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Hey there, it's me Kathy : A cup of tea can do you wonders

Kathy Golemiec
Kathy Golemiec

How was your week? Mine was good; I had my ups and downs like everyone else.

The only thing that was really hurting was my wrist and my toe, other than that not too bad.

To the lady who wrote me and told me she had made a bunch of knitted knockers for the hospital: I put your letter away in my safekeeping place with your phone number on it, and now I don't know where my safekeeping place is. Could you drop them off at the hospital? – Go to the 2nd floor to the chemo unit and give them to any of the nurses or ask for the cancer navigator, Bonnie, and any one of them will help you. Thank you so much for knitting them. They are so comfortable to wear.

Did you know that wearing lipstick reduces the risk of lip cancer by 50 per cent? It’s thought to be the reason that men get lip cancer more than woman. Ultraviolet light is a trigger for lip cancer and by applying lipstick, whether it contains sunblock or not, you block the exposure. Men can use lip balm; it does the same thing.

Just by drinking a cup of tea, you’re lowering your blood pressure and fighting off cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and wrinkles. It's only lately it’s been revealed to have remarkable anti-aging powers. It's packed with flavonoids, disease-fighting compounds that reduce the damaging effects of free radicals on your body's cells. Tea contains a potent variety called catechins, which have been shown to be more powerful than vitamins C and E in testing. But that is just one of tea's nearly 4,000 phytochemicals thought to work synergistically to fight disease.

Tea should be made with freshly boiled water, but not boiling water (boiling water can reduce the antioxidant). So let the water sit in the pot for a minute before putting your tea ball in. Allow it to steep for about five minutes to bring out its catechins. Adding milk will not affect the health benefits.

I went to the teashop in town today to get some to help my granddaughter get over her stomachache and he suggested caramel rooibos. It helps with the stomach. Woohoo, it worked! I got a happy girl again.

Don't look up diseases on the internet, it will scare you to death because all the symptoms are almost the same and you are sure to say, ‘Oh my god, that's what I have.’ My granddaughter looked up some symptoms, that was it, she said she's going to die soon. I told her what I always told the kids: go to the bathroom, you will be fine, and sure enough they were. Ha! But if you aren't feeling well go to your doctor, they will have more knowledge and know you better than the internet, so don't scare yourself. I have never looked at the internet for any of my help. I always waited to see my doctor.

The weather has been great this week. I know we are all complaining about the heat but it won’t be long and we will be wishing it was here.

Remember to drink lots of water, and look out for our elderly to see they are drinking lots of water too. That's another thing tea will do; cool you down in the summer as well as warm you up in the winter.

It was nice to meet all the new people who stopped me in town or stores to say they like my column,. Thank you very much.

I have a friend going through a cancer operation this week. I need you to send prayers her way and good vibes.

Weight-wise – staying the same. Woohoo!

Janet is feeling better. She and dad were over this week to help with the flea market.

Tip of the week: eat the fruits that are in season now and notice the difference between the fresh and shipped.

Have a good week folks. It's time to read that book you were saving for beach season.   


Kathy Golemiec is undergoing cancer treatments and writes about her experiences each week.

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