I was given a “detox” plan by a friend and just skimming through it, it suggests drinking Green Tea 4 times a day. I have heard how healthy Green Tea is for you, but have am not really a “tea” person so I have never really incorporated it into my nutrition plan.
I am constantly looking for new ways to improve my overall health and well-being so I though WHAT THE HECK…I’ll give it a whirl. I put it on my shopping list and will pick some up next time I am at the store.
In the meantime I decided to look up some of the health benefits. I started in google (of course) and the first entry was from WebMD. They said: A cup of green tea is a good way to start your day.
“It’s the healthiest thing I can think of to drink,” says Christopher Ochner, PhD. He is a research scientist in nutrition at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Green tea is beyond a super food.” In the past 20 years, thousands of studies have shown green tea’s benefits.
So far so good!!! I like those statements.
Here are some of the main benefits of Green Tea…
Prevents Cell Damage – YAY since I beat the crap out of mine with training.
Improves Blood Flow – I don’t have any hearth conditions, but prevention is always a plus…and I’m sure increased blood flow is helpful in endurance events.
Helps Stabilize Blood Sugar…My hubby with thank Green Tea for this one! I get a bit crazy when my blood sugar gets too low!!
Increase Metabolism…ALWAYS a plus 😉
Reduce Risk of Cancer…by keeping cells healthy…again, ALWAYS a plus!
Provides a “Calming” Effect…to help reduce stress…YES PLEASE!
Sounds good to me! I am going for it! I am excited to add Green Tea to my health plan and will DEFINITELY let you know how it goes.
TWO tips I found for those of you wanting to incorporate Green Tea…
1. Don’t add Green Tea to boiling water. You’ll kill helpful catechins (which in the ingredient that helps repair cells). Better: 160-170 degree water.
2. Add lemon. Vitamin C makes the healthy compounds in Green Tea easier to absorb. Dairy, on the other hand, makes it harder to absorb the catechins. Plus dairy is gross!
I can’t find any negative effects of Green Tea so I am in!
Do you drink Green Tea? Is it all it’s cracked up to be? FILL ME IN!
And let me know what other products you add to your regular health/wellness program…I’m always looking!
See you soon!