Here’s how to reset your caffeine tolerance – A Life of Productivity

Here’s how to reset your caffeine tolerance – A Life of Productivity:

When you go from consuming zero coffee a day to drinking a single cup, you feel a big energy boost. But soon, your body adjusts, and you need two cups to experience the same effect. Then three. And then maybe even four.

Reduce your caffeine intolerance by:

  1. Going completely cold turkey and cutting it out completely
  2. Slowly reduce the number of cups you have each day until you don’t feel the cravings as much 

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These Popular Tea Brands Contain Illegal Amounts of Pesticides! Avoid Them!

These Popular Tea Brands Contain Illegal Amounts of Pesticides! Avoid Them!:

TL;DR:

  • Alot of bagged tea out there contains high amounts of pesticides and flouride
  • Over-exposure to flouride can cause problems to bones, teeth and the kidney
  • Cheaper and lower-quality tea makes use of old tea leaves which contain fluoride, as it is absorbed from the soil and accumulates as they grow older
  • Some tea leaves are seldom washed although they are sprayed with pesticides

The brands that have the most toxins:

  1. Tetley
  2. Lipton
  3. Twinnings
  4. No Name
  5. Uncle Lee’s Legends of China
  6. King Cole
  7. Signal

– King Cole, which contained the monocrotophos – a chemical that is currently in the process of being banned, as it causes irregular heartbeat and even coma.
– Uncle Lee’s Legends of China, which contained more than 20 types of pesticides. One was endosulfan, which causes nervous system damage.
– No Name, which contained more than 10 pesticide types.

That doesn’t mean the other tea brands were totally safe, however. In fact, only Red Rose tea was found to contain no pesticides at all.

How To Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Tea

  • Try switching to white tea. It has the least amount of fluoride because it’s made from young leaves.
  • Be sure to buy loose leaf tea or brew your own tea from scratch.
  • Buy organic! Choose a non-GMO certified brand of tea.
  • Check the ingredient list to make sure there are no added flavors or GMO ingredients added to the tea leaves.
  • *Many restaurants use tea brands that are known to be full of pesticides, so be careful about ordering tea while out to eat.
  • Know the correct brewing times for certain types of tea. Black or Pu-reh teas should be steeped for 3-5 minutes; white or green teas should be steeped for 2-3 minutes; Oolong teas should be steeped for 4-7 minutes; and herbal teas should be left to steep for five minutes at minimum, longer for a stronger tea.

Here is a list of bagged

tea that is safe

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These Popular Tea Brands Contain Illegal Amounts of Pesticides! Avoid Them!

These Popular Tea Brands Contain Illegal Amounts of Pesticides! Avoid Them!:

TL;DR:

  • Alot of bagged tea out there contains high amounts of pesticides and flouride
  • Over-exposure to flouride can cause problems to bones, teeth and the kidney
  • Cheaper and lower-quality tea makes use of old tea leaves which contain fluoride, as it is absorbed from the soil and accumulates as they grow older
  • Some tea leaves are seldom washed although they are sprayed with pesticides

The brands that have the most toxins:

  1. Tetley
  2. Lipton
  3. Twinnings
  4. No Name
  5. Uncle Lee’s Legends of China
  6. King Cole
  7. Signal

– King Cole, which contained the monocrotophos – a chemical that is currently in the process of being banned, as it causes irregular heartbeat and even coma.
– Uncle Lee’s Legends of China, which contained more than 20 types of pesticides. One was endosulfan, which causes nervous system damage.
– No Name, which contained more than 10 pesticide types.

That doesn’t mean the other tea brands were totally safe, however. In fact, only Red Rose tea was found to contain no pesticides at all.

How To Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Tea

  • Try switching to white tea. It has the least amount of fluoride because it’s made from young leaves.
  • Be sure to buy loose leaf tea or brew your own tea from scratch.
  • Buy organic! Choose a non-GMO certified brand of tea.
  • Check the ingredient list to make sure there are no added flavors or GMO ingredients added to the tea leaves.
  • *Many restaurants use tea brands that are known to be full of pesticides, so be careful about ordering tea while out to eat.
  • Know the correct brewing times for certain types of tea. Black or Pu-reh teas should be steeped for 3-5 minutes; white or green teas should be steeped for 2-3 minutes; Oolong teas should be steeped for 4-7 minutes; and herbal teas should be left to steep for five minutes at minimum, longer for a stronger tea.

