Best Chinese tea for:
• weight loss through eliminating fat build-up
• intermittent fasting
A well-known traditional Chinese tea, Pu-Erh is a type of sub-dried green tea originated from Yunnan Province, China. You can usually find three types of Pu-Erh tea in grocery stores or Asian markets: loose Pu-Erh, pressed Pu-Erh and Pu-Erh tea bags.
Choosing Your Pu-Erh
Pu-Erh is a widely sought after tea because of its distinctive quality and health benefits; it is also, as tea experts will tell you, a class above the rest from other kinds of tea. Like wine, the older the Pu-Erh, the better. As it is usually difficult to identify the exact age of a Pu-Erh tea product, genuine aged Pu-Erh is usually sought by true tea connoisseurs, making this tea one of the icons of tea drinking culture.
Good quality Pu-Erh comes from the large tea leaves of the Camellia sinensis O species. There is also Pu-Erh made from smaller leaves and generally, there are two categories of Pu-Erh: loose (bing cha) and pressed. Loose tea is dried off into the leaves’ original curled strip shape while pressed is made by pressing these loose leaves into different shapes – bowl, brick or ring. If you are buying the pressed versions, they would need to be broken into pieces before brewing.
Getting Healthy and Slim with Pu-Erh
While studies on the health benefits of Pu-Erh are currently quite scarce, there are recent reports that Pu-Erh has hypolipidemic and anitobesity effects – in other words, it can help you lose fat. However, long before discovering its fat loss side effect, Traditional Chinese Medicine has long identified Pu-Erh’s health benefits and the list is quite impressive, ranging from promoting digestion and absorption of nutrition, helping with internal detox, acting as an anti-diarrhea remedy to improving eye health, mental activity, bone formation and contributing to longevity and general well-being.
Today, more people around the globe are using it as a weight loss supplement. According to the Protective Effects of Tea on Human Health (Chinese Edition) book published in 2010 by Jie En (N .K .Jain), biomedical research on Pu-Erh reveals what gives this tea the ability to suppress fat accumulation:
“Two kinds of Pu-Erh tea preserved for 2 and 20 years were used in this research. Eight-week-old female rats were given boiled water extracts of Pu-Erh teas and administered a 1% cholesterol diet for 8 and 16 weeks ad libitum. After the treatments, the body, several organs and adipose tissues were weighed. As a result, the weights of adipose tissues in rats treated with Pu-Erh tea extracts were significantly lower than those in controls.”
Pu-Erh Your Pounds Away
If you are taking Pu-Erh for weight loss, when and how you drink it is important:
- The best time to drink this tea is an hour after your meal so that the tea can help you remove the excess grease you may have consumed and eliminate any leftover, hard-to-digest fats.
- There are two kinds of Pu-Erh that will affect weight loss differently: raw and ripened. Raw Pu-Erh works more rapidly than ripened ones but it may stimulate your stomach a little too much. However ripened Pu-Erh may cause you to feel a sense of inner heat inside. The best way is to drink raw Pu-Erh and ripened Pu-Erh all on the same day. Drink ripened ones in the morning after breakfast to warm your stomach and drink a cup of raw Pu-Erh after your lunch and dinner to help with removing any residual fats or toxins.
- You will also need to brew it properly. Follow the optimal proportion of tea to water: 1 gram of tea per 50 ml of water. Steep the first cup for only 15-20 seconds as Pu-Erh steeps quickly. When you re-brew the leaves, add another 15-20 seconds of brewing time if you are adding in more leaves.
- If you are do intermittent fasts, this tea works well during your fast as it helps to give you a good internal cleanse. It also helps to satiate your tastebuds as the tea has a refreshing but substantial taste to it.
TEA TIPS: When you begin drinking Pu-Erh regularly, you may notice more hunger pangs because of its fat-cleansing effects. Ease your hunger with fresh fruits, salads and raw vegetables. As your digestive system starts to get used to this tea, the pangs will usually subside.
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