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How Chinese Tea Can Largely Improve Your Health

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.

                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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                Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                Boundaries are limits

                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                • When do you feel disrespected?
                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                • When do you want to be alone?
                • How much space do you need?

                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                Sample language:

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                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                Final Thoughts

                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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