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IVF, Stress & the Mind Body Experience

There is a large group of men and women in the world who are unable to conceive on their own. Fortunately, we live in a world where science and health can come together to help an individual have a baby. As an integrative health and wellness coach, my goal is to educate, advocate and support men and women through their fertility journey. Below, are some keys things to consider before beginning the IVF journey and research on how the IVF process can impact your mind and body.

What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)?

IVF is the process by which a woman’s eggs are removed from her ovaries and are injected with sperm in a laboratory. Fertilization of the egg takes place in the laboratory, and is later implanted back into the woman who will carry the growing fetus if the treatment is successful. Before this process can begin, a woman undergoes a series of hormone injections and fertility medication(s) to help produce viable eggs. Once the egg is fertilized it can be implanted by using a thin catheter through the cervix and into the uterus.

IVF Related Stressors

The risk of negative pregnancy outcome is greater in women with a history of pregnancy complication, and the risks are still present in IVF pregnancies.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is psychologically and emotionally stressful procedure, as such, women may experience stress related anxiety before, during and/or after the IVF treatment. The constant source of stress may be caused by the fear of not getting pregnant, the high cost of IVF, daily injections, required procedures, and the possibility of failure at any stage. In addition to the physical stress, the psychological stressors present may impact the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis, the sympathetic nervous system, and the major “fight or flight” stress hormones which affect our heart rate variability.

What is Heart Rate Variability?

According to the American Heart Association, heart rate and rhythm are largely under the control of the autonomic nervous system. Heart rate variability (HRV) refers to the beat-to-beat alterations in heart rate and fluctuates with respiration. Thoughts, emotions, and external experiences are intertwined with the rhythm of the heart and our breathing. Constant acute stress, aging, physical inactivity can lower HRV.

Stress Hormones & Your Heart Rate: Why Should You Care?

Norepinephrine and Heart Rate:

Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter and hormone that becomes elevated during stressful events. Known for its support in the fight-or-flight response, this hormone directly increasing heart rate, triggers the release of glucose from energy stores, and can result in a drop in heart rate. Norepinephrine also plays a role in the local regulation of ovarian function which can affect IVF outcomes.

Epinephrine and Heart Rate:

The roles of epinephrine and norepinephrine are very similar, However, epinephrine constricts blood vessels but dilates the blood vessels in the skeletal muscles and the liver. It causes the contraction of the heart, which increases the blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood output from the heart. Epinephrine is often associated with “fight or flight” response because it is released during stressful events.

Cortisol and Heart Rate

Cortisol is produced in the adrenal glands. Cortisol can suppress the immune system, increase blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. Cortisol is used in the body to help us wake up after sleeping. It is considered to be the main hormone in the “flight or fight” response, and too much of this hormone can disrupt reproduction, impact the immune system, and cause weight gain.

What Does The Research Say? 

There have been countless of studies on fertility and IVF. More recently, there has been an increase in the desire to learn more on whether our fertility is affected by stress. The truth is that according to the research, high levels of stress hormones does reduce the effectiveness of fertility treatments and can even impact the quality of embryos. However, there is also research that points to the fact that a certain amount of stress is good for the body, and can even support fertility. This is what we call “performance stress,” which basically means that we can often perform better when under a bit of stress.

This leads me to my final thoughts…

Stress Perception:

One thing to consider before undergoing your fertility treatment is

“How do you manage your stress?”

Begin by asking yourself what “self-care” means to you, and by thinking about how self-care can support your fertility journey. By taking a step back in this process and thinking about how we perceive our stress, manage our stress and let go of some of that stress, we might be able to increase our chances of a successful fertility treatment,  and create a greater awareness in our bodies of how our “stress habits” play a role in our lives.

