Here’s Why You Should Drink Organic Tea

0-830134477-fotolia-75941598-subscription-monthly-m

Here’s a fun fact about commercial tea: The first time pesticides are washed off tea leaves is when you steep tea in your cup.

To be fair, the amount of commercial pesticides in your cup is “a very low amount,” according to Peter Goggi, a spokesman for The Tea Association of the USA.

But if “no” amount is better than “low” amount, your only choice is organic tea, says Chris Olsen of Teatulia, the Denver-based company that grows tea organically on 3,000 acres in northern Bangladesh.

“Organic tea is best for you,” Olsen says. “Pesticides on regular teas are not rinsed off until you infuse it in your cup. It will blow your mind.”

Teatulia, which owns one of the largest organic tea gardens in the world, grows USDA-certified organic teas using organic cover crops, manure it buys from locals, rainwater irrigation, and natural pesticides like pulverized leaves from neem trees that bugs avoid.

In addition to not getting a gulp of toxic pesticides, here are more reasons to drink organic tea.

Organic is good for the ecosystem: Conventional gardens often are denuded of bugs and other living things that are collateral damage from toxic pesticide use. Organic gardens support ecosystems and don’t contaminate local water supplies. In Teatulia’s Bangladeshi gardens, Olsen sees birds, spiders, 30 types of deer, even a tiger.

Organic tastes better: By using organic fertilizers, like cover crops and manures, tea plants are allowed to blossom and ripen at their own, natural pace. “They have more time to develop the natural sugars in compounds that helps the flavor,” Olsen said.

Organic is certified: Organic teas, like Teatulia, are certified organic by government agencies like the United States Department of Agriculture. “They make sure all the organic rules are being followed – how we’re irrigating, how we’re using natural pesticides. You know what you’re getting.”

At least in Teatulia’s case, the organic label also shows a consciousness for not only the earth, but also the people in the region where the tea is grown.

The company’s tea gardens are part of its economic development efforts in a desperately poor part of Bangladesh. “We built the garden to create jobs in the poorest region, in the second poorest country in the world,” said Olsen.

The company also has created a micro-lending model where they give locals loans to buy cows. The loans are repaid with milk that Teatulia sells and manure it uses to fertilize tea plants.

You can find the USDA-certified organic label on teas like Teatulia, Numi and Traditional Medicinals. Teatulia is sold nationally in Target stores and Whole Foods.

Source: www.care2.com

2016-01-26T15:13:22+00:00

Related Questions

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Hello I am currently on the full body detox and I have a question for you. How do you feel about organic chicken from a credited organic food store? I was wondering if eating organic steamed chicken was ok and whats your take on almond milk.

    A:

    Thanks for the question.

    Animal products are not part of the detox program. The detox protocol is a raw food detox as well. Most if not all food should be consumed raw. Organic meat is a double edged sword. On one hand you have an animal pumped full of anti biotics and on the other hand you have an animal refused antibiotics if they are sick. Which they routinely are being that they are crammed in sheds. The amount of land required by the USDA to be considered free range is the size of a sheet of printer paper. Birds kept in such close quarters communicate diseases fast. I do not recommend any animal products when on a detox. 

    The main issue with detoxing is lessening the workload of the livers and kidneys so they can clean house. Animal protien is acidic to the body and forces the body to work overtime digesting the excess protein. 

    Almond milk is fine if you make it yourself. Its really not that hard to do if you have a good blender. If you can't blend it yourself you can buy it from the store but remember that it's pasteurized and probably has added sugars which you want to avoid.

    Here is a quick web resource but I am sure you could find others

    http://ohsheglows.com/2013/01/24/my-favourite-homemade-almond-milk-step-by-step-photos/

     

    Hope that answers your questions,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I started my Full Body Cleanse today do I have to take it at those times specified? Also it is recommended to eat raw, however I never saw Organic mentioned. Organic is extremely costly here in Philly and you have to go a distance to get organic. What do you suggest?

    A:

    No, you don't have to take it at the specified times. It's just a reference to give you an idea of how to spread out taking the individual formulas.

    Eating organic food is best, but not prescribed as we all don't have access to organic foods. As long as you stay RAW, you should still receive the benefits of the cleanse.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: WE ARE VEGETARIANS, AND WERE EATING A LOT OF SOY PRODUCTS UNTIL YOUR NEWS LETTER CAME OUT ABOUT SOY PRODUCTS. DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF THEY ARE ORGANIC SOY PRODUCTS? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ORGANIC YOGURT? It doesn't matter if the soy is organic or not! What's wrong with organic yogurt?

