Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Throughout history women’s bodies have been cherished, criticized and molded into “perfection.” However, what is considered “perfection” if beauty is in the eye of the beholder?

Is perfection thin, curvy, big breasts, small breasts, or a tiny waist? The popular Internet news media company Buzzfeed created a video compilation in January titled “Women’s Ideal Body Types Throughout History” to explore what perfection and beauty standards were for women during different historical periods.

All of the women in the video wore white leotards to showcase and focus solely on the female body. The video starts out in Ancient Egypt and takes the viewers through various time periods, like the Renaissance and Flapper Period, until it reaches modern day and reveals today’s ideal body shape. According to current standards, the epitome of perfection is a large butt and breasts, flat stomach, “healthy skinny”, and the thigh gap.

Today’s “beautiful”. Image courtesy of buzzfeed.

However, today’s beautiful will be tomorrow’s “ugly” and that is what Buzzfeed’s video tries to demonstrate to viewers. Ideal body types are simply trends, and as we all know, trends go as quickly as they come. In the clip we see that in only a matter of a few decades a woman is praised for how plump she is, and then later scoffed at for not being thin enough.

Ideal female body shapes since 1910. It is important to note how quickly beauty standards shifted between the years. Image courtesy of dbreath.com

Ideal female body shapes since 1910. It is important to note how quickly beauty standards shifted between the years. Image courtesy of dbreath.com

The video received lots of positive, as well as harsh, feedback. The people who commented negatively on the clip seemed to have missed the point of the compilation, and preferred to focus on criticizing the women by comparing them to contemporary beauty norms.

Women have gone through extreme measures for millennia to try to obtain “perfection” according to what society, culture, as well as the media deem appropriate. Although today’s “ideal” or “acceptable” female body type is nearly impossible to achieve without the help of plastic surgery and extreme diets, the good news is that many people are fighting back and are tired of trying to live up to challenging standards. Some companies like Dove for example, empower women through their “Real Beauty” campaigns by showing us that all bodies and races are beautiful, and that no one should be ashamed of how they look.

Dove Real Beauty Campaign. Women are celebrated for their beauty no matter their size, shape or race. Image courtesy of visiblemeasures.com

So, the question still remains: What is the “ideal” or “acceptable” body type that a woman should strive for? You are all gorgeous Green Goddesses, fierce women inside and out and we at Maxim Hygiene strive to help you feel and believe that. That’s why we also make feminine hygiene products that not only range in absorbency but also in shape and size to fit the needs of all you gorgeous ladies.

We personally believe that there is no “ideal” body apart from the one you already have. You do not need to conform to societal pressures to be “accepted.” The only person you need to accept is yourself. Feel strong and proud of who you already are! It is important to be healthy, so paying attention to what you eat as well as regular exercise are essential, but the actual shape of your body and “what your mama gave you” should just be “shaken” and needs not to be altered to make you feel beautiful.

Go out and rock that fierce woman in you and don’t let any negativity from society stop you from feeling anything less than fabulous!

Courtney Kenny Porto

Courtney Kenny Porto

The Feminist Art Movement began in the late 1960s as a way for women to find their voice through art and have their work showcased in galleries. Before this movement, the art world was very male-dominated and women were rarely given the opportunity to publicly display their work. Feminist art was meant to be very thought provoking, as well as influential in altering archaic ways of thinking and putting a stop to social stigmas and taboos.

The Feminist Art Movement has come a long way and there are still artists paving the way in empowering women and promoting social change through their work, which is how and why we chose Courtney Kenny Porto as our Fierce Woman of the Month.

Courtney’s feminist inspired artwork is fueled by her own unique experiences of being a woman and the taboo topics that come along with that. She draws inspiration for her art from everyday life, societal pressures, phobias and the human form. Courtney uses lots of unique mediums for her work like yarn, and enjoys experimenting with new materials. In her artist statement she says, “I believe that in order to be truly genuine, artists must portray ideas and concepts that are close to their own heart. The truly powerful artists do this in such a way that others are also able to deeply relate. This is my objective.”

She Was a Flower by Courtney Kenny Porto

She Was a Flower by Courtney Kenny Porto

Courtney’s most recent work clearly meets her objective as a feminist artist and is currently being featured in an exhibit called “I Heard She’s a Feminist.” She created a mini series of three large tampon prints that are being displayed at the exhibit and the names of the prints are “What is it”, “It’s a Tampon” and “Sorry I Asked”. In last week’s post, “Are Periods Taboo?,” we discussed that people do often see menstruation as taboo. Ms. Porto produced these tampon prints with the objective to expose people to this social stigma, encourage them to fight against it and start viewing periods as a normal part of a woman’s life.

