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Why Drink Green Tea


Why drink Green Tea

It is said that the ceremonial practice of drinking Chinese green tea can bring the wisdom and spirit of human beings to a higher path.

The legendary Shen nong, a Chinese scientist and doctor who lived 5,000 years ago, greatly influenced the Chinese to drink boiled water for hygiene purposes. One summer day, while resting near a bush, he noticed that some dried leaves from a bush fell into the boiling water and a brown substance was infused into the water. Shen nong, as a curious scientist, was interested in the new liquid, drank some, and found it very refreshing.

Camellia sinensis, a beautiful plant that produces the fragrant and healthy leaves, that go on to become Green tea.

Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet.

It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body.

This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits.

Here are 10 health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies.

Green Tea Contains Various Bio active Compounds That Can Improve Health

Green tea is more than just green liquid.

Many of the bio-active compounds in the tea leaves do make it into the final drink, which contains large amounts of important nutrients.

It is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants.

These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases.

One of the more powerful compounds in green tea is the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which has been studied to treat various diseases and may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties.

Green tea also has small amounts of minerals that are important for health.

Try to choose a higher quality brand of green tea, because some of the lower quality brands can contain excessive levels of fluoride.

That being said, even if you choose a lower quality brand, the benefits still far outweigh any risk.

Bottom Line: Green tea is loaded with bio active compounds that can have various beneficial effects on health.

Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter

Green tea does more than just keep you awake, it can also make you smarter.

The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known stimulant.

It doesn’t contain as much as coffee, but enough to produce a response without causing the “jittery” effects associated with too much caffeine.

What caffeine does in the brain is to block an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. This way, it actually increases the firing of neurons and the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine and nor-epinephrine.

Caffeine has been intensively studied before and consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory.

However… green tea contains more than just caffeine. It also has the amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier.

L-theanine increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects. It also increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain.

Studies show that caffeine and L-theanine can have synergistic effects. The combination of the two is particularly potent at improving brain function.

Because of the L-theanine and the smaller dose of caffeine, green tea can give you a much milder and different kind of “buzz” than coffee.

Many people report having more stable energy and being much more productive when they drink green tea, compared to coffee.

Bottom Line: Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function.

Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance

If you look at the ingredients list for any fat burning supplement, chances are that green tea will be on there.

This is because green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate, in human controlled trials.

In one study in 10 healthy men, green tea increased energy expenditure by 4%.

Another study showed that fat oxidation was increased by 17%, indicating that green tea may selectively increase the burning of fat.

However, I’d like to point out that some studies on green tea don’t show any increase in metabolism, so the effects may depend on the individual.

Caffeine itself has also been shown to improve physical performance by mobilizing fatty acids from the fat tissues and making them available for use as energy.

In two separate review studies, caffeine has been shown to increase physical performance by 11-12%, on average.

Bottom Line: Green tea has been shown to boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning in the short term, although not all studies agree.

Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer

Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. It is one of the world’s leading causes of death.

It is well known that oxidative damage contributes to the development of cancer and that antioxidants can have a protective effect.

Green tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants, so it makes perfect sense that it could reduce your risk of cancer, which it appears to do:

  • Breast cancer: A meta-analysis of observational studies found that women who drank the most green tea had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer, the most common cancer in women.
  • Prostate cancer: One study found that men drinking green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer in men.

Colo-rectal cancer: A study of 69,710 Chinese women found that green tea drinkers had a 57% lower risk of colo-rectal cancer.

Multiple other observational studies show that green tea drinkers are significantly less likely to get various types of cancer.

It is important to keep in mind that it may be a bad idea to put milk in your tea, because it can reduce the antioxidant value.

Bottom Line: Green tea has powerful antioxidants that may protect against cancer. Multiple studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of various types of cancer.

Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Not only can green tea improve brain function in the short term, it may also protect your brain in old age.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neuro-degenerative disease in humans and a leading cause of dementia.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neuro-degenerative disease and involves the death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain.

Multiple studies show that the catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons in test tubes and animal models, potentially lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Bottom Line: The bio active compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common neuro-degenerative disorders.

Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, Which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection

The catechins in green tea have other biological effects as well.

Some studies show that they can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses like the influenza virus, potentially lowering your risk of infections.

Streptococcus mutans is the primary harmful bacteria in the mouth. It causes plaque formation and is a leading contributor to cavities and tooth decay.

Studies show that the catechins in green tea can inhibit the growth of streptococcus mutans. Green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of caries.

Another awesome benefit of green tea… multiple studies show that it can reduce bad breath.

Bottom Line: The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses. This can lower the risk of infections and lead to improvements in dental health, a lower risk of caries and reduced bad breath.

Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes

Type II diabetes is a disease that has reached epidemic proportions in the past few decades and now afflicts about 300 million people worldwide.