Here is a list of bagged

tea that is safe

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Health tips – Tumblr post

studywithkal:

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Small tips that make a
(healthier) difference

Hey you! I dare you to try your
best to follow this checklist tomorrow! But hey! Not so fast. Why not try it
again the next day (and every day after that)? Sometimes it’s the smaller
changes that can in fact help improve our health and wellbeing, especially when
we think we’re short of time. School stressing you out? Everything is going to
be ok. Try a few little things here. Tick everything off that you completed! Tell
me how it goes for you!

This was a spontaneous post and I’ve found that I’ve been making errors in my posts recently! Plz correct me bc I am an egg. Hope u like it anyway.

 

Morning:

  • Wake up as soon as you do
    naturally or when your alarm goes off. Make your bed! Open the blinds!
  • Get out of bed and s t r e t c h
    – all the way from the very tips of your fingers to the tips of your toes.
    (Trust me, this feels good)
  • Set your intention for the day.
    This might be weird for some, but try it. Example: Today I will be productive. I will be focused on my tasks and I will
    take the time to relax when needed.
    It doesn’t have to be as complicated –
    Example 2: I can do this. Remind
    yourself again.
  • Eat breakfast. A MUST. Try my
    favourite: eggs (poached, scrambled or fried) on toast with avocado or baked
    beans. Yes. We are on a roll today.
  • Drink one full glass of water
    within the hour of waking (don’t down it all in one go though!).

    • Add 1/8 of a lemon to this. Lemon
      is great to alkalise the body and getting that digestive system of yours goin!
      This will flush out toxins in the body and support your immune system too!

      • Side note: Wait half an hour
        before brushing your teeth after this (or maybe do it before) because lemons
        are acidic after all and can probably do some damage to your shiny whites.
  • Try having a water bottle by your
    bedside and beside you throughout the day as a constant reminder to drink water
    as you see it. Trust me, this has helped improve my water intake a lot.
  • Organise your day. What are your
    plans? What are of priority and what are not? Try brain dumping this, and then
    organising each task/item into a list, categorised in importance. This will
    help decrease stress throughout the day and easy referral back to this list.
  • Dress in some lovely clothes!
    Your fave sweater and some cool black tights? 100%!! What about that pretty
    skirt you like with a nice top? HECK YEAH!!!

Midday:

  • Lunchtime! Eat again. Wholesome
    foods are an absolute must whenever you can.
  • Aim for 3-4 cups of water by
    lunchtime (inclusive of the glass of lemon water you had this morning).
  • Remember that intention you set
    this morning? Say it again.
  • Throw a compliment at someone. Be
    genuine. This will have a butterfly effect. If someone throws one at you to –
    don’t disagree! Say thank you. You rock, don’t doubt that.
  • Are there any ticks beside those
    tasks on your checklist from this morning? I hope so!
  • Throw in a random burst of
    exercise! In public too – who cares! Pick one of these: 50 starjumps! 3 sets of
    10 squats! A quick walk around outdoors!

Arvo (/Afternoon… Straya):

  • Hit that 3pm slump? Same. Here
    are a few ideas to get you going, especially coming home from a long day:

    • NAP! 15-20 mins. No longer. No
      less. Be strict here or your sleep pattern might go funny and we don’t want
      that. (And groggy headaches are gross)
    • Exercise! This is so fundamental
      to our health and wellbeing. Try out short pilates videos (no equipment) here (that as living proof, work) or some really cool yoga videos here, here, and here. Yoga is great. Try this
      daily. Or take a brisk walk for 30
      minutes  = wake up your brain, pick up
      your mood AND burn some fat. C’mon, go get your shoes!
    • Have a healthy snack, such as
      those listed in this great post by @tbhstudying. Get your brain and bod going,
      my friends!
  • Write down your to do list for
    any work, study or event related things that you need to complete this
    afternoon. Set out all your equipment, sort out your papers from the day and
    get organised!
  • Clear your
    (bedroom/bed/desk/floor/work/closet) space for 5 minutes every day. I’m
    guessing that you’ve started to pile a few things here like I do. This will
    save you time and help maintain cleanliness, staving away from the complicated
    stress that comes from having to reorganise just about everything which we all
    know to hate when we’re busy with other things.
  • Have you had your 5th and 6th cups of water of the day yet? Get to it!
  • Sit up straighter and you’ll look
    more confident and feel more confident. Your back will also be very grateful
    for this.

