It's Tea Time again! We have another follow-up post in our Tea Time series. Today we are talking about Green Tea and how healthy it is for your mind and body. From decreasing your risk for certain types of cancers to helping you lose unhealthy body fat, green tea is a powerhouse.
Rich in vitamins and nutrients, Green Tea is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink. Green tea is fighting diseases, helping people to reduce fat, boosting your liver, and even preventing cancer. These benefits are related to the catechine content that our bodies need to live healthier. Catechines counter toxins in your body by releasing microbes that fight for us.
Made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, tea comes in several different forms like green, white, black or Oolong tea. But Green tea has the most significant track record for improving human lives.
Green tea is made with freshly harvested leaves that are steamed to prevent fermentation. This steaming also destroys the enzymes that change the color of the tea leaves and retains the beautiful green color in your tea. It also preserves the polyphenol compounds, also called the catechins, that makes this tea so good for you. Catechins are natural antioxidants that prevent cell damage and other fantastic health benefits.
We aren't saying that drinking tea alone will keep all diseases away. Your health is a combination of your lifestyle, genetics, where you live, your stress levels, and what you consume. Taking time to sit and enjoy a cup of tea is not only great for your health but a boost to our mental health.
You need a healthy immune system to fight diseases and green tea not only boosts your immune system, but it also prevents bacteria and viruses from attaching themselves to the cell walls and infecting them.
Jasmine Pearls are a high-grade tea from China that is hand-picked in the spring only. Then they are scented with fresh jasmine flowers before being shaped into tiny pearls. It makes a fragrant smooth tea that you can re-infuse multiple times. What's cool is the little pearls actually unfurl into long dragon-shaped leaves.
Esophageal cancer is awful. I recently lost a neighbor to this horrific and extremely painful illness. Drinking tea is widely thought to fight this type of cancer without damaging the healthy tissues around it.
Cancer is caused by rapid uncontrolled cell growth. Green tea has anti-carcinogenic properties that purge the toxins from your body.
Women who drank green tea daily have a 20-30% lower risk of developing breast cancer.
The lining of the blood vessels around your heart needs to stay relaxed, so they are better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. Green tea not only boosts the health of these blood vessels but may also protect against deadly blood clots that are the primary cause of heart attacks.
Green Tea reduces bad cholesterol that many people over 40 fight and it improves your good cholesterol levels
Green tea has been shown to boost your metabolism and intensify the levels of fat oxidation. The means that along with a healthy diet, you can start to burn fat and increase your metabolism. Because this tea has caffeine, it increases energy and mobilizes fatty acids so they become usable by the body.
In addition to lowering your body fat, Green tea helps to regulate your glucose levels so that your blood sugar after you eat doesn't spike your insulin.
Studies in mice have shown that green tea protects brain cells from dying and can even regenerate damaged brain cells. This is exciting news for people concerned about Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Depression is not only terrible for the person suffering but heartbreaking for friends and family. But Green tea is rich in Theanine, an amino acid that sends calming and relaxing messages to the brain.
Green tea contains quercetin, which reduces inflammation and it is an antioxidant. According to the Iowa Women's Health Study, women were studied who drank 3 or more cups of tea every day; the study showed that women who drank the eat were less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than non-tea drinkers. But the tea's polyphenols are also proven to reduce inflammation and improve arthritis-related immune responses that are painful and limiting.
Fighting UTI's with Green Tea
Drinking 2-3 cups of green tea every day can prevent and clear up painful Urinary Tract infections because it reduces inflammation in the bladder and urinary tract. The antibacterial properties also keep the germs away.
Allergy sufferers there is hope!
I have terrible allergies, and I hate having to take medications that I know are damaging to my liver. But green tea is full of flavonoids that suppress allergy reactions and reduce swelling in the sinuses.
Still feeling yucky? Try making a compress of tea to calm the puffiness and reduce the swelling around the eyes.
Drinking more tea leads to my hydrated skin and a healthy glow. Tea boosts your skin's natural ability to fight off sun damage and issues related to pollution. Still need a pick-me-up? Try applying cool tea bags to your skin and feeling the healing soak in. Acne and inflammation wash away!