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Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • Why We Love Earl Grey Tea

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    We love Earl Grey tea and wanted to write about the reasons why. Let us know if your own reasons for enjoying Earl Grey are similar.

    Earl Grey Aids in Digestion

    Many use chamomile for this purpose, which is also successful. What you may not know is that Earl Grey can help relieve indigestion, nausea and colic. Earl Grey tea is even used to treat intestinal worms.

    Earl Grey Can Help to Prevent Heart Disease

    Earl Grey can lower blood triglyceride levels, increase HDL and fight free radicals, as evidenced in a study by Preventative Medicine. Participants from the study drank three cups of Earl Grey tea daily, and experienced these results within just 3 months! An Italian study also indicated a 39% reduction in LDL cholesterol after the extract of Earl Grey was taken for one month.

    Earl Grey Inhibits Depression and Anxiety

    The essential oil bergamot is infused into Earl Grey tea to give it a light citrus aroma. Essential oils are used to ease emotional stress and bodily tension, especially for people who work under highly stressful conditions. It has been known to provide a calming effect while improving mood. A 2011 study in Taiwan shows that it benefits those with mild or moderate anxiety.

    Earl Grey Helps to Promote Weight Loss

    Earl Grey is commonly used to promote weight loss. Why this particular blend of tea? As mentioned, Earl Grey contains the citrus extract bergamot, which is believed to help break down calories through natural metabolism. The essential oil is also believed to cure fevers and boost the immune system.

    Earl Grey Strengthens Concentration without Adding Anxiety

    Earl Grey helps to promote focus and concentration. It also has properties that relax and soothe, which are found in the bergamot oil. This is helpful at work when you need to concentrate, but you don’t want to become anxious or unsettled.

    These were just a few of the reasons why we love Earl Grey tea. Let us know about your own reasons for drinking it!

  • How Green Tea Improves Dental Health

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    Green tea has been consumed for thousands of years. It has many health properties to be proud of, which have been demonstrated in studies. In this blog segment we’ve listed 5 ways that green tea can improve your dental health.

    Green Tea Encourages Healthy Gums

    Japanese studies have found that individuals who drank green tea had healthier gums than those who didn’t. Green tea contains catechins (antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits) which may reduce the effects of periodontal disease (also referred to as gum disease). By blocking an inflammatory response, green tea can fend off other diseases that periodontal disease is associated with (including diabetes and cardiovascular disease).

    Green Tea Can Help Reduce Cavities and Tooth Loss

    woman with healthy white teeth being checked In 2010, a Japanese study revealed that people who drank at least one cup of green tea per day were less likely to experience tooth loss. Less tooth decay reduces the risk of a variety of overall health issues and diseases in the human body.

    Green Tea Kills Bacteria and Inhibits Viruses

    The catechins in green tea have already been discussed as antioxidants with anti-inflammatory benefits. Catechins also are responsible for inhibiting the growth of the mouth’s most harmful bacteria: Streptococcus mutans. This, in turn, weakens viruses such as the influenza virus.

    Green Tea Reduces Progression of Oral Cancer

    This was demonstrated in a study by the University of Texas, who gave green tea extracts to patients with precancerous lesions in their mouths. The study found that the green tea extracts inhibited the progression from precancerous to cancerous lesions.

    Green Tea Can Reduce Bad Breath 

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    How can green tea reduce bad breath? It is scientifically proven to kill the microbes that cause it. This has been measured against chewing gum, mints and parsley seed oil in a study done by the University of British Columbia. Less odorous compounds were found in the mouths of participants who chewed green tea extract than in those who used the mints, gum or parsley seed oil.

    Green tea has celebrated for its health benefits for thousands of years. We hoped you’ve enjoyed reading about how it can help to improve your dental health.

    Luponde offers organic, fairly traded and Rainforest Alliance Certified teas that provide a ‘whole system’ approach to farming and food production. This includes our organic Earl Grey Loose Leaf Green Tea and teabags. To order from our selection of teas and teawares, or for more information about our biodiversity or sustainability efforts, contact Luponde here.

  • 5 Reasons to Add Organic Green Tea to Your Workout

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    At Luponde, we love to discuss in the benefits of organic green tea. Here are five great reasons to add it to your workout or next athletic event.

    You Can Skip the Caffeine and Still Burn Fat

    Green tea has calorie-burning catechins. A study by the USDA shows that one cup of loose leaf contains 127mg of catechins. (Brewed decaffeinated green tea still contains 56mg of catechins.) So you have the option of skipping the stimulant while enjoying the fat burning benefits of organic green tea.

    Green Tea Neutralises Antioxidants While You Work Out

    Green tea has more antioxidants than black or oolong tea. These antioxidants, as mentioned, are called catechins, and they not only burn calories but also eliminate the damaging effects of free radicals (such as those found in pollution or toxins). Free radicals can harm your cells, so every bit of effort to cleanse your body helps.

    Green Tea Can Be Incorporated Into Pre-race Drinks

    For regular workouts, organic green teas are an excellent way to neutralise free radicals while burning fat. Prior to intense events such as the Tough Mudder, The Spartan or the Brighton Half Marathon, you can mix green tea with a number of ingredients that will give you both short term and sustained energy.

    With Tea, You Know What You Are Drinking

    Our organic green teas are purer than the sweetened and carbonated energy drinks, which have flooded the market in the last decade. With Luponde teas, you are getting tea that is organically planted, harvested and packaged in the purest, most environmentally friendly way.

    You Can Sample Tons of Online Pre-race Tea Recipes

    Add carbohydrates to your green tea to make any number of pre-workout or pre-race drinks. There are hundreds of recipes online that will give you energy while keeping your glycogen energy stores from being depleted.

    Here’s one organic green tea pre-race supplement that was specifically created for races and events:

    Sample Green Tea Pre-Race Supplement

    • 12oz water
    • 7 grams of Luponde organic green tea
    • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
    • 1 tablespoon of raw honey

    After brewing, mix the coconut oil until it’s fully dissolved. Repeat this step with the honey. Drink right away to avoid separation.

    We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the reasons to add organic green tea to your workout. Let us know about your own green tea workout recipes. We’d love to hear from you!

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