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How To Make Your Salads Exciting & Get Your B Vitamins All-In-One

I recently discovered a recipe for a dressing while having lunch with my boss. It was a regular “I’m-a-hippie-and-I-live-in-Berkeley” type of meal until she handed me the dressing.   My standard go-to dressing is usually balsamic vinegar and a splash of olive oil or fresh lemon juice, and that was what I expected- the usual, slightly boring dressing. As I drizzled the dressing and raised the fork to my mouth I instantly got the familiar smell of bacon. I took at bite and my mouth exploded with quite possibly the most amazing flavor I had ever tasted. As I looked up from my plate and looked at my boss and she replied with, “I know, I’m addicted.” I had to know what was in the dressing! After trying to guess the ingredients, she told me that it was a combination of olive oil, tamari sauce/soy sauce, nutritional yeast and apple cider vinegar. She told me she couldn’t get enough of the dressing and that many times she would just crave it and want to literally pour it on everything just so she could satiate her desire for it. Since then I have made this dressing the staple dressing in my home. I literally add it to everything. Need to add some flavor to that chicken you’re about to pop in the oven? Pour some of this dressing on it!  Drizzle it over your roasted veggies or raw veggies; trust me, you will want to drink it straight out of the bottle. I suspect that the reason you will quickly fall in love with this dressing is for its high level of B vitamin’s in the nutritional yeast and your body’s natural craving for it. Regardless of the reason, go make it and see for yourself!

Here’s the easy recipe:

1/4 Tamari sauce or soy sauce 

1/4 Bragg’s apple cider vinegar

1/4 Olive oil

1/4 Bragg’s nutritional yeast 

Mix the ingredients in a pourable pyrex, whisk and pour into a glass salad dressing container. *Do not refrigerate.

Cheer’s to no more boring salad dressings!

The Mindful Doula: Supporting Mamas One Breath at a Time

As a doula I always understood the mind-body connection during birth, and how the breath supports and helps a woman’s body with the contractions and the downward movement of the baby.

As I started to explore mindfulness and it’s use in birth I noticed that this idea is not one that is well understood by many mamas-to-be, partners, or even doulas. I was surprised to hear that some doulas never talked about how the breath impacts the birth process and how the nervous system reacts to stressful situations.

There’s nothing complicated about this practice and there’s nothing weird about it either. Often times mamas and doulas become frustrated with where to start with mindfulness because it seems like a foreign  or trendy concept. The truth is that the only place to look is in your own body. We all have the natural ability to use mindfulness because we can breathe and we can pay attention to our breathing.

First off, just pay close attention to your breathing right now. Does it make a sound, is it shallow or deep, where does your breathing originate and can you follow its trajectory? Are you a chest breather or a belly breather?

Second, focus your attention to your breath and begin breathing in more deeply and notice how with every breath you become more and more relaxed. Now where is your breathing located? Most likely your breathing in coming from your belly. If it is, good job! Belly breathing is the best way to access your vagus nerve which is connected to your brain stem down to your abdomen We can soothe our vagus nerve by breathing deeply and relaxing. When we breathe and we relax we also activate our parasympathetic nervous system.

The VEGAS what?!

Vagus: Pronouced “vay-gus”

For those of you who are more scientifically minded here is a quick and dirty breakdown of how our breathing impacts the bodies nervous system and how it directly impacts a pregnant woman’s experience during childbirth.

The vagus nerve helps to regulate the heart beat, control muscle movement, keep a person breathing, and to transmit a variety of chemicals through the body. It is also responsible for keeping the digestive tract in working order, contracting the muscles of the stomach and intestines to help process food, and sending back information about what is being digested and what the body is getting out of it. When the vagus nerve is stimulated, the response is often a reduction in heart-rate or breathing.

Your breathing pattern is directly connected to your autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is broken down in to two separate systems, the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.

The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for responsible for stimulation of “rest-and-digest” or “feed and breed” activities that occur when the body is at rest, especially after eating, including arousal, salivation, tears, urination, and digestion. This is your chill-out mode. This is where we should all strive to be.

