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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 October 23, 2018

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

The Neural Knitwork Project

In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

The knitting and neural connection

The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

More mental health benefits from knitting

Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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“You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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“People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

The dopamine effect on our happiness

Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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