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Isolating and internalizing can shorten your life.

Ever wonder why women live longer than men do? One major reason: They form tight networks and actually talk about their problems. If you face life’s stresses alone, you will make yourself older.  Read more:  Dr Oz

Stress can prematurely age us and leave us chronically fatigued or depressed.  It can also increase our wrinkles and sags.  We can in a very short time add years if not decades to our bodies.

80-90% of all illness, disease, and accelerated aging is stress related.

Stress is known as the “silent killer”.  Men and women are equally susceptible.

The Boston-based science writer Thea Singer has come up with a self-help book/beauty guide “Stress Less: The New Science That Shows Women How To ­Rejuvenate The Body And The Mind.”

All forms of stress—whether physical, mental, or emotional—create free radicals and acidity in the body, which speed up the aging process. The free radicals damage healthy cells and the acid waste has an oxidizing (i.e., rusting) effect on all bodily tissues and organs.  Our anti aging research and experience reveals that an effective stress relief program includes elements from four broad categories: (1) physical, (2) psychological, (3) environmental and (4) spiritual.  Anti Aging Wisely

Yoga is a wonderful way to both exercise and release the day/relax.  Walking, strolling, socializing, and  dancing.

Release mental stress with song, knitting, listening to music – anything that gives you a break and calms the nerves.

Environmentally spend time outside in nature, breath in the fresh green air, walk and enjoy.  Avoid high density smog and pollution areas.  Carcinogens age us quickly!

Food – go organic, drink plenty of water and use antioxidant rich foods to fight the environmental damage.

How about a Smoothie to start the healing!!

Cilantro Surprise Smoothie by Smoothie Web

Okay, okay, you are reading this and thinking, “Cilantro Smoothie”? Well, me too.  But what is life without trying new things and that means trying new smoothies. You will see some familiar ingredients such as strawberries and papaya but also some not-so-familiar ingredients such as almond milk (see below) which can be difficult to find.


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup papaya
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 8 large strawberries
  • 4 dates

You can make almond milk by soaking 1 cup of almonds for a few hours. When finished soaking, strain them and blend them with 3 cups of filtered water. Strain the resulting mixture through a nut milk bag. You can add sweetener or vanilla for additional flavor. To store, place in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. You can also buy almond milk in a health food store, but it will not be raw.

Put everything until smooth. Dr. Yoshiaki Omura discovered that mercury levels in the urine increased after an individual ate Vietnamese soup, which contains cilantro. Dr. Omura’s further research discovered that the herb cilantro could accelerate the excretion of mercury, lead, and aluminum from the body.
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About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea.

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