In my new year post, 2018 in Perspective, I bragged about the wonderful health that I enjoyed in 2018. Well, I did not intend to brag – but I was really, really grateful for the many good things I had last year. Naturally, nothing lasts forever. On the third week of January, after days of caring for my sick son, he got well, I fell ill. Not his fault at all – I wouldn’t have contracted the fever, cough and sore throat if I have taken care of my health a couple of months before. After a trip to the doctor, vitamins and exercises, I now turn to Ginger Snap Tea from Tea Bird Tea for a boost.
The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
A few days after my trip to the doctor, where I adamantly refused medicine and antibiotics and asked only for vitamins and probiotics, I reviewed my lifestyle. I thought about the possible reasons for my ill health.
After thinking things through, I know what I did right last year. I kept processed food, caffeine and sweet stuff at a minimum. I probably indulged in them only once or twice a month. My weight fluctuated between 45kg – 49kg, and I managed to keep that steady with at least 5 – 10 minutes of workout at the office daily. And I drank plenty of H2O.
Then, I took things for granted at the end of last year and early this year. Probably to reward myself for my supposed achievements, I consumed whatever I wanted – Pringles, Coke, desserts, etc. I failed to visit the Tamu to get sweet potatoes. My weight went up to above 50kg and I barely did any workout at all. Luckily my office is at the 3rd floor, with no elevator. Those walks up the stairs probably helped a bit. And I neglected taking my vitamins, too. In short, I was in party-mode and my clothes became too snug for comfort.
To make matters worst, a week before I fell ill, there was water supply problem at the office. It lasted for a week. So, to avoid using the loo too often, I drank less water. That was the last straw. Sufficient water intake really is the key to our health. And probably because I am getting older… ?
Anyway, is it any wonder that my immunity weakened? Now, it’s been almost 3 weeks and I still can’t get rid of this cough. It’s not too bad, actually. At least, I don’t cough during sleep. But it sprang out whenever I am in public – so that’s a bummer. If I don’t learn a lesson from this, my kids deserve to call me stupid. Seriously!
I know this is not a terrible disease. But coughing always reminds me of the time when the kids were still small and I got a bad cough at least once a year. The kind of cough that lasts for 1 month. It always started with a headache, then followed by a fever, flu, cough and sore throat. That time it was understandable – I was a young working mother who lacked sleep and was tired. Now, I have no excuse!
Ginger Snap Tea from Tea Bird Tea
Upon realizing the possible causes, I decided to get back on track and resume a healthier lifestyle. Two weeks ago, I restarted my daily workouts. I always remember to drink lots of water and have at least 500ml of water with me everywhere. And I try my very best to keep processed food, junk food and sweet stuff at a distance. All that’s left is Tea Bird Tea (TBT). It has been a while since my stock of organic TBT has finished.
So, I ordered Ginger Snap Tea from Tea Bird Tea’s website last week. It arrived yesterday, almost 10 days later due to the CNY holidays and festivities.
As you can see, this special edition CNY 2019 tea is in a rectangular tin, instead of the usual cylindrical tin. I love it! When the teabags are gone, I think I’m going to use it to put my knick knacks or money. I have lot of things to save for – vacations, skincare, knitting, etc. Woopsie!
Printed on the packaging above, Ginger Snap Tea is described as :
For relief of cold symptoms and to help boost the immune system. Cinnamon – Used for the treatmenmt of colds and believed to improve circulation. Cloves – To treat coughs, bronchitis and asthma. Rosehip – Loaded with Vitamin C.
Just what I need! Notice the ‘Australian Organic’ certification? It even arrived with these stickers ‘Fight Disease’:
Here are the ingredients:
Organic ginger, organic cinnamon, organic cloves, organic liquorice, organic rosehip, natural orange flavour
Unlike the previous teabags, it is packed in a new biodegradable, gluten free, teabag pyramids which are made using organic corn fibre. No more strings and tags. It is stated on the packaging that TBT teas also have no tannins, so we can leave the bag in the teapot or cup for continued brewing with no effect on quality or taste.
And the label card is actually a postcard! How lovely!
My Thoughts on Ginger Snap Tea
In terms of taste – it’s not as tasty as Colon Cleanse Tea. I think it’s due to the presence of cinnamon and cloves, so it has a rather strong scent of spices. I thought it would have citrusy flavours, instead it reminds me of the 5-spice mix. Can hardly discern the ginger. Definitely not for my kids – they would not be able to tolerate the strong flavours.
As a mother of five, this is a walk in the park for me. I have taken all sorts of unappetizing herbal and spices concoctions before, especially during confinement period. So, Ginger Snap Tea is ok with me.
For additional benefits, I have taken the liberty of adding slices of lemon or fresh ginger to my cuppa, because I keep no honey at the office. But I don’t take TBT teas with sugar or milk. I think that would defeat the purpose of it being a healthy drink.
Where to Purchase Tea Bird Tea?
It’s easy to get your hands on TBT teas. You can get it:
- online at Tea Bird Tea website;
- at stores such as Jason’s Food Hall, Jaya, Mercato, Cold Storage, Robinson’s, or The Hive;
- or follow their instagram for further info
Look out for Valentine’s promos. It’s just around the corner!
Hope everyone is doing well this month – better than me. Enjoy the CNY and the school holidays!