Health, How To
cooking

How Batch Cooking Can Help You Have a Healthy Diet

In today’s times, everyone is busy trying to achieve their dreams, run a business, manage a family, aim for something, etc. The start-up culture is on the rise. People are putting in as many hours in their work as possible has become a normal culture. Even 9-to-5ers put in extra hours just to get the promotion sooner or to get a hike in their salary. 

One thing that is suffering is the most is our health. Our eating habits are wild, with no proper schedule and no balanced diet. Fast food is easy and convenient for the rat race we all participate in. When you have no time to cook during the week, batch cooking is the best way to ensure that you have healthy food and always have something to eat. 

All you have to do is take some time out of your weekend to make sure you eat well for the week. Just imagine the amount of stress regarding the food you will forego and how much time and energy you will save overall.

People have started focusing solely on moving forward in their careers and will sacrifice anything for it. It is a good thing but not when it costs everything: your health, your life, your relationships.

Let’s focus on the health aspect today. Let’s say you work non stop- no time to eat or sleep. Your body gets tired, doesn’t get proper nutrition, falls sick, and then you stop working and spend all that you have earned in getting back in shape. Is it worth it?

I understand that you don’t have time to cook meals, so you resort to takeouts or packaged fried junk. Trust me, I have been there. What we don’t realize is that they might be quick fixes, but processed food, fried food, and everyday takeouts will take their toll on your body. One solution to that is batch cooking.

Batch cooking means preparing or cooking larger portions of a variety of dishes that can be mixed and matched to create different meals throughout the week or eaten as it is. Most people do it on Sundays to prepare for the week. Some people like to break it down and do this on Sundays and Wednesdays so that they can get more variety.

All you have to do each day is pull out the meal out of your refrigerator and heat it or maybe if it is something that you can just grab and go then more props to you. You will be thankful to your weekend self for taking a few hours out to save so many hours and headaches throughout the week, and your stomach will be thankful for not getting the onslaught of junk food and cheap takeaways.

Because you already know what you are going to eat, it will save even more time and stress during the week. You will be eating healthy home-cooked food and will also save money because you are not eating out anymore. It is a win-win situation.

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yoga

How Can You Make Your Mornings Healthier

If you have ever noticed that your morning starts with a frenzy-snoozing your alarm, skipping breakfast, and rushing yourself out the door, then you have to think about your morning habits. If you start your day on a healthy note, there are great chances that it will benefit you for the rest of your day.

The tone of your morning will determine the tone of your day, so you have to plan accordingly.

1. Stop hitting the snooze button

I know this must be a little hard to get used to, but you should give up this habit. It’s a mental game, if you hear the alarm in the morning then don’t hit the snooze button. Train yourself to get your body out of the bed. Keeping your alarm clock at a little distance will allow you to move your body to stop it. Remember, it’s always hard to wake up early if you didn’t get enough restful sleep.

2. Stay away from your smartphone

If the first thing you do when you wake up is to check your smartphone for messages or work email, then you are doing something wrong. You are immediately cultivating a reactive mindset, instead of a proactive one, which will cause you to start your day in a defensive state, rather than a place of inner peace and control.

Instead, try remaining detached from technology for the first hour of your day so you can begin your day with a positive focus.

3. Hydrate

It’s always a great idea to go to bed with a glass of water. Also, drinking a glass of water in the morning after going hours without a sip is a good way to hydrate your body. It will be best if you add lemon to a warm glass of water which is a rich source of vitamin C, freshens your breath, and stimulates metabolism and digestion. Bottom line is this, you have to keep yourself hydrated before and after going to your bed.

4. Take a shower

Start your day with a shower. It wakes you up and energizes you like nothing else. It helps to stimulate the lymphatic system. It’s also an awesome way to focus your mental energy before your day begins, and it can help to promote creativity.

5. Exercise

Whether it’s simply a brisk walk, yoga, set of sit-ups and push-ups, or hitting to the gym, starting off your day with movement energizes the body and the mind. Find out what kind of exercise is best for you and schedule it. It doesn’t have to be complicated, long, or intense, but have some sort of physical activity. You can even switch up between the exercises you do every day to keep your routine interesting.

