Have you ever wondered what the difference is between white, green and black tea? All teas are made from the leaves of theCamellia sinensis plant. It all comes down to when the leaves are picked and how they are processed.
White tea is made from leaves and buds harvested at a young age that are not allowed to oxidize (fancy word for when something is exposed to oxygen; it is the same process that turns apple flesh brown). To make green tea, the leaves are allowed to oxidize very slightly before stopping the process by steaming or pan-frying. Black tea is fully oxidized, which give it its rich black color. While all teas have health benefits, the more oxidation the leaves undergo, the more caffeine and the less antioxidants they contain.
Products like herbal and rooibos teas, while often very healthy in their own right, do not actually contain any leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant and are not technically tea.
Tea is so good for you because of its compounds called polyphenols, a type of antioxidant. One of its main polyphenols is something called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, commonly referred to as EGCG. Because white and green teas undergo minimal processing, many of these polyphenols are retained, making both an excellent choice. In fact, some studies show that white tea may just be the best of all. However, its relative rarity and high cost make it a difficult option for many. Green tea, on the other hand, is widely available and relatively inexpensive.
GREEN TEA FOR CANCER PREVENTION
The effects of green tea on our health, and on cancer prevention in particular, has been widely studied. And while the studies to date regarding the effects of green tea on cancer have been inconclusive or conflicting, some laboratory and animal studies have shown that EGCG and other polyphenols in green tea may prevent cancer from forming, and may limit the growth and migration of breast cancer cells.1 Other studies have shown women who drink the most green tea have a lower risk of breast cancer than those who drink the least two.
Plus, overall breast cancer rates are lower in countries such as Japan where people drink green tea regularly (although there are likely additional dietary factors at play here).
GREEN TEA FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Green tea has also been shown to help you lose weight. A 2005 Japanese study found that body weight, BMI, waist circumference, body fat mass and subcutaneous fat area were significantly lower in the group that drank green tea extract than in the control group. Study participants consumed 690 mg catechins per day (the equivalent of about 4-5 cups of green tea) for 12 weeks.
Another reason green tea can help blast fat is that it contains caffeine, a stimulant that can improve performance during your workouts, allowing your to burn more calories.
There is no reason to be concerned about the caffeine in green tea.
The amount of caffeine in green tea small, tiny really – about 35 mg compared to 100 to 200 mg in a cup of home-brewed coffee. Coffeehouse brews have even more caffeine, often exceeding 300 mg per cup.
And while you don’t want to overdo caffeine, moderate amounts are not going to hurt you and may be beneficial according to many studies. Not only that, the caffeine in green tea is believed to work in synergy with the EGCG, amplifying its benefits. Last, the caffeine in green tea has the added bonus of making you feel alert but not jittery.
Aside from its breast cancer and fat fighting effects, green tea has been shown to reduce the risk of certain other types of cancer as well as lower blood pressure and total cholesterol. It’s also known to raise good cholesterol and control blood sugar levels.
GET THE MOST FROM YOUR TEA
The recommended amount of green tea to drink is three to four cups a day. If that seems unrealistic, consider supplementing what you drink with a high-quality green tea extract. A 2004 study showed that absorption of some of the beneficial compounds in tea are enhanced when taken in a capsule supplement form.4
To get the most nutrients from your tea, add a squeeze of lemon. The vitamin C in a small amount of lemon juice will help your body absorb over five times more of the tea’s antioxidants. And ditch both the milk and soymilk. The proteins in both can bind to the antioxidants in tea and neutralize them.
Willing to “green light” some green tea? Then choose quality ingredients. Use this guide to for safe drinking:
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of organic green tea.
There is a LOT of information out there on how you should get fit and healthy...the interesting thing is that much of it can be confusing or contradictory, which can really make it difficult to decide which activity or activities to lean towards. If you throw physical challenges into the mix i.e. bad back, knees, shoulder issues etc. then you may have a real challenge determining that best way to move forward which will benefit, not debilitate, your body.
Let's take a look at a few misconceptions followed by a viable option for those looking for a no pain...cost effective solution to strengthening and toning their body.
Myth: If you’re not going to hit it hard and exercise intensely and daily, exercise is a waste of time.
Fact: As a rule, the human body burns fat most efficiently at our target heart rate (which is 80 percent of maximum heart rate). A workout commitment of 25 minutes 5 times a week can get you major results and change your entire body. Can you see yourself carving 25 minutes out of your day to get fit? Maybe before or after work... during your favorite TV show or right after dinner?
Pain can mean injury: If pain is sharp or happens suddenly during your workout, it could mean you've injured yourself. It can be a good policy to push yourself towards discomfort, but never pain. If you want to build new muscles or significantly enhance your fitness level, you may need to add new soreness producing (not pain producing) workouts or exercises. But you don’t have to feel the pressure to do that unless you are wanting to take things to the next level (weight loss, increased toning etc.).
