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Cancer Hates Tea: A Unique Preventive and Transformative Lifestyle Change to Help Crush Cancer delves into the personal journey and revelations of The Tea Spot's founder, Maria Uspenski. After her own battle with cancer, Maria extensively researched tea and discovered hundreds of studies that showed how powerful a five-cup-a-day (1.2 L) steeping habit could be. Tea is the most studied anti-cancer plant, with over 5,000 medical studies published on its health benefits over the past 10 years. By breaking down how tea works with your body’s defenses against cancer in a lighthearted tone, Maria’s serious research is approachable and relatable to anyone who is battling the disease or to family and friends of those fighting cancer. Start harnessing the wellness-promoting properties of tea and see your life change with an easy-to-follow three-week plan that gets tea polyphenols streaming through your system 24/7.

Become a tea lover with a purpose and help your body defend itself against cancer. Learn to embrace tea in all its varieties― green, white, black, pu-erh, herbal and more―as both a mental and physical experience to protect your health. Discover the history, growing information and health implications of each variety, as well as uniquely delicious methods to boost your intake with serving suggestions, food pairings and recipes that highlight the benefits of tea.

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When cancer’s battling on unfriendly terrain, it can be forced to pump the brakes or retreat altogether. Your immune system fights cancer on multiple fronts and at every phase of its progression, beginning even before its inception, when free-radicals are just beginning to cause chemical instability in your cells. Over the past several decades, we’ve seen a lot of attention on free radical chemistry, because those rascals can trigger a lot of human diseases. Your body needs to keep the balance in your favor between antioxidants and free radicals in order to maintain proper physiological function. As it turns out, cancer has its weaknesses - antioxidants are its very own Achille’s heel. So where do these antioxidants come from?

Plants aren’t equipped with an immune system like we are, but they’re good at standing their ground against extreme environmental factors, bacterial organisms and invading critters. A plant has its own set of biochemical defenses that it depends on for its daily survival. Those are the same chemical defenders that come to our aid when we ingest plant material. As soon as a plant comes under attack, its DNA activates this army of defenders to wage chemical warfare. It can help protect the plant from threats as wide-ranging as UV radiation, disease, invading microorganisms and competing plants. Threatening pests find these chemical combatants bitter and distasteful. This is interesting, because these “distasteful” attributes are the same compounds that provide the astringent tastes we’ve come to love in tea. These powerful warrior compounds are polyphenol antioxidants and they soldier through our cells, sacrificing themselves by neutralizing hazardous molecules gone awry. Polyphenol antioxidants are like the star players who help the immune system team play at its peak in this game.

Enter your own personal army: the tea leaf, a most powerful natural source of antioxidants.

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Jo & Jules, Conscious Cleanse

“Cancer Hates Tea is a must-have if you’re ready to take control of your health. In a light-hearted way, Maria takes a complex topic and puts it into an easy-to-understand format so you can apply it to your healing journey, starting today.”
—Jo Schaalman and Jules Peláez, Co-founders of the Conscious Cleanse and authors of the best-selling book The Conscious Cleanse

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Levi Felix, Camp Grounded

"Sometimes when you hear the worlds, "You've got cancer," it's hard to believe they are speaking to you. Thanks to my close friends, family and Maria's amazing book on the power of tea, I am taking this experience face on and fighting my own battle. And yes, we will win!"
—Levi Felix, Camp Director & Founder of Camp Grounded and Digital Detox

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Linda Gaylard, Tea Sommelier

“Cancer Hates Tea is an original approach to an unsettling subject. Using her inquiring mind and resolute spirit, Maria has constructed a resource that is both personal to her and relevant for all. In her unique position as a tea professional and cancer survivor, Maria shares her love of tea, its inherent benefits and makes a convincing appeal to get on board!”
—Linda Gaylard, Tea Sommelier and author of The Tea Book

Dan Bolton, Tea Writer & Editor

"Life-saving advice from one of the 15.5 million cancer survivors who knows that choices made after the diagnosis matter for the rest of your days. What you drink will make a big difference and Maria rightfully and emphatically insists on tea. As she points out, cancer has every reason to hate tea’s rich mixture of pleasant tasting plant goodness. Tea wreaks havoc with cancer cells and fortifies your immune system while clearing your body of inflammation-causing antioxidants. Her advocacy for the five-cup-a-day elixir is sound advice. 'Tea alone will not cure or prevent cancer,' writes Uspenski, 'But everyone should know about the health benefits of drinking tea.'”
—Dan Bolton, Editor of Tea Journey, World Tea News, Tea Magazine, and STiR Tea & Coffee

Jay Coen Gilbert, B Lab

“In Cancer Hates Tea, Maria Uspenski manages to take a complicated subject and turn it into a compelling call-to-action. As the son of two parents fallen to cancer, I appreciate how Maria’s book can help people understand how tea can contribute to better wellness.”
—Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-founder of B Lab

Babette Donaldson, Tea Author

"This is no mild-mannered tea book. In the hands of author, educator and entrepreneur, Maria Uspenski, tea – Camellia sinensis to be specific - is an armor, shield and weapon in the fight against cancer. She has organized the arsenal and examined the tactics of the enemy (cancer). It is recommended a strategy for dealing with the fearful diagnosis as well as preventing the likelihood of having this invader find a vulnerable position in your body. 'Drink Like Your Life Depends On It' is not just a chapter title, it clearly titles the banner Uspenski carries onto the battleground as we wage war for health."
—Babette Donaldson, Author of Everything Healthy Tea & the Emma Lea books

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Meet the Author:
Maria Uspenski is the founder of The Tea Spot, an artisanal producer of craft teas based in Boulder, Colorado. At The Tea Spot, Maria works to advance healthier living through the everyday enjoyment of whole leaf tea. An MIT mechanical engineer by trade, she is the innovative force behind the company's Steepware® line, which promotes easy tea preparation. A cancer fighter, her message is simple and powerful - tea in its freshest form is sustainable, renders exceptional flavor and has unmatched health benefits. She has been featured in the Huffington Post and in television interviews for her success as a social entrepreneur and fitness nutrition expert. Maria is regularly called on to lecture about tea's health benefits at universities and conferences nationwide. The Tea Spot donates ten percent of all sales in-kind to cancer and community wellness.

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This book is not intended to promote tea as a treatment for any kind of illness or disease. Tea is not a panacea. Although drinking tea has been associated with many health benefits - the chemistry, biological mechanisms and cancer prevention properties of tea is not fully defined. The nature of the association which comes up time and time again in epidemiological studies between tea drinking and anticancer benefits is not clear, and although human cancer prevention trials with green tea polyphenol preparations have shown promising results, further intervention trials are needed to conclusively demonstrate the cancer-preventive activities of tea.
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