You may have heard health and fitness fanatics talk about green tea before. I’ll tell you the truth: green tea won’t give you abs, cause you to lose 20 pounds overnight or give you the power to turn invisible. It can definitely help you on the road to the first two (I can’t help you with the last one), but it won’t do it alone. It is, however, fantastic for your body in general. Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of green tea for your health.
1. Speed Up Your Metabolism
Green tea has been proven to speed up the metabolism, which can be great for people who want to get fit and lose weight. When the metabolism slows down, it can become nearly impossible to lose excess fat. Green tea can give the metabolism a boost, as well as increase the body’s ability to burn fat.
2. Wake Yourself Up
Although many people turn to coffee to wake them up in the morning, green tea can be just as effective. Try a cup in the morning and see how you feel! Although coffee can be beneficial if you’re feeling sluggish, too much of it can be bad for us. Green tea can be consumed in copious amounts without causing an issue. No more headaches for you!
3. Warm Yourself Up
A hot drink warms us up on a cold day, so it’s perfect if you’re wrapping up warm during the fall and winter months. You don’t need to add milk or sugar either, so it’s a much healthier choice.
4. Fight Off Cancer
This may seem like a bold claim, but experts believe green tea could be a great help when it comes to warding off diseases such as cancer. Thanks to the antioxidants in the drink, the risk of cancer can be lowered, and recovery can be aided. Helpful especially with esophageal cancer.
5. Remove Toxins and Help Your Body Detox
If you’ve overindulged and are looking for a way to remove all of those toxins from your body, green tea is the perfect drink. A green tea detox is simple to do, and you don’t have to starve yourself either! Simply eat clean healthy foods and enjoy green tea as often as you like to aid the elimination process.
6. Improve Brain Function
Feel like you’re lagging at work or want to improve your performance? Green tea can help to improve your brain function. Not only can it help you to feel more alert and ready for the challenges ahead, it can improve function in the long run too. This means your brain won’t only be at optimal performance immediately after you’ve consumed green tea, but for months after with regular consumption.
7. Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
None of us can delay aging, but we can take the steps to fight off diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. These two diseases can be devastating to families, but according to experts, green tea can help to ward them off for longer. Keep your brain healthy and family happy with green tea!
8. Improve Cardiovascular Health
Cardio exercise isn’t the only thing you can do to keep your heart healthy. Consume green tea and you can improve your cardiovascular health. The heart is one of the most important organs in the body, so make sure you look after it by consuming green tea.
9. Live Longer
You probably could have guessed with all the good green tea does for the body, it can help us to live longer too. People who consumed green tea regularly were proven to live longer than people who didn’t drink it. It’s been used for years in Chinese medicine.
10. Lower Blood Pressure
Nobody wants high blood pressure. Green tea can help to bring it down to a normal level. If you’re looking for a natural way to keep your blood pressure under control, try drinking more green tea.
11. Improve Your Skin
We can’t always have the skin of a model, but we can try. A good skin care routine is essential for this, but green tea can help to eliminate toxins and clear your skin.
Green Tea Ideas
To some people, green tea can seem like a boring drink. Here are some ideas to perk it up a bit and make it more appealing:
1. Buy flavored green tea rather than plain green tea to mix things up.
2. Brew your tea in advance and chill it in a jug to create an iced green tea perfect for hot days.
3. Add sliced fruit to your green tea, hot or cold, to make it look and taste nicer. I like adding a wedge of lemon to a hot green tea to increase its detoxifying properties. Mint leaves and orange slices can be a delicious addition to a regular green tea as well.
4. Use a small amount of green tea as a salad dressing.
5. Use green tea in a fruit smoothie to make it even more delicious.
6. Dissolve green tea powder in hot water, then add ginger ale and ice cubes to give yourself a tasty drink with a ton of benefits.
Now you know the benefits of green tea, and how to keep it interesting. After reading this, you have no excuse not to enjoy it!