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How does Zaycon Foods manage to provide such high quality super fresh meat and produce to its customers at such low prices? The answer is strength in numbers. And not our numbers, yours!

 

Zaycon Foods can sell its products at bulk rate prices to individual consumers and families because our unique sales event business model brings lots of people together, adding all their purchasing power into a combined bulk food purchase. And when you buy as part of a group that’s committing to such a large purchase, the power is in the hands of the purchaser! It’s the ultimate group buy in terms of both price and consumer empowerment.

 

You can pre-select exactly what you want to order from a given Zaycon sales event – sometimes you may want to stock up on our amazing meaty back ribs and sometimes it might be all about the Zaycon bacon – and then, on the day of the sales event, you and a whole big bunch of your neighbors will find yourselves in a nearby parking lot watching as an entire tractor trailer’s worth of high quality natural food is unloaded into all of your cars! You will be amazed at how quickly one of our refrigerated trucks goes from being filled with natural, fresh chicken or hundreds of gallons of grade A non-homogenized milk to being empty and back on its way to the farm!

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A Zaycon Foods truck sales event often lasts less time than you would spend on a trip to the grocery store, yet you will leave with a whole lot more food than you’d get at the market, and for much better prices, too!

 

When you use the Zaycon Foods sales event as your preferred place to purchase meats, milk, and any of our other fine products, you get advantages even beyond the bulk pricing that comes with our special sales model. You also have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you’re going to get! A trip to the grocery store can involve wasted time wandering around looking for various foods spread out across the store; at a Zaycon Foods parking lot meat truck delivery (or milk or berries or fish delivery, too!) you have pre-ordered your foods, so all you have to do is show up and wait for our friendly staffers and volunteers to load up your car.

 

Also, unlike in the grocery store, the prices you will pay for a Zaycon Foods product are locked in on our website, so you will know how much you are going to spend before you have committed to a purchase.

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At a supermarket, you might pay one price for chicken on one day, and then a higher price on another day. With Zaycon, you decide that you want to order a case of our fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts, you check the price and then you commit to it, knowing that from that moment on, we are committed to getting you your fresh, natural food!

 

 

To Get Started Click on this link (ZAYCON FOODS)

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Review and Giveaway: Gorton’s 20 Under 200

 

Now that Spring is here, many of us are thinking about Summer. We are thinking about how we are going to look in our swimsuits after being covered up all winter long. If you live in a place like Florida where the weather is always hot in the Summer, it’s nice when you are in shape. No one wants to cover up in the 100 plus degree weather but when you are not comfortable with your body, that is something you might feel you have to do. What can you do to avoid having to cover up all Summer? Why not try eating healthier.

It was with that thought in mind that I was excited when I was given the opportunity to review some Gorton’s products. Seafood is so light that you know you aren’t overdoing it on the calories. And Gorton’s has 20 products under 200 calories and there are tons of recipes on their site to use them in. We eat Gorton’s seafood and have food it to be good quality at a good price. When my little boy was younger he ate fish stick for a while. He went through a fish sticks phase when he loved fish sticks and ketchup.

Well, I decided to go for something a little more advanced than that. I decided to try the Skillet Crisp Tilapia with Sauteed Greens. I wasn’t really expecting my little boy to be a huge fan of the greens but I thought we’d give it a try. Guess what? He wasn’t a fan of the sauteed greens. However, my child is not a fan of anything green or any vegetable really. Unfortunately, they didn’t turn out as I was hoping. BUT that was my first time making sauteed greens and I’m willing to give it a try again. I totally would put my picture up but…well we won’t go there. Just imagine that mine turned out looking as good as the one that I’m going to put up for you. Look at what we had and try not to drool. And here’s the recipe, in case you wanted to give it a try.

Okay, so that’s not the one that I made but the folks at Gorton’s take pictures that are so much better than what I can do. Trust me. If you want to check out Gorton’s Pinterest page you can see many more recipes. Also, there are some weekly challenges on the Gorton’s Facebook page you might be interested in trying.

Let me tell you all that I got when I got my Gorton’s kit:

Five coupons for FREE Gorton’s products

A Gorton’s Apron

A Gorton’s spatula

2 Gorton’s oven mitts

And guess what? You have the chance to win the same kit. Awesome, right??? Just use the rafflecopter widget below to get your entries in! Hope you win!

