Green Tea Weight Loss Benefits

Green-teaLoosing those additional pounds has been made easier with just a cup of tea. But it’s not any ordinary tea, its green and it has properties that could do wonders to your health.

It is China’s one of the most popular beverage export, and has quite a good fan following in the eastern world. Over the last decade several health studies have hinted its potential health benefits and that the tea provides a boost to exercise induced weight loss. Not only does green tea help in reducing weight but it also increases one’s metabolism and energy levels.

The Los Angeles time wrote about a study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, where 132 obese adults were evaluated. All consumed a diet that was consistent in daily calories and participated in 180 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise.

They also drank a daily beverage containing 39 milligrams of caffeine, but one group consumed green tea with 625 milligrams of catechin, an antioxidant that is the main component of green tea.

After 12 weeks, the participants drinking the green tea had greater loss, 4.4 pounds compared with just over 2 pounds in the control group. The green-tea group also had larger declines in total abdominal fat, subcutaneous abdominal fat and triglycerides.

Scientists have acknowledged that green tea speeds up the process by which fat is broken down in the body. It also lowers the risk of diabetes and over many years may have a subtle influence in decreasing the risk of breast cancer.

Moreover, Top 10 Home Remedies website states that green tea is a wonderful superfood to fight stress because it contains powerful antioxidants.

So, how does this work? How should one use green tea to reduce weight? What kinds of green tea should one be drinking? Is green tea extract effective? Does the temperature affect its potency? Here are some common queries answered.

1. How should I prepare green tea?

The first rule would be to get a good quality tea. There are several varieties available in the market but it is advisable to use the organic variety available as it keeps the harmful effect of chemicals away from you. Try using filtered water for preparation.

Green tea should be steeped at lower temperatures than the ones required for steeping black tea. It should be between 75 and 90 degrees Centigrade.

Never ever boil green tea. Steeping time, as well, should not be too long. The tea will lose its taste after 3 minutes of steeping. The quantity of tea and the type of infuser used are also important. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 15 Foods for Detoxing

DetoxTo remain healthy, it is important to engage in regular physical exercise and embark on a proper diet that helps flush out toxins from your body.

A detox diet is one healthy and vibrant way to fulfill this need. It is a better way to lose weight than a conventional diet as it promotes a healthy way to maintain your fitness level by removing the unwanted and harmful toxins from your body.

With the present day eating habits of individuals, and regular consumption of alcohol and cigarette smoking, the body becomes a storehouse of several toxins. These toxins get accumulated over time and hamper the natural detoxifying mechanism of the body.

As a result the body’s alkaline PH balance gets disturbed and the acidic contents get accumulated in the body. To get rid of these harmful contents, the best way out would be a detox diet.

There are several fruits, vegetables and drinks that you can incorporate in your detox diet. The most helpful and essential ones that can help you reap the benefit quickly and have a lasting effect on your body are:

1. Beet

This vibrant coloured vegetable is a storehouse of rich powerful nutrients like magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, iron and vitamin B3, B6, C that help your liver and gall bladder breakdown toxins. Moreover, it is a good source of fiber and aids in digestion. In addition, it can help you maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels. Beet is good for your skin and hair, too.

2. Lemon

A juicy lemon helps flush away the toxins in your body by making them water soluble. It is a rich source of vitamin C and supports the liver in its cleansing function, stimulates enzymes, and purifies the blood.
According to Top 10 Home Remedies site, lemon is one of the top 10 kitchen ingredients that work as medicines because of its therapeutic, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and immune-boosting properties.

3. Garlic

Garlic serves as a powerful part of the detox diet. Its strong antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic properties make it hard to miss out from the list. Although garlic leaves a strong foul odor in your breath, it also produces detoxifying enzymes that remove toxins.

