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12 Surprising Benefits of Nettle Tea You Should Know

12 Surprising Benefits of Nettle Tea You Should Know

Have you ever come in close contact with a nettle plant? Did it leave you itching? This is because nettle leaves and stems have fine hairs on them that release irritating chemicals when they come in close contact with the skin. However, don’t avoid stinging nettles altogether on account of that. You will be surprised to know that drinking a cup of nettle tea will make you fresh and energetic immediately!

Nettle is also known as Urtica dioica in Latin and has a rich herbal legacy. It has been used as a diuretic since medieval times in Europe, and it is a great tonic for women. If you have access to fresh plants, you can simply dry nettle leaves in the sun for your cup of nettle tea. Each cup of nettle tea contains vitamins A, B, and K, riboflavin, niacin, folate, carbohydrates (71.33%), fat (2.36%) and proteins (25.8%). It is also rich in minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, copper and magnesium.

Nettle is highly recommended for its nutritional and medicinal values, but what are the benefits of nettle tea? Let’s find out.

1. Preventing kidney stones and other urinary and bladder problems.

Nettle tea is a natural diuretic that allows proper fluid flow in the kidneys and bladder, thus preventing the formation of kidney stones.The Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy states that nettle tea can flush out toxins from the urinary tract and also support the medicines used to treat urinary tract infections.

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2. It acts as a natural pain killer that eases arthritis pains and muscle aches.

Nettle has been used since time immemorial to treat arthritis, states the University of Maryland Medical Center. Studies support the finding that the external application of nettle leaf extracts can help to relieve joint pains. Also, taking nettle leaf tea and extracts alongside nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) helps people to reduce their NSAID dose.

3. It can cure eczema and other skin diseases.

Do you know that drinking nettle tea helps to flush out toxins from the body? This gives you blemish-free skin and helps to treat eczema.

4. Use it as a natural cure for allergies.

Nettle tea both prevents and cures allergies that happen with seasonal change, like itching, allergic rhinitis and sneezing. Nettle helps to reduce the amount of histamine the body produces in response to the allergen, so doctors prescribe freeze-dried nettle to prevent the onset of hay fever.

5. Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

The University of Maryland Medical Center points out that stinging nettle root is used to treat BPH in Europe. Laboratory studies show that nettle can work like finasteride (a medicine used to treat BPH) in slowing the multiplication of prostate cells, though it doesn’t reduce the size of the prostate gland. Scientists are not sure how nettle reduces the symptoms of BPH, so more research is required in this field.

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6. A good tonic for women.

Nettle tea is rich in iron and helps to fight anemia. Pregnant women should drink nettle tea to prevent bleeding and makes the fetus strong. Nettle also functions as a galactagogue, that is, a substance that stimulates milk production in nursing mothers. Young women can also drink nettle tea to prevent the bloating and cramps that accompany the onset of the menstrual cycle. It reduces fibroids and regulates the menstrual flow and prevents menopause symptoms in women by processing estrogen.

7. It’s good for digestion.

Drink nettle tea to get relief from indigestion, nausea, excess gas, nausea, colitis and celiac disease. It also prevents diarrhea by killing intestinal worms and parasites.

8. It lowers blood cholesterol levels.

Nettle contains beta sitosterol, this aids in lowering the body’s absorption of cholesterol and thus ensures a healthy heart and arteries.

9. It maintains proper cell structure.

Nettle is rich in flavonoids like quercetin, which have antioxidant properties. Nettle tea extracts help protect your DNA and cell membranes from damage caused by free-radicals.

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10. Prevention of diabetes and blood pressure issues.

Drinking nettle tea will bring down blood sugar or glycemic levels. The natural diuretic properties also help to maintain blood pressure.

11. It reduces internal bleeding.

Drinking nettle tea is known to lessen uterine bleeding, nose bleeds, and bleeding in the bowel, although please don’t neglect to see a medical professional if you have any unexplained internal bleeding! You can also use nettle tea to treat minor bruises.

12. It’s good for oral hygiene.

Your mouth reveals a lot about your health and poor oral hygiene can really adversely affect your well-being. Gum problems like gingivitis and plaque can cause halitosis and mouth sores. Prevent gingivitis by using nettle tea extracts with your mouthwash while gargling.

Preparation and side effects.

Nettle leaf can be use externally as an ointment and also consumed as nettle tea. To make nettle tea, just steep one to two teaspoons of dried nettle leaves in boiling water for 5–10 minutes and your wonderful cup of nettle tea is ready! You can add nettle root tinctures for added benefits. You can also flavor your cup of nettle tea with lime and honey. This herbal panacea is a one stop solution for almost all health troubles!

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As with any herbal or medical treatment, it doesn’t always agree with everyone, and drinking nettle tea may cause stomach aches in some. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should also consult a doctor before trying out nettle tea. Though it is safe to use on children you should still consult a pediatrician before adding it to their diets.

Carry nettle leaf tea bags whenever you travel. Make it your constant companion for a healthy future!

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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