This disease involves having elevated blood sugar levels in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.

Studies show that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels.

One study in Japanese individuals found that those who drank the most green tea had a 42% lower risk of developing type II diabetes.

According to a review of 7 studies with a total of 286,701 individuals, green tea drinkers had an 18% lower risk of becoming diabetic.

Bottom Line: Some controlled trials show that green tea can cause mild reductions in blood sugar levels. It may also lower the risk of developing type II diabetes in the long term.

Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the biggest causes of death in the world.

Studies show that green tea can improve some of the main risk factors for these diseases.

This includes total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

Green tea also dramatically increases the antioxidant capability of the blood, which protects the LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation, which is one part of the pathway towards heart disease.

Given the beneficial effects on risk factors, it is not surprising to see that green tea drinkers have up to a 31% lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Bottom Line: Green tea has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Observational studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk of Becoming Obese

Given that green tea can boost the metabolic rate in the short term, it makes sense that it could help you lose weight.

Several studies show that green tea leads to decreases in body fat, especially in the abdominal area.

One of these studies was a randomized controlled trial in 240 men and women that went on for 12 weeks. In this study, the green tea group had significant decreases in body fat percentage, body weight, waist circumference and abdominal fat.

However, some studies don’t show a statistically significant increases in weight loss with green tea, so this needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

Bottom Line: Some studies show that green tea leads to increased weight loss. It is particularly effective at reducing the dangerous abdominal fat.

Green Tea May Decrease Your Risk of Dying and Help You Live Longer

Of course, we all have to die eventually. That is inevitable.

However, given that green tea drinkers are at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, it makes sense that it could help you live longer.

In a study of 40,530 Japanese adults, those who drank the most green tea (5 or more cups per day) were significantly less likely to die during an 11 year period:

  • Death of all causes: 23% lower in women, 12% lower in men.
  • Death from heart disease: 31% lower in women, 22% lower in men.
  • Death from stroke: 42% lower in women, 35% lower in men.

Another study in 14,001 elderly Japanese individuals aged 65-84 years found that those who drank the most green tea were 76% less likely to die during the 6 year study period.

Take Home Message

If you want to feel better, lose weight and lower your risk of chronic diseases, then you might want to consider making green tea a regular part of your life.



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A Bowl of Superfoods


What superfoods we have in the little fruit we call ‘berries’.  Our hunter gather ancestors would have had such pleasure from eating these mostly sweet little fruits and it would have alleviated their symptoms of ‘fight or flight’ syndrome or as we call it today Stress.

They may be little but the thrust of benefits derive mostly the high antioxidant levels. Antioxidants are powerful little substances that can prevent oxidative stress damage to cells in our bodies. Cell damage occurs in health conditions such as cancer and the aging process where free radical activity damages the body at a cellular level. I advise eating a nutritious diet rich in antioxidants, as a prevention against certain diseases, they also assist in improving overall health, protecting skin and hair. Nearly every fruits and vegetable in our grocery store contains antioxidants, but nutrient rich berries are some of the complete best sources.

We find several powerful antioxidants in berries, including vitamin C, anthocyanins, and quercetin. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant found in berries. It is mainly responsible for the health of collagen, which helps maintain cartilage stores and aids in joint flexibility. Eating vitamin C rich berries will result in radiant skin and healthy hair and may reduce the risk of arthritis, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

Anthocyanins bestow the vibrant color of berries. They also reduce inflammation, and may help prevent and manage arthritis. Anthocyanins work together with quercetin to help slow age related memory loss. Quercetin can also decrease the inflammatory effects of chemicals in the synovial fluid of the joints for people with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

We know that berries are “juicy” meaning that they contain high levels of water. Juicy foods are especially beneficial for losing weight because you feel full quicker and since their high water content increases the volume they also decrease the calories. Berries also contain fibre and folate. A health weight benefits from fibre which also helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Folate has been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease and age related memory loss, and it also contributes to the production of serotonin, so it may help to prevent depression and improve your mood. IBS sufferers should note that some people with IBS experience discomfort after eating berries.

Berries should be a part of your diet because they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, plus they’re rich in antioxidants that can protect your cells from free-radical damage. And best of all, they’re low in calories, so they’re perfect for weight-watching diets.

Beautiful, delicious, and good for you. Read on to learn more about these perfect nutritional gems.

Sleeping Aid

When your sweet tooth needs satisfying, you can’t beat a bowl of berries. Besides being loaded with fiber, which helps fill you up, berries contain magnesium, a mineral that relaxes nerves and muscles to speed slumber.

Serve your berries plain, or add some chopped nuts or granola, or a splash of milk.



