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Shedding Pounds With Green Tea?

People who know me know that I like my gym.   I might not get to go as often as I would like to, but when I do, I work out and I work out hard (and fun, usually doing something stupid like trying new machines and almost killing myself in the process).   I have been on a mission to lose weight for quite some time.   While working out this past week, a thought struck me.   Everyone always talks about losing weight with green tea.   While we all know how many snake oil products are out there, promoting their ability to help you shed the pounds in little to no time at all, I was curious if this one had any, well, weight to it.

So, curious, I turned to Facebook to ask for your opinion.   General consensus is that yes, it does help.

But Does It Really Help?

But Does It Really Help?

But, while it would be nice to take a Facebook poll and find out the secrets of the world, real life dictates you need to do your research to find out the truth, not just go by social media.

So, does it actually help?

I tried punching “green tea lose weight” into Google and came up with 22,300,000 results!   Articles ranged from WikiHow explaining how to drink tea (not necessarily green tea) to get a tiny waist, to Science Daily posting studies regarding weight loss and green tea.   Even popular website Calorie Count (of which I am a huge fan, especially for their yummy, healthy, low-fat recipes) chronicle how green tea has helped with weight loss.

There are lots of weight loss products that explain how they use the power of green tea to boost your metabolism and thus help you lose weight.   Again, a quick Google search pulled up 1,980 products in my area alone.   I think that I can go out on a limb and say that’s a lot!

Now, what do the heavier, scholarly articles say?

Well, we can’t make this easy, can we?

According to an article in Obesity: A Research Journal, a scientific study, funded by Novartis Consumer Health in Nyon, Switzerland, decided to look at 76 men and women who had BMIs ranging from 25 to 35 kg/m2, considered to be clinically obese.   The group was split where some received placebos and some received green tea pills.   From there, each division was then given a dose of low caffeine and high caffeine.   Those that had a lot of caffeine in the study seemed to have lost more weight!   However, if you do not drink a lot of caffeine, then green tea seems to help you with weight management, partially due to fat oxidation (breaking down fatty acids, which increases energy) and thermogenesis (generation of heat).

In the end, I would still always recommend exercise and eating well.   However, incorporating some tea will not hurt you in your weight loss journey and may even help out with your weight management, depending on your caffeine intake.

Drink tea, be happy, and maybe even have a happier waistline.

The Fountain Of Youth – Found

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, known for getting men on the moon, enduring astounding training sessions that few are capable of and – beverages?

Today, NASA announced that a drink that was initially developed to protect astronauts from the sun’s radiation can also noticeably reduce wrinkles and signs of aging in as little as four months!   One of the components included in the drink known as AS10?   Green tea.

The Now-Famous AS10

The Now-Famous AS10

The drink, a blend of fruit and plant derivatives, including cupuacu fruit, acai, prickly pear, yumberry, acerola, grape, pomegranate and, of course, green tea.   Not only does the blend provide a rich array of vitamins and antioxidants (exactly what green tea is famous for), but it also has a high dose of phytochemicals, a chemical that naturally occurs in plants and cause the lush, green color that we love to see in the spring.   This chemical also acts to shield cells from the harmful effects of radiation.

When researchers at the University of Utah tested the effects of nearly 200 people drinking two ounces a day, they found that the drink had a dramatic effect on the people’s faces.   30% of the people’s dark spots were reduced and 17% had less wrinkles!

The drink is thought to be so effective because it helps to destroy free radicals, which damage skin cells.

This drink can be bought as 2.5 fl oz. bottles for $29.95 per six pack.

While this time, I cannot say that tea is the only beverage worth mentioning, the fact that this super-drink could be a part of such a powerful blend is absolutely astounding to me!   Green tea has been toted as a miracle beverage for centuries and now, it can be added to another blend to create a scientifically proven elixir of youth, reversing the damage of the sun and giving people back their baby skin from years ago.

Would you buy this drink to get back your baby bottom face?

UPDATE:

One of my Patch.com readers commented saying that he found the whole idea preposterous and wanted details.   Not one to disappoint and leave my readers hanging, I went on a search and found oodles of news articles on AS10.   However, I did find two that said that the whole ordeal was, in fact, fake.

I am keeping in mind that out of all the websites searched, two said the drink was fake and then the rest still keep to the idea that it is real.

I’ve attached some of the articles below but what are your thoughts?   Is AS10 really the miracle drink it claims to be?   Or is it just another beauty product hoax?

Article stating the issue is a false claim:
http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewnews.rss.spacewire.html?id=1654

Other news sources fooled:
http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12260200-as10-nasas-cure-for-radiation-wrinkles

http://theweek.com/article/index/228525/nasas-wrinkle-erasing-space-drink

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/nasa-astronauts-space-drink-reverse-signs-of-ageing/1/197821.html

http://www.counselheal.com/articles/1887/20120528/nasa-s-drink-astronauts-fight-wrinkles-sun-spots-blemishes.htm

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/nasa-space-drink-can-reverse-signs-of-ageing/261911-17.html

Organic Tea Versus Regular Tea

Organic certification

Organic certification (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First, I wish to issue an apology to all my readers.   The past few days have been a hectic, cold blur.   In fact, I am still fighting off this darn cold that is trying to take over!   But, no matter.   With plenty of matcha tea and water by my side, I’ll muscle my way through.

