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The Real Reason Green Tea Might Make You Nauseated – Mashed

Posted: January 22, 2022 at 1:46 am

Health benefits aside, green tea can make some feel queasy after consumption. Dr. Jerry Bailey, a certified nutritionist and functional medicine physician, told Medical News Today that gastrointestinal issues are some of the most common side effects of drinking the tea. Nausea, being the biggest complaint, can kick in right after drinking a cup, especially if consumed on an empty stomach. Dr. Bailey shares that the tannins are to blame.

Tannins are a double-edged sword because they can help improve your health, yet a concentrated amount can cause unwanted ailments. "If green tea is brewed too strongly or consumed on an empty stomach, these tannins increase dramatically, which in turn, increases the amount of acid production in your stomach," Dr. Bailey explained. A spike in excess acid can result in a range of digestive issues including stomach irritation, constipation, acid reflux, and nausea.

Luckily, Dr. Bailey reports that there are ways around this.

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The Most Popular Types Of Oranges Ranked – Tasting Table

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There is nothing more refreshing than a juicy orange. Whether it's that first sip of freshly squeezed orange juice served with your scrambled eggs and bacon at breakfast or that peeled slice you're enjoying as a midday, post-workout snack, oranges quench your thirst no matter the occasion. Oranges are also incredibly versatile: Not only can they be eaten as a snack or enjoyed as a juice, but they can be used in a variety of different recipes to add some extra tanginess to your dishes. Plus, they are packed with all the good things for you, like vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber, which Medical News Daily sayscan help keep your heart healthy.

But not all oranges are the same. There are many varieties of oranges that come in different sizes and shapes, each with their own unique tastes and uses. Some are better for juicing than others, while a few shouldn't be eaten at all, instead only used for their fragrant aroma. While you may think you know most of the oranges on the market, you might be surprised there are still a few a little less known. We broke down the most popular types of oranges and ranked the nine best to help make your trip to the produce aisle all the easier.

If you're at the grocery store and reach for a big ol' orange, chances are you're grabbing a navel. This big boy is one of the most popular types of oranges around and gets its name from its navel-like shape (check out the opposite end of the stem and you'll see what looks like a belly button), something that is created by a genetic mutation, which Citrus.comsaysgoesall the way back to the 1800s.

Navel oranges can be pretty hit or miss when it comes to juiciness, so they might not always be ideal for juicing. Another thing to note is its juice can become bitter quickly,so if you find a juicy navel and are using it for juice, it's best to drink it right away (via Los Angeles Times). Due to its size and being seedless, a navel orange is great for snacking with its sweet but slightly tangy taste that won't disappoint. Plus with such a thick skin, it makes for easy peeling (and won't get offended when you poke fun of its innie).

While the name might not sound all that appealing (or something straight out of an horror flick), blood oranges are pretty popular and for good reason. With a combination of the pomelo (the biggest citrus fruit around) and the tangerine (more on this guy later), you'll be able to spot a blood orange easily once you slice it open (via P Magazine). Its gorgeous ruby flesh and equally red juice come from anthocyanins, which Heal With Foodsaysare flavonoid pigments found in certain fruits and vegetables.Blood oranges are tart and sweet, and also very juicy so keep a napkin handy when you eat one. While great on its own (and oh so refreshing) blood orange is also a perfect addition to any savory or sweet recipe and a stand-out garnish. Blood Orange Hot Toddy, anyone?

This orange is no doubt a stunner and incredibly tasty, but it also helps keep you healthy. WebMDexplainsit's rich in vitamin C (like most citrus), but it also boosts the ability to help reduce the risk of a stroke thanks to being high in those flavonoids mentioned above, which provide anti-inflammatory benefits. This ruby red orange is more than just a pretty flesh after all.

The cara cara orange is large like a navel orange and has a pinker flesh similar to a blood orange, making it the best of both worlds. It's a decent-sized orange that's relatively juicy, making it one worth enjoying on its own. The cara cara orange gets that pretty pink flesh from the antioxidant called lycopene, sharesSunkist, which not only looks good but has some serious health benefits too. This antioxidantcan help reduce your stress levels while protecting you from some toxins found in our everyday environment (via Healthline).

When you peel this orange and bite into its pink flesh, you'll notice it's much sweeter than some of the other varieties on this list, making it one of the most popular types of oranges. You'll also notice that a cara cara has a lower acidity level, according toThe Fruit Guys. No sharp or sour bite here. Instead, you may pick up hints of berries or cherries when you're eating this citrus, makingit one big fruity concoction in your mouth.

Don't let the size of a mandarin fool you it may be small, but its taste (and health benefits) are mighty. These little ones are believed to have originally come from China, which is how they got their nameaccording to the Produce Blue Book. Mandarins have an semi-oblong shape rather than being round like some of the other, larger varieties of oranges. TheProduce for Better Health Foundationsaysmandarin oranges have more copper than some other fruits (whichcan help prevent tissue damage and is good for both your immune system and heart, reportsVeryWell Health) and has a flavor that won't let you down. Mandarins are sweet and pretty easy to peel thanks to their loose skin.

While mandarin oranges may be too tiny to be worth juicing, these little guys are the perfect on-the-go snack with the small shape that fits in your hand. Mandarins can also be used in fresh winter salads (they sit pretty on top of any greenery) and many different kinds of desserts (think: cakes and curds) for the ultimate citrus treat.

