness program that works, we have just what you need to get started: a Health Tea Box! Complete with energy boosting teas made with science backed ingredients, it might be just the answer you are looking for!


Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



March 29, 2019

I’m absolutely obsessed with tea, and here are 5 teas that I’ve been having lately as part of my daily wellness routine!




Morning Tea – Herbal Tea Blend

This is the perfect tea to start your day with!  I love that this tea can offer an energy boost thanks to the unique combination of the matcha, green tea and white tea. Unlike coffee however, since these teas release their caffeine differently, I don’t feel jittery or have that dreaded mid-morning energy crash. Plus, I like that I get the added health benefits of matcha at the same time as being gently woken up!

Herbal Power

  • Matcha – Ground green tea leaves, offering a high level of antioxidants, disease-fighting catechins and natural relaxant L-theanine.
  • Hibiscus – Antioxidant and helps reduce high blood pressure
  • Rose Petals – Anti-inflammatory and helps improve digestion and blood health

Tasting Notes – The apple and berries balance out the sometimes-potent flavour of matcha and green tea and the slight fragrant taste of rose and hibiscus gives the tea a nice finish.



Day Blend – Cognitive Memory Assist

Sometimes I feel like my brain is overloaded, and I just can’t think straight. Whether it is a busy day with lots of demands, or I have a large project on the go, having a tea to bring clarity and help with the brain fog is essential. I consume this tea daily for the added long-term benefits of reducing Alzheimer’s risk, but I find it particularly beneficial when I’m in the throes of overwhelm and a to-do list that seems never-ending!

Herbal Power

  • Gingko Biloba – Improves blood flow, helping enhance blood circulation in the brain and augment memory
  • Ginseng Panax – Reduces amyloid, disease-causing, plaque build-up and helps lower blood pressure; offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits
  • Rhodiola – An adaptogen that helps the body adapt to stress; offers learning and memory protection and enhancement
  • Dong Quai – Improves immune system function and helps protect the cardiovascular system

Tasting Notes – Natural sweetness thanks to the mango, balanced out by the tartness of kiwi and apple; slight, but pleasant medicinal undertone from the memory enhancing ingredients.



All Day Blend – Immunity

Anybody else feeling the effects of the incoming cold weather? A little sniffle here, or waking up with a bit of a sore throat are my typical early symptoms to let me know a cold is on the way! Now though, I sip immunity tea off and on all day and within a few days, all my symptoms have gone! It’s easy to do when it tastes so delicious (thanks orange and pomegranate!), and I know I am getting a major Vitamin C boost at the same time. Win win!

Herbal Power

  • Liquorice – Beneficial for improving digestion, and nourishing the mucosal lining of the intestines; anti-inflammatory, immune enhancing and adoptogenic
  • Fennel – Containing anti-inflammatory properties, this seed also helps ease digestion discomfort and nausea
  • Peppermint – A multi-use natural herb, this plant is anti-spasmodic, helps ease digestion and enhances cognitive function

Tasting Notes – Naturally sweet thanks to the liquorice and fennel this tea has a hint of peppermint from the fresh peppermint leaf that is included in the blend. The orange and pomegranate give fruity finishing notes.



Afternoon Blend – Gut Health

I would drink this tea every day, thanks to the delicious flavour, but the fact that I get a gut boost at the same time is amazing! I tend to go for this tea 30-60 minutes after I have had lunch, as I find it helps me feel satisfied and lets me focus more on the afternoon tasks. Because the gut biome plays such a critical role in concentration, mood and brain function, I always make sure this tea is close by if I feel any early signs of gut distress, like nausea or bloating.

Herbal Power

  • Turmeric – A potent anti-inflammatory due to its high levels of curcumin, and rich in antioxidants; helps in supporting inflammatory processes in the digestive tract
  • Ginger – A natural anti-nausea, ginger’s fiery flavour helps it act as a natural circulatory stimulant, while simultaneously easing digestion.
  • Coconut – A source of healthy fats to enhance digestion and immunity, while also optimising brain function
  • Cinnamon – A natural way to help balance blood sugar, while offering circulatory benefits and helping maintain blood pressure

Tasting Notes – With the combination of ginger, coconut and lime, this tea tastes like a tropical paradise! It is pleasantly sweet, with a fiery, but balanced, ginger kick, and



Evening Blend – Relax and De-Stress

When the evening hits, and I am ready to unwind, I always crave a comforting cup of tea that I can wrap my hands around and curl up with on the couch. The truth is though, I am not always good at shutting my mind off and relaxing so I can sleep, and having a tea that is part of my routine to initiate that makes a huge difference. I love how this tea helps me instantly feel less stressed and calmer, and I always feel like my thoughts can finally slow down and I can get ready for bed.

Herbal Power

  • Valerian – Offering sedative and calming effects, this decreases nervous tension and encourages parasympathetic activation
  • Chamomile – Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting, offering antioxidant properties and aiding in relaxation
  • Lemon Balm – An antioxidant that enhances cognitive function and has calming properties
  • Passionfruit – A natural sedative, that encourages relaxation

Tasting Notes – Hints of cinnamon and vanilla, as well as a slight hit of lemon thanks to the Lemon Balm. The blend of ingredients allow this tea to be simultaneously soothing and satisfying.



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



March 8, 2019
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Very excited about the upcoming “Lunch & Learn” workshop at Work Club Melbourne’s amazing office.

The Work Club’s ethos of freedom of movement, curiosity of mind and courage of spirit to transition effortlessly between work, life and leisure is a perfect match for our goal to introduce natural healthy habits to everyday life and empower a positive change to help people be the best version of themselves.

Be ready for some wellness tea tasting and lots of helpful herbal wellbeing hints and tips from our nutritionist Kimberlee Ashanti.


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 Tea Box herbal teas

Health Tea Box 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.


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 Tea Box 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. 🙂

 


November 28, 2018
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Looking for some immunity boosting magic? Here’s a delicious and simple immune-boosting smoothie based on our “All Day” – Herbal tea that boast anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.


Ingredients

  1. 1 Cup of our Immunity Boost “All Day” blend tea.
  2. ½ Cup of frozen or fresh mango.
  3. 1 tbsp. Chia seeds.
  4. Handful of spinach.
  5. 1 tsp. Honey.

Method

Brew our “All Day” blend tea for 4-5 minutes in hot water to extract maximum nutrients. Let it cool down before adding to the blender.

Place all ingredients in high-speed blender and blend to the desired consistency. If you use frozen fruits, there’s no need to add ice, otherwise you can add a small handful of ice to cool the smoothie.


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