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Cellulite banishing foods for smooth, flawless skin!

It’s that time of the year when your skin can breathe after being wrapped up in layers of clothing all winter. It feels good to finally wear summer dresses, shorts, cotton saris and swim wear at the beach, but not if you have cellulite. What is cellulite? Cellulite is the bumpy and dimpled skin that shows up around the butt, abdomen and thighs. Cellulite results from enlarged packets of body fat deposited deep underneath the skin, that push up against the underlying connective tissue, resulting in the dimpling. Cellulite can affect anyone, not just overweight people, and is caused by hormonal and lifestyle factors, genetics, diet and wearing tight clothing. It is not a pretty sight, but cellulite can be banished. While expensive creams and lotions claim to smoothen away cellulite, Natural Mantra recommends going natural to get rid of cellulite forever!

Here are some foods that will get rid of cellulite from your body, naturally:

Whole Grains

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Brown pasta, brown rice and other whole grain cereals can aid weight loss as a source of slow-release energy, which keeps one satisfied for longer. They are also high in antioxidants, battling against cellulite-causing toxins and help the body to boot them out. Add at least one bowl a day to your diet to feel the effects.

Green Tea

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Green tea has been proven to aid weight loss by speeding up the metabolism,restricting fat absorption and aiding glucose regulation, making it a great beverage choice for anyone who’s looking to improve their health. However, it’s also good for beating cellulite. It contains an ingredient called theobromine, which stimulates the release of stored fats in the body, as does the caffeine it contains.

Oranges

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Oranges are great for your body. Packed with vitamin C, oranges contain methoxylated bioflavonoids, which improve the blood circulation and correct cell imbalances that may lead to cellulite.

Cayenne Pepper

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As well as boosting your metabolism, cayenne pepper helps in improving your blood circulation. The hot spice does this by warming the body internally, thus increasing the blood flow and reducing the formation of cellulite.

Cabbage

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Don’t overlook cabbage when you’re putting together your cellulite-busting diet plan. It’s a brilliant cleanser, and is a natural antiseptic and helps flush out harmful toxins from the body. The potassium it contains can also relieve water retention.

Beetroot

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Eating beetroot is well worth the effort if you want to smooth away cellulite. The purple root vegetable contains circulation-stimulating lycopene, which helps to reduce water retention, as well as potassium, vitamin E and collagen-boosting vitamin A. This makes it a powerful body cleanser, helping to eliminate toxins from the body and lower cholesterol at the same time.

Cucumber

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A build-up of fluid in the body can also trigger the onset of cellulite, no matter what age or size you are. Eating diuretic foods, like cucumber, can help to relieve water retention and remove toxins.

Apples

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Low in calories and high in fibre, apples are an excellent way to shape up. They are full of toxin-battling antioxidants and pectin – a gel-forming fibre that helps detoxify the digestive tract and is great for tackling cellulite!

Spinach

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If you’re looking to improve your skin and slim down, low-cal spinach is a good leaf to incorporate in your diet. It is high in vitamin A, which can help to reduce the appearance of cellulite because it aids the production of collagen – a protein that strengthens, smoothes and plumps out the skin. Swap it for lettuce in a salad or throw a handful into a hot meal at dinnertime or just juice it.

Watermelon

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Watermelon gets its beautiful ruby red colour from a particularly potent antioxidant called lycopene. This not only helps improve blood circulation, but smoothens cellulite over time and can also protect against heart disease.

Nourish your body with these naturally wonderful foods and bid cellulite goodbye and say ‘Hello’ to smooth, flawless skin once again!


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Refreshing green tea recipes, on ice!

On a scorching summer’s day, sipping on a hot cup of freshly brewed green tea isn’t that appealing, right? But who says green tea need only be had hot? Green tea is even more refreshing and nourishing, with all its numerous health benefits intact, when iced and mixed with some fruits, roots and honey!

Here are four exciting green tea recipes, on ice! Take your pick – Watermelon Green Iced Tea or a Green Tea and Ginger one or a frosty Green Tea Cinnamon Smoothie or the Mango Green Iced Tea. Whether you want to make it for yourself or for a summer party or just for your family, these iced green teas and smoothies are very delicious to drink and will make for some great summer memories with your loved ones!

Watermelon Green Iced Tea:

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Serves 2 

Ingredients:

  •          4 cups seedless watermelon flesh, cubed
  •          2 cups hot water
  •          3 green tea bags
  •          Juice of 1 lime
  •          Sugar to taste

 Directions:

  • Blend the watermelon cubes in a blender until pureed. Use a strainer to remove the pulp completely and keep the puree smooth.
  • In a sauce pan, boil the water and add the green tea bags  and allow to steep for 5 minutes, and then remove the bags.
  • Allow the tea to cool at room temperature before adding the watermelon puree, lime juice and sugar. You can also use raw honey instead of sugar, if you are counting calories.
  • Serve immediately over ice.