6. Eat a healthy breakfast

You have most likely heard that breakfast is the most important meal of your day. When your breakfast is healthy with proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains, you will have more energy throughout the day and a stronger ability to focus and concentrate.

How To, Skin Care
Manicure

How to do a Home Manicure in 4 Steps

Let’s be honest, every one of us wants beautiful hands. You know by some weird logic, having your nails painted makes you feel like you have your life somewhat under control. Whenever things get too tough, I make sure to take a few minutes out to paint my nails and then set out to tackle the long list of things I need to do with newfound confidence.

Now, during a crisis like this, going to a parlor is out of the question, so, we have to find an easy substitute to get the same experience but at home at our own leisure.

Luckily, I have just the thing for you ladies, in just 4 steps you can get a manicure done at home- by you, for you.

Preparation- You need to get rid of your old nail paint first, clean out your nails, try to keep the remover only on the nails and not on the sensitive skin around the nails. After you are done, rinse your hands to get rid of the chemicals.

Nail care- Now, take nail clippers or scissors and trim your nails to your preference. When you are satisfied with the size of your nails, it is time to shape them. The shape again is your preference, just some things you need to keep in mind while filing is to keep filing in one direction, do not file back and forth, start from the edge working your way to the top. When done, take a soft buffer and lightly buff your nails, do not buff too much because that can weaken your nails.

Hand care- Now that your nails are taken care of, it is time to pamper your hands. First, soak your hands in lukewarm soapy water for about 5 minutes. Pat dry and apply cuticle oil then cut the excess skin around your cuticles with a cuticle clipper while pushing the cuticles back. After you are done with the cuticles, scrub your hands. Take care to not over scrub them. Wash and pat them dry again. The only thing left to do is moisturize, get on with it to make your hands soft and smooth.

Finale- To finish off your manicure, you need to paint your nails. Grab a base coat, the color of your choice, and your top coat. Apply the base coat first, this helps protect your nails from staining and also helps the nail paint to last longer. After it is dry, apply the first coat of the nail paint of your choice, let it dry, then apply the second coat. When the second coat is dry, seal it off with the top coat. It helps the color to pop and also protects your manicure.

Getting pretty hands isn’t a hard task if you know the essentials and the easy ways to do them. Doing this once a week or every two weeks will have your nails thanking you, and you gain an extra bit of confidence by how well put together your hands look, now, come let’s do the same to our lives!

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Stress free

Stress busting exercises to help you calm down

In today’s date stress for people have become a common thing they deal with every one or the other day. No matter how much you try you can never escape it. You incur stress due to your working schedules, family issues or it may be anything.  Now although stress is unavoidable there still are certain ways in which you can get a curb over it and relax you mind and souls. And exercises are the best way to do that!

So here is a list of some of the exercises that have known to be powerful stress relievers and isn’t difficult at all to do them. Its long term benefits are even more beneficial and you should definitely try these out

Yoga

Yoga has been known to people for its magical remedies to people from ancient times.  Originated in India hundreds of thousands of years ago, this form of exercise is considered to cure so many ailment stresses being one of them.  The postures that you form during yoga are known to give strength training and enhance your flexibility and resilience.  It helps in relieving physical tensions in your body and increases blood circulation and reduces blood pressure.  It also increases your mental focus and balances your mental health thus relieving your stress.  And the best part is that you don’t ever to go anywhere for it you can do at your home or a park where ever your may find comfortable.

Tai Chi

This is yet another stress relieving exercise known for its wondrous benefits. Belonging to the ancient Chinese cultures, this form of martial art s know to link your physical movements with your breath, hence it is also referred to as ‘mediation in motion’. It helps you in focusing at your present, increases flexibility and boosts your energy level by multiple times. It also helps you cater balance and helps you in having a restful sleep. Thus it helps in relieving the mental stress.

Qigong

Along with the Chinese herbs, Qigong is considered of the best Chinese medicines when it comes stress busters. This is an exercise in which you have to focus on your gentle body movements which should be in complete harmony with your breath.  This helps in having a restful sleep, improve digestive system, increased energy level and inculcates a feeling of serenity within you.

