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6 Teas That Block Fat And Prevent Obesity

6 Teas That Block Fat And Prevent Obesity

Drinking tea is not only a relaxing and pleasurable experience, but it is also one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world next to water. The global per capita consumption of tea is around 120 ml/ day. Its huge popularity may be credited to the fact that it is rather cheap, stimulating and filled with sensorial properties that people just cannot resist. Oh, and by the way…have I mentioned their immense health benefits and their potential for treating/preventing our pandemic called obesity that now affects one-third of the global population? No? Then, let’s dive into it, shall we?

White Tea

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    White tea has probably one of the most accepted flavors in Europe when it comes to teas in general. This tea is steamed and dried right after picking to prevent it from oxidation, which in turn gives its light and delicate taste that Europeans love so much.

    How does it promote weight loss?

    • stimulation of hepatic lipid metabolism: lipid metabolism refers to the process by which fatty acids are broken down for energy and/or stored as energy for later use. The term “hepatic” means that this process takes place within the liver.
    • inhibition of lipases: Lipase inhibitors decrease the amount of fat your body absorbs and actually forces the fat consumed to be excreted instead of absorbed.
    • thermogenesis stimulation: The term refers to our body’s natural process of heat production that can significantly contribute to weight loss if naturally regulated.
    • appetite control
    • working along with coffee

    Chemicals found in WT that help block fat:

    The main components of white tea include proteins, minerals, polyphenols , polysaccharides  and trace elements of organic and amino acids, lignins and methylxanthines (caffeine, theobromine and theophylline).

    References:

    1. T. R. Dias,et al. White Tea (Camellia Sinensis (L.)): Antioxidant Properties And Beneficial Health Effects.International Journal of Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics (IJFS) ISSN 2326-3350.2(2), 19-26. First published online: February 26, 2013

    Green Tea

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      Green Tea is probably the most renowned tea on the market. It might be safe to assert that it is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet that you could ever drink. It is filled with much needed antioxidants and nutrients that all work in cooperation to improve brain function, facilitate fat loss and lower the risk of cancer and other debilitating diseases.

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      How does it promote weight loss?

      • Increased thermogenesis and fat oxidation: due to its green tea-caffeine mixture (epigallocatechin gallate + caffeine)
      • Inhibition of phosphodiesterase: the inhibition of this enzyme leads to increased fat oxidation and thermogenesis
      • Reduced weight regain: a green tea-caffeine mixture has the wonderful side effect of reducing body weight regain after significant weight loss. Green tea achieves  that through the thermogenic effect mentioned above.

      Chemicals found in WT that help block fat:

      Scientific studies have shown that green tea contains a large amounts of tea catechins. Catechol-O-methyltransferase is known as an intracellular enzyme and is omnipresent throughout all mammalian tissues, including skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. COMT is an active enzyme that stimulates the breakdown of fats and other lipids by hydrolysis to release fatty acids.

      References:

      1. Margriet S,et al. Body Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance in Relation to Habitual Caffeine Intake and Green Tea Supplementation. Obesity Research Volume 13, Issue 7, Article first published online: 6 SEP 2012.
      2. Kevin C,et al. Green Tea Catechin Consumption Enhances Exercise-Induced Abdominal Fat Loss in Overweight and Obese Adults.The Journal of Nutrition. Nutrition and Disease. First published online: December 11, 2008.

      Black Tea

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        Black tea is another kind of tea that is currently experiencing a new revival due to its recently revealed health benefits. Black tea is stronger in flavor than its less oxidized counterparts, and it accounts for more than 90% of all tea sold in the Western world. Another important aspect of the tea that is worth mentioning is that while green tea tends to lose its flavor within half a year, black tea is able to retain its flavor for several years.

        How does it promote weight loss?

        Research conducted into its effects on weight loss has found that black tea increases the rate at which the body is able to bring cortisol levels back to normal and actually calm them down. Whenever we are in a stressful situation of any kind (be it work-related or personal) adrenaline causes our fat cells to release fatty acids into the blood stream.

        When that happens, the cortisol hormone picks those released fatty acids up and stores them. Where do you think those stored fat reserves end up? Well, you guessed right: in your belly! Moreover, when the fat is stored instead of being burnt as energy, your body goes out looking for more calories, which can seriously hinder your weight loss goals for good.

        Chemicals found in BT that help block fat:

        According to the latest studies conducted into the health benefits of black tea, due to its presence of polysaccharides (carbs that work to slow down your blood sugar absorption and promote weight loss by regulating your appetite), black tea serves as an excellent alternative to those who are victims of any types of diabetes. It is also presumed that the habitual consumption of black tea may prevent you from developing diabetes in the first place.

