Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. It is full of healthy nutrition and antioxidants which have a powerful effect on brain and body.

Green tea is being used for healing as well as refreshing human body since ancient times. According to recent studies, it is beneficial for the brain, weight loss, heart diseases, cancer and many other diseases.

In this article, we’ll look at how to use green tea for weight loss, how and when to drink it for better results, different methods for making green tea tastier and effective, different types of green tea and some other benefits as well. Which I am sure you’ll love to know about.

Green Tea can help you lose weight

To lose weight, your body must first break the fat cells and move it into your bloodstream. Which then can be used as energy by other cells like muscle cells. Green tea contains caffeine and a type of flavonoid called catechin (antioxidant). This catechin is Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG).

The EGCG can help increase the effect of fat burning hormones, like norepinephrine (noradrenaline). EGCG help it by preventing an enzyme from breaking down norepinephrine hormone. Which results in higher number of norepinephrine and thus more fat burning.

Caffeine is also a known stimulant, which help speeding up fat burning process in the body and improve exercise performance.

In fact, Caffeine and EGCG both speed up your metabolism.

What if you took green tea before exercise

Studies have shown that taking green tea extract or drinking green tea before exercise can increase fat burning by about 17%.

That is why almost every weight loss supplement have green tea extract in its ingredients list.

According to the study of PubMed, the green tea extract consumed by men before exercise, burn fat by 17% more.

Green tea may increase your metabolic rate

Although this effect is dependent on the individuals as some show an increased metabolism rate while others not.

But many studies show that green tea extract or EGCG supplements increase the metabolism rate by 3% - 4% each day.

Is it better for reducing appetite?

Some animal studies have shown the reduction of appetite by consuming green tea extract. However this is not yet confirmed in humans. Otherwise, drinking green tea will automatically reduce your daily calories consumption by reducing appetite - desire to eat. Which will make you lose weight without any extra effort.

How much to consume for weight loss

The optimal amount of drinking green tea depends on the person’s disease. Some will get the effect by consuming one cup a day while other may need to take about 4 or 5 cups a day.

Green tea is also beneficial for lowering your disease but it may also require optimal amount to drink, and please keep in mind that it also depends on individuals, which may vary.

According to these studies, the optimal amount of green tea for any person will be from 3 to 5 cups a day.

Some of the diseases and suggested amount of green tea are as under.

It should also be kept in mind that those who drink green tea regularly are in better health state than those who don’t drink at all.

Which green tea is best for weight loss

There are two important components in green tea which help increase fat burning, metabolism and reduce your weight. Those are Caffeine and Catechin (EGCG).

So the best green tea for weight loss is the one having the most amount of these components.

There are a lot of green tea brands in the market, But I am mentioning some of the green tea brands here, which I found better for weight loss. I’ll also update the list, if I found anything better.

Please note: I am not affiliated with any of these brands

Loose Leaf Green Tea Amazon Link
Harney and Sons brand Website link
Lipton Matcha Green Tea Lipton website
Tetley Green Tea, with Lemon Amazon link

 

Personally, I’d prefer to go with the loose leaf green tea, as I love to use organic food in its purest form.

But for weight loss, the Lipton Matcha Green Tea seems to be best, as it contains “Matcha” blended into it. Which is also extracted from the same green tea plant, but it has a high level of antioxidants, and can be used without green tea. If you wish, I can write an article about its uses.

Tetley Green Tea with lemon is also a good choice, if you want to go with. It’ll give you a good taste as well as benefits of lemon with the same tea.

Personally, I use local loose leaf green tea, with separate lemon juice. i.e. one cup green tea, with half lemon juice.

How to brew green tea

Brewing green tea is simple. You just need to choose your green tea, whether it’s tea bags or loose leaf.

While brewing with the tea bags can be very easy, but to get the full experience, I recommend you use the loose leaf.

Brewing green tea using tea bags

  1. Boil water: The water should be boiled to first boil. I.e. the stage when the water begins to boil but has not begun to simmer. The temperature should be about 160ºF (71ºC).
  2. Pour the water into a cup
  3. Take out a green tea bag and add it to the boiling water
  4. Keep the green tea bag in boiling water for about 2-5 minutes.
  5. Enjoy your green tea.

