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Care of Amy Symington To the Chinese, the health benefits of green tea is ancient history, quite literally. Only in the recent past has Western culture jumped on the green tea bandwagon and for more than legit reasons. Green tea contains a type of anti-oxidant rich polyphenol called catechin that has been shown to have various health benefits relating to disease prevention. We are talking the big bad diseases here too; namely type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and some cancers. There is consistent epidemiological data that suggests green tea helps to lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure, fasting total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (or “bad” cholesterol), and inhibits cancer cell growth as well as reduces the formation of blood clots, minimizing heart attack and stroke risk. All of which helps to fight against the risk of obtaining the big bad diseases listed above. It has also been shown that green tea extract is beneficial for whole-body metabolism, particularly by increasing fat oxidation. The most effective time for green tea’s fat burning powers is when the body is at rest and has been fasted (i.e. right in the morning). Interestingly, due to this increased rate of fat burning, researchers from… Read More

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Iced Coconut Lime Green Tea

Care of Amy Symington Ingredients  750 ml steeped and chilled green tea 1 tbsp agave or 1/8 tsp stevia (stir into tea while it’s hot) 1 L coconut water 4 sprigs of mint leaves 1 lime, zested and juiced 2 cups frozen strawberries Directions In a large punch bowl, combine ingredients. Serve in fun glasses with ice making sure all servings get all the goodies. Garnish with any leftover mint leaves or lime. Read More

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