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8 Signs You Should Drink Green Tea More Often

8 Signs You Should Drink Green Tea More Often

Although I’m not the biggest fan of the taste of green tea, I’m a green tea drinker. Why do I drink it if it doesn’t taste all that great? Well, I’m really into health and fitness and when I first started my research online, I read that drinking green tea can help keep your weight in check. After reading that, I was all in.

I know there are tons of antioxidants in it so I decided to dig a bit deeper and find out other ways it can benefit my health and this is what I came up with:

1. Your skin quality needs to be improved

This one didn’t really surprise me. Did you know that green tea promotes overall skin health and helps protects against the sun’s UV rays? I usually drink my tea in the morning with my breakfast because I feel it sets a good tone for the rest of the day.

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After doing some research I saw that you can actually apply this to your skin so I decided to try it out. I used it only at night time before I applied my moisturizer. After consistently using it for about 2 weeks I noticed a major difference in my skin. I noticed that my skin was smoother, my redness wasn’t as noticeable and the overall elasticity of my skin seemed to have improved.

To back this up, a group of researchers in Germany found that women who drank roughly 6 cups of green tea a day had less reddening of their skin.

2. You have high cholesterol level

There are actually many studies out there that have shown that green tea seems to help lower cholesterol. An article states:

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Researchers believe green tea’s catechins help prevent the absorption of cholesterol in the organs while simultaneously increasing the absorption of high-density HDL (good) cholesterol.”

A study was done with male participants who took 375-milligram green tea capsules for 12 weeks daily and found that it significantly reduced the “bad” cholesterol while increasing the absorption of “good” cholesterol.

3. You are overweighted

Let’s be honest, most of us don’t drink green tea because of its taste. We drink it because we read that it helps with weight loss and maintaining weight. Green tea is actually considered a “superfood”. No matter how much research you do online, you won’t find any type of study that proves green tea makes you immediately lose weight – unfortunately. On the bright side however, studies have shown that green tea effectively aids in weight loss due to its properties, in addition to a healthy diet.

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4. Your bones are not strong enough

I’m sure many of you are well aware of the condition osteoporosis. However, you may not know the crippling effects that come with having this condition. Research was conducted in Hong Kong and they found that green tea may have the potential to help prevent and treat many bone diseases. These same researchers also found that green tea has chemicals that will stimulate the formation of bones while helping to slow their breakdown.

5. Your oral health is not satisfactory

A whopping 940 men participated in a study in Japan and the study has shown that regularly drinking green tea can promote an overall healthy mouth. This is because the tea’s catechins help in killing mouth bacteria. Another plus is that those same catechins help kill bad breath!

6. You want to protect yourself from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

The Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharacology published a study in 2012 that had shown:

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“There is significant evidence that free radicals play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and that the polyphenols in green tea can help fight these free radicals.”

In addition, those same researchers found that polyphenols can help prevent the buildup of brain-damaging proteins, as well as help prevent memory loss.

7. You are prone to cancers

A number of studies show that green tea benefits include protection against certain cancers. The data concluded that it’s strongest for bladder, ovarian, and esophageal cancers. Under certain circumstances, green tea has shown to lower the risk of breast cancer spreading as well as lowering the recurrence.

8. You have diabetes

Diabetes is something that our society is plagued with more than ever today. There is some evidence showing that drinking green tea can actually prevent diabetes.

One study found that Japanese adults who drank more than six cups of green tea a day had a much lower risk (33 percent) of developing type 2 diabetes than those who drank a cup or less a day.

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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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