Life Cycle with artist

Courtney Kenny Porto and her three original tampon prints

At Maxim Hygiene we want women to feel proud of their bodies and especially their periods. Through her art, Courtney is doing a great job of shedding some light on our values and moving the The Feminist Art Movement forward.

If you are in the Omaha area, we encourage you to stop by the Connect Gallery to check out Courtney’s work. An Artist Reception will be held Friday March 20th from 5:30-9 PM at the gallery. The exhibit is running through March 28th.

To gain more insight on Courtney’s artwork and what inspires her, check out our exclusive interview below .

At Maxim Hygiene, we define a Fierce Woman as a “glorious female creature whose idea of beauty is hinged upon the idea that she can change the world with each choice, each moment and each breath of her life.” Who in your life is a Fierce Woman and why?

My mom is a Fierce Woman in my life. She is a woman who leads by example. Her confidence and unhinged individuality make her an excellent role model for me as well as any other woman who is lucky enough to cross paths. She has always been someone who believes in the importance of feeling empowered and has taught me to empower myself both as an artist and a woman.

She Was Alone by Courtney Kenny Porto

She Was Alone by Courtney Kenny Porto

Your tampon prints that will be exhibited at your upcoming gallery opening in March are meant to desensitize people from thinking of menstruation as something “bad” or “strange” and allow them to accept that it is a natural part of life – Do you often try to push people to fight against socially accepted taboos? What was your inspiration for this particular exhibit?  Did you spend a lot of time examining tampons to help shape your rendering of one?

I do often try to push people to fight socially accepted taboos with my work, sometimes very subtly, and (as with my tampon pieces) sometimes not so subtly. My best pieces depict a message I feel passionate about. My inspiration for this exhibit was a collection of my experiences as a woman as well as some of my feminist beliefs. I spent months knowing that I wanted to make art somehow pertaining to tampons, but it took several failed attempts and weeks of studying different types of tampons to find out what it is that makes a tampon recognizable as a tampon before I eventually landed on the idea to pull prints from them.

What is the most rewarding part about being a female artist?

The most rewarding part of being an artist in general for me is two-fold. First, the finished piece – at the risk of sounding completely arrogant, I spend quite a bit of time staring at my own recently finished work. It’s always exhilarating to be able to see how it finally came together in spite of all of the struggle, confusion, self-doubt and frustration in the process. The second most rewarding part of being an artist is watching others view my work and either take away exactly what I had intended, or something completely different than I had ever thought of. I love listening to others’ interpretations of my work. I love evoking conversation, and I love making people think. As far as being a female artist, I don’t know that the most rewarding part is any different than it would be for a male artist.

Are there any other female artists that inspire you? If yes, what do you like most about their work? 

One female artist who continues to inspire me is Mary Kay. One of my favorite qualities of Kay’s work is her use of metaphor. Taken at surface value, her work is beautiful for its luscious colors, painterly brushstrokes and textures, but on a deeper level, these works contain powerful stories about life, death and insemination. Aside from the merit of her work, Mary Kay herself is an inspiration to me. She is a beautiful person who is not only a wealth of knowledge, but also someone who uses much of her time to help and encourage others.

What interests you most about feminism?

I am interested most in feminism from a social and cultural perspective. The term feminism means different things to different people, and unfortunately it has been misrepresented in some instances. This misrepresentation has lead to a negative connotation for some people. I am happily married, am not a “man hater” in any sense of the term, and do not want to act like a man or dress like a man. For me, feminism is about respect (both from others and from self), pride (of a woman’s body, mind, and everything that it is to be a woman), and embracing differences (the unique characteristics that we hold as women). It is not about trying to be a man, but is instead about being proud to be a woman.

Where do you see your artwork evolving in the future? For example, I know you currently use yarn in some of your work, do you plan on using other unique mediums?

It’s hard to predict where my work will evolve in the future. Had you asked me a few years ago, I certainly wouldn’t have guessed I’d be using yarn. That being said, there are certain ideas and concepts that continue to appear in my work over and over, much like a reoccurring dream. One such concept is the juxtaposition of a pop of color amidst a grey-scale majority; another is the comparison of a blooming flower to a young woman. It is also likely that feminism, femininity and women will continue to play a large role in my work.