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Easy 3 Ingredient Healthy Pancake Recipe

easy three ingredient health pancake recipe

In a recent health and fitness post I mention joining an online “get fit” program called Revolt Now. Revolt Now has weekly healthy meal plans and daily workouts, visit there website for more information on how to become a member. It’s been extremely helpful to me in my journey to a healthier, more fit me. I wanted to share this recipe that was inspired by this program. The original recipe called for just oats and egg whites, but I like to add banana.

Easy 3 Ingredient Healthy Pancake Recipe

This is a super simple, 3 ingredient recipe for healthy pancakes. I have to be honest, before making these I had never made pancakes before in my life… nope, sure hadn’t. I had no idea how easy and healthy they could be!

Items needed:
Oats
Egg Whites
Banana
Blender

Recipe:
1/2 cup of Oats
3 Egg Whites
1 Banana (as I mentioned above this is actually optional, you can leave this out and have an easy 2 ingredient recipe)

Optional: You can also add cinnamon and/or vanilla extract.

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Combine items in a blender (I use a Ninja) and blend until smooth. You may need to add water (or more oats) to get the blend to a pancake batter consistency. Coat your pan with coconut oil, cook over medium heat.

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Top with syrup or fruit!

easy healthy pancake recipe

What are your favorite 2 or 3 ingredient recipes?

I linked up with The Newlywed Table Recipe Link Up, check it out for more great recipe ideas!

Heath and Fitness Tips for Beginners

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This post on heath and fitness tips for beginners is as much for me as it is for anyone else seeking to start a health and fitness journey. I’ve been struggling with staying motivate and sticking to a fitness routine and maintaining healthy eating habits. So, I’m putting down these tips and advice to try and keep myself on track as well as help other beginners out there.

Heath and Fitness Tips for Beginners

Benefits of Lemon Water

Drink More Water

  • Ditching cokes and other sugary drinks and replacing the with water will play a big part in your health, fitness and/ or weigh loss journey. This is a tough one for me because I love my cokes and sweet teas. I typically don’t drink a whole lot of anything, so drinking water and MORE of it is something I’ve had to constantly remind myself to do. I set the alarm on my phone to help remind me to get my daily intake of water. I’ve also started adding lemon to my water for flavor and for added health benefits. I keep a sliced lemon in a jar and add a wedge to each of my glasses or water.
  • Out With the Junkhealthy snacks

    Stock your fridge with your favorite fruits and veggies. I love my sweets and chip. Before when I would want something sweet I would reach for my chocolate stash. If I was wanted something to munch on I would grab a bag of chips. Now instead of buying those things I get the fruits and vegetables that I love. For me it’s oranges for my sweet tooth and bell peppers for my munching. With these in the fridge and the junk not around it is a lot easier to create healthy eating habits and get the vitamins and nutrition I need. Now don’t get me wrong, not all chocolate is unhealthy, if it is made the right way, such as Sibu Chocolates, I do enjoy one of those on occasions.

    Get Moving

    This is another hard one for me. I do recognize and know that I feel so much better after a walk or exercise routine, but there are some days that I just don’t get around to it. Before I know it my daughters home from school, I’m helping with homework, cooking dinner and going through the bedtime routine. JUST DO IT! Get it done, you will feel so much better! I’ve started doing the Wii Fit, which is actually really fun, sometimes I forget I’m exercising, lol. The other day I ended up doing it for one and 1/2 hours… I was feeling it the next day and it felt GREAT! I’ve also been going to the park and walking the track with my 7 year old after her dance classes once a week. It’s nice to have some time just the 2 of us, too. If you don’t have a Wii Fit or exercise DVD’s, pin the image below and use it as a reference for some quick exercise routines that you can do on your own.

    easy 10 min excerise routines

    Raining or snowing out.. or maybe it’s 100+ degrees outside? Try this living room workout from Jessica Smith:

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    Have a Support System

    Whether it be family members, a friend or even an online group or network having the support of others is important to the success of any journey, including weightless and fitness. Support systems can provide motivation, encouragement. They give you someone to talk to about the good things and the bad.

