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If you’ve been trying to cut back on the sweet treats and hit the gym but it’s not been going to plan, don’t worry we’ve got you. All you need to do is put the kettle on and start drinking Pu-erh tea (pronounced poo-air), ASAP! And don’t worry, it doesn’t taste as gross as it sounds. We swear this amazing tea will make you look and feel 10 pounds lighter – it’s full of unique fat bursting compounds, antioxidants, and vitamins. We couldn’t believe that one of our team members from China had been keeping this a secret from us for so long!

This ancient Chinese tea comes from the province Yunnan and is named after the town, Pu’erh, where it’s produced. Pu’erh tea comes from the leaves and stem of the Camellia Sinensis plant and is actually the most oxidized form of tea. So unlike normal teas, it doesn’t stale over time but actually improves with age, just like wine but way healthier! This means that most Pu’erh teas are over 50 years old, hence the slightly higher price tag. The taste improves with time too, but it’ll normally taste quite earthy so you may need to sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey. It’s super easy to make: you can buy either loose tea leaves or tea bags, we love these tea bags, which are $9 for 50. By nosenkoos

For weight loss: Pu-erh tea is AHmazing for weight loss as it can actually prevent your body from producing fat as it significantly reduces fatty acid synthesis (the process that creates body fat). It also helps you use up the existing fat that you have in your body as the caffeine triggers the production of the hormone that helps utilize and burn stored fats. All you need to do is drink it an hour after each meal. This will reduce your fat intake from what you’ve just eaten – awesome, right?

For cleansing: It’s also great for getting rid of any harmful toxins and chemicals in your body. This is down to the fermentation process, as this is when the natural sugars and microorganisms that remove any toxins from your blood are produced. This will not only make you feel better but will also help prevent breakouts as you’ll have fewer impurities in your bloodstream that normally exit via your skin.  The microorganisms will also increase your body’s production of healthy bacteria which will aid digestion and combat bloating.

For your skin: Pu-erh tea is jam-packed with antioxidants and vitamin B2 and E, which will help fight free radicals that cause premature aging. Plus, it’s a great source of iron, which gives your skin a serious glow while also boosting skin renewal. Drinking this magical tea can even help balance your skin tone as it’ll remove any impurities on the skin’s surface. You can also apply the tea directly onto your face with a cotton bud for an instant, natural toner.

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For your beauty sleep: Even though Pu-erh tea contains caffeine, it’s also full of magnesium and natural phytochemicals. Both these compounds have been proven to reduce stress levels and boost the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. And as we recently found out, an improved quality of sleep and a stress-free lifestyle is literally the key to flawless skin. Think about it, it’s called beauty sleep because this is when your body does all the hard work, working overtime to repair, rejuvenate, and revive your skin and body.

Check out this site for highly-recommended, specialty pu-erh tea. Have you tried Pu-erh tea? Let us know in the comments below.