Is it hot in here or is it just you?
Start up a steamy relationship with green tea and the answer could be a little bit of both. The health powerhouse gets physical, offering a wide array of benefits for the body, both inside and out, that will lead to intense personal satisfaction with your heart, waistline and even your skin. Pour a warm mug or refresh yourself with an iced glass, and start embracing the sensual side of nutrition.
Sipping any kind of tea helps you slow down and relax, and a natural chemical called theanine found in green tea has been shown to provide a calming effect. It’s then that the rest of the body gets going. Green tea is proven to improve blood flow throughout the body, and several studies have found that it helps prevent a variety of heart-related problems, including high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Through the study of MRIs, Swiss researchers revealed that people who drank green tea had increased activity in the working memory part of their brain. It has also been shown to help block the development of plaques that can lead to Alzheimer's disease.
Green tea shows that the little things can have the biggest overall payoff. Since the leaves are not overly processed before they’re steeped, it is rich in catechins, the antioxidants that fight and potentially prevent cell damage. To really boost the effects of the catechins, pair your cup of “Me Time” with Vitamin C and Fish Oil supplements for general anti-oxidation and to increase its availability to all areas of the body. Researchers recommend drinking two to three cups of green tea daily to get an adequate dose of its health-promoting active ingredients.
It is important to reap the long-term health benefits of green tea, but it doesn’t hurt that it can help you rock that bikini as well. With green tea aiding in your weight-loss efforts by reducing appetite and boosting metabolism, getting hot and bothered never looked so good. If you were to substitute 1-2 cups of green tea instead of reaching for a can of soda, over the course of a year you could cut over 50,000 calories—almost 15 lbs! While you can't rely solely on green tea alone to lose weight, it’s one more addition to your healthy lifestyle that allows you to shimmy out of your insecurities into something much more comfortable (and confident).
Green tea is a lover and a fighter. It delays the formation of wrinkles and fine lines and provides a playful glow while detoxifying your face and skin and guarding against free radicals. At-home, all-natural treatments like the one below will add ample moisture and suppleness for skin that is smoother and brighter.
Alternate method: Thoroughly mix 2 teaspoons of organic honey with 1-2 teaspoons of brewed green tea (cooled) to achieve a green tea and honey solution. Soak clean cotton balls in the solution and apply all over your face. Leave for 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
All it takes is a few sips of green tea to slip into a blissful state driven by strong health, a rock solid body, and a radiant glow. Get passionate about your well-being as you enter an exciting relationship with your daily dose of decadence. Thought that kind of gratification could only be achieved with a cupcake? Sounds like you need to get to know antioxidants on a more intimate level.
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