The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for stimulating activities associated with the fight or flight response. It dilates pupils, increases heart rate, pumps more blood into your heart, circulates adrenaline, activates sweat glands, and slows down your need to urinate and your digestion. Basically this is stress out- freak out mode. Sadly, most people live here permanently which significantly impacts overall health (but that topic is for another day).

Now, let’s imagine that you are in the hospital with the woman who is about to give birth. She is dripping in sweat, screaming in pain, she is yelling at her partner and the nurse just came in to tell her that they can’t give her an epidural yet because it’s too early or if she’s birthing at home, imagine the midwife just called and said she was stuck in traffic. What is her nervous system doing?  Not to mention what is happening to her body is directly impacting her babies reaction. Mama freaks out, baby freaks out.

Answer: She is on Sympathetic over-drive. Her breathing is shallow, her pupils are dilated because the baby is coming and she is in pain. Mama is in fight or flight mode.

How do you as the doula get her to activate her parasympathetic nervous system? How do you get her to come down from her fight or flight mode? How do you use her breathing to get her to calm down? How do you as a doula get her to be in the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting her feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations?

Things you can do to support her:

1. Ask her to look at you and match her breathing with yours (slow, steady breathing).

2. Help her find a word(s) that helps her and have her focus on that word during each contraction (I am strong, I can do this….).

3. Remind her that after this one contraction she gets a break. Don’t let her use up her break with a freak out. Instead help her realize that after the contraction comes a moment of peace and stillness.

4. Remind her that each contraction means she is closer to meeting her beloved baby.

5. Use walking, pacing of the room can help her see her experience from a different perspective. Open a window, or open the shades, change the lighting in the space or light some candles.

6. Her senses are extremely heightened. Bring in her favorite flowers, a plush pair of slippers or some essential oils and give her a light hand or foot massage or draw a bath for her.

7. One of the most important things you can do is to remind her that she will be okay, remind her how well she is doing. Praise her for her ability endure and remind her that her body is strong and knows exactly what it needs to do.

8. Sometimes as doulas we can come across mama’s who place judgment on themselves for choosing a hospital birth, home birth, midwife, epidural, c-section, whatever the case you job is to help her re-focus that attention back to her experience because it is unique and special. Remind her that her experience is her own and bring it back to her breathing.

As doulas our job is to help women feel comforted and supported. Using the breath mindfully we can help enhance a mothers experience by changing her perspective on pain.  This is not to say that the “pain” of childbirth will disappear, but instead staying in panic mode the goal is to have her notice that for every moment of pain there is a moment of peace. And each contraction gets her one step closer to meeting her beautiful baby.

Life Lessons: Learning How to Let Go.

It’s not easy letting go. It’s even more challenging when it hurts your ego. The act of letting go is more that just the act itself, it’s a process.

It’s not easy to let go. It’s even more challenging when it hurts your ego.  The act of letting go  is more that just the act itself, it’s a process.

I recently re-assesed a pattern in my life and decided that it was time to stop the cycle of seeking approval. For those who know me understand that I am not necessarily looking for approval from people, but I seek approval through education. I am addicted to education. I am addicted to getting degrees. My addiction has become my hiding place. I don’t mean learning new things on a day to day basis, I mean going back to school for certificates, degrees, etc. I love learning and that is not the problem. The problem is that I find my value there.  Some of you might not see this as a problem and that is okay because it’s not your problem. However, this is something that hinders me from living a full  life with those I love. Instead of seeking time with friends and family I am behind a computer screen or behind a book. My husband comes home and I am in my corner doing homework. My marriage takes a back seat. My spiritual life takes a back seat. My friendships take a back seat and my family does as well.  I can’t live my life like that anymore.   I want more out of life than just another degree and walk across the stage for a diploma. I choose my family. I choose my marriage. I choose to live my life content just as it is and live life outside of my computer and my books. What is life if it is not lived fully anyway?