As an artist I enjoy experimentation. When viewing my different bodies of work, it is clear that I refuse to stick to one medium and I assume that will always be the case. I enjoy variation and the challenge that it brings. Each medium possesses something unique. Each has its own challenges and virtues. I am currently having fun with the use of caulk in some of my work. I can’t quite put my finger on it yet, but there is something liberating about caulk. In other words, yes, I think it is safe to say that I plan on using other unique mediums in the future.

Much thanks to Courtney for inspiring us to not only be Fierce Women, but creative Fierce Women. We invite you, our fellow Green Queens, to join in on the fun by sharing your most favorite and “fierce” feminist art pieces.

Image courtesy of services.filkie.com

Image courtesy of services.filkie.com

Any female who is past puberty will know the trials and tribulations that come with “womanhood.” The first time a girl gets her period it is an extremely unnerving and strange feeling, as she realizes that she is no longer little and will be “stuck” with bleeding for about a week, once a month, for at least the next thirty or forty years.

Periods are never any fun for anyone – PMS, menstrual cramps, leaks, the list is endless.

….SCREECH, HALT, EEEK, NOOOO!!!!!…..

This is EXACTLY the type of taboo conversation around menstruation we at Maxim Hygiene Products have been crusading against for the past seven years! We like to create positive perspectives around menstruation, encouraging women and girls to think of them as triumphs and tokens of love, rather than “trials and tribulations.”

Written accounts of menstruation date back to Ancient civilizations. Despite the thousands of years that have passed and as loud as Maxim has been, it seems this sort of sentiment around menses is still happening. Let’s look a little more deeply as to why this might be happening…

Many religions view menstruation as “unclean” and often try to restrict women from doing certain activities like having sex or entering places of worship. Numerous third world countries also struggle with accepting this natural bodily function as something as “normal” and many girls often find themselves being taunted or unable to go to school due to their periods. Access to the proper feminine hygiene products is another major issue for various women around the world, and the lack of education and frankness regarding menstruation has led society to create a social stigma around it.

Image courtesy of thealternative.com

When we look at history and delve deeper into the way menstruation was viewed in the past, we find that women did not always have the short end of the stick (or tampon ;) ). In certain civilizations females were often worshipped during their periods, and even seen as powerful with psychic capabilities that could perform miracles. According to Alain Corbin, the scent of menstrual blood in 1700s France was even considered to be seductive, as it was a sign that a woman was fertile. This way of thinking was very encouraging and proof that society is actually capable of embracing this important part of a woman’s life. According to a recent article in New York Magazine that received a lot of attention, it seems that not much has changed in today’s society in regards to this aspect except that it’s taken somewhat of a different form – male “bloodhounds” seeking out period sex.

In addition to Maxim Hygiene Products, there are many other organizations and people trying to alter today’s hush-hush mentality regarding menstruation and are making positive strides in the process. For example, two teen girls recently created a video game called “Tampon Run” that is meant to raise awareness about the period taboo, and more and more women in sports are trying to help females feel more comfortable talking about “Aunt Flo” or “Aunt Rose” without having to use those euphemisms. Annabel Croft, a tennis player, and Carol Smilie, a TV presenter, came together in 2012 to create a product that would allow women to stop feeling embarrassed about menstrual or bladder leaks, with their “Diary Doll” underwear. A brief look at the customer comments regarding the undergarment makes it appear as if it is a dream come true for many females.

Photo courtesy of diarydoll.com

At Maxim Hygiene we believe that females should not hide nor abstain from talking about their periods openly, and we applaud all of the efforts people are trying to make to change the menstrual taboo. Next week we will feature a feminist female artist in our blog that tackles this subject first hand through her artwork. Come back next week to see the strides she is making towards empowering women and making the world an overall better place.

IMG_0937e

Meika Hollender

From our own father and daughter duo at Maxim that brought you organic and natural tampons and pads, we couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to another dynamic family partnership that’s making sexual hygiene more sustainable and natural with Sustain condoms.

The initial idea of sustainable condoms was thought up by Jeffrey Hollender about twenty years ago when the AIDs crisis became prevalent in the USA, but it never came to fruition until Meika Hollender, Jeffrey’s daughter, pushed him to pursue his dream.

Meika graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business in the Spring of 2013 with a specialization in social impact and strategy, and she is a co-founder of the book “Naturally Clean.” While her dad and fellow Co-Founder may be one of the natural products’ industries major change-makers, Meika is ready and equipped to be the millennial generation’s feminine voice of change for healthy, safe, and sustainable sex practices and products, which is what makes her Maxim’s Fierce Woman of the month.

