Green Tea – An Effective Weight Loss Solution


Green Tea – An Effective Weight Loss Solution

Did you know that Green Tea is one of the most effective weight loss supplements that you can consume to help you lose weight?

Well, it is. According to recent studies, when combined with sensible lifestyle changes green tea can help dieters lose weight, burn fat, increase metabolic rate and suppress their appetites.

Unlike black tea which is highly processed and fermented, green tea is made by slightly steaming the freshly gathered leaves, which prevents them from becoming fermented or changing color. After steaming, the leaves are dried by lightly pan frying them in a wok, baking them in an oven or heating them with hot air until they are crispy. The resulting beverage is a greenish-yellow tea with a slightly astringent flavor. 

More and more often you’ll find extracts of green tea being included in a lot of popular weight loss products today.
One of the main reasons for this is because of one of green tea’s chief ingredients. Polyphenols, which are responsible for the color of the leaves of some plants, are a group of substances found in green tea. These polyphenols benefit weight loss by helping the body to burn fat naturally by increasing body heat and energy expenditure.

Green tea also causes carbohydrates to be released slowly, preventing sharp increases in blood-insulin levels. This promotes the burning of fat.

Another of the main ingredients in green tea is antioxidants. Antioxidants are organic substances, like vitamins A, E and C which are thought to be effective in helping protect the body against the harmful effects of free radicals – which cause the destruction of living cells, cancer, stroke and heart disease.
One of the most extraordinary characteristics about green tea is that studies have shown it is about 200 times more potent an antioxidant than Vitamin A, Vitamin C, E or curcumin in some instances. Additionally, just one cup of green tea has more antioxidant effect than a serving of strawberries, spinach or carrots.

Caffeine is another component in green tea which scientists think plays an important role in green tea’s ability to help people lose weight. Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee. There are approximately 30 to 60 mg. of caffeine in 8 ounces of tea, compared to more than 100 mg. in 8 ounces of coffee.

Combined with Polyphenol compounds, caffeine in green tea acts as a stimulant to the body to help promote fat loss. In a recent study, participants taking green tea extract and still following normal diet experienced a significant increase in their energy expenditure.

The researchers concluded that participants using green tea extract had increased fat oxidation beyond what could be attributed to the caffeine they consumed.

This indicates that green tea contains beneficial components that affect the body’s metabolism in such a way that favors weight loss. Additionally, scientists observed that participants in a study on green tea did not show any increase in heart rate, which suggests that green tea may be an excellent alternative to many stimulant-based diet aids.

If helping people to lose weight was not enough, green tea provides additional health benefits far and beyond weight loss, including:

Protects against Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s

Fights cavities and helps stop tooth decay and gum disease

Prevents osteoporosis

Protects against ovarian cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer and prostate cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Helps the body to fight viruses

Controls high blood pressure

Normalizes healthy bacteria in the intestines

Helps prevent heart disease

Thus far, no harmful side effects have been found in drinking green tea or taking green tea extract capsules. This makes green tea one of the best health supplements available for weight loss and overall health.

Tips to fight diabetes

Courtesy: timesofindia, 20th July 2008

By making just a little effort, you don’t just ward off diabetes itself, but also lower your risk for other possible ailments, says Dr Ambrish Mithal

Indians are at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes — which is also referred to as the adult onset diabetes. While this typically meant developing diabetes after the age of 40, there has been an alarming rise of younger Indians being diagnosed with diabetes. Blame it on the sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle prevalent today. It is estimated that over 40 million Indians are the worst affected by diabetes. It is possible to delay the onset of diabetes with just a little effort. Losing just a small amount of weight — about 5-7 kg — by being physically active for 30 minutes, five times a week; and adopting a low-fat, reduced-calorie meal may be all that is required to ensure this. By doing this, you don’t just ensure that you ward off diabetes itself, but also lower your risk for the possible complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and nerve damage. Exercise: Brisk walking for 30 minutes — five times a week is enough. Also, just being physically active goes a long way in ensuring good health.

Make a habit of taking the stairs
Dancing, swimming, biking, jogging — any physical activity that gets your heart rate up.

Move about at your workplace Diet: Eat right — don’t cut out anything, just cut down the quantity Reduce portion sizes. Fix small divided meals (3 meals plus 3 snacks is the ideal way to eat). Make sure you eat breakfast. Reduce fat intake in the form of fried foods, fast-food and rich foods Eat fruits, vegetables, whole-grains and Substitute whole-grain bread for white bread

Replace fizzy drinks and sweetened juices with water. Take small amount of nuts like walnut and almond (5-6 pieces per day may also be helpful)


Bangalore Timesofindia dated 1st June 2008

Anger management

Heard the saying, anger is one word short of danger? Well, it’s true. People with short tempers are also vulnerable to heart-related ailments. Anger could be triggered by stress, lack of sleep, crash diets and insufficient water intake. Here are simple things one can do to arrest anger.


  • Practice relaxation exercises and breathing techniques to calm the mind and body.
  • Learn to resolve conflicts through effective communication minus outbursts. I Use problem-solving techniques such as goal setting and time management to reduce stress levels.
  • Eating well and at regular intervals helps to keep energy levels in check.
  • Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep, so that you don’t feel irritable and grouchy.
  • Take a break when you’re tired. This can help you rejuvenate.
  • Keep yourself upbeat by indulging in a hobby.
  • Compartmentalise your work and personal lives. I Nurture your support systems, like family and friends.
  • Regular exercise helps to keep the mind and body fresh.
  • Seek counselling for interpersonal conflicts.
  • Be assertive instead of aggressive.