Circuit Training

This kind of an exercise is a good replacement for the cardio with the weight training moves. This workout is filled with high intensity and within 30 mintues or sometimes even less than that, you can have benefits equivalent to those which you have perform for longer duration.  It pumps up the endorphin level in your body which leads to a better mood and thus this exercise is a powerful stress reliever.

Pilates

This kind of an exercise has been known to people for the ample benefits it provides one of it being the stress reliever. By doing Pilates you get to focus on the strengthening on your muscles which helps in synchronizing in the physical harmony with your body. This helps you reduce your back and neck pain and your body feels much relieved and energetic. This in turn leads to a reduction in stress and a good mood.

Thus this exercise has proved quite beneficial to people time and again when it comes to relieving stress. And if you are someone who is dealing with the same problem you should definitely try them out!

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Stress

Top 5 Ways to Fight SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in 2019

We’ve all been there – the holidays are over, it’s the start of the new year, it’s cold, the days are short, the nights are long, and it’s dark all the time! This could be a tough time of year for a lot of people where they are constantly feeling lethargic with a lack of energy and finding it impossible to get off the couch.

If this sounds familiar to you, you may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as seasonal depression, which is based around the change of the seasons. While it can happen during all seasons, it is particularly prevalent in the winter. 

Symptoms of SAD

  • Depression on a daily basis
  • Low energy
  • Lack of interest in things you usually enjoy
  • Insomnia
  • Appetite changes
  • Weight gain
  • A sense of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt

If you are currently experiencing SAD, here are the top 5 things you can do help fight it and get back to enjoying your life.

  1. Get sunlight (natural or simulated) wherever you can.

Get outside

Find chances to get outside in the sun whenever you can. In those few pockets of the day where you have access to sunlight – take it.

In the late morning or early afternoon, when the sun is brightest, go for a walk for that much needed coffee break. Or when it’s time for lunch, instead of staying inside to eat, go on a walk for a change of scenery and to get that sun. But if you live in a colder region, be sure to bundle up!

Light therapy box

If you’re located in a place that is considerably darker and colder, you may want to look for some more synthetic light. You should consider getting a light therapy box which mimics bright outdoor light.

Using a light therapy box has been found to help the brain’s chemistry in relation to mood, sleep, and energy. About thirty minutes of light therapy at the start of your day should be enough to give you a sensation similar to sunlight.

Dawn simulator

Similar to a light therapy box, you may consider getting a dawn simulator, an alarm clock that, instead of making noise progressively, brightens your sleeping environment until you’re awake, creating a sensation similar to being woken by sunlight.

Using either of these tools for synthetic sunlight may be the best option for you.

  • Have a daily routine.

In general, it’s healthy to have a regular routine, but for those suffering from SAD who have trouble sleeping and waking up should really stick to a schedule. Having a set bedtime as well as time you wake up every day should aid in sleep habits.

Similarly, eating your meals at the same time every day will help your appetite and energy levels, as well as keep you from unwanted weight gain during the winter season.

While sticking to a schedule, you should have a set time that you exercise every day to help alleviate stress and depression. Plus you will be able to work off the heavy foods that people are prone to eat during winter and the holidays.

Daily exercise could be as simple as a walk during your lunch break, hitting the gym first thing in the morning, or a jog around the block when you get home from work (if it’s warm enough).

There are plenty of other viable options to help keep you active and fight the symptoms of SAD; it’s just best to find something that works for you.

  • Be more social.

Sometimes when people are depressed, they find it hard to get out and be social with friends or family. But if you make plans to see people – either at a party or get together – or simply meeting friends for dinner or coffee can help.

When you socialize with people you realize that you aren’t as alone as you think you are. Similarly, when out and meeting with friends, you may find that others have been dealing with the same plight as you, making you realize you aren’t the only one feeling depressed.

When socializing, you aren’t only helping your own depression but can be helping others who are currently feeling the same way.

  • Go on vacation.

This is a more luxurious option, but a great option nonetheless. If you have the means, find a time to go on a vacation and take a break from your regular routine. Taking a trip to a warmer, sunnier climate can help with a nice change of scenery and get you some much needed sunshine.

Along with that, taking a break from your job can be a nice escape and relieve yourself from stress that you may be dealing with on a daily basis.