In the same family as a mandarin, atangerine is a bright shade of orange on the outside with a darker orange flesh on the inside. It is on the smaller side (but not as small as a mandarin) and very easy to peel due to its soft skin. As for the taste, expect a bitmore tart to the bite with some tanginess, according to the experts at S & J Mandarin Grove. But don't worry, it is still sweet enough to enjoy as a snack ... just watch out for seeds.

As most of the oranges on this list, tangerines are packed with lots of the good stuff that can help keep you looking and feeling your best.WebMDreportstangerines have a ton of vitamin C which can help boost collagen in the skin for that healthy, "youthful" glow. While also boosting antioxidants, Healthline statestangerines are full of both potassium and B complex vitamins, can help regulate blood pressure, and help with brain function and digestion.

As another citrus that is also part of the mandarin family, there's a reason why clementines sometimes go by the product name Cuties or Halos. These miniature, oval-shaped babies are adorable and seem sent from the heavens as one of the sweetest citrus fruits around. The skin is smoother than most other citrus and shinier, which helps make it all the easier to peel. And since clementines are so easy to peel, small, and sweet, they are a super popular type of orangeswith the kiddos, making them a win for parents.

But kids aren't the only ones reaping the benefits when eating clementines; these small oranges help promote a healthy diet for kids and adults alike. They arelow in carbohydrates, according to EatingWell, and (of course) packed with vitamin C and antioxidants like other citrus to keep you healthy. Something else adults might like: Spiced Clementine Sours your winter cocktail hour just got a whole lot better.

Bergamot oranges don't look like your average orange. In fact, they really don't even look like an orange at all! This medium-sized citrus sports a yellow or green exterior, looking more like an oddly shaped, oversized lemon or lime. Another big difference between bergamots and other varieties of oranges? The Farmers' Almanacstates they are not usually eaten fresh. That's right this type of orange is super sour and not one you'll likely crave when wanting a glass of OJ or morning snack.

But it's not the flesh or the juice that makes this orange sought after, it's the fragrant peel.If you're an Earl Grey drinker, you probably know what we mean.The Farmers' Almanac explains the peel is one of the key ingredients that gives this tea its unique sip. Bergamot peels are also used in many perfumes and candles, providing a lovely hint of floral and citrus. While bergamot provides a nice aroma, it also offers some health benefits too: the essential oils from the rinds can help kick stress and anxiety, saysVeryWell Mind.

If you're in the mood for the best freshly squeezed orange juice, a valencia orange is just what you need. Named after Valencia, Spain, this orange is usually round and large in size with bright orange skin and incredibly juicy flesh (which is why it's a must for juicing). Hale Grovesshares that, unlike navel oranges, the flesh of a valencia does not have that pesky limonin compound that makes juice become bitter in a short period of time, so you don't have to worry about it losing its sweetness. But juicing this orange isn't the only way to enjoy it. Eat valencia oranges on their own or in any recipe of your choosing that could benefit from a bit of sunshine, raw or cooked.

While most of the other oranges are harvested in the winter, valencia oranges are harvested in the summer months, according to Gardening Know How, so be sure to plan around their schedule when you grow a hankering for their juicy sweetness.

Weighing in as our least common orange, a seville orange may look pretty average in size and color, but it's anything like the others. AsCitrus Variety Collectioncalls itthe "sour orange," sevilles aren't necessarily one of the most popular types of orangessince they are very tart, acidic, and well, downright bitter (viaSpecialty Produce).Not necessarily the tasting notes you think of when it comes to a juicy orange.

But not all is lost on the seville orange by any means! Instead of eating it raw, Specialty Produce suggests this orange is the perfect choice for creating orange marmalade. If homemade jam isn't really your thing, seville oranges can be used in many other dishes, too. Just be sure to stick to using the citrus in a cooked application, rather than anything raw (remember its apt nickname). When cooking with this citrus, don't forget about using the peel too as it makes for delicious candied-orange sweetsor a zesty garnish.

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The Health Benefits of Tea for Longevity – Livestrong

Posted: January 7, 2022 at 1:50 am

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Drinking tea daily is linked with benefits for your heart, brain and bones that can keep you healthier, longer.

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Everyone's familiar with the myth of the fountain of youth. Legend has it that if you drank from the magical spring's waters, you would remain eternally young.

While no mystical spring exists to extend your youth (drat!), there is some truth to the fairytale: Drinking water and staying hydrated is important for a healthy body inside and out especially as you age.

But H2O isn't the only beverage with big benefits for aging. There's another hydrating drink that adds amazing antioxidants to the mix, multiplying water's benefits: We're talking about tea, people!

Yep, drinking tea daily is associated with having many healthy years ahead. Just ask the tea-sipping adults in the Blue Zones, regions of the world with the longest lifespans and lowest rates of chronic disease, who make teatime a regular part of their day.

In fact, a December 2020 study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that habitual tea drinkers who enjoyed three or more cups a week had a lower risk of heart disease and death (more on this later).

Here, we spill the tea on this healthy beverage's benefits for longevity.

True Teas vs. Herbal Teas

First things first: With so many tea varieties, it can be confusing to suss out which to sip strategically for healthy aging. To simplify, the main difference lies between true teas and herbal teas.

