8 Benefits You Didn’t Know About Green Tea

8 Benefits You Didn’t Know About Green Tea

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The second most popular drink in the world right under water, green tea.

What’s up guys I’m Clark welcome back to weekly Wednesday health hack where we go over things that make you happy, healthy and inspired. Let’s talk about green tea, now let’s not that just write it off and say okay we have heard it before. Let us really get into some of the benefits and research.

I posted the studies down below, the links to them if you want to check it out yourself. So I’m going to go over eight of them. Eight cool benefits of green tea and then I am going to show you how you make it and incorporate into your everyday to get those benefits.

Let’s get going;

1. FAT BURNER

EGCG this is a compound in green tea that has been linked to lots of the fat burning properties and I want to talk about two studies specifically. The first study I think it falls in 10 Japanese men and it showed a 4% increase in overall metabolism and another study showed that the fat oxidation rate was increased by 17% meaning that not only is your metabolism is boasted by green tea but the actual rate of fat oxidation is increased as well; so you are able to specifically target your fat instead of just general calories focus, pretty cool.

2. FOCUS & CLARITY

Focus and mental clarity is another benefit of green tea. Now this is a personal one for me because about two weeks ago I switched from coffee. I have been a lifelong coffee drinker, I mean I grew up in Seattle so we are practically doing gummers with the stuff and I started drinking coffee when I was 10 and I’ve been drinking it ever seen and I’ve been on and off of coffee about 50 times in my life and the times I’m off of it I am on tea and I noticed that there is just such a mental clarity you get and your focus and concentration is so much better. Now personally I’m not sure if that’s the tea’s benefit or the benefit of not having coffee but I definitely noticed it in the past two weeks since I’ve been drinking green tea. My mental clarity has gone up and now I was researching this and that is because green tea has an amino acid, L-theanine I believe it’s pronounced that actually has a synergistic effect with caffeine and can cross a blood brain barrier without getting too complex basically you are able to tap in and focus a lot better than some of the other stuff because of that amino acid.

3. ANTI-ANXIETY

Some studies have shown that it has anti-anxiety effects which is really cool because with coffee you know you can get the jitters and you can get stressed out and I remember my shirts would start pitting and all this gross stuff but I don’t get that with tea.

4. LONGEVITY

The next benefit of green tea is that you will die less in one study of 14,000 adults those who drink the most green tea were 64% less likely to die over the 6 years study.

5. SKIN HEALTH

Green tea has been linked to skin health. Catechins an antioxidant that is I believe it is 200 times more powerful than vitamin E; so get your radiant skin by just drinking green tea.

6. ORAL HEALTH

Multiple studies have come out showing that green tea can prevent tooth decay and increase your overall oral hygiene.

7. ANTI CANCER

Cancer, let us talk about this one, one study found that men who drink green tea had a 48% chance less likely to develop prostate cancer and woman who drink green tea had a 22% less likely chance of developing breast cancer.

BEST WAYS TO USE GREEN TEA:

Let me show you how to actually make this stuff. Alright so let me go over three ways; the first is to brew it yourself with loose leaf now this is probably the most popular method don’t over think it. One or 2 tablespoons of green tea, I’m using a, I kind of gotten on an Asian market, I got three at of them I like to rotate through and this gives you a really strong earthy tasting tea and let it steep for about 3 to 5 minutes. The longer you let it steep the more bitter it gets and potentially the more caffeine. If you want to mix this up go ahead and add mint; you can do a diffuser, ginger or turmeric and lemon actually helps the catechins absorb, so that’s another tip as well.

The second way is the easiest way and that is to buy from the store in a tea bag. You can get these in 100, 200 packs from an Asian market for dirt cheap. Although I’m going to the trusted Trader Joe’s. They never wrong you, although Joe is one trader. I like to do two bags because I am a maniac and I get double the benefits and the third ways is just to take it in a supplement form, an extract you can be careful with this it does have caffeine and you want to do that before any of these before if you are sensitive to caffeine; recommendation for this range from 2 cups a day, 5 cups a day all the way to 10 cups a day.

One Cup of caffeine is about 35 mg which isn’t bad compared to its rival coffee which has 135 mg.

Two tips: the first is do not add milk to this the casein protein is going to inhibit the effect of the anti-oxidant, okay so don’t ever do that. The second tip is to get a good high-quality brand. Some of the lower quality brands have bad handling practices. I have even heard of them having fluoride in them and other not so fun things you just don’t want in a tea.

Okay guys that is your weekly Wednesday health hack, thanks for tuning in!

If you want I put out a free e-book it is called the 11 questions to change your life. It is the best 11 questions that have made an impact, change and influence on my life and we have been getting great feedback on it. The link is in the description below head on over there and get it yourself all it takes is an e-mail.

It is all that I got guys until next time, happy tea drinking.

