1. Why do you suggest drinking green tea without milk?

The reason that milk is not drunk with Green teas is traditionally rather a hard-and-fast rule, as many people do add milk to green tea as a personal preference. There is nothing to stop you drinking it the way you want to.

Adding milk to black tea did not start until 1680 in Europe. The Chinese and Japanese never add milk to their green teas as they believe it changes its delicate flavour. Tea contains many nutrients; flavonoids, amino acids, vitamins (C, E and K), caffeine and polysaccharides and is thought that adding milk may change the absorption of these nutrients. Also thought to neutralize tannins and reduce acidity.

As we base the Green tea on the traditional method of drinking the hence the instructs to drink it without milk

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2. What is the difference between Floradix Iron tonic and Floravital Iron tonic?

Both are iron tonics. Floradix is sourced from Iron-fed yeast it contains some wheat germ and is sweetened with honey. Floravital contains no yeast, gluten or honey. It is the ideal choice for those who may have yeast intolerances, candida or gluten allergies. The packaging on Floravital Iron tonics states it is yeast and gluten free.

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3. I am finding the Alpine tea very helpful, but how long is one able to drink it? It’s quite nice to sip, can I drink it every day?

Alpine tea is one of the few teas in our range with a therapeutic action in it. Alpine tea contains Senna and this has a laxative action on the bowel. For this reason we do not consider this tea a pleasure tea and recommend that you only drink when needed.

Alpine tea contains Senna which helps stimulate the colon and move the faecal matter forward faster,  reducing the time available for water to be reabsorbed and ensuring the colon content remains soft. This can also affect the electrolyte balance of the colon. This should not be used for longer than 10 days consecutively.   

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4. Who should take Floradix Iron tonic?

The tasty combination of herbs and fresh fruit juices in Floradix makes it ideally suited for every member of the family. However, Floradix Iron is particularly recommended for:

Women and young girls – This sector of the population needs substantial doses of iron due to hormonal changes, growth spurts, monthly blood loss, and overwork. Floradix Iron Tonic produces more energy and reduces the fatigue typically associated with iron deficiency. Pregnancy and breastfeeding consume large amounts of body energy. As a result, women need lots of vitamins, especially iron. Floradix Iron Tonic has been providing safe and effective iron supplementation to women for over 60 years.

Children and teenagers – The rapid physical and mental development of our children and teens combined with modern dietary habits lead to deficiencies that can cause poor bodily function. These can be manifested by problems with the immune system, loss of hair, loss of memory, fatigue, delayed growth, and more. What better solution then than a concentrated supplement of natural ingredients to fill the voids?

Vegetarians and people on a diet – Many People who diet can often lack the ingredients necessary by the body, thus causing iron deficiency. In these cases, Floradix Iron Tonic not only fills the gap but also provides the energy that the body so badly needs. It is also a good source of Vitamin B12 which many vegetarians and vegans need to ensure that they get in their diet.

Adults – At least one in four adults suffers from anaemia due to iron deficiency, which is in turn caused by the poor quality of the food we consume and the malabsorption of nutritional ingredients, or blood loss. It is therefore vital to receive the iron and vitamins our body needs on a daily basis, especially during illness.

Athletes – Athletes overload their body, thus increasing its need for vitamins in general and iron in particular. Even people that do not engage in physical activity require supplements of iron and vitamins. Floradix Iron Tonic – the convenient and easy way to fill the void.

Coeliac – If you have a known malabsorption problem such as a gluten problem known as Coeliac’s disease than Floradix Floravital Iron tonic the gluten free variety will be ideal to help build your iron levels back up.

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5. What ingredient is the reason behind the caution on Black Adder Liquorice tea?

The caution on the packet of Black Adder tea is due to the herb Liquorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra).  Liquorice is popular herb as it has a number of positive effects on the body; helpful for respiratory conditions, as an adrenal tonic (for stress), digestion and anti-inflammatory properties. and it tastes good!

However, under some circumstances it is best to avoid it completely; such as high blood pressure, kidney problems and pregnancy. The most common effects when too much liquorice is consumed are increased blood pressure and water retention (including Liquorice sweets too!). This is why it is not recommended for those with high blood pressure or women who are pregnant (Toxemia which can occur suddenly in pregnancy and high blood pressure is part of this condition). The adrenocortical effects of this herb can lead to increased mineralocorticoid activity which in turn gives raise the retention of sodium, and thus water with the potential to raise blood pressure and cause oedema. If water retention occurs and the Liquorice consumption is stopped, the body will normalise.

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6. Can diabetics take any of the Floradix tonics?

Yes. However, the liquid tonics are sweetened with fructose so they must be considered a fruit serve. The information to be considered is that in 10 mls carbohydrate levels is 2.45g 100mls is equivalent to 2BU (bread units) 10 mls 0.2 BU. 20 mls of Floradix Iron tonic is equivalent to 4.8 g of glucose. Alternatively the Floradix Iron tablets are ideal if they need an iron supplement and they are glucose free.

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7. When is the best time to drink Alpine laxative tea?

The best results are achieved by having a cup of Alpine tea at night before bed. Use only as needed.

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8. Are Red Seal toothpastes suitable for vegans?

All Red Seal toothpastes are suitable for vegetarians.  However, if you are vegan you may not want to use the Propolis toothpaste as it uses Propolis, which is product made by bees.

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9. Is Floradix safe to take when you are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes. In fact both Floradix and Floravital iron tonic is endorsed and recommended by the NZ College of Midwives. Floradix provides energy and vitality to the mother, as well as to the baby.

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10. How do you drink Red Bush tea? Can I add milk?

Many people drink Red bush tea without adding anything to it others drink it as they would drink black tea, sometimes adding a splash of milk, sweetener like sugar, stevia or honey. Others like it with a slice of lemon. Red Bush is also great iced!

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