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How Chinese Tea Can Largely Improve Your Health

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How Chinese Tea Can Largely Improve Your Health

Tea has a way of giving me the time and space to get focused and clear.I lookforward to enjoyinga nice warm cup of red (aka black) tea, from Qi Men County, Anhui Province,while writing in my journal or thinking of my next crazy idea to pursue.
I also had the opportunity to visit the team museum in Hangzhou, China, home ofone of China’s most famous green teas: Longjing Green Tea. In addition to having many varieties(red, green, white, oolong,pure), Chinese tea apparently comes with a multitude of health benefits. Lucky for those of us who enjoy a good loose leaf brew from China.

Helps with weight loss

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    You may have heard of the“green tea diet” fad that is going around. There are debates as to whether the tea-based weight loss diets actually work. There is research that connects green tea withweight reduction [“study: anti-obesity effects of green tea”]. Of course, drinking tea is only one part of a full program. Combining a teahabit with proper exercise and nutrition will help achieve your weight loss goals.
    Which tea type should I drink: Green Tea, Pu’er Tea

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    Fights cholesterol

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      Add a cup of tea to go along with the other cholesterol fighting foods inyourdiet. Several studies have shown that thecatechins in green tea act as what’s called“hypolipidemics” – they lower the amount of“bad” cholesterol (called LDL) while increasing“good” cholesterol (HDL).
      Whichtype of tea should you drink: Green Tea

      Prevents tooth decay

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        Green tea is a natural source offluoride, meaning it will be great for strengthening your tea and preventing cavities. However, drink the it with care. You don’t want to smile and have your friends tell you that a green tea leaf is stuck in your teeth.
        Which tea type should you drink: All types

        Promotes healthy skin

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          It’s possible to improve the health of your skin just by drinking tea! Traditional Chinese Medicine uses green tea to treat skin diseases, included some skin cancer. The content different anti-oxidants, called polyphenols, appear to be responsible for removing free radicals in the body. Free radicals are known for causing damage and aging to the skin if they are in our system too long.
          Which tea type should you drink: Green Tea

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          Increases immunity

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            While this has not been proven with rigorous scientific study, initial research suggests that drinking 3 cups of tea a day can raise the level of activity from your immune. This is connected to the polysaccharides found in teas. This helps the body fight off viral and bacterial infections. The older the tea leaf, the more polysaccharides. It’s worth a shot!
            Which tea type should you drink: Oolong Tea

            Lowers caffeine dependence

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              Is caffeine holding you hostage in the morning?
              A typical cup of coffee contains around 130mg of caffeine. Black (red) teas usually have less than 50. Green and white teas have even less, meaning you can enjoy a good brew and reduce your caffeine intake by 60% or more! Ifdrinking coffee gives you jitters, headaches, or keeps you up at night, green or white tea might be a healthy alternative for you.
              Which tea typeshould you drink: Black(red) Tea, Green Tea, White Tea

              Keeps you hydrated

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                One would think that a caffeinated beverage would dehydrate the body. More recent studies have indicated thatdrinkingless that unless you drink more than 10-15 cups of black(red) tea – or 20 cups of green or white tea – the water you are imbibingis actually retained in your body! Tea is agreat way to maintain hydration levels, so bring out the brew on those hot summer days.

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                If you haven’t tried adding tea into your regular diet, you may want to give it a go. The potential benefits seem pretty convincing.

                Featured photo credit: Chinese Tea Ceremony by David Boté Estrada via flickr.com

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                Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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                Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

                Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

                During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

                But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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                Simplify

                I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

                Absolutely.

                And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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                If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

                • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
                • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
                • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

                Be Mindful

                You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

                Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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                Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

                Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

                Reflect

                As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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                Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

                But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

                So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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