Stop settling, start living I will see you later.

-Clark

PRODUCTS I USE:

Great Green Tea Loose Leaf: http://amzn.to/1Kc8Gha
Great Green Tea Bags: http://amzn.to/1T83yfy

SOURCES

4% FAT: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10584049

FAT OXIDATION: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18326618

PROSTATE CANCER: http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/167/1/71.abstract

BREAST CANCER: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16311246

BAD BREATH: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18388413

DIEABETIES: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16618952

BELLY FAT: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/oby.2007.176/full

DIE LESS: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1047279709001653

WEB MD: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/health-benefits-of-green-tea

How to Meditate – The Ultimate Meditation Guide for Beginners

How to Meditate – The Ultimate Meditation Guide for Beginners

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How To Meditate – The Ultimate Meditation Guide for Beginners. These are effective meditation techniques, plus a guided 5 min how to meditation video. This is a video on how to meditate for beginners (even if you’ve never meditated before)

1. WHY meditate?

2. WHAT is meditation?

3. HOW do you meditate?

1. WHY MEDITATE?

TIME: (0:30) Slow down and see things. Lessons from a Buddhist monk: 3 kinds of wisdom (learn from others, practice, thought out). We often lack the thought out wisdom. Meditation develops the third kind. (TIP: Journaling does this as well!).

2. WHAT IS MEDITATION?

TIME: (3:04)  Meditation is a time to fill  yourself up. Meditation is a time to focus on your breathing. Meditation is a time to focus your mind (not silence it). IMAGE: Training your mind is like training a dog. Think of a newborn puppy – walking the puppy is near impossible at the start. What should be a 10 min walk around the block turns into a 45min “stop and sniff everything” session. To train the puppy, we have to constantly redirect it back on track. Overtime, the dog learns how to stay focused. If we are consistent enough training our dog, eventually it can walk itself off leash.

3. HOW TO MEDITATE?

TIME: (0:30) TOOLS: My top 3 meditation anchors (Focus Breathing, Mnantra, Color Breathing). Use these to make the most out of your meditations.

BONUS: (13:45) GUIDED 5 min Meditation Practice

BONUS: (19:45) Exclusive behind the scenes footage from my stay at the monastery in Thailand


– V I D E O S    M E N T I O N E D –

SOUTHEAST ASIA VIDEO

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO KEEPING A JOURNAL

A LOOK INSIDE MY 2015 JOURNAL

GRAB THE JOURNAL I USE HERE

Stop settling, start living.

3 Steps to Breakthrough Limiting Beliefs & Self Doubt

3 Steps to Breakthrough Limiting Beliefs & Self Doubt

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When we’re able to shift our identity – that’s where the real change happens.

A limiting belief is anything that you believe to to be true that is holding you back. Limiting beliefs hijack over our identity. More often than not, we are unaware of the limiting beliefs we identify with. Here are some thoughts (and three steps) to overcome them.


STEP 1. SHIFT YOUR IDENITITY

(TIME 7:00) For example: the first step towards losing weight is to stop identifying as a fat person. Shift your identity from being a fat person to being a healthy person. We have a need to be consistent with our identity. If we have labeled ourselves a “fat person” we will act unhealthy to remain consistent with our identity. In order to make lasting change, we must shift our identity. Start identifying yourself as a healthy person, start identifying yourself as a rich person, start identifying yourself as someone who is good in relationships, etc.


STEP 2. PROJECT OUTWARD

(TIME 10:00) In his must watch Ted Talk “Why We Make Bad Decisions” psychologist Dan Gilbert speaks about why humans are extremely near sighted when it comes to thinking about the future. It is hard for us to think about how the future will effect us, so we don’t often do it. However, projecting outward is one of the best tools we can use to inspire ourselves to take action. Ask yourself “How will my life look 20 years from now if I keep believing (BLANK)?


STEP 3. ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS 

(TIME 11:35) There are two ways to: put ideas in, or pull ideas out. Asking the right questions is one of the quickest ways to pull limiting beliefs out. Here are 11 that will help you on that process.


A Look Inside My 2015 Journal…. (I was scared to post this)

A Look Inside My 2015 Journal…. (I was scared to post this)

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Starting a journal & doing brain dumps are my go to tool. This is a flip through inside my 2015 journal – and the top lessons I learned. For more “how to journal” videos or “flip throughs”, see the links below!

 PART ONE: “THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO KEEPING A JOURNAL” 

BEST JOURNAL: GRAB THE JOURNAL I USE HERE (full disclosure: that’s my affiliate link, but doesn’t cost any extra to you.)

