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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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              How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

              How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

              Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

              Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

              I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

              You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

              Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

              When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

              I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

              Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

              Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

              Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

              1. The Inner Critic

              This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

              • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
              • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
              • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
              • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

              The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

              Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

              2. The Worrier

              This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

              The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

              3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

              This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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              This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

              The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

              4. The Sleep Depriver

              This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

              The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

              • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
              • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
              • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
              • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

              How can you control these squatters?

              How to Master Your Mind

              You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

              Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

              There are two ways to control your thoughts:

              • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
              • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

              This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

              The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

              Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

              For the Inner Critic

              When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

              You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

              For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

              You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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              “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

              If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

              • They rile up the Worrier.
              • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
              • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
              • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
              • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

              Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

              Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

              For the Worrier

              Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

              Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

              You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

              • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
              • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
              • Muscles tense

              Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

              If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

              Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

              “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

              Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

              If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

              Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

              Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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              For example:

              If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

              “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

              Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

              “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

              Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

              For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

              Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

              The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

              • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
              • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
              • Muscles tension

              I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

              Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

              Breathe in through your nose:

              • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
              • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
              • Focus on your belly rising.

              Breathe out through your nose:

              • Feel your lungs emptying.
              • Focus on your belly falling.
              • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

              Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

              Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

              One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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              Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

              For the Sleep Depriver

              (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

              I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

              Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

              1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
              2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

              When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

              From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

              For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

              If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

              You can also use this technique any time you want to:

              • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
              • Shut down your thinking.
              • Calm your feelings.
              • Simply focus on the present moment. 

              The Bottom Line

              Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

              You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

              Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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