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Garlic Dragons Breath


Here’s an incredibly tasty and nutritious herbal vinegar recipe, to add “FIRE” to your next cup of tea or glass of warm water or your next salad. You can use it one spoon at a time to stay healthy and cold or flu free. I place 1 to 2 Tablespoons of it in my morning cuppa but you may also use it as a dressing on fresh greens or roasted vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed to break up the healthy properties.
  • 1 lemon cut in half.
  • 4 Tbsp fresh ginger – peeled and chopped in chunks.
  • 4 Tbsp freshly grated horseradish root
  • Handful of parsley
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Cayenne powder
  • Serrano Pepper (Optional) or substitute Jalapeno pepper.

Directions:

  • Combine the onion, garlic, lemon, ginger, parsley, and horseradish in a wide mouth mason jar.
  • Add warmed apple cider vinegar to cover them. (warming the vinegar allows it to more actively draw the properties out of the herbs. Just warm, if it becomes too hot the good enzymes will be no longer active.)
  • Place on counter for 3 weeks, shaking it at times.
  • Strain, then discard the root veggies, herbs and fruit. Compost please!
  • Add honey and cayenne to taste!

The final creation will be a lively, hot, pungent, and yet sweet mixture.
Shaken occasionally, kept in a shady spot.

To use it:

  • 1 – 2 Tbsp at first sign of a cold, and repeat every 4 hours until feeling better
  • 1 Tbsp in water once or twice a week
  • Mix with a bit of olive oil and use as a salad dressing or In you Caesar!!

In Smiling Body Nutritional Therapy, the benefits of Dragons Breath help to strengthen Yang while warming the Lungs and Releases the exterior by inducing sweating, meaning that strengthen our Immunity. It benefits our resistance to the Common cold, Vomiting, Dysentery and Dyspepsia.



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Herbal Chen Pi

Chen Pi

  • English Name:  Orange or Tangerine Peel
  • Pinyin Name:  Chen Pi

Clinical Actions

  • Regulates Qi, Regulates Qi and Harmonizes the Middle Jiao.
    Improves transporting function of the Spleen, relieves diaphragm – epigastric/abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea, and poor appetite. Vomiting (promotes movement of Qi in general, specifically directing it downward. Good for different types of nausea/vomiting).
  • For accumulation of Phlegm and Damp in the Middle Jiao with symptoms such as fatigue, low appetite, loose stool, diarrhoea, abdominal fullness, chest oppression, and a greasy think tongue coating.
  • Dissolves Phlegm and Stops Cough: Important herb for drying dampness and the transformation of phlegm – coughs with stifling sensation in the chest/diaphragm, and copious viscous sputum (Qi-level herb).
  • For accumulation of phlegm and Qi in the Lungs due to a weakness of the Spleen’s transforming function with symptoms such as cough with profuse phlegm, wheezing, dyspnea, and stifling sensation in the chest.
  • Prevents stagnation – prevents cloying of tonifying herbs.
  • Ju Hong is the red part of the tangerine peel – it is more drying and aromatic.

Channels/Meridians Influenced

  • ◦ Lung ◦ Spleen ◦ Stomach

Associated Temperature and Taste:

  • ◦ Warm (Wen) ◦ Aromatic ◦ Bitter ◦ Acrid (Spicy)

Latin:  Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae

Alt Names:    Ju Pi, Guang Chen Pi, Xin Hui Pi

Dosage and Preparation Notes:

  • Dosage: 3-9g

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

Use with caution in cases with excess internal heat, fluid deficiency, and in cases with cough due to Qi or Yin Deficiency.

Chinese Herb Notes

Chen Pi helps to prevent stagnation in tonifying formulas by balancing the cloying nature of other herbs.

This herb is especially useful for Qi disorders involving both the Lung and Spleen Channels.

Make at Home

Take your orange or tangerine peel, after you’ve eating the flesh of the fruit. Cut into thin stips as photo. Place in greaseproof paper or tinfoil and dry on a radiator. Store in an air tight jar is a dry dark (inside cupboard) place.

 

Great Recipe



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Sweet Potato Detox Soup

Packed with vitamin A and fiber, this orange soup is the best choice for a detox dinner.

Prep Time 5 mins             Cook Time 25 mins          Total Time 30 mins

Servings: 2

Calories: 382kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cooked red lentils
  • 1 sweet potato peeled and cut in cubes
  • 3 carrots peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 parsnip peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 onion peeled and cut in quarters
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth warm
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Fresh parsley 1 teaspoon coconut milk, to garnish

Instructions

Heat the oven at 165°C/329°F.

Line a baking sheet with baking paper, add the sweet potato, carrots, parsnip, onion, and garlic, season with salt, chili, turmeric, and cumin, add the coconut oil and toss to combine.

Roast for 20 minutes then transfer into the blender.

Add the warm vegetable broth, grated ginger, and cooked red lentils into the blender and process to obtain a smooth cream.

Serve warm, garnished with fresh parsley.



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