5 reasons to love Green Tea

Green tea originated from China and has been used as a medicine for many years. Its been known to have multiple health benefits, and it’ll be rare to find a nutritionist that doesn’t swear by adding this detox tea to a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately approximately 80% of our population are still big black tea drinkers. Here’s 5 reasons to consider going Green..

  1. This brew helps combat diseases

Green tea is made from un-oxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea. The antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols it contains help to cleanse our bodies.

These detoxifying substances protect cells and molecules which can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are known to play a role in all sorts of diseases.

2. It zaps fat and increases energy

The polyphenol found in green tea enhances fat burning and boosts your metabolic rate, meaning that food and calories are broken down quicker. Additionally, in one study in 10 healthy men, green tea increased energy expenditure by 4%

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Who doesn’t want to be more toned with more energy right?

3. It’s a cuppa that keeps you pretty

Green tea can apparently help with wrinkles and signs of aging!

Ever wondered why so many skincare products contain green tea extract? This is because their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities help inhibit free radicals from breaking down collagen, the protein in our skin that keeps us looking young.

Both animal and human studies have also demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.

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4. Its a beverage that could make you savvy

The key active ingredient is a small amount of natural caffeine, which is a known stimulant to improve brain function. Caffeine has been intensively studied before and consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory. Specifically, green tea drinkers showed increased connectivity in key parts of the brain associated with memory.

5. Going green can help with those pearly whites

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  • Cavities – Green tea is anti-bacterial, it may help reduce bacteria and acid in the mouth.
  • Gums – Green tea’s anti-inflammatory substance can aid in controlling gum disease.
  • Tooth Loss – A study in the Journal of Periodontology showed that green tea may markedly reduce enamel loss.
  • Oral Cancer – Not only has green tea been linked to helping prevent breast and prostate cancer, but may slow the progression of oral cancer as well.
  • Smelly breath – Bacteria and other microbes make our breath smell, errr. Green tea’s anti-bacterial properties fight stinky bacteria too! Winning.

For me it’s a no brainer really. I choose to be healthy and youthful..pass me the Twinings.

LwL x

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London Wine Week

Yep it’s that time of year again.. A whole 7 days dedicated to the beauty that is humble grape juice!

Rooftop bbqs, tastings, pop ups, it’s all going on in the city this week!

 

Check out drinkup.london for lots of info on this weeks events!

LwL X

 

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Happy #NationalTeaDay!!

Did you know its national tea day today?

Yep, there’s a whole day dedicated to Britain’s national drink; and so there should be!

Tea solves world problems, brings people together and gets people through their daily life. Just ask my parents, they have at least 8 cups daily.

Stressful day?..Grab a brew

Had some bad news?.. I’ll put the kettle on

Busy at work? ..Make a Rosie Lee

Losing weight? ..Have a detox remedy

Feeling cold?..Warm up with a Cuppa

Fancy Lunch? ..How about an afternoon tea?

I’m a lover of all things tea I have to say, and I’m definitely a Twining’s girl! Here are my top teas leading up to my all time fav.

cranbNo 4. Cranberry Green Tea

I like green tea for detoxing but I find that it has a bit of a strange taste. The cranberry version adds a bit of a twang making it nicer to drink.

peachiceNo. 3 Peach Ice Tea

Granted I only ever seem to have come across this while travelling in Asia but I was addicted. Give me a glass filled with Ice and a Lipton in the sun and I’m all yours!

earlgreyNo. 2 Earl Grey Tea

This is ones perfect for those winter nights. Earl Grey is just like English Breakfast tea with a slightly more acquired taste. My special brew is a great representation of myself..strong, milky and sweet haha.

lemontea   No.1 Lemon & Ginger tea with a spoonful of honey

My no. 1 has to be this lovely concoction!

I have this every morning to kick start my metabolism for the day. This tea has lots of health benefits including reducing cholesterol thanks to the ginger and lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C.

What’s your favourite teas?

 

LwL x

Vietnam: A Hoi An Experience 

Hoi An, the home of bespoke tailoring and streets of yellow painted buildings. We spent 3 nights in the town voted ‘most favourite destination for tourists’ by Wanderlust UK. 

  

 With Tailors on every corner, this town is becoming increasingly popular for paying only $120 dollars for a tailored suit, made and ready in just 1-2 days.

We had a very chilled time there, no big tours or premeditated plans; just us and our feet walking a fair few kilometres, running laps around the Ancient Town and making a dart for the beach on the one hot day we had. 