There are some things you need to keep in mind while brewing your green tea.

  1. Too high temperature of water over green tea will give you bitter brew. So steep it on lower temperature.
  2. The longer the green tea bag in your cup, the bitter, the darker and the stronger will it become.
  3. Always check the green tea taste and don’t judge by its color. Sometimes, some teas give darker color but not ready yet while sometimes it becomes ready with lighter color.

Brewing green tea using loose leaf

  1. Preheat the teapot then add the brewing water
  2. Boil water but it should be boiled to first boil. I.e. the stage when the water begins to boil but has not begun to simmer. The temperature should be about 160ºF (71ºC).
  3. Add one teaspoon of loose leaf green tea per cup into your teapot
  4. Steep it for about 2 - 5 minutes. The longer it steeps, the darker and stronger it’ll become.
  5. Enjoy your green tea.

Some tips along the way

  1. Steeping time may vary based on the green tea type you use. I.e. for gunpowder tea type, the steeping time may be as little as 10 seconds for the first brew.
  2. You can reuse the same leaves but should be steep it longer than previous.
  3. Always taste the tea instead of judging on its color.

Green tea with lemon

Green tea is healthier, and to use it for weight loss, it contains the mighty catechin. But even if you drink the larger amount of catechins tea, it’ll hardly be digested in your stomach.

Studies have shown that about less than 20% of the total catechins are being digested by humans.

The lemons (or vitamin C or other citrus juice) on the other end has a strong digestive behaviour. So if you add lemon to your green tea cup, it’ll make it more tasty and healthier. Although the color of your tea might lighten a little bit.

A study by Purdue University found that adding lemon juice, vitamin C or other citrus juice help humans absorb the catechins by 13 times more than without it. (source)

Another study shows that presence of sucrose and citrus juices like lemons, grapes and orange etc. increases the catechins absorption. (source)

Adding citrus juices to your green tea might lower the risk of cancer as well. (source)

So to absorb 80+% of catechins, squeeze half a lemon (or 1 lemon) into one cup of green tea. It’ll give you very pleasant taste as well as will help digest the catechins a lot better.

Keep in mind to add the lemon juice after the tea is ready and not before brewing the tea. Otherwise, it might give you an unpleasant taste. You can also drink citrus juices separately after drinking your tea in pure form.

I personally don’t like green tea without sugar. So you can also add a little bit of sugar or honey to it before brewing, to enhance the digestion more. But it is just my opinion.

Green tea with honey

As you may know green tea has a slightly bitter taste. But it does not mean that it can not be made sweeter enough to enjoy it many times a day.

Honey is good for burning calories while mixing with green tea gives you about 17% more fat oxidation.

Honey contains many important antioxidants, including flavonoids and organic acids. Its antioxidants can reduce the blood pressure which is a major factor for heart diseases. (source)

Honey is good for reduction of bad LDL cholesterol and increases good HDL cholesterol. It is also good for wound healing, skin care, heart attacks, strokes, eye health and some types of cancers. (source 1, source 2).

So combining honey with green tea will give you the best of both. It’ll give your tea a pleasant taste with all the above benefits. You can also squeeze some lemon juice for even more healthy and tasty beverage.

When to drink green tea for weight loss

While you can drink green tea whenever you want and it’ll give you benefits, but there are some situations you want to avoid. Like...

Drinking green tea on empty stomach may raise the acidity in your stomach causing stomach pain, constipation, nausea, and may be, vomiting as well. This is because green tea is packed with tannins which can increase acidity. But this is not the case with every person. So you may try it yourself. Just stop it, when you feel something bad.

If you need to drink green tea in the morning, then first drink about 2 glasses of warm water, and after about 30 minutes, you can drink a cup of green tea.

The best time for taking green tea might be before or after meals. You can give 2 hours gap between meals and green tea.

If you are doing exercises, then take the green tea, 30 minutes before exercise. It’ll give you maximum benefits for weight loss.

You should also drink green tea, 2 hours before bedtime.