Outside of the duration of the trip, you will also find an improvement of your mood on the lead-up to the trip as your excitement increases while planning. Similarly, the improved mentality will linger during the weeks after the trip.

Remember, a vacation doesn’t need to be to a fancy place like Hawaii or the Bahamas. Going to a more affordable place that’s in driving distance or a cheap flight away should be considered as well. Everybody deserves a vacation from time to time!

  • Seek medical attention.

If your case of SAD is more extreme and can’t simply be resolved by any of the previously mentioned options, you may want to see a doctor. A doctor may recommend some changes in your life that can help you out. If you meet with a psychiatrist or psychologist, they can help talk you through the issues that they are dealing with.

Similar to being social, a doctor could be a great sounding board to help deal with depression. A doctor may also recommend taking antidepressants to overcome seasonal depression. In this case, you want to find a medication that works best for you.

Your doctor may recommend something more mild if you’re case isn’t severe enough to call for antidepressants. Certain health supplements or vitamins may be recommend to be added to your diet. Vitamin D in particular has shown to be a good option when suffering from SAD, as it provides the nutrients that you normally receive from sunlight. Taking vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorous, aiding in bone, muscle, and tissue growth.

In the end though, nobody should feel alone and helpless during the dark and cold of winter. If you feel that you are suffering from SAD, find an option that works for you and just remember that spring is right around the corner!

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Workout

What to do when you Lack Motivation for working out?

Exercise or working out has always been a real struggle, especially for the teenagers who have so much other unimportant work to do in their life. The youth is also no less than them they are just working like cattle, the whole day to earn themselves a decent amount of living so that they can save money for themselves even in their old age but do you know we all should do work out and exercise not only to keep ourselves fit but even in your old age when you will be ill, money will only be able to take you to a luxurious hospital but if you exercise daily, exercise will keep you away from any kind of hospitals. This is the first and the most important benefit that by working out we are not only making our present good but our future too.

So now the problem is that even after understanding the benefits of work out, we just cannot overcome our laziness and the lack of interest in doing exercise. This lack of interest is mainly due to lack of motivation. It is a very simple phenomenon, that we need motivation 24×7 in our lives from doing a small work like picking up a spoon to big works like studying.  Without wasting time on YouTube by searching about useless things one should see motivational videos. These kind of videos evokes us and instils a new fire within us every time we see them. Even if that fire lasts only about several seconds its good, believe me it is because earlier you were not doing anything but now after seeing the video you did something and something is always better than nothing. The second thing one should do is to think about the benefits of work out and exercise, read about its benefits, talk about it to people. When you will be doing it you will automatically feel the urge to do workout because you then you would have read about it so much that you would want to do it practically to feel its benefits. Now even after trying those two ways if you are still unable to get the motivation then only one way is left which is to go to some hospital and see the long queue of patients over there. Just sit there and observe them and their diseases you will get to know a lot just by observing them and then talk to them and ask them what they did that they got the disease and what the doctors are saying and then question the doctors that if they had exercised would the condition remained same or Better or worse and you will get your answer and hopefully your motivation too.

Work out not only keep us physically fit but mentally healthy too. It makes our heart to function properly. And diseases don’t even come near the people who exercise daily. To stay fit, to stay healthy, to stay active and most importantly to stay alive you must work out

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mental

How to Stay Healthy and Happy After Retirement

The retirement age is slowly, but steadily increasing as the decades go by. Naturally, this increase comes with it a naturally expanding lifespan. Since the 1980s, for example, the average lifespan of both males and females has increased by 7 years. Compared to the retirement age, which has only increased by 2 years from 65 to 67, this more or less indicates that we will have more time to enjoy our golden years.The quality of these golden years, however, depends entirely on how well you can maintain your health and happiness. Don’t let old age get you down, and instead follow these steps to make the most out of your retirement years:

Don’t Deny Your Body What You Need

Having your body fail on you is frustrating, but it is going to happen. Instead of rejecting and denying these changes, we all need to learn to accept them as they come. Yes, your bladder is going to become weaker as the years go by, and if you have a problem with incontinence now the issue will only worsen. Just because this happens, however, does not mean it is your fault or you should be ashamed. Simply listen to what your body needs and provide for it. In this case, it will mean buying diapers for adults. Or perhaps you need a mobility assistant – all of these are fine to use so long as they help you live as you want to.

