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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 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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