I have a friend and colleague, tea expert Denis Bolvinov, who, together with his team, is conducting an interesting project – Heavenly Tea (skytea.ru). This is an online store of organic Chinese tea, and also a whole site with a huge amount of useful information about this popular drink. Denis has been engaged in tea and tea ceremony since 2004 and periodically conducts courses on the tea ceremony. I asked Denis to tell my readers what you need to know about tea before drinking it.
Tea Making Rules
Use soft, sweet water, free of minerals and odorless. Bring it to a boil, but do not boil it.
There are two ways to make tea. The first way: brewing.
Choose a teapot that matches the number of participants in the tea party. Continue reading
Microbiome – a community of diverse bacteria that live in our intestines – has long been a hot issue of a healthy lifestyle. I am very interested in this topic and recently I found an article that may be useful to us all. I offer its translation to your attention.
Scientists are trying to figure out how a microbiome can affect our health, weight, mood, skin, and the ability to resist infection. And the shelves of supermarkets and pharmacies abound with all kinds of probiotic products containing live bacteria and yeast, which, we are assured, can improve intestinal microbiome.
To test this, the British BBC team Trust Me, I‘m A Doctor, organized an experiment. It was attended by representatives of the Scottish National Health System (NHS Highland) and 30 volunteers and scientists from across the country. Dr Michael Moseley says: Continue reading
As part of preparing material about vegetarian children, the editors of the Live portal invited me to answer several questions that often confused parents. Here is what I said.
Live: Is vegetarianism safe for the baby?
Me: To begin with, vegetarianism does not equal healthy eating. This must be understood. Indeed, for example, pasta with tomato sauce, pizza and cola, fruit juice with donuts – this is plant food, that is, formally vegetarianism, but such a diet can not be called useful. Therefore, propaganda of vegetarianism without specifying that it is based on whole plant products is not possible.
Next: vegetarianism has varying degrees, from extreme veganism to a diet that allows eggs, milk, and derivative foods like cheese. This most “relaxed” form of vegetarianism is able to supply a person with animal protein in an amount greater than what is needed for health. Continue reading