Benefits of green tea weight loss

Green tea contains a lot of different compounds, including:

It is associated with many health benefits, some of these are:

Summary

Green tea is one of the best beverages. It is healthier. It is better for the brain, heart, stomach, blood and lymphatic system as well as good for weight loss.

Although green tea helps you lose weight, but it is recommended that you also do exercises with it, and use it in conjunction with lemon and honey to strengthen the effect. Otherwise, the effect will be so modest that you may not even realize it.

The best way to lose weight is to eat least possible calories (better once a day), keep your stomach as empty as possible and do exercises to burn fat in your body. I.e. burn more calories than you eat. Green tea does not have many calories, so it’ll benefit you a lot in the process.

There are some situations which may harm you, especially if you drink too much of it. As an old saying “excess of everything is bad”. So keep this in your mind as well. I’ll write these situations and many other factors which you must want to avoid in the coming weak.

Please let me know in the comments, what you think, OR if I forgot something OR you have something more special in your mind. So it’ll make this article the ultimate guide for others.

The scientific name of Phalsa (or Falsa) is Grewia Asiatica. These are small berries that grow on trees. It grows in hot season, i.e. May or June months, which are the peaks of hot season. It is of pleasures color and taste fruit, which contains a lot of health benefits.

Phalsa is very delicate and perishable fruit, and is very difficult to transport at longer distance. That is why it is not widely available throughout the world.

In summer season, it provides you much cooling effects. Mostly, it is eaten fresh, but a syrup of it can also be prepared for longer time use.

Other uses of Phalsa

Phalsa effect is coolness, so it is beneficial for stomach inflammation, stomach ulcer, Acidity, fever and Bleeding Gums. It helps in nervousness, panic, painful urination, inflammation of the urethra, orange color urination.

Phalsa juice can help in asthma, cold and flu and all diseases of respiratory system.

It strengthens muscles and bones. It helps in producing more blood, lowering the chances of Anaemia and reduces tiredness.

Phalsa fruit will keep you younger naturally. It helps in maintaining your skin resilience and skin liquidity.

It is one of the best anti-oxidant and boosts the Immune system to fight other diseases. The patients with diabetes should not mix sugar and High Blood Pressure patients should not mix salt in Phalsa Juice.

Nutrition of Phalsa

Nutrient values per 100g of fruit:

Now, How to make Phalsa Juice

Take 250 gram Phalsa, thoroughly clean and wash it. Then grind it in 2 Glass Water. If you are not a diabetes patient then add sugar, or better use black salt. Patients of respiratory system, cold and flu should add a little bit of GINGER in it. Then grind them all, and you have your naturally healthy phalsa juice ready to drink.

To further enhance the benefits of Phalsa juice, you can add Rose Water in it. Adding Rose Water will double the benefits of Phalsa Juice.

 

If you know any other benefit of this amazing natural remedy, please let us know in the comment.

Almost everyone know that nuts are good for health. But less people know that sometimes they could turned to be very Harmful for you as well.

Eating variety of nuts provide many healthy vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates, fibers and proteins.

Let’s discuss them one by one in detail here in this article.

Nuts are a very popular food and are very healthy snack options despite of being full of fat.

Fats in nuts are monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats like omega-3 and omega-6. They also contain some saturated fats as well.

Nuts contain proteins and fibers. They can reduce your weight by increasing your metabolism rate.

Health Benefits of Nuts

Nut have a number of vitamins and minerals including magnesium and Vitamin E.

According to the meta-analysis of clinical trials published by PubMedClinical Trials and Oxford Academia Journal for Nutrition, taking nuts in diets do not affect weight gain or weight loss.

Studies have also shown that people eating nuts regularly live longer than those who don’t. This may be their ability to help prevent a number of chronic disease. [Published in PubMed 1234]

Metabolic syndromes like high cholesterol level, high blood sugar and high blood pressure risks can be reduced by eating nuts. [PubMed Research 1234]

Nuts can reduce the risk of cancer and hypertension while improve glycemic control in individuals with type 2 diabetes. [Published research in PubMed 12]

First of all, What Are Nuts?

