Green Tea – A Remedy For All Illness

Green tea seems to be replacing coffee as the go-to beverage across the world, especially among fitness freaks. And if you haven’t yet joined the green tea revolution, you may change your mind after you read this article. This article will give you an insight into the origin, nutritional composition and health benefits of green tea along with important factors to consider when you buy green tea.

Origin of Green Tea

Research states that green tea was first consumed in China, about 4,000 years ago. Now, this lesser known cousin of black tea is widely produced in many Asian countries. Most varieties of tea, including green tea, are derived from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. The distinguishing factor that sets each tea apart is how it is processed and the level of oxidation of the leaves. Green tea is considered the healthiest of all teas as it is made from unoxidized leaves with minimal processing. Thus, the final packed tea still retains most of the antioxidants and polyphenols as found in fresh leaves.

Nutritional Composition of Green Tea

So what makes green tea a healthy option? Green tea is a rich source of flavonols and catechins along with traces of important minerals. Catechins are natural antioxidants that help in the prevention and treatment of many chronic ailments such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Green tea is 99.9% water and a 100 ml serving of unsweetened brewed green tea contributes about 1 calorie. It also contains lesser caffeine (20-45 milligrams a cup) as compared to black tea (50 milligrams a cup) and coffee (95 milligrams a cup).

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Now that you know the origin and composition of green tea, let’s take a closer look at how drinking a few cups of this refreshing brew every day can make a positive contribution to your health:

  • Prevents Cardiovascular Illnesses – Reports state that drinking green tea can reduce your risk of heart problems as it lowers the levels of bad cholesterol. As green tea is a rich source of antioxidants, it offers strong protection against heart disease and strokes. Consumption of green tea can also prevent another medical condition known as atherosclerosis that can lead to cardiovascular disease.
  • Promotes Weight Loss – Being overweight puts you at a risk of developing a lot of medical problems like diabetes and cancer. The bio-active components in green tea improve metabolic activity and stimulate the movement of fat converting it into usable energy. Hence, regular consumption of green tea can aid in weight management.

  • Lowers the Risk of Certain Cancers – Studies show that green tea can be helpful in the prevention and treatment of certain cancers. Cancer is caused by rapid multiplication of cells in different parts of your body. The catechins found in green tea boost immunity and neutralize free radicals inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. It is believed that drinking 4 cups of green tea daily can destroy cancer cells without affecting the healthy ones.
  • Reduces Blood Sugar Levels – Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic illness in which blood sugar levels rise above normal owing to insufficient production of insulin or insulin resistance by the body. Regular consumption of green tea minimizes the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream reducing the risk of developing diabetes.

Do bear in mind that the research on the above mentioned health benefits is not conclusive. So it is best to talk to your doctor if you plan to include green tea in your daily diet.

Finding the Best Green Tea

With the increasing popularity of green tea, various brands and types of green tea have emerged and are easily available at pharmacies, shops and even grocery stores. Here are a few tips that can help you in finding a good quality green tea.

  • Brew Your Own Tea – A ready-made green tea drink may seem easier to drink on the go, but they usually contain a lot of sugar. Making your own tea gives you the freedom to brew it as you wish and enjoy it with or without sugar and milk.
  • Higher the Antioxidants, More the Benefits Some brands of green tea have an antioxidant value as low as 25 mg per serving, while others can contain as much as 86 mg per serving. Always read the nutrition label and pick the green tea that has more antioxidants.
  • Check the Packaging Date – Go for the most recently packed green tea as the antioxidant content reduces over time.
  • Avoid Tea Bags – Loose leaf tea are seen to have higher amounts of antioxidants as compared to tea bags which contains fannings or dust.

Takeaway

Green tea is a refreshing beverage with negligible calories and is thought to provide a host of health benefits, if consumed regularly. You can try a variety of flavors and different brands to find out which one is best for you.

Contributing Towards Eradicating Racism

Debate on whether racism has ended utterly refuses to die down. And, rightfully so, we cannot say for sure if racism is a thing of the past – even, in today’s world. Racism is described as ‘a doctrine of biological inferiority (And, no matter how much one denies that it is true that we all or at least an impressive majority believe in races). As a norm, we are conditioned to think that these races rank upon a scale while these rankings are intrinsic, or natural. It is an acquired way of thinking. So, by default, everyone at some level is a racist. The societal perspectives have drilled the concept into our thinking and approach.

