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Green Tea Chicken Noodle Soup

Step 1
Immerse the tea bags in the hot water for 3-5 minutes before removing and discarding.

Step 2
Pour the green tea and chicken stock into a medium sized saucepan and add the garlic, ginger, soy and fish sauces.

Step 3
Bring the liquid to the boil and then reduce to a simmer.  Taste the broth and season with a little salt if needed.

Step 4
Add the mushrooms, chicken and noodles to the pan and simmer until the chicken is just cooked through and the noodles tender.

Step 5
Cut the bok choy in half lengthways and add to the pan for the last few minutes of cooking.

Step 6
Distribute the chicken, noodles and vegetables between 4 bowls and then pour over the liquid.
Sprinkle with coriander leaves and shallots to serve.

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5 Natural Ways to Stay Young

5 ways to stay young

We can’t argue with our chronological age, but we can keep our minds and bodies as youthful as possible by taking care of our health. Here are five simple ways we can support our bodies – no anti-aging creams or surgery required!

1. Enhance sleep
Our bodies need sleep for rest and repair but the pace of modern life is often sleep depriving. Rather than relying on pharmaceutical aids, try a relaxing cup of herbal tea (such as sweet dreams) an hour before you go to bed. If you cut out TV, computers and other electronic devices at this time, your body will be much more relaxed and ready for sleep.

2. Look after your gut
The well-being of the gut is central to many health issues. Try lemon juice in warm water in the morning to kick start your digestive processes, eat foods with “good bacteria” such as yoghurt and fermented foods like kombucha or add a probiotic supplement to your regime. When your digestive process is running smoothly, you’ll feel less sluggish and more vital.

3. Add antioxidants
Oxidative damage is caused by free radicals, single-oxygen molecules that can negatively affect the tissues and other vital substances in your body. Antioxidants counteract the effects of free radicals and a great way to get them is to drink green or Rooibos tea – just three cups a day makes a therapeutic dose. You can also get your fill of antioxidants by eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.

4. Support your skin
Dry skin looks older and less radiant. For more hydrated skin, drink lots of water. Herbal and fruit teas are caffeine free and are a great way to increase your water intake. Vitamins and minerals can also support skin health – vitamin E, selenium, zinc, B6 and magnesium are all beneficial. As well as eating a diet rich in these elements, supplements are a simple way to up your intake.

5. Keep active
Keeping your body moving is incredibly beneficial to your overall health and how youthful you feel. A simple walk in the fresh air helps clear the mind, bolster the immune system, flood the body with beneficial natural chemicals, increase energy, lower stress levels and enhance self-esteem. Keeping flexible is also a key to youthfulness, as any yoga teacher will tell you.


Two great ways to fight ageing – and achieve smoother skin
“Ageing skin looks wrinkled, dry or scarred,” explains Red Seal naturopath Julie Fergusson. “One of the best ways to combat this is to ensure your diet is high in antioxidants such as vitamin C, by eating more fresh vegetables, citrus fruits and berries. You might also consider a vitamin C supplement,” she says. “Omega 3s are great for calming and moisturizing the skin too. Krill oil offers a higher concentration of Omega 3 than other fish oils and it also contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity.”

Stay young! Stay alive!

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The Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is often said to be one of the healthiest drinks available today. Thought to help with anything from regulating body temperature to aiding digestion, it’s not hard to see why. It’s a rich source of antioxidants, providing maximum anti-aging and other benefits if you drink 2-4 cups every day.

What is Green Tea

Originating in China, green tea was used for medicinal purposes throughout Asia for almost 4000 years, and has since become a favourite in the Western world. In fact, it is the second most popular drink around, after water, due to its numerous health benefits.

The traditional way to drink green tea, unlike most teas, is on its own. It can be sweetened with honey, but if brewed correctly it should have a robust flavour that needs no improvement. For a strong taste without any bitterness, it is recommended that you let water cool for 30-60 seconds before pouring, so as not to burn the tea leaves. Leave the teabag to draw for 3-5 minutes depending on personal preference. If you find the taste to be bitter, allow the water to cool for a little longer, or remove the teabag earlier. Green tea can be served with a mild snack, such as rice crackers, and is best enjoyed between meals, as is can reduce your appetite.

The Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has numerous reported health benefits. It can boost metabolic rate, helping you to digest food faster, and can reduce the risk of heart disease. It has also been shown to contain high levels of flavonoids, which can have anti-aging, anti-allergenic, anti- inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-diarrheic properties. Green tea has also been thought to help with certain types of cancer. On top of all this, it can even reduce the likelihood of depression and contribute to managing psychological distress.

 

Our Green Teas

Green Tea
The original green tea. Filled with antioxidants, and with no added flavours, this classic is pure and great for you, aiding digestion and cleansing your body. Click here for more info.

Lemon and Ginger Green Tea
This combination of pure green tea and lemon with a warming dash of ginger can cleanse your body, boost digestion, and can even help settle your stomach. It’s also the perfect way to increase your intake of antioxidants. Click here for more info.

Lemon and Peppermint Green Tea
Blending the taste of green tea with the zesty flavour of lemon, and a cool refreshing touch of peppermint, this is an exciting new tea from Red Seal. As with all our green teas, it is great for digestion, and a boost of citrus helps with your immune system. Click here for more info.

Zesty Orange Green Tea
By mixing the rich taste of green tea with orange and jasmine, we’ve created an energising tea that cleanses your body while boosting your immune system. It also contains extracts from the blackberry leaf, giving it a healthy dose of nutrients and antioxidants. Click here for more info.

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