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7 Surprising Healthy Tea Benefits

7 Surprising Healthy Tea Benefits

Being one of the oldest drinks in the world, it is difficult to nail down exactly when drinking tea originated. The history of tea spans thousands of years, but likely began at least 1000 years BCE, during the Shang dynasty in China. The plant itself first emerged in Southeast Asia, then quickly spread throughout the Eastern half of the globe. While ancient folklore often guessed at healthy tea benefits, modern science has uncovered and confirmed some surprising advantages. Though perks are largely related to the type of tea consumed, these seven benefits will have you in love with this unique drink, all over again.

Caffeine Makes For Healthy Tea

An exciting correlation between tea and improved health relates to caffeine intake. In a study of 13,540 individuals, caffeine from all types of tea and coffee were found to decrease the likelihood of developing diabetes.  Keep in mind that high levels of sugar and fat can increase your chance of diabetes. To benefit from this healthy tea advantage, make sure not to load too much cream or sugar into your mug with your tea bag.

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Green Tea Improves Eye Health

In a 2010 study conducted in Hong Kong, green tea was found to positively affect eye tissue. Found concentrated mostly in the retina tissue, this study suggests that green tea may keep your eyes healthy, plus promote healthy tissue growth. The component of tea responsible is called catechin, a naturally occurring antioxidant. High quantities of this antioxidant in eye tissue is one healthy tea benefit worthy raising a cup to.

White Tea Is Healthy Tea Too

White tea is high in polyphenols, another healthy tea component with antioxidant effects. The polyphenols specific to white tea may help strengthen elastin and collagen growth. Great news for those of use who fear increasing wrinkles, white tea was found to fight signs of aging more effectively than any other plant tested. In this study, green tea was also found to aid in healthy elastin and collagen growth, though nearly half as effectively as white tea.

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Black Tea For Your Heart

In several studies, black tea has been found to positively impact your heart health. In one study, the antioxidant flavonoids found in black tea had a direct effect on increasing flexibility in individuals arteries. This means that black tea helps to keep your arteries dilated – an important component in a healthy heart. Additionally, black tea flavonoids were found to decrease chemical levels that may contribute to heart disease. This is particularly good news for people more prone to heart problems than others.

White Tea Fights Cancer

Other studies have found white tea has powerful anti-carcinogen effects. White tea definitely helps inhibit cancer growth, an easy way to help yourself stay healthy. Though these studies find tea is effective against many types of cancer, tea is by no means a miracle cure. Instead, tea is a powerful supplement to keep your body functioning at maximum capacity.

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Healthy Tea Helps Fight Parkinson’s

In a 2007 study of nearly 30 000 people, drinking three or more cups of tea daily was shown to decrease an individuals likelihood of developing Parkinson’s Disease. The study looked at both men and women, and adjusted for ulterior factors such as cholesterol, exercise, gender, and smoking habits. Another great excuse to reach for another cup of healthy tea.

Green Tea For Healthy Bones

Another green tea superpower is protecting your bone health. In one laboratory study, green tea was found to positively impact bone density in both high fat and low fat diets. Antioxidant polyphenols to the rescue once again, this study found that green tea consumption also helped fat free tissue growth in the high fat diet group. Whether you are a beginner at caring for your health, or a true health guru, tea has something to offer you.

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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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