After about a year of mulling over this idea of “letting go” I will share with you the steps I took to get to where I am now. My journey is far from being complete, but here is how I  took the first step towards releasing my clutch from that which I hold close and that which inhibits my ability to connect with people.

1. Acknowledgement: Acknowledgement takes courage. Acknowledgement doesn’t necessarily mean we are ready to move on, but it means we can look the problem in the eye instead of hiding from it and ignoring that it exists.

2. Naming: Once you acknowledge the issue give it a name. Living with a nameless issue is like living with blinders on. We can’t fully see our potential and life outside of this problem because we don’t realize that we have blinders on. Often we pretend it’s not a problem because it has no real face and no real name.

3. Say it out loud: Tell someone!  Even if you’re just thinking about it and not ready to take the step to change it quite yet. By sharing it you make it real to the rest of the world. Saying it out loud means that there is someone else who knows it exists.

4.  Acceptance: Acceptance gives us the ability to take the next step in setting a goal. Once you have accepted it you get specific about your goal. How will you follow through? What are the things you need to do to make sure the necessary changes happen? What is your time line? Where do you see yourself in 3, 6, 9 months?

5. Accountability:  Ask for support. Find someone who will check in with you about this. Ask that person to make sure you are taking steps in the right direction. This accountability helps you set your goal in letting go. When you set a goal(s) and you share it you are more likely to follow through than if you don’t share it with anyone.

6. Releasing: Everyday we make the choice to keep moving forward. Choose to take 1 step forward everyday by looking at your goals list and checking in with your accountability partner. There is progress even in just one step.

7. Checking in: There is something magically humbling about accountability. It’s as if we get back to our need for communal support that it opens people up for more conversation. When we are able to be vulnerable people around us can sense that and might open up just by the nature of your honesty. Asking your accountability partner to check in with you every so often is helpful. This will keep you honest and also help you continue with your progress.

Endometriosis Care: How I Integrated Complementary Medicine with Traditional Medicine

Written by Arielle Denise Dance, MA in Women’s Health

Pause for a moment and take a deep breath. Now take another breath and imagine a warm, healing light flowing through your body and hovering over any areas that may be causing you pain or discomfort. Now, one more relaxing deep breath.

This is a common guided imagery exercise I use to calm myself when I am having bouts of pain due to endometriosis or simply need to be reminded to be grateful for my body in spite of my ailments. Endometriosis is a women’s reproductive disease which impacts millions of women of worldwide. Women, like me, with the disease often experience extreme pelvic pain related and unrelated to their menstrual periods, pain with bowel movements and urination, infertility, pain with sexual activity, nausea, vomiting, pain in the legs, back pain, and many more complications.

Personally, I love to blend some complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with traditional medicine to cope with these symptoms. Treating endometriosis can be very complicated and working closely with one’s care team on an individual treatment plan is essential. Medical treatments for endometriosis include surgery (laparoscopy which are also used for diagnosis), birth control pills, pain medications, or GNRH analogs which suppress menstruation.

Throughout my journey I acknowledged that healing modalities that may not have been prescribed by medical providers were often equally, if not more so, comforting to me. I began integrating practices as slight as managing stress and modifying my diet (though I don’t have the discipline for the Gluten Free Endo-Diet). Throughout my life, practices like meditation/prayer and dance (but not necessarily exercise) have always been deeply engrained into my life. So I used these practices to cope with my illness and keep me centered. Over the years, I also explored other areas of healing like Reiki energy healing and guided imagery. Research also supports the use of acupuncture and yoga for endometriosis symptom relief. Like some treatments, these may target some symptoms but not others.

It is my belief that the combination of these CAM practices with the traditional treatments is what has helped manage my endometriosis pain. I truly encourage women to find their own CAM techniques that work for them and discuss these with their medical providers. Having open conversations about how biomedical and CAM therapies can work together is what truly makes healthcare holistic.

