Eternal Lifestyles » healthy foods http://eternallifestyles.com Live Healthy, Live Long, Live Young Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:03:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8 The Super-Food Powers of Leafy Greens http://eternallifestyles.com/super-food-powers-leafy-greens/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=super-food-powers-leafy-greens http://eternallifestyles.com/super-food-powers-leafy-greens/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:39:05 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=225 It’s not exactly a newsflash that vegetables are good for you; there is a reason our parents started forcing them on us from a very young age. And while you may have protested and whined when you were little, it’s more than time for you to open your arms and embrace veggies, especially those leafy […]

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It’s not exactly a newsflash that vegetables are good for you; there is a reason our parents started forcing them on us from a very young age.

And while you may have protested and whined when you were little, it’s more than time for you to open your arms and embrace veggies, especially those leafy greens. They’re more than just rabbit food, they’re super foods that can boost your health and can help you feel through-the-roof good about yourself.

Leafy green vegetables are excellent sources of the vitamins we need. Lots of people take vitamin supplements to start their day, but why take a pill when you can stuff your face with delicious salads, steamed broccoli, spinach, and the millions of ways to prepare kale?

Let’s talk about kale for a moment.

If you’re interested in health and have the internet, then you have probably heard about all the glorious wonders of kale. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Well let’s see:

Kale supplies your body with vitamin A, C, & K, it has a substantial amount of calcium, and you can get your potassium from it. I would say yes, yes it is. And there are tons of ways to eat it, too. You can steam it, munch on it raw, put it in salads, bake kale chips, add it to enchiladas – the list goes on and on.

And it doesn’t stop there.

Spinach is also something you should seriously be keeping in your house. Like kale, there is a bunch of ways to prepare it and it is so good for you. It’s low in calories and is a good source of vitamin A and C as well as folate, which can help prevent heart disease and lower the risk of cervical cancer in women. Take a leaf out of Popeye’s book and start stocking up on this delicious vegetable.

Another vegetable that packs a good punch of vitamins C and A as well as potassium and folate is broccoli.

These little “trees” are really good for you and they are only 20-30 calories per serving, which makes them great to snack on throughout the day. They’re good raw, steamed, or thrown in a stir-fry, adding a nice bit of crunch to any meal.

So, why is all this vitamin C and vitamin A good for you?

Vitamin C helps build collagen in your body, which is the basis for your bones, tissues, blood vessels and skin. It can also help reduce your risk of cancer as well as boost your immune system to keep your body healthy and happy.

Vitamin A is good for your bones, as well as your eyesight (carrots are packed full of it) and it can also give your immune system an extra boost.

Both of these vitamins are things that our bodies need on a regular basis in order to grow and stay healthy. So if you think you may not be getting enough, instead of reaching for supplements, try adding more greens to your diet.

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The Secret to Making the Perfect Smoothie http://eternallifestyles.com/perfect-smoothie-making-secret/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=perfect-smoothie-making-secret http://eternallifestyles.com/perfect-smoothie-making-secret/#comments Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:59:10 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=271 Smoothies are without question one of the best food ideas of the last century (maybe they’ve been around for a lot longer; you never know), and boy are they popular now. They’re one of the most compact, versatile, on the go food items, and people love them.  They are surprisingly easy to make at home. All you need […]

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Smoothies are without question one of the best food ideas of the last century (maybe they’ve been around for a lot longer; you never know), and boy are they popular now. They’re one of the most compact, versatile, on the go food items, and people love them. 

They are surprisingly easy to make at home. All you need is a blender, nothing fancy, a few inexpensive food items, and almost anyone can make a smoothie.

And you don’t have to pay a ton of money to get one either. Here’s how it’s done.

First – add your liquid

The liquid is considered the base of your smoothie, and it can greatly affect how your smoothie tastes, so choose wisely.

Depending on your diet, you can add quite a number of things as a liquid for your smoothie. You can add water if you have nothing else, but there are lots of other ideas to try out. Milk or almond milk are popular choices, as is coconut milk, coconut water and coffee.

And if you’re a fan of tea, green teas make for an awesome smoothie. Also, fruit juice of any kind is good if you want an extra sweet base.

After you’ve added your liquid to your blender (any blender will do), make sure to add a few ice cubes (2 to 3 max for one smoothie). This will help round it out and make sure your smoothie has just enough moisture.

Two cups of any of the above liquids will be enough for one smoothie, maybe even less. Start with a cup and as you blend your smoothie, you can always add more.

Second – choose your produce

You can add as little or as much fruit or vegetables as you like to your smoothie, and you can really go in any direction your heart desires.