  • IAccept that being angry is perfectly normal.
  • Identify your source/trigger of anger.
  • Shift your focus from ‘what was done to me’ to ‘what I can do’.
  • Create positive self-talk. I Identify your irrational beliefs.
  • I Think of a more rational and adaptive plan of action.
  • Change thoughts that provoke anger, interpreting the situation from a different (less provocative) point of view.
  • Write down angry thoughts. Focus on gratitude — make a list of things you are thankful for.

(Inputs from Mumbai-based psychiatrist Dr Anjali Chhabria)

Is RF exposure from Wi-Fi routers hazardous to your health?

Posted by Rik Fairlie @ 9:13 am

A few months ago, I offered to install a Wi-Fi router for a friend so she could use her laptop anywhere in her home. My friend is a self-employed writer, and a fidgety one at that, so I thought she’d snap up the offer immediately. Instead, she said all those radio waves terrified her; she was worried that they’d somehow eat her brain. I laughed, pointing out that her microwave oven and cordless phone should be considered equally hazardous, then forgot all about it.

Until the other day, when I ran across a discussion on a CNET forum about the potential health risks of Wi-Fi. A lot of people in this thread dismiss the risk of diseases like cancer, but a few advise that you not sleep within 9 feet of your router. This caught my attention, since my router is exactly 6 feet from my pillow. Worse, when I sit at my desk, it’s 2 feet from my head.

I did some research and discovered that groups in the United States and U.K. have sued school districts in bids to remove Wi-Fi from educational facilities, due to the alleged risks. Clearly, some people are taking the issue seriously.

So I contacted spokespeople for three U.S. companies that make wireless routers, but none were interested in discussing the matter. I also got in touch with the Wi-Fi Alliance, which sent me this link to research on the matter.

According to the World Health Organization, RF exposures from routers range from 0.002 percent to 2 percent of the levels of international exposure guidelines. The WHO says this is lower than RF exposures from radio or TVs, and adds that the body absorbs up to five times more the signal from FM radio and television. The organization also notes that radio and TV broadcast stations have been in operation for more than 50 years without adverse health consequences. And the WHO dismissed another common concern—that RF rays can increase body temperature—by noting that temperature increases are so insignificant that they cannot affect human health.

I’m not sure why wireless router makers were reluctant to discuss the matter, but it doesn’t seem that Wi-Fi router emissions are anything to worry about. What do you think?

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)

Filed under: News — Phil @ 7:00 am

Commonly used and prescribed for soft tissue injuries / inflammation, but why do you take them? What effect do they have on your injury?

NSAIDS have several effects; they act as an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever and help reduce fever.

Firstly they inhibit the release of prostaglandin in the body; this decreases vascular permeability allowing inflammation to settle quicker.

NSAIDS also help to reduce pain as inflammation settles.

NSAIDS may also effect the tensile strength of muscle tissues by increasing the amount of insoluble collagen near the injury, this will aid the cross linking of the collagen fibres in the muscles as they heal, therefore giving improved tensile strength.

40 Things You Didn’t Know About Smoking

1. Smoking kills half of all smokers worldwide
2. Smokers are at increased risk of back pain
3. Smoking accelerates aging
4. One person every five minutes dies because of smoking in the UK
5. Smokers suffer from skin problems. Most smokers have paler, dryer skin, with more wrinkles due to a reduced blood supply that allows the skin to lose its elasticity
6. Smoking depletes the body of vitamin C by 30%
7. Smoking damages the gut
8. Nicotine increases cholesterol in the blood
9. Smoking damages your teeth and gums and causes mouth ulcers
10. Smoking doubles the risk of dementia
11. Smoking causes cataracts to form in the eyes
12. There are 6000 chemicals in tobacco including cyanide, butane, ammonia and carbon monoxide
13. Smoking makes you six times more likely to suffer a stroke
14. Smoking during pregnancy kills 5000 foetuses a year, increases the risk of intellectual impairment, produces small, underweight babies that are more prone to allergies and brain damage.  It also trebles the risk of cot death after birth.
15. Smoking causes early menopause in women
16. Every system in the body is affected by smoking, including the heart and vascular system
17. Smoking weakens the immune system
18. Smoking increases the risk of diabetes
19. Smoking reduces exercise tolerance
20. Smoking increases the risk of pneumonia
21. 87% of smokers deaths are due to lung cancer
22. Smoking doubles infertility in women
23. Smoking weakens bones by de-mineralising them
24. Smoking also hits your pocket. If you smoke twenty cigarettes a day of the cheapest brand you will spend at least £1500 every year
25. Nicotine is more addictive than heroin and alcohol and is delivered to the nervous system within seven seconds for a quick fix
26. Smoking increases the risk of anxiety and depressive disorders developing
27. Smoking depletes antioxidants within the body
28. Smoking raises blood pressure – a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes
29. Giving up smoking reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes within 2- 4 years
30. Smoking damages sperm and increases erectile dysfunction by 50% in men aged 30 – 40 years
31. Smoking increases age related hearing loss
32. Smoking causes bad breath and gum disease, which can lead to teeth falling out
33. 15% of childhood cancers have been attributed to the mother smoking during pregnancy
34. Smoking causes Coronary Heart Disease
35. Overall risk of mortality returns to normal after 10-15 years of non smoking
36. Smoking can cause fatigue and headaches
37. Smoking causes 80% of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cases. An umbrella term for a number of conditions were breathlessness gradually increases leading to death
38. Smoking decreases your sense of smell and taste
39. Smoking reduces life expectancy by 7-8 years
40. Smoking kills around 114,000 people in the UK each year

All this research is backed up by legitimate evidence that can be found in this book:

Porter S (2003) Tidy’s Physiotherapy, Butterworth and Heinemann 13th edition London

— Phil @ 6:02 pm, August 10, 2007