best green tea for weight loss brand

Green tea is a remarkable natural herb. The Chinese have been cultivating and drinking green tea for 5,000 years. Throughout Asia, green tea is associated with good health and natural healing.

Western medicine has recently been doing lots of studies on green tea to see if it is, in fact, a potent natural healer. This herb has been credited with aiding in digestion, healing wounds, and regulating blood pressure. The good news is that studies have shown that green tea is a great antioxidant that can protect you from viruses and possibly cancer. It’s 100 times more powerful than both vitamin C and vitamin E.

Recent studies have shown that green tea aids in boosting the body’s metabolism, which has caused a real jump in the use of green tea in all kinds of diet supplements and health related products. The active ingredient that causes all these benefits is called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). This anti-oxidant can be found in all green tea and you’ll see a lot of green tea diet supplements with it as well.

Even with all of its benefits, green tea is no miracle skin tea weight loss cure. While it has a positive effect on your fat cells, it must be used in conjunction with a regular healthy diet and moderate exercise in order for you to be successful in your weight loss goals.

Green tea does contain caffeine, about 1/4 of the amount that coffee has, as well as, two caffeine like substances that are stronger than caffeine. You can replace your regular cup of coffee with green tea and gain more health benefits. If you are looking to reduce the amount of caffeine you ingest, this is a real plus.

Just like with coffee beans, there are several types of green tea to enjoy. The tea is grown in many different regions of China, Japan and India. There is high quality and low quality. Higher quality green tea only needs to be steeped in hot water for 30 seconds or less. I’m sure that once you start drinking this wonderful tea, you’ll enjoy the different nuances of flavor.

When purchasing green tea for weight loss, you want to be cautious about paying too much. There are some unscrupulous marketers who will charge you an arm and a leg for their magic weight loss diet tea, or claim that it’s the same tea that Oprah loves. For one thing, Oprah hasn’t endorsed any brand of green tea and secondly, you can get a nice, high quality tea for half the price that those opportunists are charging.

People who are buying this diet tea are finding out that it may be good tasting tea, but they are not dropping huge amounts of weight overnight.

So, should you drink green tea for weight loss?

Yes, green tea will definitely benefit your body and increase your natural defenses against many illnesses. Drinking one to three cups a day is a healthier alternative to several cups of caffeine-laden coffee. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll still need to combine this delicious drink with eating healthy and doing some moderate exercise, like going for a long walk.

We are Dinner Parties

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 5.31.49 PM.png

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).


Where does it come from?

Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..”, comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

The standard chunk of Lorem Ipsum used since the 1500s is reproduced below for those interested. Sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 from “de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum” by Cicero are also reproduced in their exact original form, accompanied by English versions from the 1914 translation by H. Rackham.


Photo credit: Flickr user @Alpha

Photo credit: Flickr user @Alpha

“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”

– David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Blame it on one too many viewings of Pollyanna as children, but on the whole, we think humans are wired to not be assholes. After all, we’re social animals, who’ve evolved to care for one another. Our brains have a built-in “social caregiving system,” which leads to what’s known as a tend-and-befriend response to stress and suffering. Translation: We’re biologically inclined to want to be helpful.

We see grief and loss inspire remarkable acts of empathy and generosity each and every day. We’ve found that most people want to say and do the right thing by one another.

But every good rule has its exception: When it comes to suicide, most people are assholes.

As with most examples of blatant assholeishness, the problem is mostly one of ignorance. Suicide has long been a subject of taboo. Efforts to break the silence around suicide are new, and we’re only just learning to talk about it. Even today, families will sometimes go to great lengths to hide the cause of death.

For the two of us, and for hundreds of others across our respective communities, this is personal. So for your sake and ours, here are a few suggestions on how to be less of an asshole:

1. Stop saying “committed suicide.” 

Simply put, it’s out of date. People commit crimes: Using that word subtly implies fault and perpetuates the stigma around suicide. Eighty-five percent of those who die by suicide have struggled with mental illness or addiction. For most people, suicide is the final act after a long illness.

Try instead: Use language like “died by suicide” or “took their own life”. Changing a few simple words displays empathy towards the person who died and acknowledges their often long and terrible fight against diseases like mental illness and addiction.

2. Enough with the questions. 

Before you start peppering a friend (let alone a stranger or co-worker or ____) with questions about the circumstances of the death, consider why you’re asking the question. If the answer is merely to satiate your own curiosity, don’t ask it.

The decision to talk openly about loss is one we applaud, but it is a choice. It doesn’t mean that anyone ever has the right to know about it, or the circumstances that surrounded it.

Questions like how a person did it, or why they did it, or whether they had attempted before are invasive, and serve nothing. When someone dies of cancer, does it matter which internal organ shut down first? When someone dies of lung cancer, does it matter if they smoked? (No and no.) We’ll never know the answer to the ultimate “why”, whether or not that person had a history of mental illness or addiction. That unanswered question, and the infinite supply of “what ifs” that accompany it, is one we’ll have to live with for the rest of our lives. In the end, knowing the answer wouldn’t make the loss any easier to bear.

3. Was it expected? 

This is a simple one. Nope.

It doesn’t matter how many times they’ve attempted, or how sick they’ve been. Unless the suicide is medically assisted, it is unexpected. So skip the question. Ask if you can bring over a bottle of wine once the funeral crowds have disappeared. Ask if you can walk the dog or do the laundry. Ask a thoughtful question about who that person was.

A good rule of thumb: Resist questions about the death itself, and focus more on the lives in question. Focus on how your friend is doing, and what they need. Focus less on how the person died or when and more on the life they led.

4. “I’d kill myself, shoot myself, slit my wrists, yada yada yada.”

We hear these phrases all the time, and once upon a time, we said them, too. Most of the time, it doesn’t bother us anymore. But remember: A throwaway line like, “I’d kill myself if I were caught singing in the shower,” is a pretty great way to taint a perfectly enjoyable conversation. Our brains can’t help but go there. Be aware that you might be in the presence of someone whose loved one really did kill themselves or whose loved one is contemplating suicide. Joking about suicide could make it harder for them to reach out to you in a moment of crisis.

5. Suicide is selfish.

This one’s tricky. On the days when we’re desperate for a conversation we cannot have, we can’t help but feel it was selfish.

But then we remind ourselves that the people we’ve lost to suicide, and many of those who struggled with depression or suicidal thoughts, are among the most sensitive and compassionate people we’ve known. It’s often easier to offer help than it is to ask for it, and those contemplating suicide are often wracked by guilt, or feel the world would be better off without them. Suicide is a response to pain, not indifference.
Most of the terrible things we say are the result of ignorance, not intent. So the next time you encounter someone who’s struggling with suicidal thoughts, or talk with someone who’s navigating a suicide loss, try asking that person what would be helpful for them. Don’t assume you know.

You’re not an asshole. Try not to act like one.


Post Edit: Thanks to everyone who’s written in, and shared their experiences. We wrote this as two women who’ve encountered mental illness, addiction and suicide loss within our immediate families and friend circles. We do not approach this subject lightly, and by no means do we intend to sugarcoat it. That suicide wreaks havoc on families is something we are profoundly aware of. Our goal is simply to add to what many have been working to do for years: To make the conversation more approachable and more empathetic, and to help people avoid foot-in-mouth syndrome.