"True" teas black, green, oolong, pu-erh and white are all processed from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, says Katrina Hartog, MPH, RD, CDN, director of clinical nutrition at Mount Sinai Health System.

While the type of tea produced depends on different leaf harvesting and processing techniques, all true teas have certain key components in common that provide medicinal properties, including disease-fighting antioxidants and caffeine, Hartog says.

On the other hand, herbal teas come from the roots, leaves, flowers, herbs, spices, fruit, seeds or dried herbs of other plants, Hartog says. Herbal teas do not contain any caffeine, and the polyphenol content is highly variable depending on the plant origin, she adds.

Because the majority of the health benefits of tea hinge on antioxidants and caffeine, this article will focus on the perks of true teas unless otherwise specified.

True teas tout a ton of health benefits linked with a lengthier lifespan. Here are the highlights:

Teas are abundant in antioxidants, powerful plant compounds including polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins that counteract oxidation.

"Oxidation is a process that produces unstable chemicals, known as free radicals, which cause damage to various cell structures," says Amanda Holtzer, RD. Oxidative stress can also contribute to chronic inflammation, which plays a role in the development of diseases like cancer.

"As the name implies, antioxidants serve to battle, counter and prevent that process, thereby fighting against bodily damage and breakdown," Holtzer explains.

She says regular tea drinking ups the level of antioxidants in your blood, giving them a better shot at reducing oxidative damage and inflammation that contributes to chronic disease.

While research focusing on tea and cancer prevention is inconsistent (often limited by study methods and designs), there still may be a real connection between sipping tea and a lower risk for certain types of cancers, Hartog says.

Case in point: A large November 2020 meta-analysis in Advances in Nutrition found that drinking tea was tied to lower rates of 11 types of cancer, with the strongest evidence surrounding oral cancer.

Likewise, people who regularly drink tea black tea or green tea appear to have lower odds of developing ovarian cancer compared to non-tea drinkers, according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Theoretically, the anti-inflammatory antioxidant compounds found in tea may help suppress the growth of cancer cells, Hartog says. But more studies are needed to understand the correlation.

A large, May 2017 study in Heart found that drinking tea daily was associated with a reduced risk of ischemic heart disease (heart issues caused by narrowed arteries).

Similarly, a March 2013 study in the Annals of Epidemiology demonstrated that people who drank four or more cups of black tea had a lower chance of stroke. And a May 2013 study in Stroke noted similar findings for green tea.

Tea's polyphenols may safeguard the inner lining (or endothelium) of the heart and blood vessels, therefore preserving both their structure and function, Holtzer says.

Antioxidants like flavonoids can also assist with improving cholesterol levels, Holtzer says. Specifically, quercetin has been linked with increased HDL or "good" cholesterol and lower triglycerides, she says.

L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea, may be good news for your brain.

Regular tea drinkers have lower rates of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, according to a May 2018 study in Nutrients, possibly because of that l-theanine, per PennMedicine.

And an October 2017 review in Phytomedicine linked the combo of caffeine and l-theanine in green tea to improvements in anxiety, memory and attention.

The caffeine in tea also helps to improve alertness and attention, even in people without sufficient sleep, per the NLM.

While osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle, becomes more common with age, drinking tea may help mitigate your risks.

A November 2018 study in Osteoporosis International found that drinking tea was associated with higher bone mineral density scores in people assigned female at birth, but not in those assigned male at birth.

What's more, older black tea drinkers also seem to have a lower rate of hip fracture, per the NLM.

Drinking tea may be beneficial for your overall sense of wellbeing and health-related quality of life (HRQOL), which is defined as a person's perception of their mental and physical health over time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That's what a May 2017 study in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging found. Older adults who were habitual tea drinks had a better HRQOL, as measured by fewer reported problems with mobility, pain/discomfort and anxiety/depression. The authors also noted that this association was stronger for black and oolong teas compared to green tea.

Do Herbal Teas Have Benefits for Longevity?

Its hard to say. There are too few studies observing effects of herbal tea consumption and health effects to draw any conclusions, Hartog says.

Still, you shouldnt rule out the possible plusses of drinking herbal tea, Holtzer says. For example, certain herbal teas (like mint tea) can help alleviate digestive difficulties, such as gas, bloating and stomach cramps, while others (like chamomile, lavender and valerian root teas) can be soothing and help you catch some shut-eye, she says.

Try these tips to make cup of your tea an even more powerful longevity elixir.

"Make tea consumption a consistent part of your life," Holtzer says. This will ensure you're getting a steady stream of antioxidants.

And frequency is important. The authors of the same European Journal of Preventive Cardiology noted that the body doesn't store polyphenols long-term, so drinking tea daily may be necessary to enjoy its effects.

Limit added sugar and pre-sweetened teas, as these add non-nutritive calories to your diet, Hartog says.

Holtzer agrees: "If you're a consistent multiple-cups-a-day tea drinker, I would work on slowly reducing the sugar that you add."

Think of it like this: "If you're adding one teaspoon per cup, and having three cups a day, that's about 12 grams of sugar per day, just from your tea alone," she says.

For extra flavor, add lemon slices or a cinnamon stick instead, Holtzer recommends.

"Avoid adding milk, as studies demonstrate this can reduce tea's antioxidant capacity," Hartog says. That's because "flavonoids are known to 'deactivate' when binding to proteins," she explains.

