4 Reasons to Drink Tea in the New Year
4 Reasons To Drink Tea In The New Year
Post holiday season is the time when many of us dream of changing those parts of our lives that have brought dissatisfaction in the past. We make New Years Resolutions as a way to start over and begin again. It's the grown up version of the "do over."
Interestingly enough, the areas that are consistently the top of the list to change have a correlating tea that can help make the change when implemented into an overall lifestyle adjustment.
1. Tame The Bulge - Over 66% of adult American's are overweight or obese by recent studies, so it's not surprising to find that losing weight is one of the most popular New Years resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are two of the most important factors when sticking to any weight loss program. But did you know that by drinking Oolong tea you can help your efforts in burning fat and loosing the weight that Santa and his reindeer helped put on (Come on, did Santa and Rudolph REALLY eat all 12 of those yummy cookies by themselves?)
Studies have shown that by enjoying a cup of Oolong tea 30 minutes to 1 hour before your walk, workout, or pilates session and in the afternoon will increase your energy expenditure, stave off sweet cravings and energy slumps, and tell your body to burn fat for energy!
2. Stress Less - Okay. Let's face it. Stress is a part of everyday life. It happens regardless of what type of lifestyle we live. But we can manage the levels of stress that we allow to affect us in a negative way. As a business owner, M.O.M. (Mom of Micah), and all-around woman-on-the-go, I've seen my share of negative stress. Despite my blessed ability to fend off any long term, ongoing effects of stress through a (pretty) good diet, working out, and having a generally good attitude toward life, I've been known to need a little assistance myself.
In comes my dear friend and ally, chamomile, closely related to the daisy. This little wonder flower has become one of the most popular herbal remedies in the world, touted for smoothing out digestive disturbances and gastrointestinal conditions, such as bowel inflammation, heartburn, and mitigating menstrual cramps. But its the therapeutic compound, apigenin that affects areas of the brain and nervous system, possibly explaining Chamomile's role in reducing stress and inducing a feeling of calm.
3. Quit Smoking - The National Cancer Institute published an article for smokers who endeavor to quit smoking. Through a list of suggestions and facts, the Institute shares how enjoying herbal and green tea can assist with breaking the addictive habit: 1. Drink herbal tea, like chamomile, to help with any feelings of nervousness or anxiety. 2.Drink green tea to counteract the negative health affects of smoking. A study at the Toxicology Research Center in Korea suggests that drinking green tea may provide protective benefits to the lungs, even to people who smoke. 2. As you drink your tea, get out a scratch pad and doodle or write your plans for the day. Keeping your hands busy will help keep your mind busy and away from the urge to smoke. 3. Between sips of tea, take deep breaths to inhale the aroma. Breathe deeply and slowly, while you count to five, breathe out slowly, counting to five again. 4. If the urge to smoke is very strong, drink your tea faster than usual and then change activities or rooms. 5. As you sit quietly sipping your tea, take a moment to remind yourself what you will gain by quitting smoking.
4. Spend More Time With Friends - 2008 left many of us with a feeling of disconnectedness to the people closest to our lives. Toward the end of December, people suddenly seemed more joyous and had a general sense of optimism towards our country and life in general.
This optimism spilled over into our relationships, and many people I know reconnected with old friends and family and made a commitment to themselves (and the friends and family) to spend more time together in 09' and to appreciate the people that care about them the most.
Tea is a great connector. Taking an afternoon break with friends and a delicious cup of perfectly steeped green tea or setting an hour aside for an early morning rendez vous over English Breakfast is a great start in becoming the social maven you've promised to be.
Tea delights the senses and allows us to unwind, connect, and celebrate our lives. Allow 2009 to see you become the person you know you're capable of becoming, and let tea help you along your path.