A popular choice is a strawberry and banana smoothie; the perfect combination of a creamy fruit and a watery fruit.

You can use either fresh or frozen produce as well. And if you do use frozen fruit or vegetables, remember you won’t need to use as much liquid/ice.

Three – add a “filler”

In the smoothie world, a filler is known as a thickener; something to make your smoothie more fulfilling. If you had just a pure plum smoothie for example, it would end more up like a fruit slushie without some sort of a filler.

A filler can be anything from yogurt and avocado to oatmeal or even quinoa (both already cooked of course).

A big filler we can’t forget is protein powder. Add a scoop of vanilla or whenever flavor you like, and not only will your smoothie be thicker than it will taste better and give you the benefit of extra protein.

Cocoa powder also works well as a thickener as well.

You could also add peanut butter or Nutella. These will give your smoothie a nice protein-boost.

You could even add sweet potato, considered one of the healthiest vegetables (you can quick-steam a sweet potato in a microwave in under 6 minutes).

Four – blend it up

Make sure your blender is on the “Blend” setting, and blend it up.

Stop every once in awhile to stir it, and get ice cubes or frozen fruit unstuck, which will invariably happen. If seems a bit too thick add a bit of water, and if it’s too thin, add more fruit or more of your filler.

You can also add honey at the end or even maple syrup to make it a bit sweeter.

It may be hard to make a lot of things perfect in life, but making the perfect smoothie isn’t one of them. Just remember to be careful with overdoing it on the liquids; one of the golden rules of making smoothies.

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Why Putting Cayenne Pepper in Your Food Can Make You Healthier Than Ever http://eternallifestyles.com/putting-cayenne-pepper-healthier/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=putting-cayenne-pepper-healthier http://eternallifestyles.com/putting-cayenne-pepper-healthier/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:02:37 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=276 Spicy food doesn’t have to be reserved for toughies who think they’re cool or people who just can’t get enough spicy food in their diet. One of the most frequently used spices to make our food hot is Cayenne pepper, but did you know there are a ton of healthy nutrients in this magical spice? That’s right – […]

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Spicy food doesn’t have to be reserved for toughies who think they’re cool or people who just can’t get enough spicy food in their diet.

One of the most frequently used spices to make our food hot is Cayenne pepper, but did you know there are a ton of healthy nutrients in this magical spice?

That’s right – potassium, calcium, beta carotene, B complex vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C, no wonder this “miracle spice” (as its often referred to) has been use all around the globe for centuries to heal a number of health issues.

If you’re someone who prefers going the natural route when healing yourself, read on for some of the best uses of Cayenne pepper to help improve your health.

Improve your heart health: Cayenne pepper has the proven ability the remove the icky plaque that clogs the heart’s arteries.

Yep, that’s right, Cayenne pepper can help clean your arteries. By putting as a spoon of Cayenne pepper in a cup of water each day, your heart will be healthier.

Cayenne pepper helps bring all the important nutrients to your heart, improves blood circulation by thinning the blood and it can remove toxins from the blood and can rebuild blood cells. Also, in addition to cleaning out your heart, Cayenne can also help get rid of bad cholesterol (LDL).

Calm digestive problems: It may seem like an oxymoron, but Cayenne pepper can help heal stomach and intestinal ulcers.

It’s helps digestive system because by stimulating the “peristatic” movement in the intestines. Also, Cayenne can also help with cramping, gas and acid reflux.

Hypertension be gone: As we get older, our blood pressure will invariably rise, but Cayenne pepper can help lower it by regulating the flow of blood from the head to the feet, helping to equalize blood pressure.

Cancer teatment:  Capsaicin, the main component of cayenne pepper, Capsaicin has been shown to slow the growth of prostate cancer cells in laboratory studies and rodents. [1]

Believe it or not, it does this by actually make the cancer cells kill themselves! [2]

And you don’t even have to eat it for it to be beneficial…

Capsaicin has also shown to have pain relieving affects in both women who had undergone mastectomies due to breast cancer and mouth sores that were the result of chemotherapy mouth sores caused by chemotherapy or radiation therapy.  [1]

Fight infections and reduce pain: If you have Athletes Foot, you can also use Cayenne for antifungal infections. Applying the spice directly to your skin is all you need to do.

Also, capsaicin can help dull the sensory nerves and help soothe pain that’s caused by arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.  Talk about a multi-use spice!

Now you understand why some people say cayenne pepper truly is a miracle spice!

From being able to help you lose weight by stimulating your metabolism to improving your heart health, the benefits of Cayenne pepper are many.