If you're not a tea drinker, you can still sneak it into other dishes and reap the health benefits. Here's how: Swap out water for tea when making beans or grains like oatmeal, use dried tea as a rub for meat or try brewed tea as a marinade for chicken, Hartog says.

Ever heard the saying too much of a good thing? Well, it applies to tea, too.

"Too much tea drinking can lead to caffeine overload and may cause sleep disturbances or gastrointestinal issues," Hartog says.

Stick to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day, tops, she says. For reference, true teas from the Camellia sinensis plant contain approximately 50 milligrams of caffeine per cup.

Certain components in tea may raise concerns for people on some medications. For example, green tea contains vitamin K (which helps your blood clot), so if you're taking blood thinners, talk to your doctor before drinking it, Hartog says.

"Tannins [a type of polyphenol compound] found in tea can reduce iron bioavailability and absorption," Hartog says. Your body needs iron for many essential functions, so to avoid this problem, simply sip separately from a meal, she says. If caffeine upsets your empty stomach, try drinking your tea shortly after a meal instead.

"Start a bedtime routine that includes chamomile tea," Holtzer says. "Its sedative effects will help you to relax, unwind and fall asleep faster."

Remember, herbal teas are caffeine-free, so they won't keep you awake.

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Add these 5 healthy beverages to your new year resolution & see the change | FNB News –

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New Year brings the drive to be a better version of ourselves in every aspect and the first resolution we take towards it is about being fit and following a healthy eating habit. Although with New Year celebrations and winter festivities we give into our never-ending craving for the warm cup of drink that can refresh us and soothe our soul. But we can indulge in a tasty cup of a treat without breaking our resolution and staying healthy. Adding a cup of tea will do the trick and we can enjoy every moment without the guilt trip. Tea is the oldest and most craved drink which gives our mood an upswing. No matter how we make it, black, green, infused, or just the plain good old masala tea, this cup will always tingle our taste buds and fill us with joy. A drink that originated in Asia is now ruling the world with full glory. Not just because of the taste but due to its health benefits. Tea is a rich source of flavonoids and bioactive compounds which can lessen stress and relieve inflammation. All these qualities make the humble tea most favourite drink globally. Lets start the New Year with the taste of good health and guilt-free refreshment. Here are the 5 healthy beverages you can add to your New Year's resolution and see the change.

Lemongrass Masala Chai CTC Tea is a blend of warm spices with fresh lemongrass, perfect for a cold winter evening. You can enjoy its light, lemony, sweet, and refreshing flavours all in one cup of tea. The Tulsi lemongrass tea is preferred for its refreshing taste and aroma. All you need to do is just add warm water and sugar/honey to taste and this soothing herb tea relaxes and refreshes your body with all-natural flavours. The Tea Planet ensures best quality green tea straight from the tea estates. Delicate and refreshing infusion of flavours can also be tried with ice. The pack is available in four different size variants varying with the price.

Vahdam India redefines the way you experience your everyday tea. You cannot resist trying out these traditional teas in different ranges of flavours like Himalayan green tea, Turmeric spiced herbal tea tisane, Mint Melody green tea, Tangy Tamarind Iced Tea & many more. Handpicked in India, their tea is made from the freshest and the best quality ingredients with climate and plastic neutrality. It also offers a latte with spiced flavours and fresh vegetal notes to sail through the day with their wide range of Turmeric Latte. To relish a creamy sweet cup of natural goodness simply add these to your preferred variant nut milk or low-fat dairy milk.

As the world comes to acknowledge the plethora of benefits that green tea is more than just a hydrating beverage, Society Green Tea brings to you the very best of this miracle potion. Naturally low in calories and containing less caffeine than black tea and coffee, green tea has the highest concentration of antioxidants. Society Green Tea promotes health and well-being and is sure to make you feel great. Based in Maharashtra, Society Green Tea has become a dominant force with presence in other states such as Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Chennai, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi.

Made from dried fruits, flowers, spices or herbs, herbal teas come in a wide range of flavours along with several health properties. Depending on herbal blend Exotic Blooming Teas offers three varieties of herbal teas in flavour of rose, Chamomile and hibiscus with availability in three size variants with features of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. As the world is moving towards a healthy regime, Exotic Blooming Teas manufacture luxury leaf teas.

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7 effective tips to naturally detox your body | Loop St. Lucia – Loop News St. Lucia

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Most people desire a healthy mind, a fit body, and soft, supple skin. However, in order to achieve these results, a disciplined workout regimen must be combined with a nutritionally balanced diet.

But, before doing any of these things, it is critical to detox the body with a proper cleansing process in order to release harmful toxins from the body. A few minor lifestyle changes can help you a lot if you want to detox your body naturally.

With these 7 tips, you can naturally detox your body:

A glass of warm water with a freshly squeezed lemon is a magical combination that can flush toxins from the body. Mix in some grated ginger for a more potent detox. The combination of lemon and ginger improves digestion and metabolism. Preparing this drink is a quick and easy task that will only take about 2-3 minutes. Consume it on an empty stomach to ensure an effective body detox. This is one of the most effective natural detoxification remedies.

Green tea has powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants aid the body in combating "free radicals," which are dangerous compounds produced by toxic influences in the body. According to one study, smokers who drank green tea every day for four months had a 31% reduction in DNA damage caused by smoking toxins. Some experts recommend drinking 3-6 cups of green tea per day for several weeks to perform a thorough green tea detox.

