Tea is the oldest known beverage. We’ve been drinking it since the most ancient of ancient times, and science now cosigns that health habit with a big, fat checkmark. Turns out tea is one of the healthiest things you can put in your body. And green tea is especially healthy, even compared to other kinds of tea.
Tea is now well-known for being a source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are a family of compounds that fight the effects of aging and help strengthen your body to ward of many different diseases. They are indispensable in your anti-illness arsenal. And green tea is rife with them.
Drinking a lot of green tea will help protect you from – among many other ailments – heart disease, arthritis, cancer, high cholesterol and cataracts.
There’s also research that suggests that drinking green tea can help you lose weight. Green tea has a metabolism-boosting effect, which means your body will burn an amplified number of calories even when you’re at rest.
Green tea also has anti-bacterial properties. It can even make a significant difference in warding off food poisoning.
Still not sold? If you drink green tea, you will likely end up with lower cholesterol and reduced blood sugar. You will also have less dental plaque, less tooth decay, and better breath. It can also be applied in topical creams to improve your skin health and treat rashes and burns.
Interestingly, there’s some research that suggests that the more green tea you drink, the better it is for you. Some people even recommend drinking up to ten cups of it a day. If you do go hog wild on tea, it’s probably a good idea to make sure you’re drinking tea that comes from a source that doesn’t lean heavily on pesticides. Cheap tea bags are prime culprits here, especially when the tea is grown in China.
Many health experts recommend cutting calories completely out of your liquid diet. They say we should only drink beverages that have zero, or close to zero, caloric load. This generally boils down to (har har) water, black coffee and unsweetened tea.
Drinking ten cups of coffee a day would probably land you in the hospital. But green tea, even fully caffeinated green tea, won’t give you the jitters. Its caffeine load is significantly lower than coffee. And the good news is that once you get used to drinking it, it tastes just fine without any added sweetener.
If it’s been a while since you tried it, or it’s not to your taste, see if you can acquire the taste. Your body will thank you in the long run.