 Iced Green Tea with Ginger:

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This is an all day, any time refresher which is easy to make with ingredients that are readily available in every household. It takes about five minutes to make, but the effects of the antioxidants in the green tea are everlasting. Drink up for a healthier you!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 green tea bags
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 100 grams of fresh, unpeeled sliced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Fresh sprigs of mint
  • Lemon wedges (optional) for garnish

 Directions:

  • Add the water and ginger to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Allow the bags to steep for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully remove and strain the tea bags and ginger. Pour the tea into a pitcher, add the honey, lemon juice and stir.
  • Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Serve over iced cubes with lemon wedges and mint sprigs as garnish.

 Green Tea Cinnamon Honey Smoothie:

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Making a smoothie is an easy way to whip up something nutritious when you don’t have a lot of time. This low-calorie cinnamon, honey and green tea smoothie makes for a chilled caffeine break when the temperature rises. Not only will the caffeine in the green tea give you much-needed energy, but cinnamon and green tea have both been shown to have metabolism-boosting properties.  In addition, research has shown that honey may help regulate blood sugar levels, meaning you won’t feel sluggish after this afternoon snack. The next time you’re feeling like you could use a frosty beverage, forget the Frappuccino and make this 139-calorie smoothie instead.

For this recipe, use two or more green tea bags to brew a cup or two of  tea, depending on how strong you’d like it, then keep the tea chilled in your fridge until ready to use. You can also add greens of your choice, like kale or spinach, to add a few more nutrients to this smoothie without altering the taste.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup brewed green tea
  • 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • Half a banana

 Directions: 

  • Add one to two scoops of crushed ice to a blender, along with all ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Mango Green Iced Tea: 

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It isn’t summer if they are no mangoes! And a fresh mango and green tea on ice is just the drink to keep us happy and cool all summer long! Bring home those delicious Dusseris, Langdas, Chausas and Alphonsos and blend them into a tall glass of happiness!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 4 mangoes, peeled and sliced
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 green tea bags
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Fresh mint to garnish

Directions:

  • Puree mango in a blender with 1/4 cup of sugar and set aside.
  • Pour water into a pot and bring to a boil. When water begins to boil, add tea bags, cover pot with lid and turn off heat.
  • Allow the tea bags to steep for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove bags from the pot and pour in mango puree. Add remaining sugar and mix well.
  • Pour mixture over ice, garnish with mint and serve chilled.

 


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Wah Chai! Why is Tea such a good morning beverage!

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The incredible goodness of your morning cuppa tea!

You love your hot morning cup of tea don’t you? It picks you up, wakes you to possibilities of a brand new day and is really good for your health as well. Do you know, Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water and for a lot of people it’s a way of life.

Drinking three to four cups of tea is recommended and can be great for your health. It replaces fluids and contains flavanoids with antioxidant properties. So what can be a healthier tea than organic tea?

Types of Organic Tea and Benefits

 

Many conventional tea plantations are converting to organic after seeing the harmful effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The conventional way is non-sustainable, leads to soil erosion and disease, and the pesticides are a health hazard for the workers who pick the leaves. The naturally-grown tea is said to provide a fuller and richer taste, which is healthier for consumption.

What is tea?

Tea is the dried and processed leaves of a species of plant called Camellia sinensis. The infusion of these leaves in hot water is what makes up tea. There are four main types of tea – White, Green, Oolong and Black.

The difference between these teas is in the harvesting and the drying process. The darker the tea, the more processing it has undergone – this strips away some of the beneficial nutrients.

White Tea is the rarest type of tea, made from the young leaves that are picked before the buds have fully opened. White tea undergoes minimal processing, keeping it close to it’s natural state.

Green Tea. The health benefits associated with green tea has made it a very popular drink worldwide. This milder type of tea is made from only the leaf bud and the top two leaves. The leaves are simply withered and then roasted or dried.

Oolong Tea is a traditional Chinese type of tea, somewhere in between green and black in oxidation.

Black Tea is the most popular variety of tea. The leaves undergo a complex fermentation process which reduces its antioxidant content, is generally stronger in flavour and contains more caffeine.

 The Benefits of Tea

Medical research is finding the healing benefits of tea. It is suggested that it may help to prevent everything from tooth cavities to Parkinson’s disease. Tea also contains antioxidants and trace amounts of various nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium and the vitamins A, C, E and K. In general, consumption of tea may prevent or improve conditions such as arthritis, bone density, heart disease and cataracts.

 Organic tea has various benefits:

White Tea builds up the immune system in the fight against viral and bacterial infections and helps prevent tooth decay, and helps to fight and kill cancer cells.

Green Tea has a positive effect on almost every organ in the human body; the antioxidants help to prevent toxins that build up from unnecessary oxygen, helps prevent cancer by blocking compounds with polyphenols, reduces blood pressure and cholesterol, and increases HDL (good cholesterol), among many other healing properties.

Oolong Tea has anti-oxidant properties and reduces the risk of high blood pressure and Black Tea relaxes and expands arteries, decreasing your chances of a heart attack or stroke.