Your body needs breaks: Even though being sore after a workout is sometimes a good thing for building muscles, and feeling a burn during a workout can often mean you’re going hard enough to build significant fitness, these same feelings can also be stressful to your body, your hormones, and your mind. Your body needs a break sometimes, it’s OK to have easy days and easy workouts without feeling like you always need to push yourself to the maximum!
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If there's one constant in life, it is change.
Last October I started practicing Yoga at our local YMCA regularly and fell in love with the practice...so much so that I wanted to dig deeper. So early this year I switched gears and started practicing Heated or Hot Yoga at least five days a week at Corepower Yoga.
Whenever I tell people that I practice Heated or Hot Yoga (Heated = approx. 98 degrees, 30-40% humidity, practicing various Vinyasa flows. Hot = approx. 105-108 degrees 30-40% humidity, practicing the same Hatha breathing and flows.) there are generally two types of reactions.. one is "I tried that once and almost died." or "That's crazy!" The first reaction always resonates with me the most, as sometimes it does feel a little bit like dying...and I choose that. I choose to leave the parts of me that are dragging me down on my mat. I let them die there so that I can move into my day with a strong mind, powerful body and a lighter step as I've left what was weighing me down behind.
I've practiced with people that I loved, then lost. I've also practiced with complete strangers, and over time formed a bond of respect. I've been moved to tears on my mat, I've overcome challenge and emerged triumphant as well.
In a society where we are always expected to be doing "fine", "well' or "great" we tend not to create ways in which to actually support feeling that way.
We choose ways to process our feelings with negative behaviors, such as watching hours of mindless TV, eating foods that clogs us up and slow us down both physically and mentally, taking socially accepted alcohol or drugs just to "take the edge off".
The challenge, discomfort then accomplishment experienced during a Heated or Hot Yoga class seems to mirror certain areas of life. When you choose to move through the challenge and discomfort with determination, grace and beauty, you come out on the other side with a sense of accomplishment. Securing a daily dose of accomplishment can do wonders for the soul.
Life can be uncertain and rough for every one of us. How you decide to rise and meet the challenges handed to you will determine the amount of joy, richness and beauty you experience. Choose something that you can practice daily, in order to help you best meet the challenge which each day brings. Whether it's walking, jogging, running, hiking, playing a sport, gardening, swimming or trying something you've never done before...choose something and go after it with passion.
Yes, you are going to have to push yourself and yes it can be inconvenient and yes it does take time, but the alternative of having life live you, rather than you living your best life is exceedingly undesirable.
It's not always been this way for me, I spent years choosing a route that was far less healthy and positive, I felt horrible about who I was and made a decision that the pain of taking care of myself far outweighs the pain of letting myself go. I had to leave old relationships, habits, thought processes and beliefs behind...and I could never have given myself a greater gift than that.
We can not choose when and where we will have epiphanies that hold the potential to completely change the trajectory of our lives. It may happen in the shower, while washing dishes, while mowing the lawn, during a road trip or while doing something that challenges you physically and requires you get out of your head. Being open to, listening and paying attention to insights given to us during these times can hold the keys to rising above challenge...riding on the top of rather than getting sucked into the depths of the unknown. Choosing to put yourself in situations where you are more likely to receive epiphanies or insights can relieve stress, increase confidence and allow you to tap into answers that you once thought to be out of your reach.
If you won't do it for yourself, know that your children are watching you. You don't have to be perfect, but working towards always becoming better is not only an awesome example to set but a stellar way to go through life.
You've got this!
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If you've ever had to deal with it, you know it can be very difficult to go through your daily activities while suffering with lower back pain.
According to The University of Maryland Medical Low back pain is one of the most common problems people have. About 60 - 80% of the adult U.S. population has low back pain, and it is the second most common reason people go to the doctor. Low back problems affect the spine's flexibility, stability, and strength, which can cause pain, discomfort, and stiffness.
Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old. Each year 13 million people go to the doctor for chronic back pain. The condition leaves about 2.4 million Americans chronically disabled and another 2.4 million temporarily disabled.
So how do you treat your low back pain in a safe, yet effective way?
Spine Health.com suggests these often overlooked solutions for lower back pain.
According to WebMD , Exercises for lower back pain can strengthen back, stomach, and leg muscles. They help support your spine, relieving back pain. The muscles in your abs and back play a critical role in supporting the lower lumbar spine. These muscles don't get a good workout in most people's normal day. Consumer Reports reported that in retrospect, 58% of people with back pain wished they had done more back strengthening exercises.
So if exercise is such a key component in fighting lower back pain then why don't more people do it? Maybe because they are confused as to which exercise would be best and which could potentially cause more damage? Or perhaps because they don't feel they have enough time in the day. Or they just don't have the right equipment to help get the job done.
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