    A:

    Please read our article "DANGEROUS DAIRY". There's plenty wrong with it! But remember, soy is far better than meat and dairy!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Is sea salt and warm water a good natural laxative? If so how often do you recommend the use of sea salt for elimination? I was reading The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs and it gives this recommendation, along with drinking lemon water mixed with organic syrup and cayenne pepper. Is it safe to give myself an enema 2xs per day using a hot water bottle filled with fresh squeezed organic lemon and distilled water? Asking this because Bzod had me to listen to 88.3 today here in Cincinnati and the guy (Mike) was telling how he does this regularly and has great results.

    A:

    Yes, sea salt in water is a mild laxative!

    You can do it as often as you FEEL the need to drink or take it. 

    You can also consume the Master Cleanse (cayenne, maple syrup, lemon juice) if you choose. You can drink this as much as you like depending on how you feel.

    And yes, you can perform enemas 2X a day! Enemas are very helpful for health!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I was reading your article about vinegar being harmful to the body because of its acids and I was curious to know what you think of the Organic unpasturized, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with mother? I saw that at the end of the article it stated that "if you must" use vinegar to use the organic apple cider vinegar but, I have read many places that it has many health benefits such as reducing bad cholesterol, regulating blood pressure, eliminating toxic waste from the body, fighting fungal and bacterial infections, helping relieve joint pains, breaking down fat which helps in natural weight reduction.

    A:

    I approve of apple cider vinegar for health purposes. Some good stuff!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I'm doing the Full Body Cleanse and I have a few questions about it: I get tired of drinking just the distilled water and I'd like to drink the herbal teas, but I don't like it by itself. Would it mess things up to add a pack or two of Splenda to my tea or maybe honey? I can't stand the salads with the olive oil or apple cider vinegar or the lemon juice as dressing and it makes me gag. I have To have some sort of salad dressing. What kind would be suitable? Do I look for sugar-free? Or organic and natural? I found one that is organic and natural, but it has 3 grams of sugar in it. Without eating all my whole grained breads and other fiber, I haven't had much of a bowel movement in 3 days, should I wait a while yet? (I had surgery on my bowels and always had to take fiber tablets and eat lots of grains to get my bowels to move.) I haven't done the enemas yet, (low on money) should I try that? Or should I resume my fiber tablets I normally take? Any type of fiber I could add to my fruit smoothies in the morning? I want to also do the female cleanse. Is it ok to do that immediately after I finish the full body cleanse or should I wait for a little while? Thank you for all your help, I feel much better than I did before and I just started this detox a week ago, lost 10 pounds, too, woohoooooo! Thank you

    A:

    1. Instead of splenda, use agave, stevia, or grade b maple syrup as a sweetener.

    2. In re Salad Dressing, an organic and natural one is great. You can also check our website for salad dressing recipes.

    3. The fiber pills are not part of the cleanse, so we wouldn't advise those. Fruit is you best choice of fiber so look into eating more papaya, mango, figs, etc. And yes, colonics (and enemas) would greatly help you - undoubtedly!

    4. You can do the Female Cleanse right after you finish detoxing. There's no need to wait!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I am in need of cleansing my body and weight removal! (Removal and not loss because I don't want to find it again)! I need to remove about 80 pounds of unhealthy weight from my body and would like to do so in a natural way. I looked at both your Female Cleanse and the Full Body Cleanse, but don't know which is a better option for me to follow right now? I eat a lot of organic foods, I juice (some) but need to increase my water intake (A LOT). I don't drink much soda at all and when I do it is organic carbonated lemonade. I realize carbonated drinks are not good for us and limit how much I drink. My body lets me know when I have eaten something that is not good for me by causing my hands and feet to swell. To reduce this I drink water. I am allergic to wheat and try to stay away from it as much as possible. I have few ailments and have started working out again (cardio and weight training). I also looked at your weight loss products, but thought I should maybe detox first. What do you think? Any assistance you can offer on your products and which ones I should take is of great appreciation.

    A: The best thing for you is the Full Body Cleanse. The Full Body Cleanse will allow you to remove unwanted weight, while also optimizing your entier body so that you can maintain that weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

     

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I'm doing the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMENand I would like to know if I can used organic almond milk with oat bran cereal from bob's red mill and order organic cereal. Also what is the 35% HYDROGEN PEROXCIDE used for?

    A:

    You have free will and can do as you like, Beloved. We recommend all raw (and unprocessed) so if you really want to eat the almond milk and cereal, it's your choice! 35% FGHP should only be used for enema purposes (half ounce added to the water).

