Today I am going to let you in on one of my favorite little secrets! I’m sure you have all heard of green tea but you may not be aware of all of the health benefits that it offers. Green tea is probably my all time favorite drink! I love it hot or cold. I’ve been drinking this antioxidant filled drink since college and I want to let you in on why I love drinking it and why you should start drinking it too.
Did you know that green tea has 24-45 mg of caffeine per 8 ounces? It’s not as much as a cup of Joe but it’s still a pretty decent amount of caffeine. It’s enough to get me moving in the morning! This is the perfect drink if you are trying to limit your caffeine intake.
Green tea is chock full of antioxidants called catechins. These powerful antioxidants fight and prevent cell damage and prevent the formation of free radicals, which cause many diseases such as cancer. Research has proven that green tea lowers cholesterol and improves blood flow to your brain and other parts of your body like your heart. It has also been shown to decrease the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Green tea also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and can help improve diabetic health.
I have read that green tea is beneficial for weight loss in sources like Women’s Health Magazine and other fitness related magazines. While research does not confirm this, some may experience slight weight loss when drinking green tea regularly. I do believe that green tea is beneficial for increasing your metabolism, which will essentially help with your weight. Research has shown that green tea increases your metabolism and speeds up fat oxidation due to its thermogenic properties. Thermogenesis is the calories the body burns while digesting and absorbing the foods you have eaten. Yes, our bodies generate heat during the digestion process, which is pretty cool! While the thermogenic benefits of green tea aren’t significant (about a 4% increase in your metabolism), every little bit counts! Drinking 3-5 cups per day can burn an extra 70 calories per day, which adds up to about five pounds in one year. One of the main active ingredients in green tea, the catechin EGCG, is the main antioxidant responsible for this boost in metabolism.
There are so many health benefits to this super-drink! And I only listed a few! I hope these benefits have encouraged and inspired you to go out and buy some green tea! I should note that if you do start drinking green tea regularly, be prepared to visit the bathroom quite frequently. Green tea definitely keeps me hydrated, but this is great because you are ridding your body of lots of toxins. To me, that’s worth the few extra visits to the little girl’s room! Here are my top 5 brands and flavors of green tea:
- Harney&Sons Green Tea with Coconut, Ginger, and Vanilla
- Yogi Green Tea: Blueberry Slim Life
- Tazo China Green Tips
- Bigelow Green Tea Classic or with Pomegranate