People have bought and used condoms for many years without much thought as to what is in them or how they are manufactured. I mean, how many people can actually keep an insightful and conscious mind space in the heat of the moment when they’ve really only got one thing on their mind?!

Just like the taboo-breaking methods Maxim has used to inspire women to talk about their periods and menstrual care products in a more natural way, Meika and company are changing the hush-hush cloud hovering over the condom industry by leading a revolution to produce fair-trade sustainable condoms. Sustain’s hope is that through their efforts to be transparent in their supply chain and manufacturing process, other companies will take note and start to make changes in their own.

sustain-03A

Meika’s fierce position at the company shows that they not only want to sell better product, but that they also want to make a larger impact on women’s health and empowerment when it comes to all topics related to condom use. Read our exclusive interview with Meika below to find out more about her vision and company.

1. What are the key points of differentiation between your products and others? 

Sustain is the only Fair Trade certified condom sold in the U.S. We are also only one of two brands that contain no detectable levels of a chemical called Nitrosamine. Nitrosamines are classified as a carcinogen and exist in tons of other products (food, personal care, etc.). We’re not saying in any way shape or form that other condoms are dangerous, we just believe that consumers have a right to know what’s in their products and we’re committed to making the best condoms we can. I also think our packaging is pretty rad!

Sustain-foils-group

Sustain condom packaging.

2. One of the goals of your company has been to educate women about safe sex and to empower them to buy and use more condoms. What have you found to be the most successful way of reaching this goal?

I’m not sure I can say how much ‘success’ we’ve had yet in terms of getting young women to buy and carry and USE condoms more regularly (only 21% of sexually active single women do!) yet, but what I do know is that we have hit a nerve. I talk to women, the media, and retailers every day and everyone understands the importance of the issue we are tackling. We are creating a brand and starting a conversation around safe sex, sexual health and female empowerment and I think by having this larger conversation, and ultimately starting a movement, we are engaging people in a way that other condom brands are not.

3. Sustain has founded the 10%4 women foundation, which is a fantastic initiative, especially for such a young company. Can you tell our readers a bit more about it and what inspired you to start it?

10%4Women was created by my mother Sheila Hollender, another Sustain co-Founder, when we founded the company. At Sustain we understand that we cannot solve major issues like access to reproductive healthcare on our own, we need to enlist and support other more established experts in this space in order to have the type of impact we want to have. 10%4Women means a lot to me because, especially right now, it is more important than ever to support organizations like Planned Parenthood in order to make sure all young women in this country have the access to the healthcare they deserve. 

4. I recently came across some of your print ads and a commercial your company produced – everything was very clever. Do you come up with all of the marketing ideas yourself? What’s your inspiration?

I wish I could take credit for all of our marketing, but I happen to be lucky enough to have a brother who is somewhat of a creative genius and he has been the brainchild of our most innovative marketing work. When he’s too busy to help us out, the marketing ideas are a joint effort between myself, our PR agency and our extremely talented designers.

I get my inspiration from a mix of things. There are a few brands like The Reformation, American Two Shot, and Negative Underwear that I look up to from a marketing angle, but you really never know when you’re going to see something that inspires you. Just the other day I was walking down the street and saw this guy taking photos of couples while they walked by with a vintage Polaroid camera. He then stopped the couples to give them the photo. When I saw that I was like “OH! Sustain needs to do something like that!”. 

Image courtesy of sustainablebrands.com.

5. Where do you envision the company going in the next few years? Are you thinking of creating any other products? 

We are launching two new products in Spring 2015 which I am super excited about, but overall I just envision a world in the next few years where women are not embarrassed or ashamed to purchase and carry condoms. I want all women everywhere to know that taking control of their sexual health is smart, sexy and the right thing to do!

6. Finally, at Maxim Hygiene, we define a Fierce Woman as a “glorious female creature whose idea of beauty is hinged upon the idea that she can change the world with each choice, each moment and each breath of her life.” Who in your life is a Fierce Woman and why?

I have two ‘fierce women’ – the first is my mother. She is one of the smartest, fiercest, most sophisticated people I know. She has inspired me to chase after what I want and never take no for an answer. It is because of her that I have become the feminist I am today.

The second is Lena Duhnam. Lena is the only celebrity out there talking openly and actively about women’s reproductive rights. This country lacks role models like Lena, and I am so incredibly grateful for all the work she has done for Planned Parenthood and for her willingness to talk openly about sex and safe sex. She is really someone I admire and look up to.

