Delicious and Good For You: The Benefits of Green Tea 0
Green tea has to be one of the healthiest drinks out there. If you’re looking to give your immune system a boost, speed up your metabolism, or improve your brain function without moving a muscle (except to grab your favorite mug), then green tea could be the secret ingredient you’ve been needing in your life.
Green tea helps with the best of both worlds, because it can help improve your outside by starting from the inside. Green tea is also completely natural. What more can you ask for? With how many benefits are jam-packed in this tasty little drink, you’d wonder why absolutely everyone hasn’t taken advantage of it yet.
Let’s start with the basics green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients. You’ve heard it all your life, I’m sure— these things are awesome for you. But let’s break it down a little for those of you interested in the details. How do these things actually affect the health of your body? Antioxidants are nutrients and/or enzymes, meaning they play a huge role in fighting free radicals, substances that attack your DNA and other healthy cells. Antioxidants boost up your ability to fight off these free radicals, and push back against things like visible aging and cellular damage, and reduce the chance of disease. Antioxidants mop up these unstable free radicals to repair and limit cell and molecule damage that comes from our everyday contact with them.
Green tea contains a superpower called Epigallocatechin Gallate, which we’ll call EGCG. This compound has been tied to numerous studies that show it is effective in treating various diseases, making it a big contributing player in green tea’s health-boosting reputation. Green tea has also been known to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate.
Green tea also helps to keep you awake. Are you someone that needs your morning coffee in order to make it through the day? Green tea is likely a better alternative for you. Although it doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee does, green tea doesn’t contain the added cream and sugar that many of us coffee drinkers love. Instead, you get an all-natural option with all the aforementioned health benefits. Green tea contains this active stimulant, but because it does not have the same amount that you find in coffee, you won’t get the same jittery effects, which is oftentimes our least favorite part about getting our morning java. Instead, you’ll have a more productive, stable buzz. You’ll still reap the benefits of being more energized, but you won’t find yourself tapping your foot against your desk all day.
Hate drinking your tea plain? You can add some natural ingredients that serve up excellent health benefits themselves. Boost up the flavor and nutrition with lemon or honey.
Lemon is packed with nourishing elements like vitamins C, B6, A, E, and iron, magnesium, potassium, and protein, among others. Lemons also help to restore balance to the body’s pH, and is known to fight infections and cold through flavonoids.
Honey will add a sweetness to your tea that rivals sugar in your coffee. Besides its delicious taste, honey also aids in soothing things like allergies and sore throats. Honey will also help you to get yourself off to sleep, as it is a natural sleep aid. Honey is additionally overall anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, regulates blood sugar, probiotic (meaning it contains friendly bacteria!), and helps to strengthen the immune system by way of producing immune cells. How’s that for a super-packed drink?
We've only just begun to scratch the surface when it comes to what green tea can do for your body. It's all-natural, has a comforting taste, and produces a multitude of beneficial changes that will become visible after adding a few cups to your diet. What's not to love? Now go ahead and brew yourself a cup, you can thank us later.
5 Ways to Travel Stress-Free 0
Sometimes we find ourselves stressing before we have to travel when we should really be preparing to enjoy ourselves. Whether it’s for a vacation, business trip, or a day trip, many of us are frequently on-the-go. It’s not always fun though, and traveling can oftentimes be a huge stressor in our lives that adds a lot of unnecessary worry or anxiety. Here are 5 ways to reduce that stress and enjoy your travels!
- Make a list. What to pack, an itinerary of places to visit, or a list of people you need to buy a gift for. A list is a great way to let your mind relax and release the information you need to know without the worry of forgetting something. You can double or even triple check if necessary, and it also allows you to manage your time better when you have everything written out in front of you.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep before you embark on your travels will leave you energized, refreshed, and ready to take on the day. You’ll be able to accomplish more, and having a full tank of gas will even allow you to be more prepared to try something new! Of course, sleep doesn’t always come easily for us, so check out the blog for some tips to combat sleep anxiety.
- Have a backup plan. Your mind will rest easier knowing if something goes wrong, you’ll be prepared. Have an alternative means of transportation in case an issue arises, or a second choice for an activity or place to visit if something you want to do gets rained out. When you prepare for the worst, you leave a lot less to chance.
- Research your place of interest beforehand. Oftentimes we take a chance on traveling somewhere we’ve never been before, maybe even in another country. It’s important to research your destination beforehand, so you won’t be thrown into any surprises or undesirable situations. You’ll also get a better grasp on the culture and what to expect upon arriving!
- Change your mindset. If you begin to find yourself stressing about your upcoming trip instead of being excited for it, try and change your outlook. Don’t look at your travels as a stressor. After all, most of us travel for pleasure, it shouldn’t make you uneasy! Have something to look forward to. Try to find an element of your trip you really want to experience, and if nothing else, let that guide you.