What are Herbal Teas?

Herbal teas are not actually teas. They are referred to as infusions or tisanes, and are a simple and effective way of extracting the goodness and flavour from the aerial parts of herbs. Tisanes can be made with fresh or dried leaves, soft stems, flowers, seeds or roots.

Often herbal teas are consumed for their physical or medicinal effects, especially as a stimulant, relaxant or sedative. They may also contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

There are some precautions to be observed when enjoying herbal teas:

Avoid all strong herbal teas during the first three months of pregnancy.

Do not exceed the recommended measures of ingredients or frequency of drinking.

It is recommended that before you consume any amount of herbal tea you do a “taste test” to ensure that you do not have an allergic reaction to a particular herbal tea.

Some popular herbal teas are Chamomile, Ginger, Peppermint, Rooibos  and Echinacea. They all have proven good effects on health, well-being and healing.  

So, when next you feel like pick-me-up, remember the benefits of pouring yourself a good “cuppa” tea! Enjoy the aroma and the goodness!

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Healthy mornings with a cup of perfect green tea!

Sundays are usually when I give myself a break and wake up late. This Sunday, I woke up at the crack of dawn. Just one of those days when one doesn’t know why one wakes up refreshed and can’t go back to sleep. There is nothing quite as relaxing as having a cup of hot chai early in the morning and gazing outside from my little haven.

Adrak chai, ginger-lemon tea, black tea, Earl Grey,green tea, lemon tea, mint tea or the good old masala cutting – tea in any of its forms gives a warm fuzzy feeling of total comfort. Sitting at the French window and watching the streets stir to life with my green tea brewed to perfection (mixed with a teaspoon of Himalayan flora honey from Under the Mango Tree – Thank you Emily for helping me procure a natural dark honey) was a great start to my idyllic Sunday. Opting for a healthy Sunday, I chose to drink green tea this week.

I’ve had some pretty disastrous attempts at brewing green tea. It’s something that needs to be worked at a few times before one call yell “Eureka!” It’s tough to get it just right enough for ones taste buds. Here’s why –

Water temperature needs to be perfect. If it’s too hot, the flavonoids (the healthy stuff in the tea) make it bitter. Too cold, the tea stays insipid since the flavours are not released.

  • The flavour and sweetness comes from the amino-acids and natural sugars in the leaves while the bitterness comes from tannins or polyphenols. The former bunch dissolves at 60 degrees Celsius while the tannins dissolve at 80 degrees Celsius. So finding the right temperature is crucial.
  • (I don’t use a thermometer. It’s too cumbersome. I turn off the gas the moment the water comes to a boil and then let it sit for a minute or so to cool it down to a 70-75. That’s an approximation. And no, I don’t guarantee that it’s even remotely around the prescribed temperature. But my tea does turn out perfect if I follow that process. Try it and let me know if it worked for you too. And yes, sceptics, do check with a kitchen thermometer and inform me whether I am making a right assumption of the temperature. I would really appreciate any more tips to make my tea better.)

Duration of the brewing: Ideally between 1-3 minutes.

  • The reason this is important is because the bitterness from the tannins will seep into your tea if you leave it for longer than a couple of minutes.

Usage of tea bag and tea leaves makes a difference.

  • I used to use tea bags. But they have to be dipped continually so as to aid in the release of fragrances and not just dipped once and left in. But with tea leaves, you can just pour the water over them and then strain after steeping.

So, here’s my recommendation for brewing a perfect cuppa:

  1. Bring the water to the boil. Turn off the gas. If you use a microwave, I’d say about a minute on high micro-power should do it.
  2. Wait for a minute. Day-dream. Look out the kitchen window. Place the tea bag or the leaves in a cup.
  3. Pour the warm water over the bag or leaves. Leave it for a minute or two.
  4. Strain it. (Don’t throw the leaves or bag away! They’re a good fertilizer for your garden plants and also a good home-based remedy to dark circles.)
  5. Mix one flat teaspoon of natural or organic honey into your tea. (This sweetens the tea a bit and also adds to the health quotient of it.)
  6. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your cuppa.

Steeping time should be balanced with water temperature: the lower the temperature, the longer the tea can be steeped. But remember, it has to be steeped at a minimum of 60 degrees Celsius for proper release of the amino-acids and sugars.

Enjoy your cuppa as you contemplate how you helped improve yourself today by taking a step towards living a healthier lifestyle.

You can check out a wide range of healthy natural teas at http://www.naturalmantra.com/categories/Organic-Natural-Health-Remedies/cid-CU00029130.aspx

In our fast paced lives, a sustainable lifestyle shouldn’t be a struggle, but it sometimes is. Our online e-commerce provides the largest selection of  natural, organic and eco-friendly products in India making it accessible and affordable to all. At NaturalMantra.com you can choose from a wide selection of safe, healthy non-toxic products, all at one place delivered to your door! Not every product makes it to NaturalMantra.com but the ones who do make it through our selection criteria.
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