According to the Wikipedia

“A nut is a fruit composed of an inedible hard shell and a seed, which is generally edible. In general usage, a wide variety of dried seeds are called nuts, but in a botanical context “nut” implies that the shell does not open to release the seed.”

But don’t worry, you can buy “pre-shelled” nuts from stores.

 

Now, let’s take a look at the most commonly used nuts.

Almonds

Almonds are the most popular tree nuts, having a lot of beneficial nutrients. [1]

Almonds have been found to reduce inflammation in people with type 2 diabetes. [2]

One ounce (approximately 28 grams) or small handful of almonds contains roughly:

 

Study have found that Almonds and almond-skin have beneficial effects on your intestinal microbiota profile and a modification of the intestinal bacterial activities by supporting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. [3]

Almonds can help to improve cholesterol level.

According to studies published on PubMed [4567], it can reduce LDL cholesterol and oxidized LDL cholesterol levels, as these are one of the main factor of heart diseases.

Although, almonds consumption by overweight and obese people in a restricted low-calorie diet help in weight loss also lower the blood pressure. [PubMed Research 89]

Eating one ounce (28 grams) of almonds with meal can reduce about 30% of rise in blood sugar in people with diabetes. [PubMed Research 10]

In many controlled studies almonds have shown weight loss rather than weight gain.

In one study (of 108 overweight obese women), those who consumed almonds lost nearly three times as much weight and experienced greater decrease in waist size compared to those eating no almonds. [PubMed Research 11]

Studies have shown that during digestion a portion of fat stays within the nut’s fibrous wall. That’s why despite high in calories count, your body doesn’t absorb all of them. [PubMed Research 121314]

From all these studies it is certain that almonds contain a number of important nutrients that may help reduce heart disease, diabetes risk factors and weight loss. However, despite these studies larger studies are needed to confirm these effects.

Walnuts

Walnuts are much popular nuts and are an excellent source of the omega-3, omega-6 and polyunsaturated fatty acids. [1]

They look like a brain structure.

They are Rich in antioxidants.

A one-ounce (28 grams) serving of walnuts contains roughly:

 

Number of large studies found that walnuts can significantly reduce bad cholesterol level. And helps increase the good cholesterol level. [PubMed Research 234]

Nuts can help in lowering heart disease risks also preventing stroke risk. That is because of their benefits for cholesterol levels, artery function, LDL particle size and inflammation. [PubMed Research 56789101112]

They may help to improve blood pressure and flow of blood through circulatory system. [Published in PubMed 1314]

Walnuts are also helpful in losing weight.

Walnuts helps in reducing inflammation. [PubMed Research 15]

Study shows that walnuts are very effective for improving brain. They increase a measure of cognition called “inferential reasoning”. [Published in PubMed 16]

Studies shows that walnuts may be helpful to prevent different types of cancer that includes breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer. [Published in PubMed 171819]

So it is now certain that walnuts are a great source of the omega-3 and many other nutrients. Eating walnuts may benefit your heart health and your brain.

Pistachios

Pistachios are common nuts and are high in fiber. [1]

Like almonds, pistachios may improve good cholesterol level like HDL cholesterol, also they may reduce coronary heart disease. [Published in PubMed 2]

What is coronary heart disease?

Well, according to “U.S National Heart, Lung and Blood institute” coronary heart disease (CHD) is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries. These (arteries) are responsible to supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle. [NLH 3]

Building up of plaque in arteries is called atherosclerosis and it is done over many years.

A one ounce (28 grams) pistachios contains roughly:

 

Study shows that pistachios may help to lower triglycerides in obese people. [PubMed research 45]

Pistachios may help to reduce blood sugar level rise that happens after meal. [PubMed research 6]

They are a good source of dietary fiber, which makes you feel full and satisfied for a longer period.

The fibers send signals to the brain to prevent you from overeating.

Pistachios may also be helpful in heart disease risk factors like blood pressure, oxidative status and weight.

So what is oxidative status?

Oxidative status refers to blood levels of oxidized chemicals, which can play a part in heart disease. [PubMed Research 78910]

From all these studies we can say pistachios when eaten in high quantity of more than one ounce (28 grams) per day may have beneficial effects to heart disease risk factors.

