Month: May 2016

“Whaaat???”… ‘Liquid Spanx’?… -“for your face!?!?!?!”

Hey! You guys! I couldn’t wait to share this segment from CBS This Morning, that aired today. The guy in this video compared it to Liquid Spanx for the face (skin)”. I know many of us have seen this online and said to ourselves… –“yeah, right!”  I have to admit that I was skeptical about this even being real, until he explained it live on national television this morning.

Keep in mind that this is a temporary quick fix for skin tightening and that the reason it was developed was to seek alternate methods of topical gel for medicinal applications. I don’t know about you guys, but I probably will not want to ever get a face lift, or Botox injections because I fear looking Frankenstein freakish, but I like the more subtle cosmeceuticals and topical options to help me age more gracefully.

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Before (left)                         After (right)

For me this is a less scary and rather exciting option to puffy and sagging body parts. I’m already overdosing on the topical vitamin C craze and I’m amazed at how my facial age spots are fading while doing that. So, this “liquid Spanx” has got me ready to try it to life my droopy upper lids, and my saggy-baggy puffy, under eye area.

While guinea pig is not one of my career  or life objectives, I’m sure that once it hits the retail mass market ans I’ve had a chance to see it actually works (on other guinea pigs) I just might give it a ‘whirl’!

Take care! -di

“Ahhh… Matcha!”

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www.republicoftea.com

Hi! You guys!… I actually have Starbucks to thank for this awesome find… Ever since I had my first iced green tea latte I’ve absolutely been hooked on this stuff, -hot or cold! It’s called Matcha and it’s a very finely ground green tea powder that literally dissolves in liquid, with none of the unpleasant green tea taste that I usually get from bagged green tea. For some reason it tastes differently than the bagged brewed tea leaves, and we all are aware of the numerous health benefits of consuming green tea, -that most folks can’t stand. But, matcha is so finely ground that is disappears in cold or hot liquid drinks… Amazing!

 

The full definition according to their website, “Matcha tea powder is ground from fine Japanese green tea leaves. It is the star of the centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony, and its pleasant taste and health benefits make it a favorite of many tea-lovers today. Organic matcha powder is whisked in a bowl with hot water to create a frothy, bright green, nourishing beverage. Once prepared, it is then immediately consumed in its entirety. It’s important to know where to buy the best quality matcha powder and tea bags. We take great pride in offering only top-quality matcha tea powder for your drinking pleasure.”

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It’s rather expensive but I prefer The Republic of Tea‘s brand of matcha, it’s very smooth and has a high caffeine level that can replace a morning cup of coffee (good to know in case you ever run out of coffee and are looking for a substitute), as you can see by this cool video they have on their Facebook page. I think it’s worth the price because I’ve tried many green teas and never quite warmed up to the taste of green tea until I found matcha. You do have to sweeten it with something like sugar, honey, agave or stevia, I prefer the agave because it is low-glycemic and I don’t get sugar spikes.

When I do drink it cold, I enjoy it over ice and usually with coconut milk, because it is also sweet in flavor, low calorie, low-glycemic and stimulates thyroid function. I was looking for the health benefits of drinking green tea, but I couldn’t stand the taste of most green teas. I’ve also read about the benefits of weight loss and the decrease of certain cancers by drinking green tea, which was why when I had my first Starbucks iced green tea latte with coconut milk, I was really impressed that it was green tea and tasted so good and smooth!

It is the purest form of green tea and can also be used for baking, and also in chocolate recipes, too. Matcha has more antioxidant properties than drinking green tea alone because you consume the whole green tea leaf.

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Starbucks Iced Green Tea Latte

 

 

Matcha offers the following benefits:

  • Burns fat by increasing metabolism
  • Increases energy
  • Boosts immune system
  • High fiber content
  • Calming effect
  • Cell detoxification
  • Powerful antioxidants
  • Can reduce blood sugar and cholesterol

 

So, whether it be hot…  -or cold… -it sure is an improvement over green tea as we’ve known it!

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Featured in Dr. Oz’s The Good Life

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Oz Q & A: How Matcha boosts Metabolism

 

Hope you discover both the benefits and how the taste of matcha is so much better over ordinary green tea!

Take care, talk soon,

-di