In winding down the month of February, which has a place in many peoples’ hearts as the month of love (thanks to Valentine’s Day), we hope Meika’s story has inspired you to make a place on your nightstand, wallet and bed that’s secure and safe with Sustain condoms.

Image courtesy of Twitter

Presidents’ Day is a holiday that is celebrated in the United States on the third Monday in February. It was created in 1885 and was originally coined as Washington’s Birthday to honor the first President of the Nation and it was meant to be celebrated on February 22nd, Washington’s birthdate. In 1971 the government decided to change the date of the holiday by passing the Uniform Holiday Bill, which moved the date to the third Monday in February in order to create more vacation time and longer weekends for workers.

Today the significance of Presidents’ Day varies depending on who you ask, as no one seems to agree on which President should actually be celebrated. Some people still exclusively celebrate Washington, others celebrate Washington as well as Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is also in February (February 12th), and some individuals in the southern states even celebrate Jefferson, despite his birthday being in April. At Maxim Hygiene we believe that all Presidents should be celebrated, but that we should also celebrate the wives of the Presidents who helped propel change in society throughout the years. An interesting fact is that a President’s wife in the United States is often referred to as a “First Lady” but this term was not officially employed until the 1930s.

Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world – Hillary Rodham Clinton, previous First Lady

This quote by Hillary Clinton is a great reflection of how important it is to take women’s ideas into consideration and how influential they can actually be. Many First Ladies in the past did a lot to help pave the way for a better future for women today, but one past First Lady in particular was not afraid to speak up on many taboo subjects for her time, and in the process ended up saving many women’s lives.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

This remarkable woman was Betty Ford, who was born on April 8, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. After a first failed marriage to a salesman, Betty met future President Gerald Ford in 1947 and married him one year later. The couple quickly became involved in politics and a little over 20 years later Gerald Ford was appointed Vice President of the United States of America. In 1974, less than one year into Ford’s Vice Presidency, President Richard Nixon resigned, leaving Ford to take his place. With this new position came new power, which allowed Betty to have a voice and speak up on many subjects that were never previously publicly addressed, like abortion and breast cancer.

Betty Ford was diagnosed with malignant breast cancer very early on in the beginning of her husband’s term. When she decided to undergo a mastectomy, she was very open about the disease and brought not only recognition to it, but allowed women to freely discuss the then taboo subject. This helped save many women’s lives, as they realized that they had options and that they were not alone.

For many years Betty struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, but when she sought out help she noticed that no recovery facility existed that was especially tailored to women and their specific needs. In 1982 once she was fully recovered she founded the Betty Ford Center, which is still in use today. Her center is open to everyone but is meant to particularly cater to women.

Betty Ford was not the only First Lady who addressed health issues. Nancy Reagan is known for her Just Say No to Drugs campaign and Rosalynn Carter has brought lots of awareness to mental health.

Image courtesy of the times.co.uk

Image courtesy of the times.co.uk. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter on the left, and Ronald and Nancy Reagan on the right, 1981.

Women’s health and encouragement have always been main goals of Maxim Hygiene so we feel like our Nation’s First Ladies deserve lots of respect and admiration. We are very lucky that such powerful women have helped rally for women’s rights and awareness about different subjects. So please don’t forget: This Presidents’ Day think about our past and current Presidents but also remember the women that helped contribute to our well-being today.

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that is often filled with candy, chocolates and sinful eating. If one of your New Years resolutions was to eat better, do a detox, or perhaps workout more, then you might want to stop and reconsider if you really want to blow all of your hard efforts just for one day of unhealthy eating. The good news is that you don’t have to, because we here at Maxim Hygiene are here to help you make more wholesome decisions with our Valentine’s Day food guide.

Sweet 

Sweet things don’t need to be loaded in sugar or be “bad” for you. The ideas below are great healthy dessert options. If you aren’t a huge fan of desserts but still enjoy something a bit sweet now and again, consider cutting some fruit into heart shapes and eating it by itself, or adding it to yogurt and creating a Valentine’s Day parfait.

1. Red Velvet Smoothie: We recently came across a “red velvet” smoothie, which has a gorgeous color and lets you get your red velvet fix without the added calories and guilt. Smoothies are a wonderful way to get your daily recommended dose of fruits and vegetables. Check out these 15 smoothie ideas that help promote beautiful skin.