To increase the amount of Cayenne in your diet, try putting some in a salt shaker to add to everything and anything, from your coffee and hot chocolate, your morning eggs, meat marinade or a great spice addition to your favorite dips.

[1] http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects…

[2] http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/aafc-pch031306.php

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A Few Foods That are Not as Good for You as You Think They Are http://eternallifestyles.com/some-foods-you-think-are-good-are-bad/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=some-foods-you-think-are-good-are-bad http://eternallifestyles.com/some-foods-you-think-are-good-are-bad/#comments Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:42:08 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=203 Every day we are fed ideas about what is good for our health and what is not. Television commercials tell us what workout videos to buy and what low calorie snacks to eat. Our parents tells us what kinds of foods we should eat more of because they’re “hardy” and “good for your bones” and […]

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Every day we are fed ideas about what is good for our health and what is not. Television commercials tell us what workout videos to buy and what low calorie snacks to eat. Our parents tells us what kinds of foods we should eat more of because they’re “hardy” and “good for your bones” and various other things.

So what’s the truth in all of it? It can be hard to dig up, but there a few big lies out there, especially when it comes to food.

One of the biggest and most well-believed myths, floating around out there is that milk is good for your bones and your overall health. Let’s put a big red X on that idea right now.

Dairy companies would like you to believe that their precious cow milk is good for your bones because of the amount of calcium in it. And while it’s true that milk does have a good amount of calcium in it, it also has a fair amount of acid that can be found in all animal protein. The acid throws off your body’s pH balance and the calcium in your bones is what goes to neutralize is.

Unfortunately, the calcium you take in from the milk is not enough to replenish what is used trying to neutralize the acidic content from the drink.

With that knowledge it’s easy to realize that drinking a lot of milk can be quite detrimental to your bones, and is the reason why countries with high dairy consumption also have a higher rate of osteoporosis.

On a less serious note, let’s address low-calorie snacks. You know the ones I mean; they come in little plastic bags in boxes that claim they are only 100 calories that you end up shelling out too much money for. These are things that we should stop buying right now.

Yes, they are low calorie, but that doesn’t mean they are good for you. They rarely fill you up and they don’t contain any real nutrients. It’s a filler food (that most people end up eating several of at a time anyways) that doesn’t really benefit our bodies.

If you want a good “100 calorie” snack try a banana or a handful of raw nuts. Did you know a whole cup of blueberries is only about 80-85 calories? And it comes packed with vitamin C and fiber.

There are so many other options out there –don’t buy into the hype of bad snack food just because it’s low in calories.

And to go with that, let’s also trash those frozen dinners. Yes, even the Lean Cuisine that claims to be a healthy quick dinner alternative.

Frozen dinners are often used by people looking to start downsizing their meal portions and lose weight. But the only way to lose weight and keep it off is to completely change your diet. Hopefully that doesn’t mean a life full of frozen dinners.

You get so many more nutrients through fresh foods that you prepare from scratch than you do anything that has been boxed and frozen for who knows how long. If you’re looking to lose weight and change your eating habits, make sure you are learning to put time aside to cook for yourself and know what is going into your meals.

Being aware of what you are consuming is one of the biggest parts of leading a healthy life. Make sure you’re educated.

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Why Tofu Isn’t Just For Vegetarians http://eternallifestyles.com/why-tofu-isnt-just-vegetarians/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-tofu-isnt-just-vegetarians http://eternallifestyles.com/why-tofu-isnt-just-vegetarians/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:56:14 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=266 Tofu. The very word can make a lot of people get the creepy crawlies on their skin; if they don’t know anything about it that is. But it’s not just some white gelatinous food item that exists for the consumption of vegetarians. There are loads of reasons why tofu should be consumed by everyone, and there are some […]

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Tofu. The very word can make a lot of people get the creepy crawlies on their skin; if they don’t know anything about it that is. But it’s not just some white gelatinous food item that exists for the consumption of vegetarians. There are loads of reasons why tofu should be consumed by everyone, and there are some awesome recipes that can make tofu tastes out of this world as well. Read on to be wowed by this protein that (no matter hard he tries) just can’t get no respect in the-meat eating world.

Healthy-heart protein: Tofu is known primarily as a meat replacement because of its protein properties. On a daily basis, humans should eat around 150 g of lean meat, so in order to get this amount of protein from tofu, you have to eat a bit more overall (around 290 g). But the difference, you’re getting a much healthier source of protein because it’s low in cholesterol. It can even lower your cholesterol..

