A friend of mine, an admiral in the Navy, spent some time coaching a girls’ basketball team, while he was stationed in Virginia. About half of the girls played soccer and basketball, and so scheduling was a big logistical problem. Whenever he heard the word “soccer” he would immediately utter “damn communist sport,” and the soccer players would tremble.
Not only that, he would work “damn communist sport” into almost every practice, and in game timeouts, he would tell girls who made mistakes that if they didn’t spend so much time playing “that damn communist sport,” they wouldn’t have their head buried so far up their Stalinski.
Many of those young girls are now all grown up, and they still refer to soccer as “that damn communist sport,” today. They still remember that season, twelve to thirteen years later…because they started out Oh and Six, and won the city championship, by winning fourteen games in a row.
The Admiral wasn’t a good basketball man (he had an assistant who worked the exs and ohs and told him what to do), but he was smart enough to listen and not let his ego get in the way. He was very good however, at making each and every player feel that they were a very important part of the team, regardless of their athletic ability, and he made sure everyone played in every game.
In one of the tournament games, the team was behind by three points, with only a few minutes to go. He called for the second team to go in the game… and no one on the bench moved. He called again, and no one moved. Finally, one of the girls on the bench said, “Coach, that would be okay for the regular season, but this is the tournament. We lose, and we’re out. Keep the best players on the floor.”
After the game he told me, with tears in his eyes, “That may be the best example of teamwork I’ve ever seen.”
Today, I wanted to talk about green tea, something the Chinese have known about for thousands of years. I’m certain my friend the Admiral would not have hesitated to call them commies, so I dedicated todays headline to him. The Chinese have a saying, “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than of tea for one.”
Research has shown that the daily consumption of green tea may improve risk factors for heart/coronary artery disease, artherosclerosis, and some cancers. The health benefits of green tea are presumed to be related to its potent antioxidant effects, namely polyphenolic tannins and catechins. These phytochemicals are in the highest concentrations in green tea, as opposed to other teas.
Recent research has shown green tea to be thermogenic, to a greater extant than would be suggested from its caffeine content alone. What that means is that it might have something to do with reducing all that junk in your trunk.
You’ll get the best benefit by drinking 3-4 cups per day.
And by that I mean 18-24 ounces per day, not 3-4 Starbucks sized 20 ounce cups, which would amount to 60-80 ounces per day.
Get a good, high quality tea from a good tea store and have them show you how to brew it properly. This might be a little strange for Americans at first, but I guarantee it will grow on you. And just in case you’re wondering, Snapple doesn’t count.
If you start putting together all the helpful hints, and combine them with my Powerhouse Omega Formula, you’ll be doing quite a bit to improve your health in just a short period of time.