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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Joining the Revolution

Ok so everyone goes on about how you have to travel, it’s the best thing you’ll ever do etc. And of course now I’ve done it I totally agree! Travelling makes you richer in mind and spirit, BUT I’m writing this post to tell you what else it makes you..
Travelling makes you FAT.

That’s right, this whole ‘oh you’ll get so skinny travelling’ ‘you’ll sweat out all the fat’ ‘you’ll do lots of walking’ bla bla bla. All lies.
So here are my reasons to back up my extra stone of weight I’ve put on in the last 4 months.

1.Beer is cheaper than water in most of Asia. 

With beers at 50 cents in many a places and the lower calorie vodka and tonic option clocking in around $4 a piece, it’s a no brainer which one you’ll choose.

Drunk = 4 vodkas = $16

Drunk = 8 beers = $4

Hmm..

2. You eat street food at least 5 times a day

Were here to blend in and live like a local right? Part of that is experimenting the cuisine, and street food is the best way to do it. Dishes are 3x cheaper than restaurants but they’re also smaller and make you want to eat more often. Everything is also fried and 8/10 of them include rice or noodles. I can’t imagine any of that benefiting your waistline.

3. Exercise smexercise 

Get used to it, the main sport you’ll be playing is beer pong.

Not everyone is nuts like me and wants to trek 10km for no reason, especially when you’re hungover.

Tuk Tuk journeys are $2 or less, making the lazier option a lot more popular.

So enough talking, what’s all this joining the revolution about? 

In a bid to get sexy I’ve joined juice plus! So over the next few weeks expect posts of me and my shakes and lots of healthy recipes to follow.

If you want to know more info about this healthy living formula (it’s not a fad diet!) And join me in my bid to #getsexy, email me at laurenkateodonoghue@gmail.com for a lowdown of how it all works.