It produces allicin, a natural chemical that kills harmful bacteria and viruses while reducing your problem of cholesterol and blood pressure. If you are still bothered about the garlic breath, Women’s Health Magazine suggests that chewing on a parsley spring or sipping milk before or during a garlic-rich meal can help combat the foul odor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 10 Green Foods to Fight Hair Loss

Green foods for hairHair loss is a very common problem with no steady solution.  Dozens of creams, hair solutions, shampoos and medicines have been tried and tested but in vain.

Well, what’s wrong? Are these shampoos and conditioners just a marketing gimmick and nothing substantial? Will there ever be a solution to this?

Don’t worry.  Keep your cool and think about how you are treating our hair. Moreover, when it comes to your hair, it is not just what you put on your tresses but also your overall diet that counts.

And, like every other body part, strands of hair are made up of cells and constitute processes that are directly affected by your eating pattern.

Though it takes longer to notice the effects of changes in diet on your hair than on your skin, still eating habits substantially affect the texture and strength of your hair. But the best way to prevent hair loss and to improve the appearance of your hair is to keep a close eye on what you are eating.

Since a long time, green vegetables have been considered as a rich source of nutrition compared to any other food form. And they have still not lost their relevance. They are loaded with important minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium and vitamins K, C, E, B.

Moreover, they are a storehouse of huge reserves of phytonutrients including lutein, and beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, which provide coverage to our cells against damage.

Dark green leaves contain small amounts of Omega- 3 fats  and vitamin K. Deficiency of these vitamins in our present day diet has aggravated problems like hair fall.

Greens vegetables and fruits are packed with nutrients and provide protection against diseases because of the preventive phytochemicals they contain.

In addition, their high water content helps keep your hair and skin hydrated. Lack of water in our skin and hair makes them lose their strength and shine, thereby making them brittle.

Green vegetables, enriched with vitamin A, not only condition and moisturize the scalp but also contain antioxidants that fight free radical damage caused by factors like pollution. Moreover, they help make your hair thick and lustrous.

Here are some of the best green foods lists that can help you fight hair loss-

1. Avocados

While it’s still not clear whether they are fruits or vegetable but they serve as the best solution present for counteracting hair problems.

Avocados are loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin B and C, which cause hair to grow effectively, and vitamin E which ensures that hair cells are supplied with oxygen, leading to strengthening of capillary walls, thus improving scalp circulation.

This fruit works as a charm when used as conditioner as it has high fat content. Just mash a ripe avocado and apply it on damp hair and get naturally strong, healthy and shiny hair.

2. Spinach

Popeye the Sailor Man’s favorite superfood spinach, in reality is the powerhouse of rich nutrients. Its dark green leaves are enriched with high fiber content and are very low in calories. In addition, it is a good source of antioxidants including, lutein, beta carotene, zeaxanthin, and vitamin C. Thus, it is good for your hair, eyes and eyes.

Spinach contains high amounts of vitamin K and potassium that are necessary to keep healthy bone structure and help to lower the risk of bone weakening. With vitamin A and B, spinach lays down the roadmap for a healthy circulatory system, boosting your energy levels and paving way for healthy eyes, hairs and better immune system.

Top 10 Home Remedies website suggests that one can have this superfood as spinach soup and spinach salad to prevent hair loss. You can eat it along with other vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, Swiss chard, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tasty and Nutritious Green Drinks

Green drinkRemember the time when your mother chased you to make you eat some green veggies and you tried your best to avoid such moments, either fleeing or hiding somewhere.

Well, the time has come to face the fact that you cannot ignore the importance of greens any more in your life. The days are long and tiring and to remain fit and healthy you need to give in.

But wait a minute, this acceptance doesn’t mean that you have to endure their bland taste. So, just dust off that kitchen blender, make a quick trip to the supermarket, and enjoy some awesome green drinks.

Taking green drinks is an effortless and healthy way to regain your vigor. They help in maintaining the pH balance in your body, flushing out all the harmful toxins and losing weight.

Whether you have them as breakfast drinks, turn them into smoothies or even serve some as quirky mocktails at parties, they shall still remain tasty and incredibly healthy. So, get set go!