Night:

  • Continue all your extra to-dos.
    Get this done. You can do it!
  • Make sure to put something in
    your body guys. I’m talking food here by the way… don’t let that sentence
    mislead you! This is especially important for those of you probably thinking “I’ll just eat later” or “I’m not hungry”.  Eat. EAT NOW. PleASE.
  • Spend some quality time with your
    family. How’s their day been? Tell them about yours too.
  • Glasses of water No. 7, 8 and
    beyond should be here.
  • Prep your meals, lists, notes,
    outfits, etc. for the next day. Getting these things sorted now will help you
    get it out of the way and save you time!
  • Settle down a little. It’s time
    to wiiiind doooooooownnn. Read a book. Scroll through Tumblr (aaayeee!) – but
    not too deep into the pits okay guys. Watch a little TV.
  • I know a lot of posts say to
    switch off 1-2 hours before bed. If you’re literally glued to your electronics,
    try switching off 5 minutes earlier every day and replace that with something
    else. What about doing your prep items for the next day (listed two points
    back!!)? Or, do get those pesky chores out the way.

    • Side note: Cleaning your room
      often will help freshen it, get rid of itchy dust and decrease the chances of
      bugs and other smol random things to crawl around your room. (If that’s not a
      little motivation then I’m not sure what is…). It’ll also keep your space
      maintained so you don’t have to do it all at once. *Shudders* Plus the
      likelihood of those gross germs from the world hanging around and building up
      in there is a no-no.
  • Sleep! 7-8 hours. Your body will
    thank you for it. CRUCIAL for healthy brain and body function. Plus your mood
    and skin will improve (i.e. gOODBYE EYEBAGS and hELLO GLOWING SKIN).

    • Side note: I see you reading this
      at 12am when you should be sleeping. I see you.

I hope this has helped you guys a little or at
least inspired you to make a small change to your daily routine! Try doing a
few items here (e.g. glass of lemon water, sitting up straighter, 8+ cups of
water) and record this on a habit tracker! The smallest changes often have the
greatest effects!

Don’t forget to let me know how you go.

Kalyisah (@studywithkal)

Eating Green Living Great

When to go Organic

Limit organic food purchases to what is known as The Dirty Dozen – fruit and vegetables that are notoriously known to be loaded with chemicals when conventionally grown. Starting with the worst, this list includes: peaches, apples, bell peppers, grapes, pears, spinach and potatoes. For fruits whose skins you’re likely to eat or leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach, buy organic as much as possible. Conversely, the thicker the peel or rind, it’s probably alright to buy the conventional.

Less Meat, More Veg

This does not mean give up on meat totally, it means a conscious choice to eat less meat or in smaller portions. That’s because producing meat demands more resources, such as huge amounts of water, grain and land, than growing vegetables. For starters, have a no-meat day every week, or go vegetarian for one meal daily.

Why Follow the Pack?

There are so many opportunities in our daily lives to reduce the amount of plastic packaging building up in landfills. At the supermarket, besides arming yourself with your own recyclable bag, also look out for food and produce with minimal packaging or pick brands that use biodegradable packing that are kinder to the environment. When buying takeaways, try bringing your own reusable lunchbox instead of having to use yet another styrofoam or plastic container.

Buy Not, Waste Not

To avoid throwing away food in the fridge constantly, count on the good old grocery list. With a grocery list, you are more likely to be more focused when walking down the supermarket aisle and less likely to give in to ‘impulse buys’. Also try designating one dinner each week as a “use-it-up” meal. This way, you can scour the fridge regularly for leftovers and other food that might otherwise get overlooked.

#passion365 Jan-Mar 2016 issue

The Pretty Skin Diet

“To get smoother, line-free skin: It’s as simple as remember to a vast array of fruits and veggies.

WHAT TO EAT: Strawberries, peppers, oranges, broccoli, pineapples, kale, papaya, and kiwis.

For clear, flawless skin: Boost your intake of fish and vegetables every day.

WHAT TO EAT: Leafy greens such as collard greens and spinach as well as fresh, organic fish like wild salmon.

For healthy, hydrated skin: Swap your morning and afternoon coffee for tea.

WHAT TO DRINK: Organic caffeine-free green tea.”
The Pretty Skin Diet