Losing Fat by Intermittent Fasting 8 - Turmeric and Banaba Tea

(This is the continuation from Part 7)

Yesterday, I opened up the turmeric powder packet and put maybe 1/3 of a teaspoon to my coffee mug that only had hot water. I'm not sure if the powder was fine enough but it seemed to mix into the water.

Turmeric Powder Mixed with Water

The taste isn't so surprising, since I don't find the taste disagreeable. But I may have put a little more than I should have. When I almost finished drinking, there were still some powder granules in there.

I sort of swirled the remaining mixture so I could take it all in. No, some of it just remained stuck along the inside of the mug. The texture is still a bit rough and it's a waste to see that powder just cling on to the inside of the coffee mug like that.

Maybe the powder isn't as fine as it should be. I suppose the reason is that the powder I have is for cooking and not for brewing a drink, much like tea.

Now I'm doubting if mixing it with water to drink was a good idea. Because now, I'm thinking of simply putting it directly into food or in soup dishes. And I don't mind that at all. I'll just take the powder as food then, and not as a drink.

Tea as a Coffee Alternative

When I was still employed, there was a time when I drank tea instead of coffee at work. I tried a few kinds of local teas like Sambong, Lagundi, Pito-Pito, Ginger, Banaba and even an imported one from Brazil called Taheebo Lapacho.

All that I mentioned come in teabags, although there are Gingers tea in powder available. I don't like the Ginger powder because most manufacturers would put brown sugar in them as extenders.

Popular brands for local teas include: San Raphael, Golden Spoon, Gourmet Farms, Rita Ritz and a few more that I can't remember. I find San Raphael as the cheapest.

Among the local flavors, I find the Banaba tea more acceptable. It's quite get easy to get accustomed to its taste. The brazilian tea, I also liked. But since its ingredients are imported, it's more expensive of course. The others seem too aromatic for my taste.

Banaba as a Health Drink

Banaba is a flowering plant that grows in warm climates like the Philippines and India. Banaba is widely used in the Philippines and other Asian countries in traditional medicine as herbal treatment for diabetes. In India, Banaba is also used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of diabetes.

I've always thought Banaba was for clearing up the urinary tract and helping the kidneys.

The Banaba leaves and flowers contain corrosolic acid, a substance being studied for its insulin like effect of lowering the glucose in the body. Banaba is also being studied as a weight-loss supplement for its ability to delay or reduce the absorption of carbohydrates.

Banaba is also rich in vitamins and minerals including zinc and magnesium. Banaba is also rich in dietary fibers.

Other medicinal uses of Banaba include: constipation, inflammation of kidneys, dysuria and other urinary dysfunctions, blood pressure control, kidney disorders, controls the cholesterol levels, treatment of diarrhea, facilitates bowel movement, and others.

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