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Am I allowed to use organic seasonings on foods while performing the Full Body Cleanse?

    A: Yes you are. But always make sure to read the laber. Some seasoning contain perservatives, you want to stay away from that.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I am an underweight but healthy 26 year old female. I would like to maintain my weight and I use organic canned coconut milk in my grain hot cereal. Is canned organic coconut milk acidic? If so, what brands are alkaline?

    A:

    Anything canned is going to be acidic. What ever you use for make, let it be raw. Raw coconut milk fresh from the coconut is alkaline.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: What organic shampoo and conditioner would you recommend using? Also, while detoxing, is Navy beans an acceptable food to eat if I want something cooked or does it cause mucus? Is it really a nutritional bean?

    A:

    Aubrey Organic is a good brand of shampoo and conditioner.

    You may eat navy beans but they are mucus forming despite a few nutritional benefits.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Lunch is organic salad dressing allowed or maybe fresh lemon juice and some extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) (cold pressed)

    A:

    Organic salad dressing is a healthy alternative, but because they're bottled they usually contain preservatives to sustain their condition on store shelves. We recommend sticking to raw and fresh ingredients like using extra virgin olive oil as a base for homemade dressings. Adding apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, sea salts and other spices are common ingredients for homemade dressings.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I wrote to you a couple weeks ago asking if it was normal for me to have an outbreak only a day or two into the full body cleanse kit. You wrote back and told me that an outbreak is the body healing. It is two weeks later and I am still having an outbreak! Is this a good sign? Do you think this outbreak may continue on through my anti viral kit? I have been eating mostly fruits and vegetables, however I felt like I needed more substance and I was not enjoying my food at all... so I bought organic noodles and organic tomato sauce (sea salt only, tomatoes, no sugar, you get the point). Is adding some of this into my diet going to make the kits less effective or possibly not work?

    A:

    The outbreak is a result of your body trying to eliminate the toxicity and impurities from your body. Continue to follow the guidelines of the Cleanse.

    In regards to what you ate, YES, they make the cleanse less effective, so you may not want to eat much of cooked foods. Raw foods will optimize the cleanse. If you are having trouble staying full, try more healthy fats, like avocado, coconut cream, or raw nuts and seeds.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: What do you think about organic whole cane sugar....unrefined and unbleached? Not really a good thing to consume but it's better than white table sugar if you feel you must consume sugar.

    A:

    Not really a good thing to consume but it's better than white table sugar if you feel you must consume sugar.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: Can I have organic milk during the full body detox?

    A:

    The wording is clear: NO DAIRY products!!!!!!!! Milk is a dairy product!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I purchased 100.00 in organic herbs. Chapparal leaf, poke weed, psyllium husk powder, Pau d'Arco Bark. I purchased these herbs because my husband exposed me to the virus. I did not want to use traditional drugs to kill the virus. The only symptoms I have is the crescent moon under my eyes. I am 61 years old. My husband is African and refuses to use protection to prevent illness. Are they safe in small quantities?

    A:

    The herbs are safe in small quantities and actually all quantities as herbs are 100% safe!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: You mention in an article that your vitamins/minerals are phosphate (organic). I am confused. Phosphate is inorganic. Are you referring to organophosphates? Please explain why I should buy your magnesium phosphate or Vitamin C phosphate, they are inorganic?

    A:

    Phosphate is ORGANIC! Oxide is INORGANIC!

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q:

    A: All of our products are 100% all natural plant life herbs. We do not use any kind of unnatural ingredients including animal products, gluten, GMO, binders or fillers. 80% of the herbs we use are organic, the other 20% of herbs used in our products does not come in organic form.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: What is your opinion on organic oatmeal?

    A:

    I was never an oatmeal eater, but it's one of the best cereals one could eat.

  • Click here to view in a new window

    Q: I have a 2 month old newborn son, I did not circumcise, I had him at home without active/medical management, and I breast feed exclusively. However, my milk supply is decreasing by the day. I drink Organic Mother's Milk tea, Raspberry Leaf tee, and I drink 3 glasses of Spirulina water a day. Also, while I was pregnant suffered from Candida, up until a week before the natural birth. From then until now, the yeast was gone. I've recently started itching, and discharging again. Please advise me of your products that would heal the condition?

    A:

    You might want to try these products Beloved! Echinacea-Goldenseal extract and/or the 10-Day Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse.

    Product Links:

    10-Day Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse
    Astragulus-Goldenseal-Echinacea Extract