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3 Amazing Benefits of Tea That You Need To Know

3 Amazing Benefits of Tea That You Need To Know

Whether you’re looking for an alternative to soft drink, fruit juice, energy drink and coffee, or you’re just looking for a way to add flavor to your water, then hot or cold and green or black tea is definitively what you’re looking for. Indeed, tea packs a large array of very powerful nutrients that will literally boost your health and might even save your life in the process; and you get all that in many flavors, strength, color and style at virtually every corner.

Recently, some of the benefits of green tea have been brought to the attention of the public by the media, but something that most of us still ignore is that, you don’t have to limit yourself to green tea to reap all those great benefits.

Indeed, it does no matter whether white tea, green tea, Odong tea or black tea is your favorite, for whatever flavors you prefer, all contain powerful nutrients including different kinds of polyphenols and catechin molecules in different combination and quantity. In fact, the best way get the most of it would be to drink all of them, or even to get creative and make your own mix!

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Here are 3 amazing benefits of tea that will hopefully -and finally- convince you to switch to it:

It’s a real brain tonic

Contrary to coffee or popular energy drinks, tea doesn’t only help you wake up in the morning; it is in fact a complete brain tonic. Tea will stimulate, calm, feed and protect your brain, and it does that all at once!

Tea contains a much lower caffeine dose than coffee, which allows you to drink more of it providing a more stable spread stimulation throughout the day. Not only that, it also contain an amino acid called L-Theanine which has a anti-anxiolytic effect that will chop the caffeine edge and keep you cool all day long.

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Even better, scientist have discovered that tea increases the acetylcholine level in the brain by inhibiting enzymes that break it down. This is a major plus because acetylcholine is the main neurotransmitter involved in cognitive function and memory retention. In short, this means that tea actually contributes to making you smarter.

But that is not all, for scientist have also observed with magnetic resonance imaging  that tea increase blood flow in areas of the brain involved in cognitive task, such as memory, reasoning and comprehension allowing more oxygen and nutrient to be used. Isn’t that the icing on the cake?

Not yet, many studies have also demonstrated that the powerful antioxidant properties of tea protect your brain against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson and other type of brain injuries, which is great if you think long term.

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It prevent and fight cancer

Many scientific studies have demonstrated that tea protects against cancer. Studies based on bladder, breast, ovarian, colorectal, esophageal, lung, pancreatic, prostate, skin and stomach cancer believe that tea helps prevent cancerous cells from growing while it also has the capacity to kill them.

The polyphenol nutrients contained in large quantities in tea are powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals, which are compounds that can damage your DNA. Science has proven that those free radicals are a big contributing factor in cancer, aging and many other life-threatening diseases.

One of those antioxidants, the EGCG, stop angiogenesis, a process of blood-vessel growth required to feed the tumor, thus inhibiting the development of those cancerous cells.

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No wonder why countries like Japan with a greater than average consumption of tea have the lowest amount of recorded cancer patients.

It keeps you lean

Tea is a very low calorie drink; we are talking about only 3 calories for a 12oz drink. One of the major factors contributing to fat gain and obesity is the consumption of sweet drinks. Whether you’re consuming a 12oz Coca-Cola at 140 calories, a 12oz orange juice at 160 calories or maybe 12oz Red-Bull at 150 calories, keep in mind that only 2 of those items a day can lead you to gain up to 1 pound of fat per week; and YES, you have to count your morning mocha latte as one of them.

Unfortunately, their low carb counterpart with aspartame or sucralose seems to have negative side effects on the brain function, which points out the fact that they might not be such a great alternative.

On the other side, tea increases your basal metabolic rate – your body’s energy consumption at rest – by about 4%, and even more importantly, tea increases insulin sensitivity that is major plus when it comes to your body composition.

Your body is much more likely to store your nutrients as fat when you have low insulin sensitivity, and shuttle them to feed your muscles when it’s high. Without even knowing, insulin resistance is in fact one of the major roadblocks most people find in their weight lost journey, which makes tea the perfect drink for those who want to stay fit and healthy.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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