And now, for the reason that you came to this blog in the first place – tea.

At work last week, my employer came into the office raving about these wonderful organic almonds that she bought and the delicious organic green tea she was sipping on.   Now, I am sure that, just like me, you hear the phrase “organic” being thrown around constantly.   I have personally seen organic toothpaste, organic band-aids and even organic dirt.

I am not knocking organic anything.   However, I am curious – what’s the difference between organic tea and regular tea?

Turns out, organic tea is better for health benefits.   It does not have the chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which means that less of that gunk and junk goes into your body.   For those that are earth-conscious, it also allows a friendlier farming strategy as well, allowing us to also be a bit kinder to the earth.   Rather than rely on ineffective solutions, organic farming allows for farmers to do green methods, such as using “green” manure to fertilize crops.

Either way, Tea Gschwendner, a tea store started in Trier, Germany, states that, “tea, whether grown organically or conventionally, is one of the cleanest foods on earth.”

With the miracles that tea provide, I don’t doubt this.   Though, to help Mother Nature every once in a while, it can’t hurt to imbibe a bit of organic tea.

Green Tea Bobas { Homemade }

I love Le Zoe Musings’ posts and photos but this one, I think I adore!

Boba tea (popularly known as bubble tea is delightfully tasty, gives you a bit of a pleasant surprise when you slurp up a tapioca ball (found at your local Asian food market) and is chock full of health benefits if you make it using matcha like Le Zoe Musings recommends.

Matcha green tea uses the entire tea leaf.   It is ground into a fine powder and is used for Japanese tea ceremonies.   It is also believed to have that many more health benefits since you do use the whole leaf.

Read more about Le Zoe Musings’ great blog here:

Green Tea Bobas { Homemade }

Re-Using Your Tea

Hello fellow tea sippers!   While reading my daily Google Alerts on tea, I came across an article detailing how the organic tea company, Honest Tea, is launching an initiative called “The Great Recycle” on Monday, April 30th, in Time Square, New York, to get people to recycle more.   People can recycle products and receive points towards Broadway plays, tee-shirts and, of course, tea.   All products will be turned into gardening supplies that will then be donated to an urban garden for PS 102, an elementary school in Harlem.   Good for them!

Such A Charming Array!

Such A Charming Array!

This got me thinking, though.   This initiative focuses on how to recycle bottles.   How does one go about recycling tea and tea bags?   That’s why I decided to list a variety of different ways to recycle and repurpose this amazing drink!   Some are silly, some are made up from the top of my head and others are taken from various sources.   Comment and let me know other ways that you can use your spent tea bags and tea!

- The website Apartment Therapy recommends using unused tea bags as air fresheners (shown above).   This is perfect for any stale tea that you might have lying around the house.

- Make a pair of earrings.   I will be trying to do this now by varnishing some tea bags, hanging them on thin chains and connecting them to an earring hook ^_^   If this does work, I will post pictures!

- Composting!   Tea leaves are great for that.   Make sure you check the pH balance of the tea in accordance with the plant, though.   Some teas are more acidic and thus would not be good for certain plants.

-  To treat bags under the eyes.   This is a pretty popular one.   According to eHow, chamomile might be the best tea to use for this method.

- Tie two tea bags together and make yourself a pair of organic nunchucks.

- Reader’s Digest published an article on 22 ways to use tea for the home, beauty and gardening!   Everything from cooling sunburns to reducing razor burn to even getting rid of gray hair.

- Reader’s Digest is not alone – Fox News published an article about 49 ways to re-use tea!   The uses are endless, including cleaning carpets and polishing furniture.

- I referred back in a previous blog about making bath tea.   Why not give this delightful mixture a shot?

- On Facebook, I posted an article that I found on how to make sugar cookies in the shape of tea bags.   So cute!   Maybe take some of those old tea bags and use them as a template to cut your cookies out?

- How does a green tea marinated steak sound?   Get cookin’! (If you have a recipe to share, feel free to do so!)

- Sprinkle the leaves around for a brand new decor in your home that also smells amazing.

- Use it as a perfume.   After all, tea smells great.   Why can’t you smell like tea?

- Some internet sources are saying that tea would be good for dying anything ranging from wood to fabrics.   After all, tea does stain.   Why not?

Do you have any good uses for tea?

Bath Tea? Too Good To Be True!

Hello everyone!

My sister-in-law gave me this recipe during Superbowl Sunday and I thought I would share it :-)

Veronica Silva published a snippet on how to make Bath Tea (I am still trying to find the source, in case anyone knows where this particular article came from!   Please feel free to leave the URL in the comment so that everyone can view and enjoy).

The recipe calls for:

- 1 1/2 cups of Epsom salt

- 1/2 cup sea salt

- 1 cup dried lavender blossoms

- 30 drops of lavender essential oil

- Small muslin bags

Mix all the ingredients together.   Spoon 1/4 cup into each bag.   When ready, toss one bag into a hot bath and enjoy a soak in some tea!

I would say happy sipping, but I am not sure if that is totally appropriate in this case!

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