I’m so excited to launch my new blend! SLIM combines the rich taste of oolong tea with the subtle spices of cinnamon and burdock root for a warming cuppa that can increase the heat your body produces (called thermogenesis).
I was inspired to create this blend after seeing some of the health effects of the “skinny” tea trend. While many of these teas use traditional ingredients to cleanse the body (similar to my Qi Detox blend), some are using aggressive laxative ingredients that could eventually affect your body’s natural abilities.
That’s when I turned to Ashleigh, a fabulous nutritionist at Feed Your Future Dietetics.
Ashleigh reminded me about the slimming effects of thermogenesis:
“Thermogenesis increases the energy your body burns and specifically the amount of fat your body uses. These fat burning effects may not only be of short term benefit to your body; long term changes to fat burning levels have been studied and the mechanism behind the fat burning potential of these teas has been suggested to be a change in the expression of your genes, which play specific roles in fat metabolism.”
Then we started blending! I began with the spices: ginger for its fresh bite, turmeric with its gorgeous colour and burdock root for a sweet and spicy finishing touch.
Next, for the tea. I work with a Fairtrade collective in the remote, high altitude Yellow Mountains of China. Their organic, ethical teas are some of the best Fairtrade tea I’ve tasted in the world. I wanted to use Oolong tea, with its creamy and smooth texture, to round out this warm and spicy blend. Ashleigh walked me through the benefits:
“There are many health benefits of drinking green, black and oolong tea, one of these is its potential ability to increase the heat your body produces which is called thermogenesis. The evidence is still being built but there are specific components in these three teas which are proposed to increase the thermogenesis and fat burning level in your body. Specifically these components are the levels of caffeine as well as the antioxidant category called catechins. The type of catechin linked to activation of thermogenesis and potentially a higher activation of the fat burning capacity in your body is called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
The levels of thermogenesis of green, oolong and black tea differ because of the different ways these teas are created. Green tea has the highest levels of both caffeine and catcehins (30-40% of dry weight) and as a result has the highest thermogenic effect.”
And it tastes delicious : )
You can grab your box of SLIM online (not available in store!) at http://qitea.com.au/shop/green-tea-slim/
Follow the wonderful Ashleigh at http://feedyourfuturedietetics.com/
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