If you are not sure where to begin, here is my suggestion:

Take a deep breath. Imagine yourself in a healthy place. Imagine warm and healthy light flowing and beaming to your abdomen, around to your back and down your legs. Allow each breath to clear your mind from thoughts and memories of pain and discomfort– letting each breath replace any negative thoughts with healing and mending thoughts. Take several deep breaths, focusing only on calm, healing, warm light.  (Repeat when needed!)

Arielle Denise Dance, MA in Women’s Health, is a PhD student in Mind Body Medicine at Saybrook University. Diagnosed with endometriosis at 15 years old, Arielle has spent the majority of her academic career being an advocate in the women’s health community focusing on topics of chronic pain, disability, and minority groups. Arielle currently works for the American Cancer Society but is extremely passionate about her work within the field of Mind Body Medicine especially geared towards women’s health research. Upcoming research includes endometriosis and specific relaxation techniques including meditation, deep breathing, and guided imagery.

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Fight the Flu Season Naturally

I like to think that all of the vitamins I take before bed will guard me from the flu season, and for the most part I tend to be right. That is, until my husband gets sick and passes her germ flu symptoms to me. Next thing I know I am sniffling, coughing and completely lethargic.

I recently discovered a new homemade tea brew that I would like to share with you. It’s not your regular sweet tea, mind you; actually, it’s more on the savory side. As a kid my mother used to brew onion tea with honey for our coughs. This is where I got the idea. Instead of onions, I decided to brew a combination of Turmeric, garlic, lemon and honey for my cold symptoms. Sounds gross, right? Well, surprisingly enough, it’s not too bad.

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Health Benefits:

Turmeric is known to many cultures as the “healing spice.” It is an anti-inflammatory and is often used for colds and as a cough suppressant, stomach aches, and for skin conditions for it’s anti-microbrial benefits.

Garlic is an immune booster and is packed with anti-oxidants.

Lemon is used for respiratory ailments and fevers.

Honey is a natural cough suppressant, and helps with any upper respiratory infections.

Here is the Recipe:

1 Tbsp Turmeric
The juice of half a lemon
2 Garlic cloves
Local Honey to add some sweetness
2 cups of hot water (liquid cups)

Here’s to your health and to helping your body fight off those germs!

Yoga Pants Confessions

I walk into class with my water bottle in hand and my target brand yoga mat. It’s the one I’ve had since 2006 and despite it being old I can’t get rid of it.  I am wearing my tight black yoga pants, the faded ones that make my ass look bigger than it is and the ones that hide my tummy the best. As I find a spot on the floor I walk past the pretty blondes and the men with their chiseled chins, their Lululemon outfits and high end $130.00 yoga mats. I make eye contact with the only other woman of color in the room and produce an internal sigh of relief because I am not alone. Through out the class we smile when we both can’t do the same pose and feel a sense of connection in knowing that there is another person sharing this feeling of slight embarrassment.

I started practicing yoga in 2006 in the quiet of my college apartment while my roommates were in class. I bought three yoga dvd’s that started with the basics of breathing and some yoga poses. I could not muster the courage to actually go to a class so instead I did it at home while everyone was away. I hid my yoga practice from the world because I was ashamed of my body. I hid because it was easier and safer to practice by myself than to be in a room full of strangers who were strong, thin and beautiful. The fact that I wasn’t emotionally ready to practice in front of people didn’t stop me and I  practiced diligently 3-4 times per week by myself. I began going for walks and the occasional jog. I felt myself becoming braver and more confident in my own skin.

