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Why You Should Definitely Replace Your Coffee With Tea

Why You Should Definitely Replace Your Coffee With Tea

Coffee. Some people swear that they cannot function until they have it flowing through their system in the mornings. It is the reason why there are Starbucks everywhere and anywhere you go in the world. Although coffee is a drink that is savored around the globe, a cup of tea can have greater benefits.

Read on to see why replacing your morning cup of joe with herbal tea can provide numerous health-related perks.

You will boost your mood

Coffee is associated with an energy bolt that can leave you on edge if you consume too much. Tea, on the other hand, helps you remain calm  with herbs such as chamomile or lavender. Drinking a cup of tea before a stressful day at the office will help soothe any frazzled nerves and thus increase your overall performance and personal demeanor.

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You’ll trim your waistline

One of the benefits of drinking green tea is that it can help you lose weight by making fat cells smaller and speeding up muscle cells. It also contributes to a slimmer waistline by speeding up your metabolism. In a study by the American Journal of Clinical Review, daily green tea consumption over 12 weeks helped individuals lose weight. Tea also has a lot less calories, especially if you are used to drinking your coffee with creamer.

You will have a stronger immune system

Tea can help boost your immune system, especially green tea that contains EGCG antioxidants. Swapping your daily cup of coffee for tea will help ward off any of those nasty colds and flus that always seem to be making their ways around schools, workplaces and your home.

Buying teas with echinacea can also provide a extra layer of protection against germs.

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You’ll sleep better

One of the issues with drinking coffee is that if you consume it too late in the day, you may have trouble sleeping at night. With tea, there are numerous types that you can enjoy that do not have the high levels of caffeine that coffee has. There are even teas that contain natural sleep aids like Valerian root, therefore helping you achieve that deeper night’s sleep.

You will enjoy better digestion

Anything with high levels of caffeine can create high levels of acidity in your body that can contribute to indigestion, heartburn and other gastrointestinal disorders. Teas like ginger and peppermint are a perfect remedy to make your body more alkaline.

You’ll have better oral hygiene

Tea has fluoride and tannins that help reduce plaque within your mouth. Adding tea into your morning routine will help promote dental hygiene.

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Just be sure that your tea is not sweetened with sugar, which can have the opposite effect.

You will get help in warding off cancer

Green tea and black tea has a high level of antioxidants that can help prevent cancer. In green tea it is the polyphenols and in black tea the theaflavins and thearubigins.

Even through tea is seen as something beneficial, drinking too many glasses can actually have adverse effects, so make sure to sip in moderation.

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You will not be as dependent

Coffee has an addictive nature to it, which explains why you can experience headaches if you stop drinking it. Tea on the other hand is non-habit forming, but still has a bit of caffeine in it that can give you a head start in the morning. Try a black or green tea to wake your body up first thing in the morning.

For a natural drink that has high levels of caffeine, but is not as addictive as coffee, try Yerba Mate, a beverage that is commonly consumed in parts of South America.

Featured photo credit: Woman with a Cup of Tea/VIKTOR HANACEK via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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