Not only delicious and calming, herbal teas have been used for centuries as homeopathic treatments for

Not only delicious and calming, herbal teas have been used for centuries as homeopathic treatments for almost every health condition and ailment, and by those simply looking for a natural detox. What many don’t know is some varieties can also help you shed extra pounds by reducing water retention, boosting your metabolism or even limiting the storage of fat. If you’re looking to get in shape, here are a few of the best herbal brews to help you along the way. Traditionally drunk through a metal straw from a mug called a gourd, yerba mate tea, or mate çayı in Turkish, is a traditional South American drink prepared with the dried leaves and twigs of the Ilex paraguariensis plant and according to cultural nuances, a sign of friendship and bonding when drunk together. This tea is loaded with seven out of nine essential amino acids plus almost every vitamin and mineral the body needs — albeit in minute amounts. For weight loss, studies have found that mate tea reduces the appetite, boosts the metabolism and diminishes the storage of fat. As a bonus, with 85 milligrams of caffeine per cup, it gives you almost the same jolt as coffee, lending you a nice energy boost for your...

Marlboro maker bets $100m more on alternative cigarettes

Philip Morris International, the company behind Marlboro, is to spend another $100m this year developing its alternative to traditional cigarettes as a global marketing drive intensifies to convert smokers to a new generation of products. Martin King, chief financial officer, said on Thursday that extra funds would be deployed to accelerate innovation of the company’s IQOS product — a cigarette-like device that heats, rather than burns, tobacco. The plans, which come ahead of an imminent launch of IQOS in the US, are the latest sign of big tobacco ramping up investment to safeguard the industry’s future. Rival manufacturers are fighting over a share of the market for alternatives as health-conscious consumers reject traditional cigarettes at an accelerating rate. They include vaping company Juul, in which US tobacco group Altria struck a deal to take a 35 per cent stake last December for $13bn. Quarterly results on Thursday from PMI, which makes Marlboro outside the US, underlined how the company is becoming increasingly reliant on IQOS. Shares were up more than 7 per cent by late morning in New York, giving it a market capitalisation of $135bn, as better than anticipated volum...