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I subscribe to a couple (well… okay… more than a couple) of health-related newsletters. It’s as though highly regarded and well-known doctors come into my home and consult with me on a daily basis. Who wouldn’t want that? Free house calls!
One of my favorite newsletters is the Health Newsletter from Dr. Al Sears. A recent newsletter was titled, “Why Most Japanese Never Wind Up in a Nursing Home.”
Because I read a great, great deal about health, tea, and green tea – I pretty much knew the reason before I even opened the newsletter. Green tea… of course!
Here are excerpts from the newsletter:
No one wants to go to a nursing home. In fact, ending up in a nursing home is something most of us dread.
But in Japan – where people live longer than in just about any other part of the world – nursing homes are almost unheard of.
These are people living long, active lives. And they’re doing it from the comfort of their own homes.
I’m writing you today because I believe I’ve figured out how they do it…
When I was researching Japanese longevity, I looked at their overall lifestyles, their work lives, their exercise routines and what they were putting into their bodies.
There was one difference that really stood out… maybe the biggest I’ve discovered.
And it’s very simple.
The best part is you can start using it today to help you feel better and give you more energy.
It’s an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG for short). The Japanese consume it almost every day, mostly in the form of green tea…..
In order to benefit from green tea, you need to “up the ante,” so to speak. One, two, or even three cups of green tea a day isn’t enough. You need to drink at least 6 cups a day to achieve the benefits described above. If, like me, you drink hot and iced green tea, it’s absolutely no problem. I make a pot up first thing in the morning, drink iced green tea throughout the day, then make a pot up in the evening for hot green tea with honey. Heaven.
On a somewhat related note, if you regularly get Green Tea Fraps at Starbucks, did you know that you can order them “Skinny?” The best part is, they’re just as delicious… actually I like them even better because there’s a delicious matcha taste you don’t get in the “fatty” versions.
And now I’m craving one so badly I’m two minutes away from heading to Starbucks for a Skinny Green Tea Frap. I love life.