If you have high cholesterol problems, getting to be best friends with tofu is a good idea. And after eating tofu for awhile, your triglycerides levels and lipoprotein levels will lower (this is bad cholesterol). Also, unlike animal based proteins, tofu can lower your risk of atherosclerosis, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Eating two grams of it daily can even help your body reduce the cholesterol it absorbs by more than 10% from other unhealthy foods. And don’t forget, tofu also has plenty of omega-3 fatty acids.

Benefits for the ladies: Tofu is supremely healthy for the ladies and this is because of the isoflavones compounds it has. They’re known to directly effect scavenge free radicals, which means they can help prevent premature aging. Also, phytoestrogens are found in soy products, which have been known to help neutralize human estrogen (and are linked to decreasing bone loss during menopause).

Also, tofu is rich in B-vitamins, iron and it contains a ton of calcium. Calcium of course helps prevent of osteoporosis. And another boon for the ladies, it helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis and breast cancer. It’s a win-win situation all because of a little tofu. You can’t beat that.

Great for digestive problems: And if you’re one of those people who has ongoing digestive problems, tofu is a wonderful thing to eat. Since, during its manufacturing process the soybean’s fiber is removed, this makes tofu incredibly easy to digest and therefore a very friendly food item for your digestive system.

Unbelievably delicious tofu recipes: Now that you know the health benefits of tofu, the next step is making it yourself, and one of the most popular ways to make tofu tastes really good – frying it up. Getting it a bit crispy is a great way to make it seem more like an animal protein. The recipe, Crispy marinated tofu (http://recipes.menshealth.com/Recipe/crispy-marinated-tofu-cutlets.aspx), is one you’ll definitely want to write down. Also, another awesome way to eat tofu is on a sandwich. A TLT: Tofu, lettuce, tomato sandwiches can be delicious, especially if you use a unique spread, like a zesty mayo.

And remember, fresher is always better when cooking with tofu. Try checking out local Asian grocery stores to see if they have tofu that’s been made in the last few days. It will have more flavor and will cook loads better.

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The Benefits of Local Honey http://eternallifestyles.com/benefits-local-honey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=benefits-local-honey http://eternallifestyles.com/benefits-local-honey/#comments Tue, 02 Apr 2013 11:41:17 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=229 So honey is pretty good for you, as far as sweets go – everyone pretty much knows that. It’s a great alternative to processed sugar and is particularly good for a sore or scratchy throat, especially when added to a hot herbal tea. It can help give you an energy boost, can soothe and upset […]

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So honey is pretty good for you, as far as sweets go – everyone pretty much knows that. It’s a great alternative to processed sugar and is particularly good for a sore or scratchy throat, especially when added to a hot herbal tea. It can help give you an energy boost, can soothe and upset stomach, is good for your skin, and can help you keep your cholesterol levels under control. Plus it’s tasty.

What is even better for you than just generic store-brand honey is local raw honey. When it comes from areas near you it can help your health out quite a bit, especially if you have a pollen allergy.

Honey produced by bees in the towns near and around you can help build your immune system in a way that is most beneficial to your environment. Honey created through pollinating plants you are usually surrounded by and may have an allergy to can help you keep your allergic reactions under control.

It works very much like a vaccine you would get from your doctor – they inject you with a small amount of something to allow your system to fight it off and build immunity to it, so that if you are later exposed to the virus you will be capable of fighting it off before it can cause any damage. With local honey, your body will build up immunity to the pollen so that you’re not sneezing and sniffling all day long.

For the best results from this method of helping treat allergies it is better to buy your local honey raw. Raw honey has not been pasteurized and heat treated like most generic honey brands. You can tell because it is much less syrupy.When it has not been heat treated it maintains more of the pollen that you are trying to help get your system used to.

There are a few other benefits as well.

  • Raw honey also has antioxidants.
  • The enzymes that can be found in raw honey can also help with digestion, which is good news for people with ulcers or other digestive problems.
  • It has trace amounts of several vitamins and minerals such as folate, calcium and vitamin C.
  • And, if all that wasn’t enough, you can also use it on your skin as a salve for burns, or even just acne, as it is great for your skin.

Plus, let’s be honest, if you have ever had local honey then you already know how much tastier it is than the pasteurized stuff that is mass produced. It’s much sweeter and has a better texture; a much better choice for any real honey lover.

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The Health Benefits of Oolong Tea http://eternallifestyles.com/health-benefits-oolong-tea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=health-benefits-oolong-tea http://eternallifestyles.com/health-benefits-oolong-tea/#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 08:33:08 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=541 Few people seem to know what oolong tea is, let alone have heard of the benefits it can have on your health. Oolong tea is actually green tea that has been partially fermented, giving it a distinct and smooth taste. It is a common eastern drink and Chinese oolong is probably the easiest variety of […]

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Few people seem to know what oolong tea is, let alone have heard of the benefits it can have on your health. Oolong tea is actually green tea that has been partially fermented, giving it a distinct and smooth taste. It is a common eastern drink and Chinese oolong is probably the easiest variety of this tea to find in your local grocery store.