Cashews

Cashews are also in tree nut family having a good number of nutrients. [1]

They have a creamy texture that makes them a great addition to many dishes and snacks.

In, one-ounce (28 grams) of cashews contains roughly about:

 

Number of studies have discovered that diets enriched with high amount of cashews can improve symptoms of metabolic syndrome.

Now you may have a question, don’t you? What is a metabolic syndrome? Right?

Well, according to Wikipedia “Metabolic syndrome is a clustering of at least three of the five medical conditions that includes central obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high serum triglycerides and low serum HDL (High-density lipoprotein).”

It has been discovered in a study which involved 62 subjects with MS that Cashews enriched diet improved the blood pressure in people that has metabolic syndrome. [PubMed Research 2]

Studies shows that diets high in cashews may increase blood sugar in people with a metabolic syndrome. [PubMed Research 34]

Another study (of 64 volunteers) discovered that cashews increased the antioxidant potential of the diet. [PubMed Research 5]

Although, one large study (of 300 adults) observed that a diet enriched with cashews reduced blood pressure and increased levels of (good) HDL cholesterol; however, it has no significant effects on body weight or blood sugar levels. [PubMed Research 6]

From all these studies we can say that cashews contain a number of important nutrients which may improve blood lipid levels and reduce blood pressure.

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts contain a wide range of nutrients and are a great source of monounsaturated fat. [1]

Due to their high content of monounsaturated fat, many health benefits of macadamia nuts are related to heart health.

In, one-ounce (28 grams) of macadamia nuts contains roughly about:

 

It has been discovered that diet enriched with macadamia nuts produces effects similar to a heart healthy diet recommended by American Heart Association. [PubMed Research 2]

Many studies have been discovered that diets rich in macadamia nuts lower cholesterol level of both total cholesterol and (bad) LDL cholesterol in people which have high cholesterol levels. [PubMed Research 3]

They may be helpful in reducing other heart disease risk factors, including inflammation and oxidative stress. [PubMed Research 4]

In short macadamia nuts are rich in monounsaturated fat that may reduce risk factors of heart disease.

Pecans

Pecans are often served in desserts, but they are high nutritious on their own. [1]

Like other nuts pecans are also antioxidant.

In, one-ounce (28 grams) of pecans contains roughly about:

 

Studies have shown that in people with normal cholesterol levels pecans can lower (bad) LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol. [23]

In one study of four-week long, people who ate pecans as 20% of their daily calories intake showed that antioxidant profiles in their blood improved.

Pecans may help to prevent skin damaging by removing toxins and waste from your body.

Pecans helps improve brain function. They are also known as brain food.

In, short we can say that as pecans contains a variety of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants so it may help lower the (bad) LDL cholesterol.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are also from tree nuts family they are originated from a tree in the Amazon and are an amazingly rich source of selenium. [1]

Selenium is a mineral and antioxidant needed for a healthy immune system. It helps to prevent our nerves and cells from damage.

Although it is used for a number of bodily functions, you only need to obtain small amounts of it through your diet.

In, one-ounce (28 grams) of Brazil nuts contains roughly about:

 

A one-ounce serving of Brazil nuts will provide more than 100% of the RDI for selenium.

Selenium deficiency is rare and usually occurs in certain disease states.

Like for example, one study discovered that people undergoing hemodialysis for kidney disease were selenium deficient. When these affected people ate just one Brazil nut daily for three months, their blood selenium levels returned to normal, and improved their antioxidant status. [PubMed Research 2]

As these nuts are rich with selenium it helps in improving your mood related disorders which includes anxiety, fatigue, and depression. [PubMed Research 3]

But don’t take too many Brazil Nuts, or take it while eating selenium supplement as it will lead to selenosis. A condition in which hair loss, nail loss and skin loss occurs. So best not to take too many.

