January is Hot Tea Month

Time to celebrate Hot Tea Month. You may be thinking: Why January?

Well during the beginning of the year, you probably see plenty of people going crazy with gym memberships, diet pills, and making other weight-loss or heath-related resolutions.

Little do people know the potential benefits of adding tea to their daily diet. Or how simple and cheap it is.

Lose weight.

Several studies show that drinking green tea every day helps speed up your metabolism and provide energy for people to complete and recover from their workouts. Why spend hundreds of dollars on supplements? Purchase loose-leaf tea that will last you a few months and save money.

I highly recommend checking out teavana.com or republicoftea.com as places to order yourself a good amount of  loose-leaf tea. My preferences are something with a fruity or minty blend. The flavor can then be heightened when you add a bit of sugar-free sweetener. Yummy!

Fight the flu-bug.

Research has shown that tea drinkers have more ability to fight off viral infections like the cold or flu than non-tea drinkers can. I recommend black tea or oolong tea help strengthen your immune system because they are loaded with antioxidants.

Look good in your swimsuit this summer!

So before I write a lot of these blogs, I surf through the Google search engine to see if there is any new topics related to green tea that would make for an interesting 200-word entry.

According to a study, published in the January 2005 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, green tea has the ability to reduce body fat.  After one bottle of green tea every day for 12 weeks, 38 normal to overweight men in Tokyo had a significantly lower body weight, BMI, waist circumference, body fat mass and amount of subcutaneous fat compared to men given a bottle of oolong tea each day.

Source: Victoria's Secret
Source: Victoria's Secret

Additionally, according to World’s Healthiest Foods, green tea specifically promotes the loss of visceral fat – fat that accumulates in the tissues lining the abdominal cavity and surrounding the intestines (viscera) and internal organs.  These are commonly found in “apple” body shape and highly associated with   increased risk for metabolic syndrome and type two diabetes.

If you plan on exercising additionally to get your summer body ready for swimsuit-status, you might what to drink 4 cups of green tea daily in order to increases your endurance.  In a 10-week study, researchers found that lab rats became less exhausted from exercise when they were given green tea extract by as much as 24 percent, according to World’s Healthiest Foods.

I recently have been drinking about 6 to 8 cups of green tea every day, paired with regular exercise and have noticed a significant increase in my energy levels and tone in my abdominal muscles!

Miranda Kerr Side-note:

Lately there has been a lot of speculation in the tabloids that Miranda Kerr and her boyfriend, Orlando Bloom are thinking about having some babies!

Read more in the Herald Sun:
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25310214-5012974,00.html