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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Day 49 The Benefits of Tea

One of the unexpected results of the 15 day Juice Reboot, see category below, was a change from drinking coffee to tea.  My daughter asked me about my favorite teas and if I’ve seen any benefit from the change.  Yesterday,  I replied to her first question about favorites and now I will address the benefits.

Drinking tea instead of coffee has completely healed the acid reflux I was experiencing.  It doesn’t seem to matter what type of tea it is, the calcium antacids remain in the bottle.  I was taking at least 2 antacids before bed almost every night before the reboot.  I was also drinking decaffeinated coffee from Starbucks and other cafe’s along with sodas with fast food.  The sodas and coffee were associated with the acidic problem in my stomach.

The other major benefit comes from fresh mint tea.  We grow spearmint, peppermint, and for the first time Stevia  in our garden.  The mints are easy to get started and hard to kill, plus they spread over a period of time.  12 stalks of mint plus about 20 leaves of Stevia make 2 quarts of tea.  Iced or hot it is delicious without the effects of sugar and it settles all stomach issues.

Whenever, my children caught a stomach flu or other digestive tract disorder, the first thing we would do is run to the garden for some mint and make tea.  It always made them feel better.

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Coffee or Tea? An Unintended Consequence

One of the unintended consequences of the Juice Reboot is I’ve lost my taste for coffee. Starbucks used to be a favorite coffee stop and I still like to go there for meetings but no longer do I enjoy their coffee. My tastes have changed and now I enjoy teas of all kinds.
A favorite tea shop in Frederick is the Serenity Tea Room on East Patrick Street. Mrs. Henry, the owner, stocks a large variety of loose teas and sells them by weight or you can pick what you want to drink and she will brew it fresh in a ceramic teapot. I like to take mine to go but you can enjoy having tea and scones in her relaxing tearoom.
So, I didn’t Reboot in order to give up coffee, it just happened. Now on to exploring the world of tea.