It’s been about 9 years or so since I first stepped on to a yoga mat. Last year I decided that it was time to get serious and commit to doing a yoga teacher training. In about two months I will have completed my 200 RYT training and the question of whether I want to teach or not has come up several times. At first, I thought that this training was just for me and get me out of my yoga comfort zone. But the more I think about my journey with yoga the more I am convinced that this training is not about me. This training is about the women who are hiding their practice because they can’t imagine walking into a room full of “perfect” looking people without feeling self conscious about their weight or their inability to do certain poses. My hope is that this practice becomes a way to help women discover their bodies and not see themselves as separate from those sitting in class with them. My hope is that I can create a safe space for women to come and practice in their no-label yoga pants and their target brand mats because it’s not about the label or how pretty the studio is; this is about women connecting with other women. This is about supporting one another through movement and what yoga is truly about- connecting the mind, body and spirit.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

There is nothing like eating real cranberry sauce during the holidays. I think that for many people the idea of a a canned jelly sounds more appealing than eating something that is homemade. If you are the type who looks forward to the holidays because of the canned cranberry sauce, bear with me and do yourself a favor and just try it. If you don’t like it you can go back to your canned cranberry sauce. No judgment. Okay, maybe a little judgment.

I came across this recipe back in 2011 when I asked an acupuncturist friend of mine if she had any recommendations for homemade cranberry sauce. I had just graduated from my masters program and I was determined to host Thanksgiving dinner for the first time and make everything from scratch. My friend is also a Chinese herbalist and she shared this recipe with me with the hopes that would see the light and incorporate more fresh herbs and spices into my cooking. This recipe opened my eyes to the health benefits of cooking with fresh food and made me realize that I don’t have to feel bloated after a holiday meal if I make it with real and fresh ingredients that are good for my health.

After making the recipe for the first time I was hooked and I have continued to make it for every Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner ever since. It is incredibly easy to make and tastes so much better that the canned stuff. I promise!

Ingredients and health benefits:

Cranberries (2 bags): Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber and vitamin E. Cranberries also contain vitamin K, manganese and a large array of phytonutrients, naturally occurring plant chemicals that help to protect the body from harmful free radicals and offer anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties. Cranberries are also famously known for their ability to make urine more acidic which helps prevent bacteria growth in the bladder.

Raisins (1 Cup): Health benefits of raisins include relief from constipation, acidosis, anemia, and fever. Raisins have also been known to help in attempts to gain weight in a healthy way, as well as its positive impact on eye health, dental care, and bone quality.

Juice of 2 Oranges: Fresh orange juice is the richest source of vitamin C and fulfills an entire day’s worth of vitamin C in just one serving. Chock full of useful minerals like potassium and magnesium, orange juice is also very low in fat and contains no cholesterol whatsoever. It is an anti-inflammatory and contains beta carotene that can help prevent cell damage. Orange juice has quite a bit of calcium in it which helps promote bone health and strengthen teeth. 

Orange zest (1 tsp): Contains a higher dietary fiber and fresh orange zest provides 136 mg per 100 g of vitamin C.

Fresh grated ginger (1-2 tsp): Some people find ginger helps them with the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, cough, menstrual cramps, arthritis and muscle pain. Ginger contains a chemical that is used as an ingredient in antacid, laxative and anti-gas medications. It is great for stomach pain and helps prevent against stomach and colon cancer.

Cinnamon stick (1-2): Cassia cinnamon may lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.  Studies of cinnamon show that it is great for lowering cholesterol and treating yeast infections. In addition, cinnamon may reduce inflammation, have antioxidant effects, and fight bacteria.

1/2 cup of water

Mulling spices (whole cloves, nutmeg, allspice berries)*

 Honey or a dash of agave to taste

*To infuse the cranberry sauce with the taste of the mulling spices you can use a tea bag mesh or you can leave the spices in depending on your preference.  If you don’t have the whole spice you can use the ground spices.

Instructions:

Bring cranberries and 1/2 cup water to a gentle simmer. The berries will begin to open and pop open with the heat. Keep stirring because they can burn easily. As you continue stirring you may need to add the other 1/2 cup of water. Squeeze juice on top, stir and add the raisins. Let raisins soak and continue stirring slowly over a low heat. Add ginger, cinnamon and spices and let it all simmer slowly as you continue stirring and making sure that the berries to not burn. Finish up with the zest of the orange and some honey to taste. Stir well. If you used the tea bag mesh make sure you remove it before serving.

