7 kinds of tea to be healthier

7 Types Of Tea You Must Start Drinking For A Healthier Life

The best thing about tea is there are many kinds and they have different advantages, flavors and options.

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Drinking coffee is the best. I love a cup of coffee, being in a coffee shop and buying different kinds of coffee makers. However, recently I have been more into hot tea. Tea is healthier than coffee. It has fewer calories than coffee. Tea is better for my body, and I can take it without sugar.

Also, tea comforts me. For example, I am anxious writing an essay, studying for an exam or applying for a job in the middle of the night, and a cup of tea calms me and helps me to finish any labor I have.

The best thing about tea is that there are many kinds and they have different advantages, flavors, and options. I love going to tea stores or supermarket with many types because it is like Disneyland for me. I love to try new brands, flavors, and styles.

I want to share with you what I have learned about these types of tea.

1. Chamomile tea.

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Chamomile tea is a basic in my life. I need to know I have a couple of bags of Chamomile tea close to me all the time. I use it when I feel sick (stomachaches mostly) and when I am anxious when I should make a decision. If someday I have to live a week in a jungle with only two belongings, I would choose a package of chamomile and a teapot.

It does not have caffeine, but chamomile tea has healed almost any wound.

2. Black tea.

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If you need to stay awake for a long time, your best option is Black tea. In my case, it works better than a cup of coffee. The best thing is there are thousands of options for your black tea. There are several flavors, brands and varying amounts of caffeine. It is the kind of tea you can find in any supermarket.

My best suggestion is to buy a different kind any time you go shopping for groceries. It is always good to have a package of black tea at home.

3. Green tea.

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Green tea is amazing. It has several advantages such as antioxidants and nutrients. Green tea improves brain functions, fat loss, lower risk of cancer and many other impressive benefits. Also, it has caffeine; then, you can drink it instead of coffee.

I have learned something about Green tea: the Chinese style is not the same as what we buy in the supermarket. If you purchase Green tea anywhere, it should have an excellent flavor or some extra aromatic flavors, but if you taste real Chinese Green tea, I promise you it will be different. For me, it felt horrible, but it has more advantages than American green tea. In any case, you should try both.

4. Rosa de Jamaica Hibiscus Tea.

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Rosa Jamaica is a kind of red tea. The truth is I do not like it, but it has a significant advantage: it helps to lose weight. It is a diuretic, and it helps to accelerate your metabolism. So, one cup per day is not going to hurt even when it is not my favorite kind of tea.

5. Linden tea.

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Linden tea is almost as good as chamomile tea. I say "almost" because I preferer the flavor of the chamomile, but if you feel sick, sad or anxious, linden tea is there for you.

6. Peach Mango Herbal Tea.

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When I do not want to drink any beverage with caffeine, I have a mango peach herbal tea which is fantastic. It tastes incredible and it helps me when I need a comfort drink at night. If you do not like mango or peach, you can try other types of herbal teas; all of them are so good.

7. Bedtime tea.

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Speaking of nighttime, there is tea when you need to go to bed. There are many brands which offer this kind of tea. It is a mix of herbs such as chamomile, mint, linden, valerian root, lemon balm, passionflower, and magnolia bark. I love it because it helps me to be relaxed before I go to bed.

I am not saying you should stop drinking coffee. A cup of coffee has many advantages. What I am telling you is to try to include tea in your life.

To finish, I want to share this video with you. It is in Spanish, but watch it anyway; you will see a cool way to make tea.

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches "New Girl" knows about True American. This crazy, nonsense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in season one, episode 20.

The game, as described by "New Girl" character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things "New Girl" Fans Know to Be True

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1 to 5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game No. 1: The player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game No. 2: The player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game No. 3: The player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places, or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."


Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your "New Girl"-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly, and enjoy!

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'Oh, You're A Vegan?'

When I tell people I'm vegan, people give me that exasperated look.

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When I first decided to try and become vegan, I got a lot of mixed results. Some people were extremely for it, while other people looked at me like I had gone off the deep end. After a while and even now, I like to play a game of guessing what reaction I will get from people when I tell them about my dietary habits. Unlike a lot of other people who decided to go vegan for the ethical reasons, I kind of fell into it based on me realizing that half the stuff I was putting into my body was making me want to curl up in a ball and only come out for dollars on Wednesday nights at Taylor's. Through the last year and a half, I have learned a lot, from tips and tricks to making food taste good, to some added benefits of being on a plant free lifestyle. So for all the haters, vegan enthusiasts and people looking into making the leap, enjoy!

1. Trust me, its not all just vegetables.....there's other stuff too.

One of the biggest mistakes or misconceptions about being vegan is that all we eat are plants or vegetables. I will be the first to assure you that that piece of information is not true. There are tons of things we can eat if you are creative. Learning what you like and what you can eat will all come with practice. You might have to experiment a little before you find your groove, but it will happen. I would also put money on the fact that you might find yourself having that moment halfway through a bowl of Cornbread Cafes vegan Mac and cheese. Just saying.

2. No allergies in Eugene, too good to be true!

One of the best things that I noticed about becoming vegan didn't become obvious until a few months later. For anyone who has lived in Eugene, OR through the springtime, you know what I am referring too. Allergies are monstrously bad here as we are in the middle of a basin and many people have to shut in themselves to not like, die. I was always one of those people, but last spring and this one so far as well I have noticed a crazy change. While I still get itchy eyes and sneeze occasionally, I no longer want to live in my bed where the pollen can't reach me! The vegan diet has been proven to reduce the levels of allergy issues that people have faced so basically if you're driving people crazy with your sneezing, maybe cut out the glass of milk in the morning.

3. Happy skin, happy day! 

Another benefit to being vegan is clear skin. A lot of people who are vegan tend to have clear skin that is acne free. That is not always the case, but there is 1 key reason why shiny skin comes from veganism. Dairy and meat products are not the skins best friend according to dermatologists. Both are chock full of hormones that aren't good for our bodies. Dermatologist William Danby even calls cow's milk "nature's perfect food for the creation of acne." So you might want to kiss that ice cream goodbye.

4.  There are lots of Vegan options, you just have to look!

Like I said above, there is a gross misconception that the only things Vegans eat are vegetables. There are so many different things that are incredibly good and don't have any animal products in them. Also, vegan restaurants are popping up all over the place now so you will able to eat out in peace and rest easy knowing your environmental footprint will be smaller. Some of my personal Eugene favorites are Cornbread Cafe, Morning Glory, the Veg and surprisingly Tacovore. Their tofu tacos are to die for! If you're more of a homebody though there are a lot of different well-known brands such as Ben and Jerrys and Carls Junior that are coming out with vegan alternatives!

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