Green Tea Flavanols, Side Effects, and the PAGG Stack Supplement

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The PAGG stack supplement, as introduced by Tim Ferriss in his Four Hour Body book in 2010, is now precisely formulated for easy dosing and shipped worldwide by Pareto Nutrition.  So many people are looking for a safe and natural supplement stack, containing a range of natural healthy ingredients which work together synergistically to promote fat loss and body recomposition.

The role of green tea flavanols in the PAGG stack concerns how energy is stored within the body – when you eat excess carbohydrates, providing more energy than the body immediately needs, the tendency is for the unrequired calories to be stored as fat.  This is one reason for the success of the Slow Carb Diet program, which structures meals to ensure the calories are digested slowly and gradually, supplying the body’s energy needs throughout the time between meals.  However the green tea flavanol ECGC (Epigallocatechin gallate) helps to divert those calories to the muscle cells instead, inhibiting their storage as fat – this is really important if you are trying to build a leaner and healthier body.  ECGC also helps to accelerate the aging and destruction of fat cells as well, which is very important in preventing the ‘yo yo dieting effect’ – because so often fat cells are not removed, but merely reduced in size… ready to grow easily back to the former size once previous calorie intake is resumed.

So, why aren’t we all drinking cup after cup of green tea?  The Japanese drink it most days, and their natural longevity and low incidence of certain cancers first brought green tea the attention of Western scientists for this reason – but they tend to only drink a few cups a day, because it has naturally high levels of caffeine.  To get the minimum effective dose recommended by Tim Ferriss for fat loss, you would need to knock back dozens of cups each day, and probably feel terrible and wired!  Hardly the picture of zen health…

Far better to get your ECGC in a controlled and precisely measured supplement made using decaffeinated green tea flavanols, such as that contained in Pareto Nutrition’s PAGG stack.  And to be 100% certain that there is no possibility of the PAGG stack supplement affecting your good night’s rest, they have in their latest formulation removed ECGC completely from the final bedtime capsule, concentrating the full daily dose across the 3 pre-meal capsules to ensure maximum affect on the calories of the food you eat.

5 Benefits of Herbal Tea that you Probably Weren’t Aware Of

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It’s been known for a while now that Herbal Tea can have many positive benefits for general health and is also a great aid when looking to lose weight. What most people don’t know is why it’s good for you and what areas of health it can help with.

The aim of this post is to highlight 5 benefits that you may not have been aware of before and to give you an insight into just how good for you herbal tea can be. These 5 benefits are:

  • Calming stomach and digestive system
  • Cleanses the body
  • Reduces appetite
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Increases energy

Calming the stomach and Digestive system

Herbal teas are a great aid when it comes to soothing any aches and pains associated with stomach or digestive issues. The slight raise in temperature can help ease cramps and there are also plenty of types of herbal tea recommended for those who suffer from IBS and other similar symptoms.

While Mint herbal tea is generally recommended for stomach cramps, fennel tea is often recommended to aid with reducing bloat and excess stomach gas.

Cleanses the Body

Herbal Tea naturally aids the body’s toxin removal process and also provides the benefits that come from increasing water intake. The increased water helps to hydrate the body and flushes out toxins at an increased rate.

Reduces Appetite

One of the most popular benefits of drinking herbal tea is the decrease in appetite. This is one of the reasons it is a popular slimming aid is often a substitute for fizzy drinks on these kinds of diets. Drinking herbal tea before a mean can also help to reduce the amount of food you consume and can help satisfy your hunger without adding any calories.

Boosts Metabolism

Drinking herbal tea early on in the day provides your body with a kick start and can really help to boost your metabolism. Studies have also shown that the increase in temperature can also cause a spike in metabolic rate meaning any activities you do burn of more calories that usual!

Increase in Energy

Herbal teas have also been reported to help boost your energy levels, take a look around at some of the herbal teas on offer to find one that suits you.

All of these benefits combined can really add up to a healthy alternative to traditional teas or coffees, not to mention the decrease in sugar intake from cutting these beverages out. So why not introduce herbal tea into your diet and start feeling healthier today!

This is a post by Leon from Hambleden Herbs, a supplier of herbal tea and other organic herbs and spices

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How To Make Green Tea Metabolism Work For You

A cold glass of green tea is an invigorating drink on a hot day and so is a hot cup on a cold day. It does not only quench your thirst and warm your body but it also gives you many health benefits. It can ward off certain diseases and more. It can even help you lose weight. All you need to do is to drink this great tea on a regular basis. In this article, you will learn how to make your own iced cold tasty green tea.

There are many ways to get green tea into your system. One of which is to brew the leaves and drink green tea. This article can help you make one.

Purchasing a bottle of this tea is very expensive. Why not make tea for yourself? You will need green tea bags, hot water, glass jar, refrigerator, and sweetener. Once you have everything you need, we can start making your iced green tea. Here is how to do it:

  • Put two tea bags in your glass jar. You can put in two green tea bags, or one green tea bag and another bag of a different type of tea. The most preferred options are mint and lemon teas. The choice is yours.

  • Add sugar or sweetener, to your taste.

  • Boil water and pour it into your glass jars. Stop pouring when the tea bags are totally covered in water. Let it stand for about 20 minutes or so. However, you can let it seep for as long as you want.

  • Remove the bags from the glass jar. Pour in cold water into the jar.

  • Cover your jar and keep it in the fridge. Pop in some ice and you have yourself a glass of refreshing and healthy tea.

There is a different version of this, the hot kind of course. For this style, you will need green tea loose leaves, a kettle, and a teapot. Do the following steps to brew your tea perfectly:

  • Place a teaspoon of high quality loose leaf green tea in your tea pot. Why high quality? The reason is that only the highest quality of these leaves have high amounts of polyphenols. Polyphenols will boost your metabolism.

  • Heat water in your kettle. Be careful not to boil the water as this will produce bitter tea.

  • Let the water cool for about a minute.

  • Pour your tea into the teapot.

  • Soak the tea leaves for about 4 minutes but not longer than that. If you soak the leaves for more than the suggested time, its health properties will decrease.

  • Drink 5 cups of green tea per day. Drink your first cup of tea early in the morning to jumpstart your day. Yes, green tea has caffine in it.

Drinking green tea routinely is great for you but you should also eat right and exercise for an hour at least 3 times a week. This way, your metabolism will increase day by day. Apart from this, you should also eat healthy yet small meals all throughout the day. In addition to reducing your weight and avoiding the risk of getting certain diseases, green tea taste great!. So what are you waiting for? Drink up and make your tea today!

Marcy is a health buff who promotes green tea for a healthier life. You can find out more about green tea benefit and green tea metabolism when you read her posts.