Cooking time is about 15-20 minutes

Serve at room temperature. Enjoy!

Calmante de Adentro Hacia Afuera

El aroma de anís, canela y hierbas llenaban el ambiente al entrar a la oficina principal, cada especia traia gratos recuerdos a mi mente. Al pasar al lado de las muestras bien ordenadas, me transporte a la cocina de mi abuela cuando la observaba cocinar, hacer tortillas y sus famosos tamales navideños. Ensimismada en mis recuerdos, me recibieron con un beso y con una taza de té caliente. La habitación estaba llena de extraños y sin embargo, me sentí como si estuviera de vuelta en casa con familia.

Recientemente tuve la oportunidad de visitar Tadin, la compañía de té y especias que mi abuela confiaba al preparar sus platos favoritos. Los recuerdos de su cocina volvieron a mi tan vívidamente cuando visité la fábrica. El ver gente que trabaja día a día produciendo las hierbas y especias de calidad utilizadas por mi familia . Mientras escuchaba al guía describir el proceso de producción, observé a mujeres y hombres trabajar; tuve una sensación de orgullo y conexión. En tiempos en que no sabemos de dónde viene nuestro alimento o cómo se procesa el mismo, era increíble ver a esa gente examinando con esmero y delicadeza cada hierba, asegurándose de que cada producto fuera perfecto. Al final de la gira, fuimos invitados a sentarnos a saborear tres de sus muestras de te mas recientes: Jengibre, Mango y Pina. Como alguien que creció bebiendo te de manzanilla Tadin, yo estaba muy emocionada por probar sus nuevas creaciones. Lentamente me abrí paso a mi asiento y comenze a verter agua caliente sobre la bolsita de té. Al instante pude oler cada ingrediente que sólo bajo calor extremo podian revelar su verdadera identidad y sabor.

Sin lugar a dudas, me enamoré de sus nuevas mezclas, lo que representa la empresa, y las personas que ayudan a traer esos sabores a la cocina de nuestras familias.

Para aquellos que no conocen el té Tadin o tienen curiosidad de aprender los beneficios a la salud, he proporcionado una lista de ingredientes y razones para beber cada té.

Una de las razones por la que me gusta estas mezclas es por la riqueza en sabor y sin necesidad de añadir azúcar!

Te de Jengibre

Ingredientes:

  • Jengibre
  • Raiz de Regaliz
  • Té de limón
  • Cascara de naranja
  • Rosa mosqueta
  • Saúco

*Sin cafeína

Beber este té después de una comida pesada. El jengibre es “calientito” y exelente para la limpieza de las fosas nasales y ayuda al sistema respiratorio. El té de jengibre es recomendado para antes de acostarse y añade belleza a la rutina nocturna debido a la vitamina A que contiene.

Te de Piña

Ingredientes:

  • Té de limón
  • Té verde
  • Té blanco
  • Linaza
  • Hierbabuena
  • Piña
  • Sabor de piña
  • Stevia

*Contiene cafeína

Beber durante el cambio de estaciones para ayudar al sistema inmunológico y al sistema respiratorio. Beberlo en cualquier momento después de cada comida y si se siente estreñido. Acelera el metabolismo, lo que puede ayudar en la pérdida de peso.

Te de Mango

Ingredientes:

  • Té verde
  • Cascara de naranja
  • Stevia
  • Jamaica
  • Mango
  • Pera deshidratada
  • Saúco

*Contiene cafeína

Beber en cualquier momento, pero especialmente durante la temporada de alergias. Beba este té en vez de café o refresco, es una gran opción para cualquier persona con diabetes o problemas urinarios. Beber este té para ayudar a equilibrar los niveles de pH y reducir la acidez en el cuerpo. Déle este té a cualquier persona que tenga gusto por lo dulce. .