Improve Your Diet Immediately

The earlier you start eating healthy foods and maintaining a balanced diet, the better. If you haven’t up until this point, then you have to commit now. You have more time to cook healthy meals and to source or even grow fresh fruits and vegetables. If you don’t, your health could take a turn for the worse faster than you expect. You don’t need unhealthy additives like salt to eat well, you only need a bit of effort and creativity or, more likely, the internet and its wealth of healthy recipes.

Find Fun, Social Ways to Get Your Exercise

Exercise is important and critical to your health no matter what age you are, and after you retire, you have a lot more time to commit to it. Rather than try to get your exercise in alone, find fun ways to do it. Join senior exercise classes so that you can not only get exercise in that is safe for you to do, you can also make friends and grow your social circles.

Go to the Doctor Regularly for Checkups

Go to the doctor as often as they recommend you to and go through all the necessary checks. Yes, it is uncomfortable, and in some cases it can even be painful, but early detection will be key to manage your health moving forward.

Get Out there and Learn New Things

Just as you should get out and join an exercise group, so too should you take classes and otherwise try to get out there as much as possible. Go to gallery events or learn a new skill. Go on a trip – there are so many ways you can get out there and discover the world and all that it holds. The only thing you should not do is cut yourself off socially. Your retirement is the time you have to finally live life to its fullest, and the time to start is now.

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Weight loss tips

How to Keep yourself Motivated for Weight Loss

Hitting the fitness center is the easier part of the whole weight loss process. What’s even more difficult and stressful is to keep the momentum and continue to put in the efforts towards achieving your goals. So, we have listed some tips for you on how to keep yourselves motivated throughout the process.

1. Determine Why You Want to Lose Weight

Clearly list out all the reasons you want to lose weight and jot them down. This will help you stay committed and to reach your weight loss targets. Read through them daily and use them to boost yourself up.

2. Have realistic expectations

Most professionals recommend only losing 0.5–1 kg per week. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to frustration and lead you to give up.

3. Focus on Process Goals

Mostly folks trying to shed weight only set final targets, instead, you should set process goals, or intermediate actions that you’re going to take to reach your desired outcome.

4. Pick a Plan That Fits Your Lifestyle

Find a weight loss plan that you can stick to and avoid plans that would be nearly impossible to follow in the long term. Therefore, avoid strict diets and consider creating your own custom plan.

5. Celebrate Your Successes

Losing weight is hard, so reward yourself keep yourself motivated. When you feel proud about yourself, you will increase your motivation. However, it should be behavior changes and not just reaching a certain number on the scale.

6. Find Social Support

People need frequent push and positive feedback to stay motivated. Tell your close kin and pals about your weight loss goals so they can help support you on your journey. Research shows that those who make a public commitment are more likely to follow through with their goals. The people you share your goals with and accountability are directly proportional and hence more effective the results are.

7. Don’t Aim for Perfection and Forgive Yourself

You do not have to be perfect to lose weight. When you are too restrictive, you will find more inclination on cheating and huge pangs of craving attacks. Thus, try to be like, “I had a big lunch, so I should aim for a healthier dinner”. And avoid being cruel to yourself on errors. Be liberal to yourself and remind yourself that this isn’t the end of the world.

8. Learn to Love and Appreciate Your Body

It has been a proven fact that people who hate their selves are less likely to lose weight. Take steps to improve your perspective on body image, it can help you lose more weight and maintain your weight loss.

9. Get Professional Help When Needed

Don’t be shy to get a professional help to aid your weight loss efforts when needed. Many people get boosted and more inspired by the accountability a professional provides them. If you are still finding it difficult to get motivated then do consider the option of visiting a psychologist or dietitian who is trained in motivational interviewing.