    I recently joined an online Fitness program called Revolt. It has weekly meal plans, daily workouts and a super supportive network of other people who are going through the program as well. And stay tuned because I will be updating you on the program and my progress.

    What do you find helpful for you and your health and fitness routine?

Krill Oil : Powerful Effects On Depression

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Krill Oil and It’s Powerful Effects On Depression

Depression is an epidemic that is sweeping America. According the New York Times, up to 35 million Americans are currently battling with the debilitating reality of depression on a day-to-day basis. And believe me, it’s debilitating. People suffering from depression experience states of extreme fatigue, declined self worth, anxiety, difficulty with concentration, loneliness – and an ongoing feeling of hopelessness.

Many Americans choose not to seek professional help because of fear, anxiety, shame, denial – and a myriad of stigmas that are attached to people who suffer depressive mood disorders. It is really unfortunate that illness associated with the mind – has become something to fear or mock whereas illness or disease associated with physical health, is taken much more seriously from a societal stand point. This is why it’s important, above all, to increase awareness on mental health issues, and breakdown communication barriers so that more people feel safe and comfortable when seeking out help. When an American has Diabetes, or a broken wrist, a cold, or a toothache – they seek treatment. We need
to be treating mental health issues in the same manner. Before I get into the rest of this article, and explore the many benefits Krill Oil can have on depressive disorders, I want to stress above all else, that it
is important for you, your loved ones, or anyone you may know suffering from a mental health concern – to seek out the advice and treatment of a mental health professional.

Natural Treatments

In today’s day and age, millions of Americans are seeking more holistic avenues when addressing their health concerns. While pharmaceutical solutions can be invaluable (even lifesaving) in treating depressive
mood disorders, it’s always good to be aware of the many natural mood boosters that nature has provided for us. Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Vitamin B for instance, can all be instrumental in helping to clear out the
clouds in your minds eye, and boost you up for a brighter day.

Another powerful option for a daily lift is to invest in a superior quality omega-3 supplement. Omega-3’s have been clinically proven to increase feelings of personal well-being, while alleviating some of the terrifying symptoms associated with depression.

A study conducted at the University of Illinois in Chicago found that: “People who are deficient in omega-3s are more likely to experience depression than people have consume adequate amounts. Davis and his team found in a previous study that pregnant women deficient in omega-3s are more prone to depression during and after pregnancy than those who get enough of it.”

The reason I specifically suggest Krill Oil for daily supplementation in the battle against depression – is because of the quality of the oil itself. Many fish oil’s found on the market today, contain a lot of the toxins and contaminants now found in many of our marine life due to pollution. Because our fish are so loaded up with these toxins, our family doctors are recommending we keep our fish in take down to just a few times a week. Imagine the contaminants you are accidentally putting in your body on a daily basis, if you are using a standard fish oil!

Because krill are tiny crustaceans found deep in the oceanic communities globally, they are not predatory marine life – and therefore happen to be virtually free of any mercury, PCB’s, or other concerning toxins. Krill Oil is at the top of the pile when it comes to providing your body with the omega-3’s it needs to be healthy, in body and mind. With Krill Oil, you are getting high omega-3 concentrations at a superior level
of purity. When it comes to your mental health, the difference is ALL in the details.

I have provided information below of clinical studies and trials that verify the powerful impact omega-3’s can have in promoting your mental health and feelings of personal well-being.

Clinical Studies

Omega-3 supplemens have a profoundly positive effect on people suffering from depression, according to a study directed by Dr. François Lespérance of the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier at the Université de Montréal (CRCHUM), head of CHUM’s Department of Psychiatry and a professor at the Université de Montréal.

Initial analyses failed to clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of Omega-3 for all patients taking part in the study. Other analyses, however, revealed that Omega-3 improved depression symptoms in patients diagnosed with depression. Efficacy for these patients was comparable to that generally observed with conventional antidepressant treatment.

