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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 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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