The Best Types of Green Teas for Weight Loss

There are those that think that the claimed weight loss benefits from consuming green tea are no more than a marketing gimmick aimed at pushing product at you…Well dear friends, as always, I like to bust out old bio degree and give you some truth, which is: green tea will not make you go from flab to fab overnight, but it is that natural weight loss beverage that that will reduce fat and help you stay fit and healthy.

Don’t believe me? Need some science? I give you the Penn State study of green tea extracts and mice…you heard me, mice. Continue Reading

9 Iced Green Tea Concotions that You’ll Love

Outside of water, tea offers the highest consumption rate of any other beverage, and green tea is among one of the more prominent varieties. Outside of being delicious both iced and hot, green tea offers a plethora of health benefits ranging from digestive aid to antioxidant. Therefore, finding ways to incorporate this wonderful, healthy staple into our daily regimen should be something everyone should consider. Here are nine delicious green tea concoctions you can make at home anytime. Continue Reading

7 Green Tea Recipes: Amazingly More Than Just Weight Loss

Green tea powder is all the rage nowadays and is a staple in the Hollywood A-lister diet. From Jennifer Aniston, to Lady Gaga, Christina who hits up places like the MatchaBar Emporium, and British Royals Posh and Becks, celebs have been cutting the coffee and adding green tea to their diet to stay fit and healthy.  But did you know that it’s nothing new? It’s been around for an eon, since 618 AD when the Chinese Tang dynasty developed unique methods of making tea powder that were later introduced to the Japanese, along with Zen Buddhism, in 1191. Continue Reading

Is Tazo Green Tea High in Quality?

I am a purist. I like loose leaf and I generally ditch the bag. I preach on about how tea needs to be hand picked and organic. I stand stand for quality and I wouldn’t steer you wrong!  A big challenge for me is I can’t always find quality in a grocery store for a decent price. That, and I’m picky which is why I get my teas online.

That being said, I often get asked about typical off the shelf/tea shop brands like Tazo for example. What if you’re in a bind and need to grab something quickly? Well, the good news is, some shelf brands aren’t half bad and in Tazo’s case, you can definitely do worse in the grocery store. Here is what I think of Tazo specifically… Continue Reading

Japanese Green Teas Vs. Chinese Green Teas

Going Green with Japanese and Chinese Green Tea

The last time I had a craving for a latte, I went for a Starbucks green tea drink instead. Switching to green tea is a new ambition for me in an effort to lower caffeine intake and increase the diversity of flavors in my life.

Tea has been a favorite beverage in the world much longer than coffee. Chinese mythology says it was discovered by an emperor 4,000 years ago: Coffee’s history is only about 1,500 years at best. Since then, an amazing number of Chinese green tea varieties have been developed, along with a similar number of Japanese green tea types. Each has its own special flavor and culinary possibilities, as well as price tag.

All varieties of tea come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia. The amazing variety of flavors found in both Chinese and Japanese green tea are brought about by different growing methods, the type of soil where the plants are grown, timing of harvest, and processing methods after harvest. Continue Reading

EGCG, Green Tea and Weight Loss: What You Need to Know

You’ll remember from my Science Backed Secrets article that EGCG is a huge deal from the disease fighting perspective…but did  you also know it’s great for weight loss!  Let’s dive into this topic a little more!

If you have been on the Internet lately, chances are you have seen your favorite celebrities talking about the ‘teatox’ and how amazing it is.

The ‘teatox’ has real merit- though you don’t have to purchase celebrity endorsed products to take part in it. Tea is actually filled with amazing benefits for your body. It has lots of healthy nutrients plus it gives you the gentle caffeine boost you need to get through the day.

Hollywood was not the first to discover the amazing properties of tea leaves. Tea has been the drink of choice of both royals and their subjects in Asia for thousands of years. It slowly made its way across the world to Great Britain and Europe where it became synonymous with high culture. Eventually, it wound up in America where it is now becoming an important part of people’s lifestyle habits.

Full of antioxidants, tea is not just a quick pick-me-up but a serious addition to anyone’s health regime. It has less caffeine than coffee, can reduce the risk of heart attack and helps keep your body hydrated.

Even though it offers so much, there are actually only four types of tea leaves: black, green, white and oolong. Continue Reading

The Beauty Secrets of Green Tea Leaves

Ever wondered why in the old days women used to have a glistening facial and body complexion? They never used chemicals to treat their faces nor did they go for professional manicures yet their skins were always smooth and gleaming. Acne was not a setback as there was always a treatment. Their hairs were strong and sparkly.

Well, all this is because green tea leaves were the top secret in maintaining their good looks. The antioxidant properties contained in this type of tea makes it a good remedy for the body’s well-being both internally and externally. Whether you use it as a cleanser or facial mask, you’ll discover the hidden benefits of green tea. The following are some of the wonders that the tea can do for you. Continue Reading

Bang! All About Gunpowder Tea

It’s always good to learn about something new. Enter – Gunpowder tea.

The term “Gunpowder tea” may seem scary to say, but there’s nothing to be afraid of. A major part of the term refers to how the rolled tea leaves react to hot water when steeped or brewed. The realization of the large amount gunpowder tea benefits are growing. Due to this, it’s becoming a beverage staple in many homes around the world. Continue Reading

Secret to Good Sex: Matcha Green Tea

Matcha Green Tea Can Increase Sex Drive

Experts have long touted the benefits of green tea, and have promoted it for everything from weight loss to immune defense and fertility. Green tea is becoming quite popular, but few people are aware of the many benefits to incorporating it into your diet—and your love life. Yes, the secret to great sex lies in the popular tea, which can spice things up and keep things exciting, even in the bedroom. Continue Reading

Matcha Tea 101: Country, Quality and Questions Explained

Matcha green tea has been a popular food item for years in Asian countries such as Japan and China– but it has started to pick up in popularity in the West. Matcha differs from traditional green tea in that it consists of the actual green tea leaves pulverized into a powder.

According to a CBS news report, sales of matcha have increased by over five times in the U.S. over the past 25 years, which amounts to an enormous $10 billion in sales. Coffee is still more popular than any kind of tea..but you need to kick that habit and find out what matcha green tea is and why it’s associated health benefits are taking the world by storm.

Here is what you need to know…Matcha 101! Continue Reading