From October 2005 to January 2009, 432 male and female participants with major unipolar depression were recruited to take part in this randomized, double-blind study (neither patients nor researchers knew which capsules patients received). For eight weeks, half of the participants took three capsules per day of
OM3 Emotional Balance, a fish oil supplement containing high concentrations of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The other half took three identical capsules of a placebo consisting of sunflower oil, flavoured with a small quantity of fish oil. In contrast with typical clinical studies designed to assess the effectiveness of
antidepressants, this study included a high proportion of patients with complex and difficult-to-treat conditions, including patients resistant to conventional antidepressant treatments and patients also suffering from an anxiety disorder. The aim was to assess the value of Omega- 3 supplementation in a group of individuals more like those treated in outpatient clinics.

“We are proud that OM3 Emotional Balance, with its high concentration of EPA at unexcelled levels of purity delivers the dose of EPA needed for effective treatment,” said Claire Bertin, head pharmacist for isodisnatura,the laboratory producing the Omega-3 supplement used in the study.

It is important to note that the study assessed use of Omega-3 for eight weeks, at doses of 1050 mg of EPA and 150 mg of DHA each day. It is currently unknown whether taking higher doses or taking supplements over a longer period would yield different results.

Psychiatrist Drew Ramsey also states that rates of depression, bipolar disorder and postpartum depression, are all lower in fish-eating populations. This is well documented in his book, “The Happiness Diet”.

Back To Your Health

I hope this article has been informative in addressing omega-3 intake, and it’s powerful impact on helping those suffering depression, gain some strength in the battle. Always, always, always choose quality when
it comes to a supplement you are including in your daily health care regime. In this case, when it comes to quality omega-3 supplements, Krill Oil is the answer.

I wish you all the best, and I hope you’re feeling great!

Guest Post by Sandra Goldstein

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Tips for Weightloss: Struggling with Your Diet Plan

 Struggling with Your Diet Plan: Some Ideas That Will Help

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Sticking to a diet plan to successfully lose weight can be a tough proposition where you will
face a number of stumbling blocks that can derail you from your goal. This is why there are
a number of options out there for you to consider that can keep your diet plan on track and
help you reach your goal much more quickly. For some people, diet plans can be incredibly
weary ordeals where they must constantly deny themselves some of their favourite foods,
or they find that after month of restricting themselves they are not even losing weight. This
can either be down to the fact they do not know enough about their bodies, or that they are
lacking certain nutrients that are crucial to the weight loss process.

The most important part of any attempt to lose weight is to be as knowledgeable as possible
on all the various aspects of weight loss. Every person that has tried to lose weight by
sticking to a diet plan will have found out that after months of dieting the results have been
minimal if anything. This is likely due to the fact that they were eating certain foods that
they would not had they been learned of all the various factors that contribute to weight loss.
There are some surprising facts about weight loss just a bit of research could have revealed.

The most comprehensive website containing all the important information on weight loss is
http://www.nhs.uk/loseweight. This government-run website offers in-depth advice on every area of weight loss to ensure you know everything required to begin a successful period
of weight loss. The NHS website contains guides to many different approaches to weight
loss, summing up the pros and cons of each approach so you know which is best for you.
Well known diet plans are reviewed in great detail, and many real-life contributors have
offered their stories and testimonials about their weight loss experiences. Being able to learn
about the problems some people have faced is the best approach to preventing yourself from
suffering them during your weight loss period, and visitors to the website can also pick up a
number of unique tips and guidelines to help them.

What makes the NHS website so popular is its great credibility and experience in dealing
with health problems. With over 1.4 million employees and an annual budget of nearly £100
billion, the NHS is incredibly well equipped to offer the most expert advice on weight loss.
Everything from beginner’s introductions to calories to more advanced scientific knowledge
can be found. A host of recommended exercise and dieting tips can help you immensely on
your weight loss journey, as can the de-bunking of many myths and unfounded claims about
weight loss that many people unwittingly follow. The community forums also offer you
the chance to interact with thousands of others who are undergoing weight loss programs,
helping you both emotionally and practically.

If you are very knowledgeable about weight loss and still have trouble slimming down
effectively, it is likely your body has a slow natural metabolism rate that is preventing your body from converting the calories you consume into energy. The best way to boost your metabolism is to combine a lifestyle change with a special metabolism boosting supplement.
Many people find that even if they follow a strict diet their body still refuses to lose weight.
Having a fast metabolism instantly changes this as your body becomes much more effective
at burning fat and putting calories to good use. The most powerful natural ingredient your
metabolism can benefit from is without a doubt capsicum, a chilli that kick-starts your
metabolism and gets it burning fat in no time.