Brazil nuts can also be helpful in reducing cholesterol levels. They may also helpful in reducing oxidative stress and improve the function of blood vessels in obese teenagers. [PubMed Research 45]

Brazil nuts may reduce inflammation both in healthy people and those undergoing hemodialysis and can also increase antioxidant defenses in hemodialysis patients. [PubMed Research 67]

From all these studies it is clear that Brazil nuts are rich with selenium which helps to improve mood, protects nerves and cells, reducing oxidative stress and improving function of blood vessels and reducing inflammation.

Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts have a distinctive flavor which makes them a favorite in sweet foods.

They are also tree nuts.

Hazelnuts are incredibly nutritious. [1]

Like many other nuts, hazelnuts have also very beneficial effects on heart disease risk factors.

In, one-ounce (28 grams) of Hazelnuts contains roughly about:

 

One study discovered that a hazelnut enriched diet reduced total cholesterol, (bad) LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and high density lipoprotein cholesterol compared with none hazelnuts enriched diet. [PubMed Research 2]

Hazelnuts enriched diets also improved blood vessel function, and it lowered markers of inflammation. [PubMed Research 3]

Other study (of 15 volunteer men) on hazelnuts enriched diet shown that it can improve cholesterol levels and increase the amount of vitamin E in the blood. [PubMed Research 45]

Hazelnuts can help in managing diabetes. As, they are rich with magnesium which helps in decreasing risk for diabetes. [PubMed Research 6]

Studies shows that Hazelnuts can improve memory, hinder anxiety, and healthy aging. In, older adults it improves slow brain related degenerative. [PubMed Research 78]

So from all these studies it is clear that Hazelnuts can help to prevent heart related risks, improving brain, lowering bad cholesterol levels, lowering marker of inflammation, increases amount of vitamin E in blood and decreasing risk for diabetes.

Peanuts

Eating peanuts is an excellent way to boost the amount of protein in your diet. Peanuts are easily and widely available and provide several essential nutrients.

Unlike other nuts, peanuts are not tree nuts, but belong to the legume family.

Legume means they belong to a group of foods from a specific plant family, they grow under the soil. Most people consider them as nuts.

However, they have similar nutrient profiles and health benefits as of tree nuts. [1]

Peanuts contain a range of polyphenols, flavonoids, antioxidants and amino acids.

In, one-ounce (28 grams) of dry-roasted peanuts contains roughly about:

 

A study of a huge amount of participants over 120,000 people found that higher amount of peanut intake was associated with lowered death rates. [PubMed Research 2]

Like other nuts peanuts may also improve heart disease risk factors. [PubMed Research 3]

Peanuts also helps in lowering rate of type 2 diabetes. For example, a study found that women who ate peanut butter more than five times a week had lower rates of type 2 diabetes. [PubMed Research 4]

Like other nuts peanuts also help in maintaining weight rather than gain it. Study shows that it helps in weight loss and reduce the risk of obesity. [PubMed Research 5678]

Eating Peanuts may help prevent or cut the risk of gallstone disease. [PubMed Research 910]

As peanuts have cholesterol lowering effects that is why they are much useful for gallstones, as gallstones are mostly made of cholesterol. [PubMed Research 11]

Despite their many benefits peanuts are also allergen. Peanut allergies sometimes may be severe or even life-threatening, that is why they are sometimes considered as severe allergen. [PubMed Research 12]

Peanuts may be helpful in lowering asthma and allergic disease rates in children of mothers who ate peanuts once or more per week during the pregnancy. [PubMed Research 13]

From all these studies it is clear that peanuts can lower death rates, improves heart disease risk factor, lowering rate of type 2 diabetes, weight loss, lowering asthma, and preventing gallstone disease risks.

When to see a doctor?

In most cases, nuts are safe and healthful addition to the diet. But they should be taken in balanced as nuts are calorie dense.

Anyone experiences digestive problems from eating nuts may want to see a doctor. They may be intolerance or be sensitive to specific components of nuts.

Nuts are common allergen and it is possible for people develop an allergy while eating nuts that they did not have before. Severe nut allergies can sometimes be fatal.

Anyone having an allergic reaction such as itching in the throat or face or swelling, should stop eating nuts and get urgent medical care.

 

Is there anything left, OR do you want to add/remove something OR do you like/dislike it? Please let me know in the comments