Green Tea: 5 Reasons You Should Be Drinking It
One question we often get is "Do I really only get to drink water?" and in all honesty the question and answer is not as easy as it seems.
On one end, as a coach I want people to understand that water is one of natures greatest gifts, and we literally will die within 3 days typically if we do not have water (you can last typically around 3 weeks without food....) and honestly, water should be regularly consumed probably 90% more often than any other beverage.
On the other end, our students are new to fitness and health, and many often indulge in so much soda, beer, and Starbucks frapps that cutting themselves to only water will instill nothing but misery both emotionally and physically (temporarily).
I often also will hear "what about coffee!?! I can't live without my coffee..."
I wont be one to say coffee is bad for you... in fact it often has many benefits...the problem is people overload it with creamers and sugar because....well coffee tastes gross by itself.
If i choose to drink coffee, I guarantee you that it is black, and simply for a little buzz of caffeine...not emotion.
So this brings us to the main topic of today....Water good.... Coffee (black) good....is that all that I can have"
So lets review so far,
Water = Good
BLACK coffee = Good
Is that really all you would drink in our "perfect world" of fitness and health?
Nope...in fact today's blog is centered around one amazing, nutritious and POWERFUL super drink....known as Green Tea.
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body and mind.
Don't believe me yet? I have compiled a pretty SWEET list of benefits that will send you straight to the grocery store to stock up on it!
5 Benefits of Green Tea
- It is loaded with polyphenols which work as antioxidants. These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage.
These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and reducing many diseases including various cancer.
- It improves brain function!
Although it does not have as much caffeine as coffee, it does have enough to produce a response. Caffeine has been intensively studied before and consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory.
Although caffeine does stimulate the brain, it is not the only component that leads to improving brain function. Green Tea also contains an amino acid known as L-theanine increases the amino acid GABA which sends chemical messages through the brain and nervous system and has anti-anxiety effects.
- Studies have shown that green tea has properties that may reduce or help combat various cancers including: breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer via the antioxidants that the plant produces.
- It can help you lose weight!
Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories. A secondary reason it helps you lose weight is that as you are replacing a soda with your green tea you will take in significantly less calories and sugar.
- Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can kill bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental cavities and other dental conditions... (I've also heard it said that your mouth is a breeding ground for disease....if you want long term health you must take care of your teeth.....no more potty mouths :-P)
As this is a list of 5 really powerful reasons for you to drink Green Tea, there are many more benefits as well.
The aim of this blog is to inspire you to add some power to your health, and cut out some of the crap. So to make this possible, I have an easy to implement strategy.
Tally up how many "unhealthy" drinks that you consume each day.
Replace half of those drinks with either water or green tea.
So if you normally drink 6 sodas a day,
Continue drinking 3, but replace 3 with green tea or water.
After about 1-2 weeks, do the same equation again.
repeat until you primarily are only consuming water and green tea.
My final piece of advice, be aware of how your body reacts to it....Green tea still has caffeine, and some people may not have a great reaction to over-consumption of caffeine, if that is the case look for a decaffeinated Green Tea.
Yours in Strength,