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        Interesting Fact: Ireland and Britain, where black tea consumption is the highest, type 2 diabetes has the lowest prevalence.

        Given its rich source of antioxidants, it also contributes to our overall health, wellness, cardiovascular health and strong immune system that are all vital factors when it comes to our weight loss aspirations.

        References:

        1. Andrew Steptoe,et al. The effects of tea on psychophysiological stress responsivity and post-stress recovery: a randomised double-blind trial.Psychopharmacology.January 2007, Volume 190, Issue 1, pp 81-89. Published online:  30 Sep 2006

        Barberry Tea

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          Barberine is a naturally occuring chemical that is extracted from the barberry shrub and has been known to prevent weight gain even when on a high-fat diet. Barberine has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine as drug to treat intestinal infections, specifically bacterial diarrhea.

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          How does it promote weight loss?

          Recent studies have revealed berberine to be clinically effective in alleviating type 2 diabetes due to its inhibition of fasting plasma glucose, postprandial blood glucose, glycated hemoglobin, total cholesterol, and low-density lipo protein cholesterol levels.

          Chemicals found in BB that help block fat:

          A major pharmacological component of the Chinese herb Coptis chinensis was originally used to treat diarrhea but it now has been found that it is just as equally effective in alleviating diabetes. The same study on which my insights into berberine are based went on to claim that berberine administered at 100 mg/ kilo of bodyweight effectively prevented the development of obesity and insulin resistance in high-fat diets while it also significantly reduced habitual food intake in both animal and human trials.

          References:

          1. Xu Zhang, et al.Structural Changes of Gut Microbiota during BerberineMediated Prevention of Obesity and Insulin Resistance in High-Fat Diet-Fed Rats.PLoS ONE 7(8): e42529. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042529.Published online: August 3, 2012.

          Rooibos Tea

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            Scientific evidences pertaining to Rooibos tea are emerging almost every day now. The reason for such publicity lies in its health benefits, especially the ones associated with consuming it in liquid form. Given its high levels of antioxidants and other powerful substances that help fight off free radicals in our bloodstream, it is no wonder that it has such a renown when it comes to keeping our body healthy and strong.

            How does it promote weight loss?

            A study conducted by Uličná, et al. found that Rooibos provides substantial protection against oxidative stress in diabetic rats. Having completed numerous animal trials, they started using human patients to see how Rooibos can actually serve as a viable therapy of blood vessel complications and eye membrane system peroxidation.

            Chemicals found in RT that help block fat:

            • Polyphenols and flavonoids: These substances found in Roobios are considered to be extremely effective in combating obesity in general
            • Soluble Solids from fermented Rooibos: Studies found that these soluble solids inhibited the formation of fatty tissue (called adipogenesis) while also had a huge effect on fat cell(adipocyte) metabolism.
            • Aspalathin: It can be found in Rooibos tea and proved to carry beneficial effects on glucose homoestasis in type 2 diabetes patients by stimulating both glucose uptake in the muscle tissues and insulin secretion from pancreatic beta-cells.

            References

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            1. Prof Michael C Herbst.Fact Sheet on Rooibos Tea. Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). Published online: May 2015.

            Pu-erh Tea

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              Pu-erh tea is another runner-up for the prize of the most healthy teas of all time. It has long been used and consumed by people in southwestern China for its alleged benefits to health. These include protection against  oxidation, cancer, atherosclerosis, obesity, hypercholesterolemia, and many others.

              How does it promote weight loss?

              Scientists performing these clinical trials on animals came to the conclusion that Pu-erh tea potentially and significantly lowered triglyceride concentrations (this is a dangerous kind of fat within our blood) in and around the belly of these animals even after committing them to high-fat diets.

              Chemicals found in PT that help block fat:

              Chemicals in Pu-erh tea are abound. Several research groups reported that, since this tea is a post-fermented one, during the fermentation process, levels of certain acids were significantly lower while the overall gallic content of the tea was elevated. What this indicates is that gallic acid is considered one of the main active components of Pu-erh tea that may help explain its potential health benefits in terms of preventing obesity, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia and many other disorders.

              References:

              1. YiHong Ding, et al. Pu-Erh Tea Down-Regulates Sterol Regulatory Element-Binding Protein and Stearyol-CoA Desaturase to Reduce Fat Storage in Caenorhaditis elegans.Published online: February 6, 2015

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              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

              5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

              Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

              Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

              Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

              1. Get Rationally Optimistic

              Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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              This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

              In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

              The result: no more mental stress.

              2. Unplug

              Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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              How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

              It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

              Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

              3. Easy on the Caffeine

              Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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              Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

              4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

              That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

              How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

              • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
              • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
              • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

              While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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              5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

              This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

              The result: mental stress will be gone!

              So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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