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Irish novelist and theologian C.S. Lewis once wrote, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” I feel the same way, as long as it’s green tea! The special tea has so many benefits, and the caffeinated version can easily be replaced as your morning pick-me-up. When you switch it out in place of your morning coffee, then you will reap the same benefits of coffee, plus the added benefits of green tea.
A Long History of Drinking Green Tea
Tea is the second most popular drink in the world today, second only to water. Tea has been drunk for centuries, and comes in different varieties depending on how it is processed. There are black, green, and oolong varieties of tea. Green tea in particular has made a very prominent impression all over the world, and is praised for all of its amazing health-related benefits. The tea is full of polyphenols, which is an amazing antioxidant. These antioxidants can help to reduce the damages that are caused by free radicals. In China and India, the tea has a long history of being used in the medical field. They’ve used the diverse drink as a stimulant, a diuretic, an astringent, and as an aid in helping to boost heart health.
Natural Health Benefits of Green Tea
The Far East isn’t the only place in the world using green tea to promote health. The properties of green tea contribute to your body’s overall well-being. Some of the natural health benefits of green tea include, but are certainly not limited to, reducing the risk of the following:
- atherosclerosis especially coronary artery disease
- high cholesterol
- many types of cancer, but not all of them
- the effects of IBD and can help to control blood sugar levels associated with diabetes
- liver disease
Even though some studies lean towards opposite results, not all doctors necessarily agree with these statements. The National Institute of Health states that until more research is done, people shouldn’t rely on green tea alone. And as with any changes to your diet, before you decide to use green tea to promote better health and physical well-being, you should discuss it with your doctor first.
Green tea has been shown to help burn fat, and it’s a diuretic. When you use the bathroom more often, you get rid of toxins in your body which boosts your metabolism and helps you lose weight over time. Drinking unsweetened green tea and therefore consuming less calories is one way to reap these benefits.
Additional Benefits of Green Tea
In addition to all of the amazing natural health benefits, green tea is also excellent for a number of other things. For instance, green tea is good for the health of your teeth. It actually helps clean the teeth and gums. Just remember that drinking water after eating or drinking anything is best to keep other food and drink from lying on your teeth which could damage the enamel. For maximum health benefits when drinking green tea try adding additional herbs with health-boosting properties. For instance, rose hips have vitamin C which is great for the immune system and passionflower is known for its properties of reducing anxiety and nervousness. And if your green tea isn’t sweet enough, try using a teaspoon of local honey instead of sugar.