Turmeric tea for weight loss? You have more options in ginger, lemon and green tea

Best tea for weight loss: The benefits of green tea, say fitness experts, are many. It helps decrease inflammation, improves skin and decrease growth of cancer cells in the body.

The aroma of tea brewing over a burner is the perfect sight in the monsoons. And what’s better is the fact that you can lose weight while sipping on some hot chai. Though our milky chai has not been associated with weight loss, the newer varieties available in the market promise instant weight loss. In fact nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar encourages her clients to drink milky chai for its many benefits. Many fitness experts count turmeric tea, ginger, lemon and green tea among the best tea for weight loss.

Green tea, which has been immensely popular in the past decade, has anti-cancer properties apart from weight loss. It speeds up the metabolism process by directly acting at the cellular level and thereby helping the fat burn rate in the body. White tea, which is a purer form of tea, inhibits the production of fat cells and also helps in weight loss,” says Harish Mohan, founder SipWise, a beverage brand.

Here’s a list of some other teas to try for weight loss

Turmeric tea

Turmeric tea accelerates digestion, increases metabolism and promotes weight loss. Turmeric has a bioactive compound called curcuminoids – curcumin, which has many powerful medicinal healing properties. “The curcumin in turmeric suppresses the growth of fat tissues and helps reduce weight. Eating mindfully and drinking turmeric tea regularly could help restrict increase in fat cells,” says Payal Kothari, integrative nutritionist and life coach.

Green tea

Being a storehouse of many antioxidant compounds, it’s easy to assume that green tea is one of the healthiest beverages. This tea helps decrease inflammation, improves skin and decrease growth of cancer cells. “This is a calorie-free drink and something that most weight-watchers swear by. Green tea contains catechins, antioxidants that help suppress the production of free radicals in the body. It has also been shown to activate the body’s thermogenic fat-burning activity,” explains Delhi-based Sujata Sharma, who is a diabetes educator for the BeatO app.

Matcha tea

For the uninitiated, matcha is a finely ground green tea. In ancient Japan, monks primarily consumed it as a beverage of choice. Now, it can either be dissolved in milk or water to add to its versatility — and also for its health benefits. “This green tea leaf powder is high in chlorophyll levels which promotes cell regeneration, detoxes and reboots the body keeping it healthy and inflammation free,” says Kothari. Apart from the health benefits like improving moods, memory and concentration, helping you relax, aiding in weight loss, matcha has taken a diverse transformation into the culinary world with chefs adding it to desserts, smoothies among other things.

Ginger, lemon, mint herbal tea

“If consumed on a daily basis, this concoction acts as a great immunity booster with its anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ideal for all ages,” says Kothari. Just a cup of this healing tea can help detoxify and makes the body alkaline. It is easier to lose weight when the body is in alkaline mode.


Don’t ignore dizziness when standing up, you may be at risk of dementia

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  • People who feel faint, dizzy or lightheaded when standing up, caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure, may be at greater risk of developing dementia or stroke decades later, according to a study done by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US.
  • The study, published in journal of the American Academy of Neurology, involved 11,709 people with an average age of 54, who were followed for 25 years. None had a history of heart disease or stroke at the beginning of the study.
  • “Orthostatic hypotension has been linked to heart disease, fainting and falls, so we wanted to conduct a large study to determine if this form of low blood pressure was also linked to problems in the brain, specifically dementia,” said Andreea Rawlings, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • For the study, low blood pressure upon standing was defined as a drop of at least 20 millimetres of mercury (mmHg) in systolic blood pressure, which is the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart beats, or at least 10 mmHg in diastolic blood pressure, the pressure when the heart is at rest. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg. During the initial exam, participants were screened for orthostatic hypotension. They were instructed to lie down for 20 minutes and then stand up in a smooth, swift motion.
  • Researchers found those who had orthostatic hypotension at the beginning of the study had a 54% higher risk of developing dementia than those who did not have orthostatic hypotension at the beginning of the study.
  • “Measuring orthostatic hypotension in middle-age may be a new way to identify people who need to be carefully monitored for dementia or stroke,” said Rawlings. “More studies are needed to clarify what may be causing these links as well as to investigate possible prevention strategies,” she said.
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New divorce tax rules could leave you with a big financial disadvantage

The War of the Roses could continue indefinitely.

And one key deadline could force couples to come to an agreement before the end of the year.

Dec. 31, 2018 is the date by which couples need to get the terms of their divorce settled before the tax rules on alimony change, a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed last year.

Under current rules, alimony payments are tax-deductible for the payor and taxable income for the payee. Once the clock strikes 2019, however, those rules no longer apply.

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This change upends alimony procedures that have been in place for more than 70 years. And it is projected to raise $6.9 billion for the IRS in the next 10 years.

Divorce professionals are feeling the heat as couples scramble to get written agreements in under the wire.

“You’ve got to have a signed agreement before the end of the year if you want your permanent support to be tax-deductible and -includable,” said Peter M. Walzer, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Once the page of the calendar turns to 2019, it will be a new playing field for couples who are divorcing.

And financial professionals are already concerned that deals made under the new tax law will put the person who receives alimony at a disadvantage. That means women, who are already more financially vulnerable in a divorce, might have less money to work with post-split.

High stakes

Research has found that women generally fare worse financially after a divorce. Their income typically falls by more than a fifth, while men who have children often see their earnings rise by a third, according to research by professor Stephen Jenkins of the London School of Economics.

And the stakes for women may, in the end, be even higher with the changing alimony tax rules.

Financial advisor Stacy Francis, president and CEO of Francis Financial, said she has received many calls and emails from women celebrating the change. After all, if you’re receiving $3,000 a month in alimony and that’s no longer taxable, that could be a great thing.

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However, “even though that dollar amount you receive in alimony might not be taxable to you any longer, most likely the amount that’s going to be paid to you is a whole lot less,” Francis said. “There is going to be fewer dollars available for that alimony and also child support.”

While more women today are serving as household breadwinners, and possibly paying spousal support, alimony recipients are still mostly women. Data from the 2010 Census show that of about 400,000 alimony recipients, 3 percent were men.

Once the new tax rules take effect, “women are expected to suffer most,” Francis said.

Smaller payments

One divorce calculator shows that there could be less money to go around after the new tax rules go into effect — resulting in smaller alimony payments.

That is according to Analyze My Divorce Settlement, the latest tool from Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff’s company, Economic Security Planning.

“They do have to adjust the alimony amount in light of the change in the law,” Kotlikoff said. “It can be a dramatic adjustment.”

A hypothetical scenario run through the tool takes one couple who are both 50 and living in Colorado with no children. After splitting $1.5 million in savings and selling their house for $1 million, they both rent for $2,500 a month.

The goal of their divorce is to keep their living standard equal, according to Analyze My Divorce Settlement’s assumptions. So the husband making $500,000 will pay alimony payments to the wife, who makes $50,000 a year.