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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 December 2, 2018

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

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                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                Review Your Past Flow

                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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