Capsicum can pose many problems due to its hotness: those who take it raw often complain
of upset stomachs and sore throats, and it has long proved a stumbling block to scientists
looking to harness its incredible power. The supplement “Capsiplex” http://dietpill-reviews.co.uk/capsiplex-review/ has managed to completely eliminate these side effects by inventing a unique capsule form that bypasses the stomach. This allows all the great effects
of capsicum to be harnessed by your body without you suffering the side-effects of the chilli.
Due to the potency of capsicum, it is the best option for people who want to lose weight
quickly as the effects are incredibly fast-working and the results almost instant. The added
bonus of using such a metabolism booster is that you can find yourself feeling a lot more
refreshed and invigorated throughout the day as your body is inundated with more body fuel
from calories and burnt fat. Many weight loss products can lead to drowsiness as the body
works into overtime to lose weight; Capsiplex is the complete opposite, creating more energy
for your body to get you through the day.

Written by: Jessica Fortina

Give The Gift Of Healthier Water With Alkamate

 

 

 

 

 

Water. It covers three quarters of our planet but we don’t really think about it that much. It’s just there…until you are in a drought or you live somewhere where your tap water tastes like  chlorinated mud.  The water we drink today has been cleaned and has had so many chemicals added to it that the minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium are often absent. And instead of the good things our bodies need- water often has things like chlorine, rust, manure, nitrates, bacteria, heavy metals and many other unsafe and even toxic substances in it!

Of course, you might be fine because you buy bottled water right? Well, here’s the kicker, depending on the brand- your bottled water might just be from the municipal water supply from some other town, and not really that artesian well water you thought you were buying!  Even supposing you are getting “good” water every day…are you really drinking the best water for your body?

Are you drinking alkaline water?

There is a difference between clean water and clean alkaline water. What is alkaline water? Well, the ideal pH balance of the human body is between 7.3 to 7.4 and the only way to maintain or attain it in the first place is to follow an alkaline diet and by drinking alkaline water. Alkaline water has a pH of approximately 8 (depending on the brand or the equipment used to alkalize the water) and normal water has a neutral pH, which is 7 on the scale. Water can also  be slightly acidic.

There are said to be many benefits to alkaline water, and on the other side of the fence there are those that say it doesn’t matter. After reading as much as I could find, and drinking it myself,  I am one of those that do believe that alkaline water is valid, healthy and that it  DOES convey benefits to your body. So many diseases and health issues are acidic related. Neutralizing acids in the body, through diet and drinking alkaline water may:

1. Boost your immune system.

2. Increase your blood oxygen levels

May help prevent:

3. Arthritis or joint pain (this I know about as I personally experienced a lessening of my oft talked about joint pain)

4. Gout

5. Candida

6. Psoriasis

7. Water retention

8. May help prevent weight gain/accelerate weight loss

9. Help with increased energy

10. Help with improved sleep

11. Keep your body hydrated and give energy, naturally- no stimulants

And there are many, many other issues it addresses.

Great! But you’ve seen the prices on bottled alkaline water. You just looked around to see what filters for your house cost…how can you and your family drink alkaline water and do so affordably?

 

You can use the portable HL4Y AlkaMate like I am!  Made to be sturdy (you will be surprised at the weight- I expected a typical water filter type construction and was amazed at how solid this was)  the AlkaMate neutralizes the the acid in your water.

 

Made of 304 food grade stainless steel, and available in a variety off colors, it has two filters made of tourmaline and a mineral called maifanite. It also has 13 minerals and this combination is what will alkalize your water.

I am using my AlkaMate every day and I love it! Like I said, I personally experienced the lessening of the joint pain I deal with- not morphine relief – but enough that I could say “hey- I can tell it’s helping”  I also noticed, as did hubs, that it absolutely helps with fatigue and energy levels, but without that caffeine effect. This might not make sense but I’m going to call it gentle energy. You feel up, but not skittery.