Fasting, along with adequate hydration, helps clean out your vital organs, including your liver, in addition to preventing harmful food chemicals from entering your body. According to some studies, fasting (for about 58 hours) can help increase antioxidants and have anti-ageing effects. Keep your fast between one and three days for detox purposes.

Water does more than just quench our thirst. Water lubricates our joints, boosts our energy, reduces hunger, and, yes, is required for optimal detoxification, particularly through our kidneys, skin, and bowels. Adequate hydration has been linked to a lower risk of many diseases. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of clear fluids each day, or until your urine is very pale in colour.

Regular physical activity benefits the mind and body in so many ways. Exercise improves the efficiency of your lungs, heart, and physiological systems, which aids your body's natural defences in combating dangerous toxins that have infiltrated your body.

These "good" bacteria provide numerous benefits to gut function, which is an important aspect of immune system boosting. According to one study published in the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, probiotics can bind to heavy metals found in food such as cadmium and lead. This makes it easier for your body to eliminate them.

One of the most severe consequences of contaminant damage is liver toxicity. That is why detoxification treatments that target the liver are so important. Milk thistle, an over-the-counter herb, has shown liver detox effects in studies, including one that discovered milk thistle's ability to help protect against liver damage caused by medications, alcohol, and other toxin-induced harm.

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Want to lose your holiday weight? 5 Teas that will help with weight management & aid weight loss – PINKVILLA

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There is no magic bullet when it comes to weight loss, but drinking tea may help support you on your weight loss journey. Drinking tea is associated with all sorts of health benefits, including a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes. And as part of a well-rounded diet, tea may also help you lose body fat and maintain a healthy weight. Here are 5 types of teas that will promote weight loss.

Green Tea

Green tea may help increase fat oxidation, meaning it helps turn fat into energy, which can help promote weight loss. This is because green tea is packed with antioxidants called catechins, including one known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been shown to increase fat burning, particularly during exercise.

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Oolong Tea

Like green tea, oolong tea is thought to enhance weight loss by improving the way your body metabolises fat. Oolong tea has a fruity or floral taste, and because of its caffeine content, is best consumed earlier in the day.

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Black Tea

Like green tea and white tea, black tea is also made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which contains antioxidant properties. And like green tea, the polyphenols present in black tea may help promote weight loss by reducing calorie intake and stimulating fat breakdown.

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White Tea

Research indicates that white tea has similar antioxidants to green tea, which may promote weight loss by boosting fat burning. White tea extract solution contains polyphenols that help increase the breakdown of fat cells.

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Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is a type of herbal tea made from the flowering hibiscus plant. More research is needed to determine how effective it is for weight loss, but some studies indicate hibiscus tea may protect against obesity. Hibiscus tea is an herbal tea that does not contain caffeine, so it can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

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When the weather outside is cold and gray the there's hardly anything more comforting than a warm cup of tea. Whether you like to cozy up with the robust, citrusy tones of an Earl Grey, the sweet, floral aroma of jasmine tea or whatever your favorite brew is there's just something about sipping tea that feeds the soul. (Unless you're more of a coffee or cocoa person.)

While some of us find tea soothingly tasty, you may just drink tea simply for your own well-being. Many types of teas have been hyped up for specific health-boosting properties like: some supposedly speed up weight loss or help to prevent heart disease, while others decrease blood pressure. That's why there are tea advocates that suggest incorporating certain teas into your diet to meet your health goals.

But, what exactly makes each tea so unique and how many of these health claims are actually true? To answer these questions, we've talked to experts and dug into the research to find out.

Despite all of the varieties of tea you might see at your local cafe, all "true" teas meaning the ones that aren't considered "herbal" like chamomile or hibiscus are derived from the same shrub that's grown all over the world: the camellia sinensis plant a.k.a. the tea camellia tree.

So, "there isn't a white tea plant or a green tea plant," says Leah Boalt Richardson, the director of World Tea Academy and the author of Modern Tea: A Fresh Look at an Ancient Beverage. Instead, what gives each type of true tea their distinct color and flavor is the manufacturing process, which includes:

Each part of the process not only influences the look and taste of the tea, they illicit certain chemical reactions that change the micronutrients within the leaves, according to Richardson.

Just to be clear: "Tea is food, not medicine," says Richardson. In other words, it has not been proven that tea can cure or heal any disease or ailment. Nor is there any solid evidence of tea being able to speed up your weight loss journey, she adds. So don't bother shelling any cash on those so-called "fat-busting" detox teas.

But, tea does contain nutrients that researchers say may support a healthy diet. For example, tea contains:

Again, drinking a lot of tea probably isn't going to lead to health miracles, but Richardson finds that the greatest benefit of drinking hot tea is how it encourages you to slow down during the day and practice mindfulness.

"Just sitting quietly, drinking a cup of tea will give you that mind-body-soul connection," she says. "Stepping aside and giving yourself ten minutes in the middle of the day can rejuvenate your mind."

All teas are "healthy" teas, says Richardson there's no type that's better than the other. But, to give you an idea of how they differ, here are the six types of true teas and what makes them taste and look so unique:

Green tea leaves are picked from the camellia sinensis plant then are sometimes withered a bit but are always cooked (either pan-fired or steamed) to prevent as much oxidization as possible, says Richardson. Stopping the oxidation process in its tracks helps to preserve their rich green color and the grassier taste. Because the green tea leaves aren't as processed as other darker teas, they tend to have higher levels of catechin, one of those polyphenols that fights off those pesky free radicals.

