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I’m sure I can speak for most people, that we want to sustain a healthy life so that we have the ability to live up to a ripe old age. One such sore subject we never like dealing with is weight loss. It’s the type of thing that we can turn on like a light switch, and on the opposite end, turn it off. But not exactly to our own free will. Weight loss and exercise was something I have always wanted to pursue and keep doing, but what are the right things for a man my age that I can easily do. I’ve decided to give the Green Tea diet a check for thirty days and see what all the buzz is about. I’ve heard so much good things, and doctors and scientists believe this herb has many positive elements that can help me curb my appetite, lower my blood pressure, and feel young.

Just an overview on what I have to deal with. First of all, I’m about 40 lbs over weight, I don’t have the best metabolism but I do live an active lifestyle full of sports. Secondly, I have inherited hypertension, it is in both my father’s side of the family and my mother’s, it’s inescapable! That is the overall realization I’m faced with, a foundation for my study. Let’s see what some of the results come out to be.

I dove head first into this diet to achieve one thing, not to lose the weight, but to see what it does to my blood pressure without depending on blood pressure medication. I’ll still eat my three square meals a day and use the green tea solution as my snack in between meals. Because believe me, I love my in-between snacks, and who doesn’t? So in the beginning of March, I took my last blood pressure pill, and bombs away!

After drinking green tea for the first week, I’ve noticed a drop in my blood pressure readings close to what they were when I took blood pressure pills. I was shocked because I didn’t think there was something that could have dropped it like that. I’ve also noticed a less desire to eat when I drink the tea, I don’t know where it comes from, but it could be a result on filling up on fluids. After another couple weeks, my blood pressure has held steady, so I know it is doing its thing. And after the final days, still no spike in the readings, so I was hooked. In the thirty days, I have also lost seven pounds, very nice! It seemed to me the urban legend was the truth! The one negative, green tea is not the most tastiest of teas, it kind of has that hint of grassy seaweed taste, but you get used to it.

In addition, from what I understand, green tea has antioxidants to prevent sickness, make our skin feel smooth, and protect our memory. But by seeing the short term effects, I can say that I will make green tea a regular staple in my diet. I would not recommend green tea pills as they have caffeine in there, don’t want to be up into the wee hours of the morning! All in all, my thirty day test has proven that green tea has great positive properties that just can’t be ignored. Let’s see what other effects it has six months from now!

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Source by Shaun Patrick Davidson

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Green smoothies, while consumed by thousands of individuals daily, are not in the mainstream of conversation these days. Of course, if you are part of the exploding health and fitness culture that has a world wide audience, you are most likely already familiar with the movement that embraces green smoothies and their legendary benefits.

The basic information is that green smoothies, like most smoothies, are beverages that are blended to combine fresh or frozen fruit and leafy greens like collard greens, spinach, mustard, and several other lesser known leafy edible greens. One must also add more common vegetables such as carrots and broccoli and even mushrooms, although not necessarily a green or a vegetable.

The idea of green smoothies is that they are filled to the brim with nutrients that work best when they are combined in the raw state. And when blended with other nutritional goodies, these smoothies are nothing less than habit forming. Any parent who has to beg or bribe their kids to eat their spinach and kale, will begin to understand how much of a difference a tasty mouthful of green smoothie can make.

Green smoothies have been found to be very economical and easy to make. Plus since they are fast and tasty and have a rather cool appearance, the challenge of making your family green smoothie fans is definitely simple, after the first blender full of the stuff green smoothies are made of.

Here’s a quick recipe:

1. Start by making sure you have a heavy duty or commercial grade blender. This is not mandatory at first as any blender will do to get started. However, once you realize that everyone will want green smoothies every day, the wear and tear on a non-commercial blender will definitely shorten its life span.

2. Add kale, collard, mustard, turnip and spinach greens. Top these off with bananas or peaches or strawberries or cherries, or feel free to blend all of them into your smoothie. You won’t want to, or need to add sugar or any sweetener so be sure to find your choice of naturally sweet fruits to add to the mix for the best tasting results.

3. Add enough fresh water up to the half way point in your blender. add ice cubes up to the top. Then close the lid and spin until the mix is completely blended. Check during the cycle for the smoothie consistency you prefer. Lots of us like them smooth and thick, however, others prefer thinner mixtures. Just be sure to check for your desired level of thickness.

4. Pour and enjoy and try not to smack your lips.

Many of us are not on diets nor do we plan to be, however, if you are interested in being both healthy and thinner, a green smoothie, that takes less than 5 minutes to blend, can help you drop weight and bad habits. Most individuals will drink a smoothie 2 or 3 times a day, which seems to be the optimum way to start.

The bottom line for potential green smoothie addicts is to jump into the habit at whatever level your interest. These are not only great looking drinks but they are loaded with the type of leafy greens that nature fills with antioxidants and vitamins. What a novel idea, enjoy a delicious drink and get a full feeling in the process because of the fiber. And you can end up 10 or so pounds lighter every 30 days.

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Source by Antoinette Beppu

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