I’ve started drinking green tea! Here are some of the benefits…

I recently made the decision to take a healthier approach to life, this meant three things: get off my arse, get motivated and get fit!

Now I have managed to do this before, but because of an injury I have taken a couple of backward steps, but now since I’m starting to recover I’d like to get back on track. But more on that at a later date I’m sure!

A year ago I completely cut out tea and coffee from my diet. I was drinking a lot of it, mainly tea, throughout the day at work and I was getting headaches etc. I suppose from the odd nights without much sleep caused by the caffiene. So I decided to replace every cup of tea or coffee I was having with a glass of water. Overall I felt and still do feel a lot more alive and healthier!

There is only one thing with water, it gets boring! I wanted to add a bit more of a variety into my diet and one of the things I have been meaning to try for a while is Green tea. I have been drinking it for a little over a week now and it tastes great! (Just make sure if you do try it, finish it while it’s still hot – not so nice when cooler!).

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English: a cup of sencha – a Japanese green tea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been looking into it for a while and doing me research on its benefits. I already knew that it was full of antioxidants and helped your immune system etc. but I wanted to know that if I was going to make a proper go of it and introduce it into my regular diet it would be relevant to my needs.

When I was looking into it I found far more benefits to this tasty hot drink than I thought, so here they are:

  • It is used as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.
  • It is used as a treatment and preventative of cancer.
  • Helps with the prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
  • It raises you metabolism and increases fat oxidation. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
  • Helps to reduce heart diseases and attacks.
  • It reduces the level of cholesterol in blood, improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
  • It is used in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular diseases.
  • It is used to treat impaired immune function.
  • It keeps your teeth healthy and kills bacteria which causes the dental plaque.
  • Treatment and prevention of skin cancer.
  • Regular consumption of green tea can effectively delay symptoms of aging.
  • Green tea increases stamina and boost endurance.
  • Aiding in proper digestion.
  • Regular intake can slow the effects of ageing. This is because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
  • It increases hydration levels.
  • It is effective in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
  • Reduces and prevents acne.
  • It reduces risk of thrombosis, arterial sclerosis, cerebral strokes.
  • It apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
  • Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

And the list goes on!

As you can see there are lots of benefits to drinking green tea and hence why I chose to impliment it into my daily diet. I think I’m going to replace my water with it for the moment, especially now it’s getting colder. This will mean I get a regular intake and I start to benefit from its effects maybe a bit sooner.

Green tea leaves, from a small teabag
Green tea leaves, from a small teabag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many different types of green tea, Some have stronger flavours than others, and some have different properties. It’s just about choosing the right one for you. Do what I did, look into it, choose one and go for it! You can find many types at the supermarket, so maybe it might be worth trying a mild one first and go from there.

I am also drinking these teas too:

Have you tried herbal or fruit teas? Have you got any recommendations? maybe one type has helped you with an issue. I’d love to hear about your stories.

Comment below! 🙂

M x

Simplified London Underground map

I found this little gem while browsing Facebook this morning.


I love this picture. It’s perfect for almost any kind of trip into London and caters for the essentials! I especially like the stop for XXL.

Unfortunately, I do not have any source for this image. However, I will update this post should I hear of anything.


Poker night

Right, so tonight is poker night!

I have been invited over to my friend Gareth’s for dinner and poker tonight. Brendan will be joining us too. Gareth and Brendan are two of my best friends,  and having known them both just about a year each they are also both two very new friends who I have had a year of fun and laughs with, and hopefully many more to come 🙂

I have a little confession to make, I have no idea how to play poker – at all! So ever since Gareth “whatsapped” me on Tuesday, inviting me over, I have been revising online on various websites.

I seem to have mastered hand rankings, but I am confused as to what the difference is between “best hand” and “the nuts”. They both seem to mean “the best hand”. Well I’m sure it will all become clear tonight! I am also quite up to speed on “the deal” including the flop, turn and river cards and what happens with betting, checking, calling and folding etc.

I have to say I am very excited about tonight’s poker game. I’ll be playing with some great people and I’m sure there will be great drink flowing heading for a great hangover tomorrow morning. However, there will be some great memories created and to be remembered from this.

Wish me luck! let’s hope I come out from this a rich man! 😉

Do you play poker? Have any funny memories you’d like to share? Maybe even some tips for me?! Leave your comment below and I’ll reply!

Saturday – 6th October 2012

So Saturday evening just gone a group of us went out for the evening in Reading. It was a slightly different night as our 2 friends, Sarah and Louise, who we know from school were back home for the weekend for various reasons.

It was great to catch up with everyone and find out what each other had been up to since the last time we saw one another. We also shared funny stories of school and talked about old friends. so it was a very happy evening 🙂

Sarah, on the right, has just completed her PHD! So extra celebrations for that and congratulations to her!

What do you like to do when catching up with old friends?