Flavor: grassy, vegetal, herbaceous

Examples of green tea: Jasmine, Matcha, Genmaicha, Hojicha

To make white tea, harvesters need to snatch the leaves when they are very young (even younger than green leaf harvests). When the leaves are merely buds, they are usually covered in "white downy fuzz", according to Richardson, which is where the "white" name comes from. Once they are plucked they are dried to minimize oxidation. Like green tea, the white variety tends to have higher levels of catechin since it is the least processed, according to researchers.

Flavor: subtlety sweet, fruity, floral, mildly grassy

Examples of white tea: White Peony, Silver Needle, Shou Mei

What makes black tea black is the oxidation process. When the leaves are rolled then exposed to oxygen-rich air, they begin to produce theaflavin and thearubigin antioxidant polyphenols that give the leaves their dark red/brown pigment. Eventually, they appear black. Oxidation is also what helps to give black tea its bold flavor profile.

Flavor: sharp, bitter, full-bodied, malty, floral

Examples of black tea: Earl Grey, Assam, English Breakfast, Darjeeling

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This may be one of the least known teas in the West since "it is difficult to source because the harvest time is short, the processing is complex and time-consuming, and, until recently, China was the only producer," Richardson writes in her book Modern Tea. Yellow tea is made with leaf buds plucked in early spring. They are then processed like green teas through pan-firing or treated with a gentle heating method called men huan (sealing yellow). Next they are wrapped in paper or a dampened cloth and left to cool before potentially being pan-fired again. How many times they are pan-fired and how long they are wrapped depends on the tea maker, but this process can last three to four days, says Richardson.

Flavor: sweet honeysuckle and apple notes

Examples of yellow tea: Gentleman Mountain Silver Needles, Mengding Yellow Sprout, Huo Mountain Yellow Sprout

Oolong tea leaves are partially oxidized so many of them don't quite reach that dark, full-bodied taste of black teas, but this brew has its own kind of yummy. The taste of oolong varies greatly depending on how long the tea maker decides to oxidize the leaves. "The levels of oxidation can range anywhere from as little as 10 percent, making it similar in appearance to green tea, to as much as 80 percent, resulting in what looks like black tea," writes Richardson.

Flavor: toasty, slightly sweet, potentially grassy, sometimes floral or fruity

Examples of oolong tea: Baozhong, Tung Ting, Tie Guanyin, Da Hong Pao, Bai Hao

Pu'erh which originated in Yunnan Province in China and now is popularly called "dark tea" in the West goes through an extra step that other teas skip: a fermentation process that is often kept secret by tea makers, says Richardson. Though our lips are sealed regarding the details (really, we couldn't tell you if we wanted to), in general, "fermentation is the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms, typically involving effervescence and the giving off of heat," says Richardson. Next the leaves are aged for a while sometimes for years, according to experts from Reishi Tea and Botanicals. This all gives dark tea its uniquely robust flavor.

Flavor: earthy, smooth, woodsy, slightly sweet

Examples of dark tea: Shen Pu'erh, Shou Pu'erh

In short, if you ever get curious, there's a whole world of tea to explore. Each brand and each variety have their own distinct flavor profiles and some would suggest that they also have their own unique health benefits, but remember: there's not enough research to declare that any tea will have a significant impact on anyone's physical health. But routinely taking some time to sit, breathe and sip on your favorite brew may do wonders for your mental well-being in the long run.

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Consumers' beverage tastes and preferences are shifting toward a greater emphasis on health, reshaping the beverage supply chains. Beverage brands are focussing more on creating products centered on specific ingredients with health benefits; this is compelling innovation in the beverage sector.

Soft drinks (carbonated drinks and juices), health drinks, milk-based drinks, flavoured drinks, and energy drinks have been the most popular beverages in the beverage industry, excluding alcoholic beverages. It's crucial to remember that constant expansion is only possible if beverage manufacturers focus more on consumer demand and ongoing trends. Talking and discussing the current and upcoming trends is one of the most significant things that all beverage producers must keep in mind to keep up with the ever-growing competition. While talking about the beverage industry, it's mandatory to consider the products that have had a positive impact on the consumers in the past. People are returning to their roots, whether it's in food or beverages, as they feel the urge to experience flavours from the past with a modern twist to them. People's shopping and socialising habits have evolved as a result of changing times. As a result of economic duty, customers will be more cost-conscious and push demand for value. For years, complex, nuanced flavours have dominated the spotlight, but that will change in 2022.Since we are talking about changing demands and flavours amongst consumers, let's take a quick look at these upcoming Beverage Trends: Big and bold flavours could be at the forefront, along with guilt-free indulgence, return to simplicity, natural goes mainstream, format innovation, direct from origin, walking the talk on sustainability and fruit wines in the year 2022.

Expect beverage makers to go 'big and bold' with their flavours, with such a huge demand for seltzer (Carbonated water dissolved in carbon dioxide gas). Beverage companies are looking for new methods to differentiate themselves from the competition, going for stronger and bolder profiles. Nostalgic profiles such as watermelon, strawberry, cherry, and apple, could be the next avenue for beverage manufacturers, as consumers are already familiar with these flavours. Consequently, strong flavours are expected to drive the beverage trends in 2022.

