8 Health Benefits of Japanese Green Tea: The Miracle Brew

Can anyone please explain to me why Japanese green tea is not the most popular beverage on the planet? The health benefits have been studied, documented and disseminated far and wide, yet there are still people out there who are not drinking the stuff.

In case there is anyone who is still not aware of all the good stuff green tea can do for you, let me list the 8 biggest things it can do for you:

1. It contains polyphenols, which act as antioxidants and rid the body of free radicals which cause aging and disease;
2. It contains caffeine, which perks you up and improves brain function;
3. It increases metabolism and helps you lose weight;
4. The antioxidants lower your risk of cancer;
5. The catechins in green tea can protect your neurons, which is thought to lower the risk of diseases like Parkinsons and Alzheimers;
6. It kills bacteria which lowers the risk of strep, as well as making your breath fresher;
7. It lowers insulin sensitivity and can lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes;
8. It lowers cholesterol;

Again with the science, but there are lots and lots of studies which show that populations of people who consume green tea regularly suffer far less from the diseases mentioned above than people who don’t. Ask your doctor the next time you see him.

I think the main reason that people don’t drink more is that they think they don’t like the taste. To be fair, I used to be the same. I don’t like the way the Japanese drink it, plain and hot in little cups. But, if you taste it side by side, made exactly the same way, with regular tea, the taste is almost identical. So, the secret to drinking more green tea is to treat it exactly like regular tea. If you like it sweet, add sweetener. If you like tea the British way, add milk and sugar to green tea. It comes iced, flavored, pre-made, and in bags. In other words, you can get it in all the same ways as you can regular tea. My personal favorite is a diet ginger ale made from green tea.

So, go ahead and make the switch from regular to green tea – get one here. Your body and your health will thank you.

Healthy Eating for Busy People: 4 Time-Saving Tips

It can be extremely difficult to maintain a healthy diet when you have a very busy lifestyle. Taking care of a family or working many hours at a job can easily dominate your life and cause you to ignore things that seem unimportant by comparison. A healthy diet is one of the things that a lot of people overlook for far too long. Even though what you’re doing in your life matters, having a nutritious diet is extremely important so that you live a long life free of health problems. Here are few tips you can use to make sure you’re eating healthy even if you’re busy.

 

Have Healthy Food Pre-Prepared to Take With You

There are a lot of people who would eat better if they had healthier options available to them when they got hungry. When lunch or dinnertime comes around though, most people don’t have something like that on hand. The easy answer to this is to make sure that you have nutritious food prepared and ready to eat ahead of time. It’s easy to grab a Superfoods health snack on the go when you already have it made.

Everybody has free time at some point during the week. It’s a good idea to use that time to make meals for a few days in the future. You should make food that you can freeze. You can thaw it out the night before you need it.

 

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Make Time to Eat In Your Day

Some people make no time for themselves to eat during the day. They stop by a fast food restaurant when they get a free moment during the day and end up eating something with no nutritional value. Allocating a set amount of time to eat eliminates the need to find something quickly to stave off hunger.

 

Organize a Regular Time to Go Shopping

As was mentioned earlier, not having healthy options available will often be what causes people to eat fast food. You should have a set day or time every week for you to go and buy groceries. This is important so that you can stock up on perishables like fruits and vegetables. You should never go shopping when you’re hungry. You will be much more likely to make poor choices and buy whatever sounds good at the time regardless of its nutritional value.

 

Figure Out Alternatives to Take Out That Fit for You

Everybody has their own lifestyle and their own way of doing things. Some people are stuck at the office all day. Others are tasked with taking care of a family and constantly moving around children. What you need to do is brainstorm on what part of your day is keeping you tied up and driving you to snack on junk food or eat out. You should make a solution for your own set of circumstances. For example, if you eat out because at the office you go out to lunch every day, then start bringing your own healthier lunch to work. Creating a solution for your own lifestyle is what will drive a long-term change.