Health Benefits Of Green Tea

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Green tea, native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally, but has only recently gained popularity in the US.

Tea is considered the most consumed beverage in the world behind water, however 78% of the tea consumed worldwide is black and only about 20% is green.

All types of tea except herbal teas are brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. The level of oxidation of the leaves determines the type of tea.

Green tea is made from un-oxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea (with white tea the least) and therefore contains one of the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols.

Green tea is used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to control bleeding and heal wounds, aid digestion, improve heart and mental health and regulate body temperature. Recent studies have shown green tea can potentially have positive effects on everything from weight loss to liver disorders to type 2-diabetes.

Nutritional Breakdown

Unsweetened brewed green tea is a zero calorie beverage. The caffeine contained in a cup of tea can vary according to length of infusing time and the amount of tea infused.

In general, green tea contains a relatively small amount of caffeine (approximately 20-45 milligrams per 8 oz cup), compared with black tea which contains about 50 milligrams and coffee with 95 milligrams per cup.

Green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks

Green tea contains one of the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea.  The natural chemicals called polyphenols in tea are what are thought to provide its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects.

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most studied and bioactive polyphenol in tea and has been shown to be the most effective at eliminating free radicals.

Green tea is approximately 20% to 45% polyphenols by weight, of which 60% to 80% are catechins such as EGCG.

Possible health benefits of green tea

Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, the polyphenols in tea have been shown to decrease tumor growth in laboratory and animal studies and may protect against damage caused by ultraviolet UVB radiation.

In countries where green tea consumption is high cancer rates tend to be lower, but it is impossible to know for sure whether it is the green tea that prevents cancer in these specific populations or other lifestyle factors.

One large-scale clinical study compared green tea drinkers with non-drinkers and found that those who drank the most tea were less likely to develop pancreatic cancer particularly women, who were 50% less likely to develop the disease.

Studies have also shown the positive impacts of green tea on breast, bladder, ovarian, colorectal, esophageal, lung, prostate, skin and stomach cancer.

Researchers believe that it is the high level of polyphenols in tea that help kill cancerous cells and stop them from growing, however the exact mechanisms by which tea interacts with cancerous cells is unknown.

Other studies have shown a lack of preventative effects of tea on cancer. The amount of tea required for cancer-preventive effects has also varied widely in studies – from 2-10 cups per day.

In 2005, the FDA stated that “there is no credible evidence to support qualified health claims for green tea consumption and a reduced risk of gastric, lung, colon/rectal, esophageal, pancreatic, ovarian, and combined cancers.

Heart Disease

A 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that green tea consumption is associated with reduced mortality due to all causes, including cardiovascular disease.

The study followed over 40,000 Japanese participants between the ages of 40 and 79 for 11 years, starting in 1994.

The participants who drank at least 5 cups of green tea per day had a significantly lower risk of dying (especially from cardiovascular disease) than those who drank less than one cup of tea per day.

Another study found that consuming 10 cups of green tea per day can lower total cholesterol however, consuming 4 cups or less had no effect on cholesterol levels.

Type 2 Diabetes

Studies concerning the relationship between green tea and diabetes have been inconsistent. Some have shown a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes for green tea drinkers than for those who consumed no tea, while other studies have found no association between tea consumption and diabetes at all.

Weight Loss

Green tea may promote a small, non-significant weight loss in overweight and obese adults; however, since the weight lost in the studies were so minimal it is unlikely that green tea is clinically important for weight loss.

Other studies have found that green tea is helpful in preventing dental cavities, stress, chronic fatigue, treating skin conditions and improving arthritis by reducing inflammation.

Source: Medical News Today: February 11 / 2015

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The choices that you make, make all the difference #8

Whether you’re needing to lose a few pounds for health reasons, you’d like to regain that lost vitality or because you want to look and feel great the food and drink choices that you make, make all the difference.  It’s Up To You!!

Potato Chips

100 Grams (Approximately 60 Potato Chips)

= 600 Calories

Popcorn 2

100 Grams Air Popped Popcorn Makes 12 Cups

No Butter = 360 Calories

With 1 oz (28.3 Grams) Butter Added = 615 Calories

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Health Benefits of Orange Pekoe Tea

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A type of black tea, orange pekoe refers to the tea’s high quality, not its flavor. Leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant are harvested and fermented, which results in black tea’s color. The three grades of black tea are orange pekoe, pekoe and souchong. Because it’s simply a type of black tea, orange pekoe contains the same general health benefits all black teas provide.

Antioxidant Power

As a black tea, orange pekoe contains important antioxidants. An antioxidant is a powerful substance that protects your body against free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage cells. An article published in “International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition” in May 2000 noted that black tea is rich in compounds called flavonoids. These flavonoids, or pigments, contain antioxidant properties shown to reduce the risk of conditions such as heart disease and cancer.

Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Powerful substances called polyphenols and flavonoids, found in black teas such as orange pekoe, are linked to reduced risk of death due to cardiovascular disease, according to Harvard School of Public Health. An article published in “The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews” in June of 2013 noted that there is increasing evidence that black tea helps reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease. Studies found black tea significantly reduced harmful low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and blood pressure.

Cancer Prevention Potential

Cancer is second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States — accounting for nearly 1 in every 4 deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. Because it’s black tea, orange pekoe may help protect against cancer. An article published in “In Vivo” in March 2012 noted that studies show the combined activity of cancer-fighting polyphenols in black tea slows the spread of cancer cells and suggests that black tea extract may act as an effective cancer preventive.

