Ahhh the blasted seasonal change!! Why is it that we all start catching the sniffles, the sore throats, the damned headaches when the seasons change?
This is the time when people tend to come down with the cold/flu the most. Is it to do with the temperature change? And is there anyway to prevent these 'in-between colds' as we call them?
There are a few reasons why we are more susceptible to catching the flu during the changing seasons.
1. Firstly, we have the annoying allergies that hit some of us every year. With each new season change comes different pollen and other allergens wafting through the air. When spring changes into summer you might feel a bit worse because of all the flower pollen that has been released.
2. Changing from autumn to winter brings on a temperature drop. Cold, dry air actually takes away a lot of the healthy mucus that’s supposed to coat areas of your respiratory system, leaving airways more susceptible to unpleasant microbial visitors.
3. We also tend to spend most of our time indoors during the cooler months, especially in the beginning of the colder days. “Colder temperatures also force you inside, which can increase disease transmission for a few reasons,” explained Alexandra Sowa, an internist at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine. “People are relegated to the indoors, where there tends to be dry heat and poor ventilation. Both of these have been postulated to increase disease transmission and susceptibility.”
4. Apparently the two major causes of the common cold, Rhinovirus and Coronavirus boom in cooler weather. "Many studies show that rhinovirus and coronavirus are the two main agents of the common cold," Dr. Benjamin Kaplan, an internal-medicine physician at Orlando Health in Florida "Interestingly, they flourish in cooler weather, such as what we have in spring and fall. Likewise, the influenza virus replicates and spreads most effectively when the air is cold and dry; hence, people [tend to] get the flu in the wintertime," he said.
5. Working indoors is a big one for spreading colds and flus, whether you are sharing office spaces, working in a school, restaurant etc, we are surrounded by other people in a confined space, and that makes it very very easy for viruses to spread from one to another. This has relevance to season changes, especially for some countries and some workplaces because the change in season is often when we head back to work. After Christmas break, spring/easter break, after summer vacation, we are often heading back to work in the change of season.
Now why did we decide to share this information with you today? Because our tea blends are miracle tea's 💫 that will cure everything? No.... BUT, can they help boost your immune system, which can make your body less susceptible to catching these viruses? YES!
The organic white tea we use in all of our blends is called 'Silver Needle'. There have been many studies conducted on the health benefits of this specific tea, all proving that its medicinal purposes are high. This one study in particular found that green tea can stimulate the immune system to fight disease, whereas white tea can actually destroy the organisms that cause disease."Past studies have shown that green tea stimulates the immune system to fight disease," says Milton Schiffenbauer, Ph.D., a microbiologist and professor in the Department of Biology at Pace University's Dyson College of Arts & Sciences and primary author of the research. "Our research shows White Tea Extract can actually destroy in vitro the organisms that cause disease. Study after study with tea extract proves that it has many healing properties. This is not an old wives tale, it's a fact."
Drinking 3-4 cups of white tea away can potentially keep the doctor away! And leave you happy, energetic and fresh all year round.