 It’s easy to use- basically you pour your water in, shake for 10 or 15 seconds, wait 15 minutes the drink up! It only needs cleaning 1x per month by adding one spoon full of white vinegar and water to your AlkaMate- and then you let it sit for an hour. Wash with hot water and that’s it! They send a really well made carry pouch with the bottle so you can take your healthy water with you everywhere. I think this is an excellent gift idea this holiday season. The colors are very pretty and the size and shape are just right. 

If you are interested in a well priced counter top or under sink system you can go to the HL4Y site and browse their other products. Make sure to take a peek at the FIT Detox Foot Bath while you are there! They are on Twitter and Facebook also.

 

Can Drinking Tea Make You Look Better?

Can drinking tea make you look better? As a matter of fact, it can. It depends on what kind of tea you are drinking though because different types have different benefits. I am a hard core tea lover so the fact that my beverage of choice turns out to be healthy and helps you look good is a big time bonus.

 

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Here are the 5 main teas I drink, and why.

Green tea. I drink Green Teas because I love the taste and because of the health benefits. With only about  only 5-10% the caffeine in coffee per cup.  It has loads of  healthy antioxidants.green tea can help maintain cholesterol levels (if they are already in a normal range) and can help you to maintain a healthy blood sugar level, green teas even help your skin and teeth! I prefer decaf  Lemongrass Green Tea, I have at least one cup every day.

White tea. This is the purest and the  least processed of all teas.  White tea is made from immature tea leaves, that are picked  only shortly before the buds have fully opened. It has very little caffeine and is typically a light color with a very delicate  flavor. White teas also contain many healthy antioxidants andis said to be the best tea  for  your skin and complexion. I have read that  white tea has the most potent anticancer properties, due to higher amounts of polyphenols, compared to more the processed teas.  I like the Lavender White Teas. I drink white tea about 4 to 5 times per week. I don’t like it iced, it’s too subtle to drink cold.

Red/Rooibos tea. Made from a South African red bush. This tea is a good source of vitamins and minerals and it also contains antioxidants. Red tea is naturally caffeine free, and is said to  help promote digestion, encourage healthy skin, teeth and bones and support your immune system, Red teas are good hot or iced, with a strong flavor. I like Lemon Lime Rooibos, iced. I drink at least 5 glasses a week from spring through the fall. I drink plain Red, hot 4 or 5 times a week in cooler weather.

Oolong tea.
Known as a Chinese tea, you probably had some the last time you went out for beef and broccoli dish at your faveorite Chinese restaurant . It can vary anywhere  in between black and green in oxidation.It has  a combination of both, in taste and aroma. Oolong tea has more polyphenols than black or green tea varieties. Oolong may also help improve metabolism to help with weight loss and promote healthier skin.  A cup contains almost half the caffeine of a cup of coffee. I like Oolong tea with my dinner, and in the cold months it’s often my breakfast tea as well.

Pu-erh tea. This is the tea that Dr.Oz featured on one of his programs.  This tea is made from the same plant that is used for making green, oolong, and black teas. Though the same plant is used, the different teas are made by using different processes. Green tea is not fermented, oolong tea is partially fermented, black tea is fully fermented, and finally, Pu-erh tea is post-fermented. This just means that Pu-erh tea’s processing includes both a fermentation process and then a prolonged storage, or “aging,”  done under high humidity. And according to WebMD, Pu-erh tea might help for lowering cholesterol because  it contains small amounts of a chemical called lovastatin. Other teas don’t have it. Lovastatin is a prescription medicine used for lowering cholesterol. And animal research seems to suggest that pu-erh tea might even lower certain blood fats, called triglycerides as well as total and “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, it may even raise “good” high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Dr Oz introduced it as dieter’s tea. Supposedly it helps shrink fat cells and by drinking it in the morning you get a metabolism boost. I like the earthy, deep flavor and I am drinking my “Oz tea” in the morning. No idea if it is actually helping me with my weight, but it’s yummy, so…why not?

So. Those are my daily teas. And if you were paying attention you’ll know that I drink upwards of 5 cups of tea on most days….not including my favorite herbal teas, which I ‘ll tell you about in another post.