In all honesty, attempts must be made to abandon the category of race. This whole concept of racial discrimination erupts from the idea of racialized groups.  As per a report on The Conversation, the type of the “racialized group” can be of great value speaking. It offers a way for the members of “inferior races” to assert and defend themselves collectively while distancing themselves from the negative and misleading associations of the term “race.” Continue reading “Contributing Towards Eradicating Racism”

A Short Bio on Mahatma Gandhi

The biography of Gandhi ji reflects the message of love, tolerance, equality, and selfless service.

In India, the title of “Father of the Nation” is given to Mahatma Gandhi. The wide-eyed boy from a downtrodden family grew leaps and bounds, only to etch a mark, which kick-started a new independent era for the world’s largest democracy.

At an early age, Gandhi made his way out against all the odds. A college dropout, Gandhi decided to take that leap of faith and pursue law studies, soon after the birth of his first child Harilal. At 22, Gandhi, who had settled comfortably in London, heard of his mother’s demise, which the family had kept from him. He returned to India, bidding farewell to his London dreams.

His Law firm set-up in Bombay failed miserably, owing to his lack of expertise, so he returned to Rajkot – somewhat dejected. He marked his career, by drafting petitions to litigants which helped him bring in funds.  But, things came to a halt even on that front, when Gandhi had to forcibly stop his operations owing to a conflict with a British officer. One thing led to the other, and the next thing was landing a job in the Colony of Natal, South Africa as a lawyer. Continue reading “A Short Bio on Mahatma Gandhi”

Child Mental Health Issues: Know the Causes & Tips to Overcome

Only a child sees things with perfect clarity because it hasn’t developed all those which prevents us from seeing things that we don’t expect to see “–Douglas Adams

Children are like molding clay. As they grow up, they need a foundation that has to be strong. From the second children are born into this world, they start developing a sense of self-composure for themselves. It then starts giving to the world out, i.e. it begins to bestow trust upon its parents, which forms a base for the whole future development. Thus, being a parent, it’s necessary to support a child for better social, emotional and behavioral health. Young children who start developing strong bonds at an early stage with their parents and family learn to co-operate, care, pay attention and get along with people in their surroundings.

Well, most mental health issues surface at an early age with identifiable threats. In newborns and toddlers, the initial years of their life have a high risk of attracting such severe state. Thus, kids and youngsters with mental health issues tend to have lower educational achievements. According to a British survey, it states that juveniles with mental health issues have more involvement in unjust criminal affairs. But sadly, most children with mental health issues (60-80%), don’t get the support they need and that is how it makes a difference. A significant aspect for aiding a child’s mental health is safeguarding culturally competent services that include in families. There isn’t any particular cause of any mental health issue that is applicable as the reason for any child’s psychological problems is not related to one source, rather too many since as we all know it is due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Continue reading “Child Mental Health Issues: Know the Causes & Tips to Overcome”

I Can and I Will

We all know that Thomas Alva Edison invented the light bulb and the fact that he achieved success after trying it for a thousand times is also not hidden from the world. But do you know how many times people tried to discourage him from trying it the next time? A lot of them, his teachers also exclaimed that Edison is “too stupid to learn anything.” So what kept him going on and to be known in the entire world as “America’s Greatest Inventor”?

Willpower, strength, decision making, determination, dedication, hard work, skill learning- there are many similar words to describe Edison’s approach towards his life and what he does with it. But you cannot find a single word about people like Edison that depicts hesitation to follow their dreams.

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The Implications of Dust & Air Pollution on the Efficiency of Solar Energy

Solar power or photovoltaic power is a technology that has been harnessed over the years to solve energy problems. Here, a metal is hit by light which causes electrons to be either received or released depending on the metal. It is based on this that electrons move through a conductor where electricity is produced. Hence, for the purpose of generating electricity, solar panels are very effective. They last very long, reliable, and do not require the addition of any natural resources once they are constructed. The electricity generated through solar panels is at a fixed cost as long as it is in use. Depending on location, some solar panels are very great where they are, due to the amount of direct sunlight that it receives, making it necessary to install one for your use.

All over the country, many people and industries are embracing the use of solar panels and so has become one of the fastest growing energy sources globally. In the nearest future, whether it is a large utility-scale company or residential rooftop panels, the demand for solar panels will require more construction. However, despite numerous setbacks solar panels have encountered in the past like inefficient grid systems, inconsistency and shortfalls in various national policies on power, and the occasional eclipse, scientists have recently pointed out in a study of a new challenge that presently affects the efficiency of solar panels, and that is air pollution. Continue reading “The Implications of Dust & Air Pollution on the Efficiency of Solar Energy”

5 Tips To Avoid Flu in Winter

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Flu is a very contagious disease that’s often confused with cold. Well, while the causative agents for cold are in hundreds of different viruses, flu is caused only by influenza virus of types A, B and C. Now, these viruses cause the large seasonal breaks and is soon arriving. While flu may be one of the most common diseases that is majorly seasonal, its effects are never so easy to bear. The feeling is just ‘bad’.

