For the next 26 weeks I will be sharing a different way you can become healthier in your daily life. Some of these suggestions have to do with food or exercise, others have to do with lifestyle changes, but all of them are practical and relatively easy to execute. You may already be practicing some of these habits, but hopefully you’ll be inspired by at least one or two new ideas you can begin to implement.
Drink Decaffeinated Green Tea Daily
Did you know green tea is the second most widely consumed beverage around the world? The University of Maryland Medical Center scientists crown this beverage as “the brew with the most potent concentration of polyphenol antioxidants, which fight free radicals, damage DNA, and cause aging, cancer, and stroke, heart disease.” (1)
In addition to the benefits listed below, sipping tea between meals keeps you hydrated, improves your mood, and decreases the occurrence of headaches.
DRINKING GREEN TEA CAN MAKE YOU SMARTER
The phytochemicals contained in green tea may help improve memory and cognition, while the powerful antioxidants may decrease oxidative damage to the mitochondria in your brain. Research has shown that green tea also offers protection from the development of PD and other brain disorders. Marty Ross, MD says, “The tannins and polyphenols of green tea help the body regulate insulin sensitivity while helping the brain maintain a steady supply of glucose, help to create a positive mood, and may prevent brain damage after strokes and other brain injuries by assisting the body’s DNA repair system.”
Green tea increases the firing of neurons in the brain by blocking Adenosine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter. In addition to this, the L-theanine contained in green tea causes an increase in the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. Studies have also shown that green tea may protect your brain in the long-term against Alzheimer’s disease due to its catechin compounds.
DRINKING GREEN TEA CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
Green tea boosts your metabolism and has been shown to increase the rate of fat burning. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition declared that those who drink tea regularly tend to have slimmer waistlines. In a randomized controlled 12-week trial done on 240 men and women, the group that drank green tea had significant decreases in body fat percentage, body weight, waist circumference and abdominal fat. (2)
DRINKING GREEN TEA MAY LOWER YOUR RISK FOR CANCER & DISEASE
The antioxidants contained in green tea help to protect the uncontrolled growth of cells, preventing cancer. For example, one study found that women who drank the most green tea had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer, (3)
while another study found that men who drank green tea had a 48% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in men. (4)
Yet another study done on Japanese individuals found that those who drank the most green tea had a 42% lower risk of developing type II diabetes. (5)
Since green tea has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation, green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.(6)
Serving Suggestions from Marty Ross, MD:
-Try using cooled green tea in place of milk or water in your smoothie.
-Pour brewed tea over brown rice and cook with vegetables.
-Drink your tea with ice in the summer, adding lemon juice and a mint leaf.
-Substitute green tea for some of the liquid in soup toward the end of its cooking.
-Poach pears in the liquid with cinnamon or other spices.
-Soak peeled hard-boiled eggs in a mixture of green tea and soy sauce for several days.
-Poach salmon in green tea.
How do you like to drink green tea? Leave a comment below.