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10 Amazing Benefits of Oolong Tea You Didn’t Know

10 Amazing Benefits of Oolong Tea You Didn’t Know

If you find drinking water a little too plain, tea is known as another healthy drink option. There’re plenty of studies telling us the health benefits of drinking tea, and no matter it’s hot or cold, it’s still a great refreshment. While people these days are getting more obsessed with matcha (or green tea), oolong is a great alternative that can also improve your health.

What is oolong exactly?

Made from the leaves, buds and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant, oolong tea is slightly fermented and semi-oxidized, giving it a taste in between black and green tea. There are a wide variety of oolong teas, but the most famous oolong comes from the Fuijan province of China.

Why oolong though?

The health benefits of tea range far and wide, and a cup of oolong tea goes a long way when it comes to your well-being.

As one of the most popular and traditional types of tea in China and Taiwan, oolong is known to provide robust health benefits when consumed on the regular. Packed with antioxidants, the oolong leaf combines catechin and caffeine which fight free radicals.

What’s inside oolong tea?

Here’re the nutritional values of 1 serving of oolong tea.

  • Calories: 90
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 10 mg
  • Calcium: 4%
  • Total Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Vitamin C: 100 %

How can I benefit from oolong?

There’re many health benefits of oolong that we can experience if we start to drink it:

1. Boosts your metabolism, causing weight loss.

Oolong tea helps you burn fat faster by raising your metabolism for up to two hours after drinking it. Oolong also contains polyphenols that are able to block enzymes that build fat. This means you can lose weight with oolong tea, so long as you don’t load it with refined sugar and artificial sweeteners. If your tastes lean towards sweet tea, consider using a small amount of raw honey, maple syrup, stevia or agave syrup—all of which are sugars low on the glycemic index.

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2. Lowers cholesterol

Oolong is known to reduce cholesterol levels and promote heart health. Because oolong tea is semi-oxidized, it produces a perfectly sized polyphenol molecule that is able to activate the enzyme lipase, which is known to dissolve body fat.

3. Increases mental alertness

This healing hot cuppa is known to revitalize your mental alertness and performance, naturally, because it contains caffeine. Be careful if you are sensitive to caffeine and limit your consumption to one lightly steeped cup a day, or indulge a few times a week.

4. Aids digestion

Oolong can help aid digestion for those not sensitive to caffeine. The tea alkalizes the digestive tract, reducing inflammation in those with acid reflux and ulcer problems. Because it is mildly antiseptic, oolong tea can clear bad bacteria from your belly. Its calm, smooth flavor can soothe the stomach when consumed hot.

5. Promotes healthy hair

Due to its high level of antioxidants, oolong tea can prevent hair loss if you make a tea rinse out of the leaves. Not only that, but your hair will be thicker and shinier. Oolong softens and adds lustre to your hair.

6. Betters your skin condition

Eczema often occurs in conjunction with allergies or sensitivities. Oolong tea is able to suppress those allergic reactions because it combats free radicals, which is a healing property of an antioxidant. Also, the antioxidants found in oolong are essential for vibrant, youthful skin. Drinking oolong can greatly slow down the aging process, so it’s a great anti-aging tool.

7. Stabilizes blood sugar

When you have type 2 diabetes, your blood glucose levels are elevated. Studies have shown that those suffering from diabetes could benefit from drinking oolong which, in studies, has decreased blood glucose to a healthy level. The antioxidants in oolong, which comes from polyphenols, does wonders for metabolizing sugar.

8. Prevents tooth decay

Both oolong and green tea protect teeth from acid produced by certain bacteria. The production of acid and the growth of bacteria are both inhibited by oolong tea, which means it is effective in preventing tooth decay and build-up plaque.

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9. Prevents osteoporosis and forms strong bones

Oolong can protect your bones and prevent osteoporosis. Those who consistently drink oolong tea are less likely to lose their bone mineral density, helping retain minerals from healthy foods consumed. It has been discovered that oolong contains magnesium and calcium in its leaves.

10. Strengthens the immune system

Known for its anti-cancer properties, oolong tea assists in maintaining a healthy immune system. The antioxidant flavonoids found in the tea prevent cellular damage. The production of anti-bacterial proteins is much higher in those who drink oolong tea, indicating a strong immune response when fighting infection.

Where to get nice oolong tea?

Oolong can be found in most grocery stores. You can also find them on Amazon and eBay.

For a tea bag of one of the good tea brands, the average is 20-30 cents. If you’re looking for high end gourmet packages which offer better leaf than others, it may cost more than 40 cents per cup.

For loose whole leaf artisan-crafted teas, it costs 25-40 cents per cup for most good grade teas.[1]

Here we’ve got some nice oolong tea recommendations for you:

Best Teas

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  • monkey picked
  • Nonpareil Taiwan li Shan,
  • Guang dong phoenix dan cong
  • Tsui yu jade
  • Dong ding
  • Chinese

Some other varieties

  • Amber
  • Dancing oolong
  • Jade oolong
  • Darjeeling oolong
  • High mountain oolong
  • Tie guan yin
  • Oriental beauty
  • Se chug oolong
  • Zhejiang
  • Sichuan

How much of oolong tea should I drink?

It’s important to consume oolong tea in moderation because it contains a certain amount of caffeine.

Two cups of oolong tea is recommended. If possible, one in the morning and one in the afternoon; so it won’t affect your sleep.

Consuming too much caffeine can result in side effects including headaches, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, irregular heartbeat and inflammation. And too much oolong can upset stomach and decrease the effectiveness of medications.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or having serious medical condition that is affected by caffeine consumption, talk to your doctor first before consuming it.

How to drink oolong tea?

The easiest way is to add boiling water to a cup of oolong tea—either in teabag form or a level tablespoon of loose leaves.

As a general rule of thumb, for 6 ounces of water, use 1 teaspoon if the tea is rolled into balls and up to 2 tablespoons if it consists of large open leaves.

Then, steep for 2–5 minutes, depends on how strong you want the flavor to be. Enjoy the tea while it’s still hot, it’s better.

But if you like iced tea and want a little bit more variety in flavors, here we also have some oolong iced tea recipes for more servings:

Recipe: Oolong Lemonade Tea

    Ingredients:

    • 6 cups water
    • 6 oolong tea bags
    • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
    • 2-3 teaspoons stevia (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Steep the tea bag in hot water for about 5 minutes.
    2. Remove the tea bag and add the freshly squeezed lemon juice.
    3. Cool in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours, or simply serve over ice.

    Recipe: Peach Oolong Tea

      Ingredients:

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      • 6 cups water
      • 4 oolong tea bags
      • 2 ripe peaches, peeled and diced
      • Stevia (optional)

      Directions:

      1. Steep the tea bag in hot water for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and refrigerate it for 1 to 2 hours.
      2. For the peaches, blend them until smooth. Add the peach puree and stevia to the chilled tea and stir it.
      3. Serve over ice with an extra slice of peach if you want.

      Featured photo credit: Stocksnap via stocksnap.io

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      5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

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      In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

      Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

      How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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      • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
      • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
      • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
      • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
      • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
      • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

      When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

      1. Realize You’re Not Alone

      Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

      2. Find What Inspires You

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      Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

      On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

      3. Give Yourself a Break

      When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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      Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

      4. Shake up Your Routines

      Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

      Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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      When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

      5. Start with a Small Step

      Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

      Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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