Antimicrobial Properties

Consuming orange pekoe black tea may help fight off unhealthy bacteria. Drinking black tea slows the growth of harmful oral bacteria, helping to prevent mouth infections such as strep throat and dental cavities, according to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. An article published in “The Indian Journal of Medical Research” in July 2005 noted that tea leaves are known for their antibacterial activity against many microorganisms. This study showed that black tea is effective in slowing the growth of certain dangerous bacteria.

Source: Livestrong, 2014

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The choices that you make, make all the difference # 7

Whether you’re needing to lose a few pounds for health reasons, you’d like to regain that lost vitality, or because you want to look and feel great the food and drink choices that you make, make all the difference.  It’s Up To You!!

Banana

1 x Medium Banana, 100 Grams = 89 Calories

Apple

1 x Medium Apple , 100 Grams = 52 Calories

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The choices that you make, make all the difference #6

Whether you’re needing to lose a few pounds for health reasons, you’d like to regain that lost vitality, or because you want to look and feel great the food and drink choices that you make, make all the difference.  It’s up to you!!

Bran Muffin

1 x McDonald’s Golden Bran & Raisin Muffin,  124 Grams = 390 Calories

Banana

1 x Medium Banana, 124 Grams = 110 Calories

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Coffee Versus Sports Drink

Coffee Versus Sports Drinks?

Have you ever wondered which drink between these two, “coffee or a sports drink” will help your athletic performance the most? From a marketing point of view, no question the sports drink wins.  In reality I’ll take the coffee every time.

Each 8 oz. cup of black coffee has only 2 calories and approximately 100 mg of caffeine along with small amounts of various vitamins and minerals. Each 8 oz. serving of Gatorade has 56 calories from sugar, 110 mg sodium, 30 mg of potassium and 0 mg of caffeine.

Everyone that drinks coffee knows that the caffeine in the coffee acts as a very good pick me up. If you’re a regular fitness enthusiast you probably also know that the caffeine jolt will allow you to push harder and go further then you otherwise would.  If you are trying to decide which drink will help your athletic performance the most you’ll need to ask yourself a few questions (1) am I tired? (2) how much have I eaten up to that point? (3) how strenuous is the activity? (4) what’s the duration?. If the activity is nonstop and long duration the extra quick calories in the sports drink may come in handy, otherwise I’d recommend leaving the sports drink on the shelf.

 

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The choices that you make, make all the difference #5

Whether you’re needing to lose a few pounds for health reasons, you’d like to regain that lost vitality, or because you want to look and feel great the food and drink choices that you make, make all the difference.  It’s up to you!!

Baked Potato - 8 oz (227 grams) = 165 calories

1 x 8 Ounce (227 Grams) Plain Baked Potato = 165 Calories

French Fries - 8 oz (227 grams) = 600 to 800 calories

1 x 8 Ounce (227 Grams) Fries = 600 to 800 Calories

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The choices that you make, make all the difference #4

Whether you’re needing to lose a few pounds for health reasons, you’d like to regain that lost vitality, or because you want to look and feel great the food and drink choices that you make, make all the difference.   It’s up to you!!

Celery 5

100 Grams Celery = 16 Calories

Granola Bar - 120 calories for a small 26  gram bar

1 x Granola Bar (26 Grams) = 120 Calories

 

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The choices that you make, make all the difference #3

Whether you’re needing to lose a few pounds for health reasons, you’d like to regain that lost vitality or because you want to look and feel great the food and drink choices that you make, make all the difference.

It’s up to you!!

12 ounce (355 millilitres) Brisk Iced Tea = 80 calories

12 ounce (355 millilitres) Real Tea = 0 calories.  With one teaspoon sugar = 16 calories

Brisk

 

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Blood Type Diet, Fad or Fact?

Blood Type Diet, Fad or Fact?

There’s no sound scientific evidence that the so-called blood type diet is any more effective or any more beneficial for weight loss than is any other diet.

The blood type diet, sometimes called the biotype diet, is based on the idea that your blood type — A, B, AB or O — should determine your diet, your exercise regimen and your medical choices. While there’s some controversy even among proponents of the blood type diet, in general they say that food proteins called lectins are digested differently based on your blood type. If you eat food that’s not compatible with your blood type, you may experience a host of health problems, including slow metabolism, allergies, asthma, cancer, heart disease and chronic fatigue.

On the other hand, proponents say, if you follow a diet that’s tailored to your specific blood type, it will help you lose weight, improve chronic health conditions and help prevent certain diseases. For instance, a blood type diet may suggest that if you have type A blood, you should focus on a vegetarian diet with fresh, organic foods and that you should engage in calming exercises, such as yoga and tai chi, to help avoid the conditions you’re more susceptible to, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

But there’s no solid research evidence to support claims about a blood type diet. If you’re trying to lose weight, focus on developing healthy eating and exercise habits that you can follow for a lifetime.

Source: Mayo Clinic

My thoughts: Athletes are constantly looking for ways to improve their performance, especially when they are getting ready for a competition. None follow this style of a diet that I’m aware of, however they do adhere to nutritious foods such as vegetables, meats, eggs and dairy .

If you are serious about losing unwanted body fat or improving your overall health the best and only way to do so is through regular physical exercise in combination with a nutritious diet.

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