Green tea has become as common place as a cup of coffee or a steaming pot of English Breakfast. And while I am all for partaking in a social trend – don’t let green tea’s cool factor blind you.
The benefits of green tea go beyond the social and if you haven’t already ventured down this caffeine alternative – here are a few reasons why you should commit to a greener choice this year:
Your Weight and Green Tea:
As most of us are still holding onto those post Christmas kilo’ s green tea might be just what the doctor ordered. According to a recent American study, EGCG, a compound found in green tea, can actually slow the rate at which we gain weight by as much as 45%. Admittedly, you would need to drink 10 cups of tea a day – but the amount of time spent hovering over a boiling kettle could act as that necessary fridge distraction.
Your Anxiety and Green Tea:
No one can dispute the therapeutic and comforting effect of a hot warm drink. However green tea has the added bonus of theanine a component that increases the feel good amino acid GABA in the brain. Theanine is a natural dopamine booster and can stimulate relaxing alpha brainwaves not uncommon to the response seen by daily meditation. Theanine also counteracts the effects of caffeine in green tea- which is why you can achieve mental clarity without the buzz coffee so often brings.
Your Flat Tummy and Green Tea:
Have your cake and eat it too with a cup of green tea! Recent research at Penn State University showed that drinking green tea with your high sugar carbs helped to reduce the sharp rise in blood sugar by up to 50%! Shoot for just one cup with your meal to offset any potential insulin spike.
Your Eyes and Green Tea:
If looking good is a priority then you must have the eyes to watch what you eat! In a recent study published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists demonstrated that the potent level of antioxidants found in green tea could help ward off glaucoma. The benefits of these antioxidants on eye health can last up to 20 hours, so for best prevention a daily ritual of green tea – not the sporadic cup or two is a must.
Your IQ and Green Tea:
Those who drink green tea might just be smarter than you think. In a recent Chinese study green tea was shown to boost memory and spatial learning. Once again this was due to the EGCG compound present in green tea. In the study, mice were set in a maze and trained for a week to find a hidden platform. Those that were given EGCG needed less time to relocate the hidden platform. Who knows, perhaps that extra cup of green tea will stop you from misplacing your phone or keys on a semi-regular basis?
And if you find the prospect of green tea a bitter sweet experience – why not add a slice of lemon, dollop of honey or opt for a flavored variety? It certainly won’t inhibit the antioxidant potential and you might just find yourself making more than a cup!
“Models are the most physically insecure people on the planet… I am insecure because I have to think about how I look every day”
I won a genetic lottery – for the past few centuries we have defined beauty not just as health and symmetry….but also as tall slender figures of femininity with white skin.
In a raw and honest speech, Victoria’s Secret model Cameron Russel divulges all and reminds us how superficial images define our concept of beauty.
While most of us think that models have it all in terms of success and happiness, Russel says, “models are some of the most physically insecure people on the planet,” and the narrow minded view of good looks feeds this “legacy of gender and racial oppression.”
This is an exquisite, frank and bold speech and a must watch for all Australian women.
In an Australian study of Women’s Health, 72% of the young women surveyed aged between 18 to 22 years wanted to weigh less and only 25% of those in the healthy weight range were happy with their current weight.
In the video, Russel shows just how dramatic the ‘photo shop’ affect is and provides a real world look at who models are behind the veneer of magazines.
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