Sunday, December 21, 2008

Chinese Herbal Tea

If you are sick and tired of antibiotics, antihistamines, antacids, and all these over-the-counter drugs, you might want to try giving Chinese herbal teas a chance. I'm not talking about herbal teas that are sold inside boxes in your local drug store. I'm talking about a nifty idea called prescription herbal teas. Just like a conventional medical clinic, you go see a doctor, tell him what ails you, and the doctor writes a list of ingredients to put in your tea. The prescription is then given to a pharmacist, who grabs dried herbs, barks, and other strange-looking things (beetles and bees included), and bunches them up inside a plastic container.

Dried Chinese MedicineCooking the Chinese Medicine in a pot
Chinese Herbal Tea - The Result
It's then off to the kitchen with you. Throw all the dried ingredients in a saucepan, pour several cups of water (quantity will depend on the doctor), and heat it for a certain duration (will also depend on the doctor). The eventual result is this sometimes murky, sometimes clear, dark brown to black substance that you must chug down... satisfied smile at the end not required... and not quite possible, in my opinion.

This stuff can be real nasty. It's bitter, sweet, salty, sour, and spicy, all at the same time. The smell can be quite overpowering as well. I recommend a candy or two beside you so you can suck on them after your drink. I also recommend that you recite a mantra, "I need this drink", inside your head over and over for your psychological wellness.

Needless to say, this stuff may be able to help you if you've gone astray from those pesky tablets and capsules. It can cure anything from insomnia to common colds. Some forms of this Chinese herbal tea can be used as vitamins to stimulate growth or your appetite.

Side effects? It may cause a few stomach problems, but they are only temporary. If you can get past the taste, then you should consider it.

~ Fit FactorY

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Colostrum Capsules

I've been taking Colostrum capsules as my vitamins for 2 years now. Colostrum comes from the breast milk of mammal mothers; in my case, I'm drinking Colostrum from cows. I'm very interested to know how they actually manufacture these capsules - if they have some sort of factory where all the fit mammal mothers are lined up, or something. Anyway, on to the health aspect:

What are the health benefits?
We all know the health benefits of breast milk - a stronger immune system, most especially. This is why mothers are urged to provide breast milk to their children until a year. Colostrum capsules boast the same health benefits.

Side effects?
Some people complain of gastro-related side effects from taking these vitamins. I personally experienced this too during the first month of taking it. The effects I experienced were nothing grave, just a bit of flatulence and slightly looser bowel (nothing that will make you go to the bathroom in the middle of the day). By the second month, however, my body got used to the routine already and it has actually contributed to my having a regular morning routine.

Best time to take them?

Colostrum capsules should be taken 45 minutes before breakfast, when your stomach is empty. Drink 1 full glass of water with your capsule.

How many should you take?
Personally, I only take 1 a day. My brother took 2 to 3 before, but ended up having an increase of triglyceride in his blood. Now, we're not 100% sure that it was caused by the increase in Colostrum dosage, but the doctor he consulted with seemed to believe it. He also lowered his dosage back to 1 a day, and his blood test results returned fine months later. I guess the old adage, "anything in excess is not good" holds true even for vitamins.

For more info about Colostrum, go to this link:

Their FAQs section is very helpful as well.