Surprisingly, many people take flu for granted and may not go to the hospitals. According to CDC research, it has been established that winter flu epidemic affects 3, 00,000 to 6, 00,000 people each year. It is further observed that of the number – 2, 00,000 people wind up in hospital and between 3,000 and 49,000 don’t survive.

With the above statistics, it is therefore important to take necessary preventive measures ahead of the impending break-out. Flu is the type of disease where prevention would be much better than just cure. Here is how to keep yourself and your family safe from flu during this season. Continue reading “5 Tips To Avoid Flu in Winter”

Inquire Into The Absolute Truth

When my oldest daughter learned how to speak, which was at a very young age, she had an insatiable tendency to inquire about the nature of things.  “Why is the sky blue?”  “Why don’t the animals have houses?” “Can we eat dirt?”  And on, and on, and on.  She literally drove us crazy with all her questions.   But, apparently, she was simply trying to figure things out so that she could efficiently operate in this world.  For her, it was easier to ask her parents, whom she had faith in, than to experientially try to figure everything out.

Similarly, when we inquire into the Absolute Truth, we must be like an innocent child:not dumb, but honest in our inquiry.  In other words, we must have a sincere desire to know the Truth, and a desire to dovetail our life so that it is in sync with the Truth.  In the Bhagavad Gita, the Supreme Lord states:

“Just try to learn the Truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the Truth.”

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Back to Basics Series Part 2: The Search Continues…

At home, and at school, I was taught, and constantly reminded, that I needed to work hard and get good grades so that I could go to College.  Why?  So that I could get a degree, and with that degree, I could get a good paying job.  Why?  Because then I could afford to buy a nice house, a nice car, and attract a nice wife, and support nice children, and buy many of the nice comforts in life.  Why?  These things will make you happy.  After all, you don’t want to end up digging ditches for a living.  Can you imagine how miserable that would be?

Hummmm, I thought, maybe the ditch digger’s misery is no worse than the misery I would have to go through to get good grades, and to work my way through college, and to work for a corporation in order to get a good paying job, and to throw my hard earned money in buying goodies and people who may or may not make me happy?  After all, when I looked around at everyone in the neighborhood, they had all these things, yet, they didn’t seem to be very happy.  The next door neighbor was an alcoholic.  The man down the street, was a drug addict, another man had a gambling problem and was often visited by heavy looking thugs, several of the neighbors were engaged in wife swapping, my friends’ mothers were stressed out about the lines in their face or a couple gray hairs which made them look old, my parents were constantly bickering, and practically everyone was struggling to keep up the facade of being successful and happy.  And these were the country club set—the so-called successful people in life.  Did I really want to grow up and become like them?

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Shortly after graduating from high school, I realized I was not who I thought I was: a medium sized, 17 year old body, with brown hair, green eyes, and enough smarts and abilities to help me succeed in whatever endeavor I chose.  This was a very liberating realization, but at the same time, it was a death of sorts.  My attraction to the material world, and to all that was previously meaningful to me, was dwindling, dying away; and my attraction for the spiritual had been awakened.  It could be said that I had been reborn in the spirit.  But I was an infant in the spirit.  My spiritual knowledge was almost non-existent, and I didn’t know what to do—what action to take with this newly found world view.  Where does one begin when searching for his essence and function in life?

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Back to Basics Series Part 1: Simple Living High Thinking

Shortly after graduating from High School, my entire life was shattered. It was the summer of 1968 and, until then, I could have been a poster boy for the “All American role model.”  My grades were above average.  I was an all-around athlete. I’d been offered scholarships to several Universities, and I had realistic hopes of making the 1972 Olympic team as a pole vaulter.  I also had a nice girl friend, and was welcomed in just about any click at school: the so-called in-crowd, the jocks, the surfers, the nerds, the 4-Hers and most of the others. I’m not trying to brag or anything, just stating that I was basically your average all American Joe,and that life was going relatively well.  Of course, life is seldom great in high school, but my future looked promising.  Then, to my dismay, everything dear to me fell apart and faded into oblivion.

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By the end of June, I had moved out of my parent’s home and rented a house with some friends. Like most kids with newly found freedom, we were in the party mood. At one of those parties, I got a little too intoxicated; and feeling dizzy, I sat down alone and leaned against a wall. My roommate was playing his guitar nearby, and my somewhat altered mind was quickly captured by its wonderful sounds. I had never heard such beautiful music before.

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