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Stress free

Offbeat Stress Busters

Hello to all the lovely people reading this! The world is getting digitalised, racing up, catching up with new trends, food, fashion, health levels and the list is endless. And amidst all this competition having stress is obvious, one must just accept that. But how does one gets to overcoming stress? Join a fitness class? Or doing a hobby? Well even these may require you to shop for the proper dress, the mat and again the stressful cycle of shopping without money would be on. So then? Well here are few off beat stress busters around you available free of cost and in plenty. Plus they would just require time and no money. Sounds untrue? Read on to know more:

  1. Children: Starting to busting your stress by spending your time with children. They should be those tiny toddlers in the 0-4 years of age. Try to play, converse, take them around. You wont believe but the results would be magical. When you see a younger one playing and moving around so carelessly without any worries, your inner self will get to boosting yourself. You will feel the energy again and move towards positivity.
  2. Play with the kids of your colony: Yes, this may sound kiddish but the fun of playing with the not so known but familiar kind of games will pump your energies, for sure. They may not like you or allow you to play for the first time but believe me once you get in, the fun is unlimited. Seeing yourself playing games with low energy or stress, will boost your spirits.
  3. Plants are your saviour: get to any garden in your neighborhood and try to water the plants. The breeze, the aura of a garden will light up your spirits for sure. The different movement of water down the soil for different plants will make you realise certain things. Also the way these plants grow despite the varying sunlight, water and nutrients, gives you another perspective towards life.
  4. Visit a old age home: this could require a bit of guts as the condition at the one you choose may not be so welcoming. But then trying to spend a day or at least few hours with them would escalate your mood and spirits. Just be around them, help them, watch a movie with them, or make a wish come true of any one of them, you will feel positive.
  5. Move around with a cycle: you may not own a cycle but definitely can borrow from any kid in the neighborhood. Go out for a ride with no worries, no baggage of future or any tension by your side. Just move to the area according to the instant replies you r head gives you. The randomness will set you free from the stressful situation.
  6. Visit a place of religious importance: the energies, vibrations and the aura of a place of religious importance is just incomparable. Look for a temple, church, mosque or gurudwara and sit there for some time. It will take away all your worries and troubles.
  7. Call a person: talk to a person you haven’t been in touch for around a month or so. It will refresh your mind and the conversation will lift you up for sure.

Try these offbeat ideas to get you out of the stressful situation.

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Green tea

Ways to Make your Green Tea Taste Better

You must have heard a lot of people consume green tea. This is because while there was a myth doing the rounds that green tea helps you to reduce fats in your body, a lot of people believed it. The actual reason as to how green tea can help you to control your body weight is that it speeds up the metabolic rate of your body. This is why you are able to eat sufficient amounts and then burn them accordingly. now, it is no hidden secret that green tea actually has no particular taste of itself. This is why a lot of people have second thoughts about consuming it. This issue has now bene solved for you. all that you need to do is just read ahead to know about ways in which you can make the green tea taste better.

  1. Add lemon: The very first thing that you can do is to add lemon drops to it. Lemon is anyway recommended for you in a glass of warm water each day. However, what is better than being able to add it to your green tea. It not just enhances the taste of your green tea but also helps your body to get rid of toxins. For those who are too lazy to add lemon on their own, it is great for you that you can buy lemon flavoured green tea across supermarkets.
  2. Add honey: Secondly, you can add honey. Now, it is not advisable for you to add sugar because that only gets deposited in your body and the main purpose of consuming the green tea is actually defeated. This is why you can try natural honey. It is pure and adds a different flavour to the green tea. Honey also has more nutritional benefits when compared to the white sugar that is a common household product.
  3. Add mint leaves: Thirdly, you can consider adding mint leaves. Mint leaves are usually added to a number of mocktails and cocktails to enhance the flavour. Even the very popular mojito is also served with at least two to three mint leaves. However, you must remember that mint leaves should be consumed in moderate quantities only. Excess of anything is bad and mint leaves are no exception. They are definitely refreshing in the morning and also help you to wake up faster!
  4. Brew it for the right time: Last but definitely not the least, you should brew your green tea bag for the right time. After you have boiled the water, you must keep the green tea bag dipped in it for at least 3 to 4 minutes. If you keep it for lesser time, then it is obvious that the water will not get enough time to dissolve it. On the other hand, if you exceed this time limit, then there are chances that the green tea will turn out to be bitter and you will just not like the taste.