2. Triple Chocolate Cake Balls: These cake balls are loaded with heart-healthy cocoa and dark chocolate, avocado, and greek yogurt. Although these are a lot healthier than a big piece of chocolate cake, just remember that you should never go overboard and eat the whole batch at once!

Image courtesy of halfbakedharvest.com

3. Guilt-Free Mini Apple Pies: This recipe for mini apple pies uses egg roll wrappers and only two tablespoons of sugar. The low-fat aspect of these allows you to enjoy a small scoop of vanilla ice-cream, a dollop of whipped cream or for a healthier option, greek yogurt, with them.

Image courtesy of pickyeaterblog.com

Savory

Looking for something a bit more savory? Valentine’s dinner is meant to be decadent, but that doesn’t mean it has to be fat-laden and filled with unnecessary added calories. We think some great healthy options would be:

1. Beet risotto: The color alone screams romance and risottos always have a very luxurious melt-in-your-mouth texture. An added bonus to this risotto is that you can get a daily serving of vegetables in. Just be careful when preparing the beets, as they can stain countertops and your hands.

Image courtesy of wellplated.com

Image courtesy of wellplated.com

2. Tulip tomatoes: These are not only cute, but you can use whatever creamy filling you want. You could put a creamy herb goat cheese filling, white bean dip, hummus…whatever you want inside the cherry tomatoes. However, pay attention to the color combinations you choose, so that your “tulips” look convincing!

Image courtesy of creativeandhealthyfunfood.com

3. Roasted heart potatoes: These potatoes would be great with steak and a mushroom sauce. All you need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter and you are good to go! Instead of the caraway seeds that are used in this recipe, we personally think rosemary would be a better choice.

Image courtesy of hanielas.com

Happy healthy eating and Happy Valentine’s Day from the Maxim Hygiene team!

When you’re done cooking up a healthy storm, visit our online store to get 20% Off your next purchase of Maxim Hygiene products by entering the following coupon code at checkout: VDAY

Cloud9

 

Offer valid now through Sunday, February 15th, 2015 at 9pm EST. This is a one time offer that can not be combined with any other offers, is not valid on shipping charges, and not applicable to prior or pending orders. Other restrictions may apply.

 

Photo courtesy of iran-daily.com

Photo courtesy of iran-daily.com

As we get in to the depths of Winter and temperatures continue to drop, the body becomes weaker and more susceptible to illness. If you are like most people, you probably wait until your body gives in and you fall ill, and then you make a dash to the nearest drugstore to buy medicine. However, what if we told you that you might be able to avoid this dilemma and lower your chances of getting sick this winter simply by looking into your kitchen cupboard and making yourself a cup of tea?

We here at Maxim Hygiene like to believe in trying natural health remedies, like Chinese traditional medicine before moving over to synthetic drugs, Our company produces organic and natural cotton feminine hygiene products, so whenever we come across a natural way to stay healthy, we want nothing more than to share our findings with you.

Tea is a natural health remedy that has been around for thousands of years. According to legend, tea was first discovered in China in 2737 B.C. when the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung was sitting under a tree and some of the leaves of the tree fell into his hot water. The leaves were from the camellia sinensis tree, which is where all tea comes from today.

Camellia Sinensis. Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org

There are five main types of tea:

  • Black
  • Green
  • White
  • Oolong
  • Pu-erh

Tea contains antioxidants, known as flavonoids, which help the body fight against cancers, increase metabolism, fight free radicals and can even lower the risk of developing neurological diseases later in life, like Alzheimer’s. The infographic below highlights some of the potential health benefits of the different tea varieties. It is important to note however, that herbal infusions like chamomile cannot really be considered to be “tea” because herbal infusions do not come from the camellia sinensis tree. However, these infusions do contain some medicinal properties as can be seen in the infographic, so if you are not a huge traditional tea drinker you can still give infusions a try:

Photo courtesy of care2.com

After looking at all of the different health benefits that tea and herbal infusions offer, you may be wondering which one is best to choose. We personally believe that your choice should be made based on taste, because a lot of studies are frequently conducted about which tea has the most potential health benefits, but the results are rarely conclusive. However, if you are looking to keep your immune system in check during the winter, we recommend drinking 3-5 cups of green tea or chamomile per day.

Just keep in mind that whatever tea or herbal infusion you choose, try avoiding any sugar, milk or cream additives, otherwise you won’t be able to reap all of the antioxidant goodness.

Happy sipping!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,313 other followers

%d bloggers like this: