Living Past 100
Average life-span of a person is 78.7 years (source: fortune.com) . For a male 68 years and four months and for females 81.2 years. Some people however lived to be what is known as Centenarians. An amazing feat for sure. In 2012, there were 316,000 living centenarians! In 2017, there are 7.53 Billion people. So only a tiny amount of humans are and become centenarians. So how does a person become a centenarian?
First we will take a look into the land of the rising sun, Japan. Japan has the record for most centenarians at 69,785. An incredible number indeed! So how did this happen?
One contributing factor is the popularity of green tea in Japan. Green tea is everywhere in Japan, even vending machines. According to O-Cha.net , 72.3 % of people in Japan drink Green tea daily and 89.6% of people in Japan drink green tea. Green tea is known to be the healthiest beverage on Earth and have plenty of health benefits including boosting metabolism, fat loss, stunts hunger, cardiovascular improvement, reduce risk of stroke and improves cholesterol. It is quite the super food or should I say Super Duper Food!
Another factor in the long life of Japanese people is eating small portions of food. This helps reduce the stress of the stomach and other organs in the body that have to do with fuel consumption, also it helps keep BMI down which helps a person live a lot longer. Seafood is also consumed regularly in Japan. Seafood is low in Cholesterol, High in protein and has OMEGA 3 fatty acids which improves eye health, promotes brain health, reduces risk of heart disease and can help fight depression and anxiety. Fermented foods are also common amongst the people of Japan which have probiotics, which improve gut health.
In Japan, the people take baths regularly which reducing stress and anxiety. They also have an amazing health care system. Most people in Japan exercise regularly which also improves health as well.
Looking at this maybe the rest of the world should take a look a Japan and see what they do to live longer, for it may help the population of centenarians increase more and more every passing year.
How do thou like thous tea? Hot, Warm, Cold, Iced? Sweet or unsweetened? Black, Green, White, Herbal, Oolong, Matcha? No matter how you drink your tea, it's still tea. So what about tea? What's the history behind it? How is it made? Is it good for thee? Let's take a closer look into, Tea!
Green Tea began it's life around 2700 B.C. China. Thou can say that it's discovery was an accident. One day in China, The Emperor Shennong drank hot water that had a tea leaf boiled in it. He found the taste was quite exceptional and became an aristocratic beverage. Green Tea was born. Green wouldn't find it's way to the West until the 1800's A.D. when European explorers came across it. It soon gain popularity to the West and was common amongst the peoples living in Europe. Today, ever so slowly Green Tea is becoming more and more popular and is a favorite beverage amongst many across the world including yours truly. The benefits of Green Tea may also have boosted it's popularity. It is a super food at the truest terms and may be considered the healthiest beverage in the world! It is known to boost metabolism when drank hot and can help one lose fat rapidly if under a healthy diet and exercise routine. Green tea also stunts a person's hunger which helps them eat less i.e. take in less calories. Most Green Teas are zero calories which is also an awesome benefit. One more great thing is that the caffeine levels are not very high so thou won't get wired when drinking a lot of green tea. Some research recommend a person drink 8 cups or Green Tea a day to get the best results.
The Story of Black Tea is quite interesting I do declare. In the Mid 17th century, we head back to China. The military of Jianxi entered into Fujian Province and stayed near a Tea factory. Tea production was delayed due to this unexpected stay and the tea leaves were left out to soak in the solar heat of the sun. The tea leaves became a dark-red pigment. The farmer, trying to speed up the dying process, put the tea leaves over a fire which gave them a smoky flavor. This became the first ever known Black Tea. A new type pf tea was born! Before this only Green and Oolong tea had been consumed. Today many enjoy Black Tea as a breakfast beverage and there is even a tradition known as Tea time which people take time out of their day to sip on some delicious Black Tea. Black Tea is known to be great for heart health and has some anti-oxidants as well. Black is shown to lower cholesterol levels which is most definitely good for the heart. Also if thou hath a headache or aching stomach, Black tea is a great drink to relieve those pains. Three cheers for Black Tea, Yes indeed!
Once again we head to China to the story of White Tea. During the 7th to 14th century AD White tea was created. Consuming tea at this time period was a way of life for the Chinese. How White Tea came about was due to a tea tribute to The Emperor at the time. The Emperor required rare teas and so White tea was born by plucking younger tea buds that were water down and coated in a white powder. Only the Emperor afford this spectacular tea. In the 1700's however, White tea became more available to the rest of world and now most people can afford the marvelous flavor of White Tea. White tea has antioxidants three times higher than other teas and can help protect skin, reduce risk of premature aging and improve oral health. Sounds like a super tea to me.
Herbal tea; also known as Tisane comes from a Chinese Legend that a man called The Divine Farmer who lived through the 27th and 28th century BC discovered an infusion of herbs that fell in his cup of hot water. This story is much like the one of Green tea and one must wonder if this story was inspired by the one about Green Tea.
Health benefits from Herbal teas include Anti-Aging, Low blood pressure, less stress in life, skin health and helps with arthritis
Oolong tea is a semi-oxidated tea for China that translate to Black Dragon Tea.
Some health benefits are better heart, brain, bone and dental health.
Matcha is a type of Green Tea that originates in China in the 7th and 10th century. It is a powder of green tea leaves that has salt added and is stirred in hot or cold water for a delicious beverage.
The health benefits of Matcha are as follows; reduces risk of diabetes, increases energy, reduces stress, helps weight loss, lowers risk of heart disease, helps improve skin health, improves concentration, helps refresh the body and helps improve one's mood.
Fruit Tea Earl Grey Tea & Genmancha Tea
There are many other teas out there that were not dived deep into such as Fruit Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Genmancha tea and many more that all have incredible health benefits. Over all Tea is marvelously spectacular and people should most definitely drink tea more often in life. Many health problems could be helped by adding this beverage more into thou life. In conclusion, Drink Tea!
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