'Guilt-free indulgence' is a trend that will allow people to relax and bust their stress while keeping their health in check. With travel and other restrictions being in place for the past year, people have found new ways to enjoy and celebrate life. Beverage manufacturers could meet their customers' changing expectations by experimenting with floral profiles like hibiscus, lavender, and elderflower since products with natural ingredients have increased demand. This may be the trend to follow in 2022 since guilt-free indulgence allows you to enjoy something without feeling unhappy about it.

Consumers seek comfort in beverages and foods that remind them of happier, less chaotic times. Some customers rally behind a low-alcohol or no-alcohol lifestyle to achieve holistic wellbeing goals. Beverage manufacturers could consider 'a return to simplicity' to address these consumer desires in the coming year. Simplicity is a source of comfort in a time when life appears to have become far more difficult. In reality, the current "clean label" trend demonstrates how the quality of ingredients, rather than quantity, influences consumer perceptions of beverage value. It also explains why drinks with straightforward ingredient lists remain popular with consumers. I believe this could be a trend to look out for. Natural energy drink brands have experienced triple-digit growth in recent years, owing to consumers' desire for energy-boosting products without sacrificing their desire for natural, 'healthy' ingredients. Until now, these products have competed in a niche market, gradually gaining market share against hugely dominant market leaders, but 2022 may be the year 'natural energy becomes mainstream.'Naturally energising' plant-based ingredients are essential for capitalising on this trend, which is driving demand for tea, coffee, and botanicals. Energy drinks containing caffeine from green tea are being developed as a method to tap into both the clean label and energizing trends. These products frequently include matcha to improve health benefits, making them more appealing to consumers looking for wellness items that fit into their hectic schedules.

Because of the busy schedule, Consumers are looking for innovative and unique products that fit their hectic lifestyles while meeting their demands for health, sustainability, and experimentation. 'Format innovation' is yet another trend to catch a flight in 2022. Format Innovation is driven by the convergence of several major trends influencing consumer behaviour, as consumers are looking for items that fit their requirements and lifestyles, which increasingly implies being 'on-the-go.' Consumers are looking for innovative product formats that use fewer packing materials due to worries about packaging, particularly plastic. In short, Consumers want items that provide actual benefits and enhance their wellbeing in simple and innovative ways. Flexibility and anticipation of the next wave of product formats are essential for capitalising on this trend.

Consumer behaviour has been proven to be heavily influenced by sustainability. 'Walking the talk on sustainability' is yet another upcoming trend to be added. In terms of value, consumer products that were positioned as sustainable grew 5.6 times faster than products that did not mention sustainability. According to research, consumers are more loyal to 'sustainable' brands, which is an important factor in a landscape of increasing choices. As consumer interest in sustainability grows and information about the environmental impact of products and services becomes more publicly available, consumers are growing more skeptical "green washing.". They're looking for brands that boast about their sustainability credentials but don't have any concrete activity in their supply chain to back up their claims. From a brand's perspective, minimal involvement throughout the supply chain can make sustainability claims challenging and expensive to do effectively.

Coming to the last trend that is 'fruit based wine,' has been gaining global popularity; it's a trend that could blow up in the beverage sector. Fruit wines can be still or sparkling. Expect more beverage companies and manufacturers to develop their fruit wines. Since fruit wines have more nutritional benefits, they could very well fulfil the growing demand for healthier beverages amongst consumers. I anticipate this trend will continue to gain even more popularity in the coming year 2022. People throughout the world want to live a better, more conscious life. Fruit wines are lighter, more refreshing versions of grape wines.The desire for healthy beverages is on the rise.

As beverage manufacturers, we all are aware of the fact that beverage trends are constantly on the move and keep changing as per consumer demand. Beverage makers have to keep evolving and innovating with time, talking about innovation in the beverage sector. The consumer's holistic approach towards beverages will continue to grow more for years to come, so it's only ideal for creating a beverage that consumers desire. Since grapevines have been around for ages, it's time we change the notion. And I believe that fruit wines could be the new face of the beverage sector. "In a world of fads, we want to be trendsetters."

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15 Best Oribe Hair Products of All Time, Tested and Reviewed – Cosmopolitan

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Oribe is one of those rare hair brands that's loved by pretty much everyone, from editors, to stylists, to celebs, and more. And it makes senseI discovered the brand at the start of my beauty editor career 8+ years ago, and despite being introduced to hundreds (hell, probably even thousands) of new hair brands since then, Oribe has stayed a staple in my routine. Their chic-ly packaged shampoos and conditioners, treatments, and stylers are innovative, effective, designed to work for a wide range of hair types and textures, plus they smell soooo good too.

Oribe is arguably one of the best hair brands in the gamebut it's not exactly cheap (full-size products range from $26 to $76), which is why I came up with this list. It contains the 15 best Oribe hair productsincluding styling sprays, leave-in creams, and repairing masksthat are truly worth the $$. You're welcome.

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This Multitasking Hair Cream

I honestly love all Oribe products, but If I had to pick a favorite it would be this cream. It really does it allconditions, smooths, adds shine and separation, seals split ends, and protects your hairfrom UV and heat damage too. You can use it on damp hair as a leave-in conditioner or dry hair for touch-ups. I personally use the light version (it's formulated forfine to medium hair like mine), but it comes in a slightly heavier version that's great for thicker hair types too.

