A green tea a day may keep the doctor away!
Within Asian cultures like the Korean one I come from, green tea has played an important role in health and rituals for hundreds and thousands of years. In these places, it has been known that drinking a daily cup of green tea can have tremendous effects on your health, leading to a longer and healthier life. I drink green tea all day long. My favorite green tea is Jasmine Silver Pearls green tea from Foot Joy.
Not only does it help relax you and soothe away stress, but its healing properties may go a long way toward keeping the doctor away! You’ll enjoy your next cup of green tea even more when I tell you about some of the benefits that come from each one:
Keeps the pounds down, and off. Green tea contains caffeine, which can help increase your body’s basal metabolic rate. These higher rates help you burn more calories even when just breathing with a ‘resting’ heart rate. Increase your calorie burn at rest, and you’ll find it easier to maintain – and even lose – weight. Who doesn’t want that?
Freshen your mouth. Even as little as one cup of green tea daily can reduce plaque build-up and the amount of bacteria in your mouth. And the natural fluoride present in green tea also helps strengthen tooth enamel, giving you not just healthier teeth, but better-looking ones.
Fight off disease. Each cup of green tea – just like grapes, red wine and dark chocolate – is loaded with antioxidants, which fight against naturally occurring but harmful free radicals in your body. Studies have shown these free radicals can cause a number of afflictions, including certain types of cancer and heart disease. Because green tea is minimally processed with its leaves withered and steamed rather than fermented like other types of tea, its antioxidants are more concentrated.
Beauty aid in a cup. In addition to the health benefits you’ll get from drinking green tea, it’s also believed to play a beneficial role in other areas of health. All women want to look beautiful – and green tea is believed to help slow the aging process as well as improve acne. It can promote healthy digestion and decrease bowel issues. And it’s also believed to help stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetics.
So whether you start your day with warm green tea (and always drink or serve it in a beautiful cup to make each one a pleasurable treat), sip it with lunch, or use it to wind down your day, consider working this soothing beverage into your daily diet to boost your health and well-being!