I grew up in a family of tea drinkers. My parents ditched the traditional German coffee habit after my dad returned from a business trip to London, England.My brother drank coffee. He didn’t really like it all that much, he usually had more milk in his cup then coffee, but drinking coffee was so much cooler then drinking tea as a young adult. None of us knew how green tea can boost your health at the time.
Me, I liked my tea. Black tea, the flavored kind. I would drink it with candy sugar and cream and be very traditional and ceremonial with it.
Then my mom introduced me to green tea, this was when the first health hype came up and the media suddenly believed that green tea was the new elixir for a long life and good health.
So sure enough, my family switched from black to green.
Over the years I’ve tried many different drinks of choice, coffee, soda, teas, green, black, white, mate, fruit, herbal, roiboos and what have you.
Recently though I’ve come back to the green, needless to say the soda detour didn’t make it past my health and fitness education.
So today as I’m writing this I’m sitting here with a cup of beautiful clear green tea and I want to share with you some of the reasons why it is so good for you.
How Green Tea Can Boost Your Health
- Green tea fights bad breath and bad breath bacteria and helps prevent dental decay and cavities.
- It’s a natural thermogenic and can help in weight loss.
- It contains caffeine and may give you a boost of energy.
- It’s a rich natural source of anti oxidants.
- Scientifically important findings suggest that Green Tea has cancer fighting and preventing properties.
- Studies in both humans and animals suggest anti oxidants in Green Tea may lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, and control blood pressure.
- It may protect liver cells and trigger the immune system. Anti oxidants in Green Tea have shown to protect the liver against toxins like alcohol and chemicals in cigarette smoke.
These are plenty of reasons to enjoy a cuppa green if you ask me. But some of you may not like the taste of green tea, or might even get an upset stomach drinking it, so I want to share with some things I do to enjoy my green tea without problems.
I do like my green tea straight up, given it is a good quality organic loose leaf tea. I also enjoy the flavored teas, such as jasmine or some of the flavored green teas available at online and walk-in tea stores, such as Teavana or David’s Tea.
These flavored teas are often milder then plain green tea since they are mixed with dried fruit, nuts, flower petals or other creative food items, like little cinnamon hearts or bits of caramel.
If you are looking for more variety, try adding fresh herbs to your tea, or infuse it with fruit.
My personal favorite is adding fresh spearmint and sprigs of fresh rosemary, lemon verbena or thinly sliced fresh ginger.
Try mixing your green tea with coconut water for a fresh electrolyte drink.
Cool it down and mix with orange juice or use it as a base for your protein shake or smoothie.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy your green tea, benefit from all the goodness, and make it part of your everyday lifestyle.
I would love to hear what your favorite green tea or green tea recipe is, please share in the comments below!
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