1. 32,850

(TIME: 1:58) If we had a dollar for every day lived until we were 90….. we’d have a whopping $32,850! A lot smaller than I had hoped. Seneca’s perspective: It is not that life is short, it’s that we don’t appreciate the time we have. Life is long if you know how to use it. We must maximize our 32,850 days. This leads us to point number two: The Rocking Chair Test

2. ROCKING CHAIR TEST

The rocking chair test:  “When i’m 90 years old, sitting in my rocking chair and looking back on my life, will I regret not doing (BLANK)?”

(TIME: 4:50) If the answer is “no” don’t do it. If the answer is “yes” get moving! In 2015 I did the rocking chair test on myself. One of the reasons I Backpacked through Southeast Asia was because I would have regretted not doing it one day. Remember, at the end of our life we are going to regret the things we didn’t do, not the things we did.

3. THE MILLION DOLLAR TEST

“Most people don’t want a million dollars, they want the experience they think only millions can buy” -Tim Ferriss (and Tony Robbins…?)

(TIME: 8:24) It’s a cliche, but the best things in life are free. The ocean will not feel any better because you have a million dollars. Friends and family can’t be replaced by a million dollars. You can have experiences today without the million dollars!

4. WHAT IF IT WAS A GIFT?

(TIME: 10:54) No matter what happens to you, ask yourself “what if it was a gift”. In doing this, you can snap out of victimhood instantly and take action to make changes. Also, Farmer Floyd’s life story: “What a wonderful opportunity for personal growth”.

5. MY PERSONAL STORY

(TIME: 15:15)  How I conquered depression, limiting beliefs, insecurity and self sabotage.

Stop settling, start living.

-Clark

Please feel free to email me for any time for any reason: clark@clarkdanger.com

3 Styles to Learn Anything (which one are you?)

3 Styles to Learn Anything (which one are you?)

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When we get information generally falls into one of three responses:

 

1. “THIS IS NEW!”

Ideas are most powerful when we’ve never heard them before. This is our golden window of opportunity to take action without overthinking. EX: “HOW TO JOURNAL VIDEO” got lots of positive feedback – because people have never seen a journal like that before. Motivated others to take action. Then what happens? Over time we know more and more about the topic. Eventually start to adapt and move into response #2:

2. “GIVE ME NEW!”

Ideas start to hold less power if we’ve heard them before. They become less revolutionary to us and we are more likely to write them off. We adapt to the information regardless of if we’re applying it. This isn’t good, because a life where we stop settling and start living has nothing to do with ideas everything with execution. Taking action is more important than the ideas themselves. Just because you have Arnold Schwarzenegger’s diet doesn’t mean you’ll look like Arnold. Rewards in life go to those who execute.

3. “SCREW YOU!” 

This is the approach we may fall into when we hear an idea so many times it become obvious. As soon as we hear the idea, we write it off completely without honestly assessing if we’re taking action on it. I have seen this response first hand with my three years hosting the “PaleoHacks Podcast”. People who write me emails are constantly looking for the latest and greatest “hack” (i.e. intermittent fasting, cold thermogenesis, pre-biotic fiber, etc) have written off the fundamentals of health as “obvious” or “too basic”. However, it is often these same people who are trying to replace fundamentals with the cutting edge hacks. We must get honest with ourselves when we hear information if we are actually applying it. 

TOP 5 LESSONS FROM “THE WAR OF ART” BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD

TOP 5 LESSONS FROM “THE WAR OF ART” BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD

1. EMBRACE FEAR

Resistance is fueled by fear. Learn to use fear as a sign of which way to go. The greater your fear is, the grater something means to you. Greater something means to you = greater change you will have by achieving goal = to evolve must conquer fear. In this way resistance acts as true north. Seth Godin says “The riskiest thing we can do in life is to be safe” and “If it scares you it might be a good idea to try”.


2. BURNOUTS & PROCRASTINATION 

BURNOUTS: Resistance knows that we tend to overestimate what we can do in a month, and under estimate what we can do in a year. It gets us to plunge into creative work with overambitious expectations. Resistance uses our own enthusiasm against us – hoping that we quit when things get hard.

PROCRASTINATION: This is resistance’s oldest trick in the book. We don’t say we’re never going to write the screenplay, we just say we’re going to do it tomorrow.

3. CRITICISM & JEALOUSY  

Resistance get’s us to view others success as “lucky”. Rule of thumb: the more critical we are of others, the less you we are working towards our calling. Successful people don’t have time to worry about what others are doing. They’re too busy doing what makes them successful.

4. AMATEUR VS. PROFESSIONAL

 We must treat creative work like professionals, not amateurs. Professionals: show up everyday, show up no matter what, stay on the job, commit over the long haul, master the technique of job, accept compensation for labour, don’t over identify with jobs, ask for help when needed, don’t get overly cocky, have a sense of humor about jobs.

5. GIVE YOUR GIFTS

“It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.” … Creative work is not a selfish act of bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” (pg. 165)