This Dry Shampoo

This isn't one of those dry shampoos that gives your hair any annoyinggray/white tint. It uses a translucent starch blend to sop up excess oil and neutralize unwanted odor. I like to spritz it on my roots before bed, let the oil-absorbing magic work while I sleep, and then brush it out in the morning.

This Nourishing Hair Oil

Products that genuinely work on all hair types are hard to find, which is why I'm such a fan of this nourishing, yet non-greasyhair oil from Oribe. Run atiny bit over fine, straight hair to seal split ends and soften frizz or work a nickel-size drop throughthrough type-4 curls for added definition and shine.

This Mask for Color-Treated Hair

All of Oribe's products are safe forcolor-treated andbleachedhair, but this mask goes a step further andactuallyhelps improve the look of your dye jobwith continued use. It prevents fading and brassiness *and* smooths down each strand'scuticle for vibrant color andmegawatt shine.

This Detangling Shampoo

Another personal favorite on this list is this detangling shampoo from Oribe. It gently cleanses while adding slip and shine to your hair to minimize knots and make detangling super easy.You can mix and match it with any of Oribe's conditioners and masks, but I like pairing it with theGold Lust Transformative Hair Mask for extra softness and shine.

This Anti-Humidity Spray

An actual godsend for anyone who lives in a hot, soup-y climate,this anti-humidity spray prevents your hair from turning into a ball of frizz as soon as you step outside. Just spray it all over your hair after blow drying and heat stylingto extend your style and shield it from the effects of humidity.

This Repairing Conditioner

Ultra-hydrating and full of repairing and strengtheningingredients (like biotin, plant collagen,and niacinamide), this is a great deep conditioner for anyone with super dry or damaged hair and split ends. If you have fine hair, use it from your mid-lengths to ends, and if you have thicker hair, use it from roots to tips.

This Scalp Scrub

I'm sorry, but isthis not the chicest scalp scrub you've ever seen? The pretty pink tube is packed with exfoliating glycolic acidand little buffing beads tonix flakes and buildup, plus soothing ingredients like chamomile and marigold extractto reduce itchiness and irritation too.

This Texturizing Spray

Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray is truly iconic, and once you start using it you'll be forever hooked. It gives hair messy, lived-in texture, soft hold, just the right amount of grit and volume, and it even absorbs excess oil too. Truly a miracle product for giving second-day hair extra oomph.

This Ultra-Rich Body Cream

Yep, Oribe makes body products tooand they're actually really good. Don't miss this rich body cream that's infused with plant oils and shea butter to nourish skin, plus a dose of Oribe's signature Cte dAzur scent (it smells just like a summer day on the French Riviera).

This Shampoo for Blondes

Anyone with blonde or bleached hair can benefit from using this purple shampoo from Oribe. It's infused with tiny violet pigments to neutralize brassiness and unwanted yellow tones along with a plant-based brightening complex to leave your color looking fresh and vibrant between salon appointments.

This Wave Spray

NGL, for years I never understood the hype behind this product. Tons of editorialstylists swear by it, but I was never really soldand that's because I was using it all wrong (AKA haphazardly spraying it on my dry hair and hoping for the best).A stylist friend told me the secret:mist it on damp hair from mid-lengths to ends and then rough blow dry, twisting small pieces of hair with your fingers as you go. The effect is perfectly undone beach waves that are zero percent crunchy or stiff.

This Clarifying Shampoo

This clarifying shampoo has a bunch of 5-star reviews on Amazon and Sephora, so you know it's a good one. It uses volcanic ash (it's whatgives the formula it's dark gray tint) to gently cleanse and exfoliate your hair and scalp plus green tea extract to minimize breakage. The result? A scalp that's balanced and free-from buildup and hair that's soft and strong.

This Curl Cream

Curly and coily hair types will looooove this multitasking cream. It defines and softens type 3 and type 4curls, boosts elasticity and shine, and provides medium hold thanks to a blend of nourishing plant butters and oils.

This Heat Protectant Spray

If blow drying your hair or styling it with a curling wand or flat iron is a part of your daily routine, then you 100 percent need to be using a heat protectant spray, like Oribe's Royal Blowout. The lightweight mistspeeds up dry time,protects your hair from the damaging effects of heat, and makes your finished style look shiny as hell.

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The 21 Best Beauty Product Launches of 2022 So Far, According to Our Editors – POPSUGAR

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When it comes to New Year's resolutions, some people like to focus on physical fitness, while others set professional goals. Us? We like to keep our intentions strictly beauty-related. At the top of our list are things like "uncover as many new brands as possible" and "try a new graphic eyeliner look," and to help us get there, we're eyeing the new beauty products launching in 2022.

The new year may have just begun, but 2022 is already brimming with solid new formulas for every preference and need. Whether that means mastering a technique that you saw on TikTok, revamping your routine with all new products, or making the switch to a minimalist routine once and for all, the possibilities are endless as long as you have the right tools at your disposal. The collection of beauty innovations to come in the new year are a healthy mix of hair, makeup, skin-care, and body-care products. Looking to give the new "skinimalism" trend a try? Check out the many new vitamin C serums to come. Want to see if the hair-rollers hairstyle everyone keeps talking about works for you? You'll want to stock up on shine-enhancing hair oils and volume-boosting shampoos and conditioners to get the look.

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