This episode is all about unlocking the benefits of herbal plants and unleashing our collective potential.
Simon Cheng traveled the world — from the mountains of Tibet to the heart of Indonesia and forests of the Pacific Northwest — studying with the most accomplished masters in Eastern medicine and breathwork to heal himself and learn their art. A scholar in Chinese literature, Simon simultaneously delved into the ancient wisdom in classics on medicine, breathwork and the Tao or the way.
He now synthesized everything that he had been given into an integrated system to help you attain radiant health — the culmination of which is Pique.
In this podcast, The healing power of tea, we cover:
The benefits of drinking tea from regenerative soils
How tea will positively impact your immune system
The amount of tea you should drink daily to see benefits
At what time you should drink tea throughout the day
The benefits tea can have on your fasting routine
About the health differences between coffee and tea
How to pick the right tea for you
Navigating Health Problems
Every year, Simon would get some respiratory illness and would find himself on antibiotics. He started developing skin problems and allergies. Each time Simon had a problem, the doctor would give him new prescriptions. Simon felt unlucky because of his bad genes – he never thought that his lifestyle affected his health.
When Simon turned thirty, he was diagnosed with sleep apnea. His sleep score was a complete disaster; he would wake up every few minutes. After surgery to fix his sleep apnea, Simon was in extraordinary pain for three weeks. Every single day, Simon’s jaw would swell up; he realized that there was an infection.
Researching Eastern Medicine
So, Simon decided to dive into Eastern medicine. After visiting a 250-year-old tea plant, Simon found the benefits of regenerative soil. In America, we are eating food, drinking coffee, and tea from deficient soils. However, these ancient teas are from the freshest and rarest plants. Simon uses a process called Cold Brew Crystallization; it gently preserves active compounds at maximum potential.
The Benefits of Tea
Tea has antioxidants, which, in turn, will benefit your immune system. Also, tea has one of the richest sources of polyphenols, a massive biohack for fixing digestive issues because it is rich for immune support. Tea is the most studied superfoods out there; two-thirds of the world drinks tea every single day. The biggest hurdle between drinking tea and getting the benefit is the consumption amount. You are not getting the benefits if you only drink tea once a week. In fact, you need to drink two to three cups of tea each day.
There is no easy answer to what time of day you should drink tea. Simon drinks black tea in the morning because the caffeine release is the fastest with black tea. When you drink green tea, your body has to digest it before the caffeine is released. It can take four to six hours. After lunch, Simon will drink his green tea to have stable energy throughout the day. If you have an adverse reaction to green tea, you shouldn’t drink it first thing in the morning; it will make your stomach sensitive. If you love green tea in the morning, mix it with milk or eat before drinking tea.
When fasting, tea can help with hunger; it will stabilize your blood sugar. So, when your blood sugar goes down, tea will stabilize it. Technically, tea will break your fast because of the few calories it has. However, the benefits of tea are hugely massive, and it will help with your overall health. Fasting is a mental game, so tea is great when you want something to reach for.
Tune in as we talk about the differences between coffee and tea, how to pick the right tea for you, and Simon reveals his favorite teas.