Te de Manzanilla

Ingredientes:

  • Flor de manzanilla

*Sin cafeína

Ayuda a la digestión y los calambres. Beba este té durante todo el día para producir un efecto calmante y relajante en el cuerpo. Beber este té antes de acostarse ayuda a tener un sueño reparador .

Para una bebida caliente y acogedora sólo tiene que añadir agua caliente y en el verano substituya las bebidas azucaradas por un te frio refrescante.

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This post was kindly brought to you by Tadin Herb and Tea Company

Soothing From The Inside Out

The smells of anise, cinnamon and herbs filled the air as I walked into the main office, each spice bringing a memory with them.   As I walked past the neatly displayed wall of teas and spices I was transported back to when I was 7 or 8 and when I would walk into the kitchen and hear my grandmother singing as she made tortillas and her famous Christmas tamales. Making my way past those memories I was greeted with a kiss and with a warm cup of tea. A room filled with strangers and yet I felt like I was back home with family.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Tadin, the tea and spice company that my grandmother trusted in making her dishes. My memories of her cooking came back so vividly as I toured the factory and saw the people who worked day-in-and-day-out to produce the quality herbs and spices my family uses. As I listened to the tour guide describe their production process and watched the women and men work, I felt a sense of pride and connection. In a time where we don’t know where our food comes from or how our food is processed it was amazing to see real people sifting through the herbs, carefully and delicately making sure that each product is perfect.

At the end of the tour, guests were invited to sit down to try 3 of their newest tea blends: Ginger, Mango, and Pineapple. As someone who grew up drinking Tadin chamomile tea I was very excited to try their newest creations. I slowly made my way to my seat and began pouring the hot water over the tea bag. I could instantly smell each ingredient as if only under extreme heat would they open up to reveal their true identity and flavor.

Needless to say that I fell in love with their new blends, what the company stands for, and the people who help bring these flavors to my family’s kitchen.

For those new to Tadin tea or if you’re curious to learn the health benefits I have provided a list of ingredients, and reasons to drink each tea.

One of the reasons I love these blends is for the richness in flavor. There is no need to add sugar!

Ginger Blend tea:

Ingredients:

  • Ginger root
  • Licorice root
  • Lemongrass leaf
  • Orange peel
  • Rosehips
  • Elder flower

Drink this tea after eating a heavy meal. Ginger is “warming” and great for clearing out the nasals and soothing the respiratory system.  Ginger tea is a great option before bed and treat to add to your nightly beauty routine because of the vitamin A it contains.

Pineapple Blend tea:

Ingredients:

  • Lemongrass leaf
  • Green tea leaf
  • White tea leaf
  • Flax seed
  • Spearmint leaf
  • Pineapple fruit
  • Stevia leaf

Drink during the change of seasons to support the immune system and respiratory system. Drink anytime after a meal and if you’re feeling constipated. Speeds up the metabolism, which can aid in weight loss.

Mango Green tea:

Ingredients:

  • Green tea leaf
  • Orange peel
  • Stevia herb
  • Hibiscus flower
  • Mango
  • Dehydrated pear
  • Elderberry

Drink anytime but especially during allergy season. Drink this tea instead of coffee or soda. This tea is a great option for anyone with diabetes or urinary problems. Drink this tea to help balance pH levels in the body and reduce acidity in the body. Give this tea to anyone with a sweet tooth.

Chamomile tea:

Ingredients:

  • Chamomile flower

Drink during support digestion, and cramping. Drink this tea throughout the day to produce calming and relaxing effect in the body. Drink this tea before bed for restful sleep.

For a warm and cozy beverage just add hot water, and in the summer substitute the sugary drinks for a refreshing iced tea!

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This post was kindly brought to you by Tadin Herb and Tea Company