It boasts a lot of the same health benefits that green tea does; it has antioxidants that can help reduce your risk of cancer and prevent heart disease and has also been claimed to help strengthen your immune system as well as your bones. It’s also been known to help reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

There have been studies done for these claims, but most scientists would argue against the results being definitive. There is still much work to be done in researching its effects on cancer risks and heart health. However, there have been plenty of studies dedicated to how oolong tea can help with weight loss and it turns out that it happens to be a great addition to the diet of anyone looking to lose a few extra pounds.

Oolong tea can actually up the amount of energy your body expends for up to two hours after you drink it. And that energy seems to target the excess fat on your body first. It’s excellent to drink up to an hour before you work out or do a yoga routine.

You have nothing to lose by adding a daily cup of oolong tea to your diet. A drink doesn’t gain a fantastic reputation among thousands of people for no reason. It’s an excellent choice for dieters because of its fat burning antioxidants, and because it’s tea, it also has zero calories. That’s absolutely no extra calories being consumed by drinking to be sent to your waistline.

Any calorie counter can tell you how fantastic it is to have a great drink that you don’t have to worry about factoring into your daily total. Especially if that drink is going to help you burn off some of that total.

And like coffee, it can also help get you going at the beginning of the day. Oolong has enough caffeine to help you feel awake and geared to go without the accompanying jitters that you can get from your favorite lattes. It’s also a great afternoon pick-me-up drink to help you keep powering through your day without slowing down and succumbing to the midday slump.

And let’s be honest, oolong tea is delicious, as most tea-lovers would agree. It’s not as strong as black tea, but is significantly more potent than green tea. And it just goes down smooth. It’s hard to say no to.

Sources

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/completeazindex/a/oolong_tea.htm

www.teasetc.com/tea/article.asp?ID=1

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The Health Benefits of Green Tea http://eternallifestyles.com/health-benefits-green-tea/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=health-benefits-green-tea http://eternallifestyles.com/health-benefits-green-tea/#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 08:31:39 +0000 http://eternallifestyles.com/?p=535 Green tea has been associated with several health benefits for as far back as documented history will take us, especially in the East where countries such as Japan and China still consider it a dietary staple. It is chocked full of antioxidants that can help prevent all sorts of cancer as well as heart disease. […]

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Green tea has been associated with several health benefits for as far back as documented history will take us, especially in the East where countries such as Japan and China still consider it a dietary staple. It is chocked full of antioxidants that can help prevent all sorts of cancer as well as heart disease.

And while most of the studies for this have been done in the East (where the results are a bit undecided because eastern cultures consume more lean protein and already drink a significant amount of the tea) there is no denying that it definitely has the antioxidants that your body could use to keep itself healthy.

And any green tea drinker can tell you that it can really improve your mood and keep you energized and productive throughout your day.

To reap the optimum amount of benefits from green tea you should bring your water to a boil and pour over the tea. Let it steep for 3-5 minutes before drinking. After doing that consider drinking it again two or three more times that day. You get more out of green tea by consuming a lot of it.

It’s not just good for helping prevent disease either. Green tea is an excellent beverage to add to your weight-loss regimen. It has been known to boost your metabolism and it has no calories. Something with no calories that burns calories?

Yes.

Beverages like juice can sound appealing while you’re trying to shed pounds, but when it comes down to it you really don’t want to drink your calories when you don’t have to. Tea is a great way to drink something other than water and keep your calories in your food where they belong.

And if all that doesn’t have you wanting to run to the store for a box of the stuff, it can also keep you feeling energized and improve your mood all around. Caffeinated green tea is a great way to start off your day, especially if you are trying to avoid coffee.

The caffeine is enough to wake you up, but isn’t enough to give you the jittery feeling that coffee sometimes does. And because it boosts your metabolism it helps you start burning calories right at the beginning of the day. That paired with a morning workout and a healthy breakfast can do wonders for your body and mind. Your waistline will shrink and you’ll feel better than ever.

There have been plenty of studies to try to get definitive proof about all of green tea’s benefits for the human body. Most of them, however, have been conducted in eastern countries where green tea is already a common drink, which leaves the research wanting.

That’s not to say that the effects are not real, especially when there are tea drinkers from thousands of years back that would praise all of its delicious and healthy goodness.

Internet sources

www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/health-benefits-of-green-tea

>http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/benefit_of_drinking_green_tea

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