Green Tea

green tea health benefits

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Recently, my dear, beautiful and amazing sister Adriana told me that she’d fallen in love with green tea for its incredible health benefits.

She was talking about it with so much excitement that I got really inspired and did a little research myself. I have to say that I found out some very interesting facts about this kind of tea. It can be helpful in many areas, like:

1. Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
2. Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
3. Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
4. Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
5. Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
6. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
7. Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions
8. Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
9. Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
10. Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
11. Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.

Isn’t that just amazing?

I am now officially a fan.

And you, dear friends, do you like this kind of tea?

With love,
Petra

(All the information come from lifehack.org.)

Colors, Flowers, New Tea And A Little Fight (365/39)

colors, flower, new tea and a little fight with flu

When a little sneaky flu virus surprises by me by getting into my life, I usually try to give it no chance. I fight with what works best for me – a warm blanket, lovely colorful happy magazines and a lot of tea. It helps a lot.

Also, today I’ve tried this new Chai thing for the first time. I’ve heard people saying really nice things about this tea and I myself have to say that it offers a wonderful and really elegant combination of different oriental spice flavors. I highly recommend it! Oh, and I am trying it with milk tomorrow.

I wish you a healthy weekend!

Love,
Petra

 

Magic (Photography Project 365 – Day 38)

walk and yarn on sunny day

I think that the spring invoking crochet birdies that I showed you yesterday might really possess some magical powers. I have this slight suspicion that it’s them who managed to bring some very lovely spring weather today.

As a result, I happily filled my day with an enjoyable walk in our city and a trip to a yarn store.

Ahh, pure bliss!!

I hope you are having a bright day too.

With love,
Petra
 

Spring Is In The Air

crochet bird

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Spring is in the air?

Well, not really.

But at least I can make thousands of these cute little birdies to make me feel that way.

Off to crochet…

And wishing you a colorful day!

Love,
Petra

 

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