Tea has been an important beverage for thousands of years and has been a huge part of culture in countries around the world, forming major parts of ceremonies, trade routes and even starting revolutions. But tea isn’t just appreciated for its good taste and worldwide appeal; it also offers numerous health benefits. Here are a few health conscious reasons you should add a cup of tea to your daily routine.

Healthy eating begins with you! The definition of healthy eating does change a little as you age. For example, as you grow older, your metabolism slows down, so you need fewer calories than before. Your body also needs more of certain nutrients. That means it’s more important than ever to choose foods that give you the best nutritional value.

Everyone needs a little sunshine—if nothing else, for the relaxing warmth and some extra Vitamin D. But did you know that the sun causes 90 percent of all non-melanoma skin cancers? Overall, it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. This startling information emphasizes the importance of using sunscreen, especially during the summer months.

The best way to keep top-quality, organically grown produce on your table year-round is to grow as much as you can, and preserve plenty to eat for when your garden isn’t producing. This is a worthy goal, as organic, homegrown produce is more nutritious, delicious and sustainable than the typical store-bought fare. To help your garden reach its potential, you can implement many creative growing and preserving strategies. As you attempt to grow more organic food, be realistic about the time you have to maintain your garden and manage its harvest, and don’t bite off more than you can chew. 

Everyone has a list of favorite foods that don’t score too high on the nutrient value scale, but sure are fun and delicious to eat. Unfortunately, we’ve succumbed to the mindset that those foods are strictly off limits. And what are the results? For most, we get stuck in a cycle of deprivation followed by bingeing. For instance, we may have vowed to ban potato chips from our lives. But when we “break down” and have a few, we start feeling guilty and think, “Well, I blew it, so I might as well eat the whole bag now.”

Have you been there? Or perhaps you've been a restrictive eater for so long that you are afraid to eat anything not on your “safe” list. Truthfully, eating small amounts of treats in moderation can be part of an overall healthy diet. 

When life gives you lemons, clean with them! In addition to being delicious, lemons can clean a surprising number of places in the house, replacing several commercial cleaning products and nixing the harsh chemicals they can contain.

For many people, gardening provides them with a way to relax and unwind after a long, stressful day or week. But why not turn your gardening into a workout? That way, you can get your exercise for the day AND keep your garden looking beautiful!