1. Banana Cinnamon Magic

Banana is an all time favorite for smoothies and when combined with cinnamon, it tastes heavenly. But this smoothie is not a plain Jane as it has immensely nutritious ingredients as spinach and almond milk that shall send your energy level to new heights.

Furthermore, Top 10 Home Remedies website states that cinnamon works as a good home remedy for headaches caused by common cold.

Just toss in 2-3 frozen bananas (they add creaminess to the drink), 2 cups of washed spinach leaves, 1.5 cups of fresh almond milk or coconut milk , 1/2 a tea spoon of cinnamon powder and let the blender do the rest. You may add some honey afterwards to sweeten the flavor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Best Green Foods for Energy

Green foodThe summer is back and as so is your lethargy. A hot summer day leaves one drained of all his energy and what’s left behind is dullness that not only affects mental health but sooner or later will leave an impression on physical well being too. Wake up; it’s time to smell the coffee, figuratively!

But how does one do that? There are plenty of health supplements and drinks available in the market but all day long energy doesn’t come from a supplement or an energy mix drink.

There are better options available than them. They are real and are full of natural energy boosters. Trust on them and see your energy levels on rebound.

1. Melons

Melons such as cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon, are not just full of vitamins and minerals, they serve as effective natural energy boosters as well. With ninety percent of their content being water, they shall never let you go dehydrated and shall help you fight fatigue, too.

Summers can be tiring and just a slice of melon can help you re-energize in seconds. Melons are rich in anti oxidants, vitamin A and very low on calories and fats. Just squeeze some lime on a slice of melon and you are ready to fight the scorching heat of the summer.

2. Spinach

Remember the cartoon Popeye the Sailor Man, how he ate spinach and how that suddenly made him stronger, full of energy, quite opposite of what he was minutes earlier.

Well, his sudden transformation can be credited to spinach and it can do such things to you too. Spinach serves as the best available natural source of iron.

It increases body’s level of energy and replenishes it with minerals like potassium, calcium and vitamins A and E. Furthermore, according to Top 10 Home Remedies website, spinach is one of the top 10 superfoods for eyes because it contains vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin.

In addition, it is an excellent source of iron that helps in increasing the hemoglobin levels in the blood. Try adding a daily dose of spinach to your meals to see its effect. If spinach does not suit your taste buds, then you can always add it to different vegetables, sandwiches or smoothies of your liking. Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Breakfast to Begin Your Day

green breakfastBreakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sure, you might have heard this zillion of times, yet you tend to skip breakfast. Why? Is it because you are in too much of a hurry or it’s just convenient. Well, grabbing something at work or skipping breakfast entirely does not go down well with your body. Your metabolism is greatly affected and as a result, your body starts retaining water. What follows next, is that you gain additional pounds that are not easy to lose, and develop flabby arms, thighs and tummy. It’s better to grab some breakfast than to endure this.

Green veggies are the best solution out if you want a healthy and fresh start for your day. They are rich in nutrients, which help in detoxifying your system and losing weight. There is no justifiable reason as to why you should not have a green breakfast.

Here are some of the dishes that you can include as a part of your diet.

1. Kale and Quinoa Salad

Kale is home to vitamins like A, C K and has phytonutrients that help lower your cholesterol, fight cancer and detox your system. Combine it with quinoa, which has all the amino acids needed by your body; together they make an ideal breakfast. All that is required for this dish is a combination of healthy ingredients like-

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cup kale leaves , cut into small pieces
  • 2-3 table spoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Few garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt, sugar and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ cup dried currants
  • Sesame seeds for garnishing

Boil the water in the saucepan and add quinoa to it. Cover the saucepan and leave it on medium fire. After 10 minutes remove the saucepan from the heat and check if water is absorbed by quinoa. Let the quinoa cool down. Prepare another bowl where you can mix lemon juice, garlic cloves, salt, sugar, pepper, olive oil and kale together. Add the quinoa and the currants to the mixture. For serving add some sesame seeds over the salad. Read the rest of this entry »

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