Hoi An is a charming and romantic area with a beautiful riverside setting. The ancient world UNESCO site is impressively well-preserved and infuses a mix of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese culture all into one. 

    
  

The days

The ‘city centre’ is around 4 streets in length, making it easily accessible for walking, as long as you avoid being run down by all the motorbikes of course. It is here that you can head over to view the Japanese Bridge, and go through it to the preserved part of Ancient Town for a small fee. We gave this a miss.   

 Hoi An reminded me a lot of Chiang Mai; a wonderful place that doesn’t necessarily have the ‘oh my god there is something unbelievable to see here’ landmarks, but it’s just one of the very few places that has preserved it’s area to how it used to be. A great place to experience the real unindustrialised Vietnam.

On the one day the skies blessed us with 28-29c and no rain, we headed for the beach on a long straight 4km road.  

We stopped every so often, taking in the sites, enjoying a beverage or two by the riverside and had a bite to eat. Granted, you can rent bikes from your hotel for a mere $1 which would be a quicker option, but with Liam’s still iffy ribs we decided that walking was the safest bet.  

  

The south part of Cua Dao beach was lined with sandbags and wooden posts. Not the most scenic but the waves were violent, so I assume this was for people’s safety?   

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The northern part of the beach was much nicer, clear sands and a rock backdrop. Well worth a walk along on a nice day. 

   
    
 

The Nights

Hoi An really comes alive at night. The history in the ancient town vs. the new drinking culture means that there is something for everyone. 

The hustle and bustle of the street vendors down Le Loi street, paired up with the English speaking bar promoters, selling all you can drink and BOGOF deals over An Hoi bridge gives the area a contrasting mix.  

    

Tasting mango cake

There are authentic Vietnamese restaurants side by side with crazy bars that offer you unlimited drink for 100,000 dong. Thankfully, there isn’t enough of these to create a Magaluf bar strip atmosphere. The area still holds on to its culture and beauty, but I’ll be interested to see what this place looks like in another few decades, and whether tourism funded greed will get the better of this vibrant city. 

       There is a long night market straight down the middle of the small strip for you to immerse in.

 
 The lantern shops make the road very picturesque but unfortunately the constant pestering: ‘you buy something here’ every time you glance over at a stall, started to get on my nerves a bit.

Is it just an English thing? You know where we get instantly wound up and on the defensive in a retail shop if a worker asks if we need help with something. Like no woman, stop being salesy and leave me to lurk and doddle in peace ha. 

    
If you’re a true night owl and you want to continue the party after most of the town has lights out at midnight, head down to ‘why not bar’ where you can carry on the drinking and fun until 3am. 

   
   
Hoi an is listed in top 25 destinations in Asia 2013 by trip advisor and after my enjoyable visit here I can see why. 

LwL X 

Koh Samui in the rain

All we’ve done in Koh Samui the past couple of days is witness Thailands tropical thunderstorms at its finest. Our second day consisted of table tennis and pool at our hotel, with the odd run out to get food. To be honest it was perfect as we was all hungover after our 6am Samui turn out the night before. Ark bar was a great shout, and Samuis Ko Sahn Road.

Here’s some pics of the night: 

   

   
  
   

  

 
  
Yesterday we decided not to let the rain defeat us and went on a 12km walk down the East coast of Samui to find ‘Hinyai and Hintai'(Grandfather and Grandmother rock). Named as this,I assume, simply because one formation looks like a giant penis, and the other like a vagina.

  

I have to say after trekking for 2 hours the result was quite disppointing.. 

Can you see the vagina?

 On the plus side we see 4 different beaches and lots of boats.

   
  I got in some good exercise and I feel ok today so I don’t think I caught pneumonia either. Oh and I found another swing.Winning. 

  
We’ve woke up this morning to sunshine, hurrah! We’ve just arrived at our beach resort in Koh Panghan for Christmas. And it’s beautiful! 

Merry Christmas Eve everyone 

LwL x 

Ice Bar – London

It’s been around for years but it’s still a hotspot. Whether it’s for date night or a night with a big group, Ice bar in Regent Street is great entertainment. glasses This cocktail bar is made completely from of Swedish river ice, and the -5 degree temperature ensures that the den stay frozen. Even the cocktail glasses are made of made of pure frozen water! To ensure the warmth of all those who enter, a hooded ‘designer thermal cape’ and gloves must be worn, creating a room full of super fashionable Eskimos.    

  eskimos                                             meicebar

ICEBAR is operated in 40 minute time slots to ensure your safety (after all, no one wants hypothermia).

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