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8 Reasons Why Green Tea Should Replace Your Coffee

8 Reasons Why Green Tea Should Replace Your Coffee

Green tea has become more popular these days as it’s more mild than coffee and there’re lots of health benefits apart from waking us up in the morning.

1. Green tea boosts your metabolism

If you want to lose weight, green tea can help you. Many studies have found that drinking green tea can speed up your metabolism, and now most fat-burning supplements contain green tea. If you combine drinking green tea with a healthy lifestyle, you may notice a reduction in your body fat.

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2. Green tea kills bacteria, helping to fight infection

Hate the smell of coffee breath? Switch to green tea for fresher breath—various studies have found that the catechins in green tea can slow down the growth of streptococcus mutans, the primary harmful bacteria in your mouth.

It doesn’t end there. The same catechins also kill bacteria and inhibit viruses like Influenza, making you healthier.

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3. Green tea lowers your risk of type II diabetes

Type II diabetes affects around 300 million people worldwide, but green tea can be used to fight the disease. Studies have found that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels, which helps to lower the overall risk of developing type II diabetes.

4. Green tea lowers your risk of getting cancer

A recent study found that women who regularly drink green tea have a 22% less chance of developing breast cancer. This is because the antioxidants in green tea help to counteract oxidative damage that can cause cancer, lowering the overall chances of developing cancer.

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5. Green tea lowers your chances of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s

Green tea can seem magical—it doesn’t just lower the risk of cancer and type II diabetes, it can also lower your chances of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, the two most common neurodegenerative diseases. This is because the catechins in green tea have protective effects on neurons, helping them to avoid disease.

6. Green tea increases your sex drive

If you want to get frisky, swap the coffee for a green tea. The L-theanine in green tea acts as a mood booster, increasing dopamine levels in both men and women. Cheeky!

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7. Green tea improves brain function

It can sometimes feel like coffee sharpens your mind, but green tea actually does this. According to scientists from Newcastle University, green tea helps to keep your brain active and healthy.

8. Green tea can make you smarter

L-theanine, which can be found in green tea, helps to stimulate brain activity, allowing your brain to be the best it can be. It helps your brain to be more focused, making you alert and allowing you to concentrate for longer periods of time.

How to make the perfect green tea

To make your own green tea at home, you will need:

  • Your favorite cup
  • 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves (choose your favorite brand or flavor)
  • A tea strainer
  • A stainless steel pot
  • Water

Put the green tea leaves into the strainer. Boil water in a kettle or a pan, then allow the water to cool for a few minutes. Place the strainer over the top of your cup and pour the boiled water through the strainer and into the cup. Leave the strainer in place for a few minutes if you prefer a stronger brew. Add sugar or honey to taste and enjoy!

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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