Adding green tea to your diet is AMAZING for your health. Learn more about it's astounding benefits in this week's blog article.
With the cold winter that we’ve had, curling up with a hot drink has been especially enticing of late. So enticing, in fact, that it can make getting out of bed a little bit harder. But that’s beside the point. Rather than talking about how much longer we’d like to stay in bed, let’s talk about something that makes getting up a little easier: a steaming, delicious cup of green tea.
This earthy tea is so much more than just a different color tea. It’s long been touted for its numerous health benefits. And, sure, we know green tea is healthy… but how? We did some digging to find out what makes this a top recommendation from medical experts, nutritionists, dietitians, and that hyper-heath conscious person at your yoga studio. And here’s what we found.
It’s seriously rich in antioxidants. Like, seriously.
By weight, green tea is 30% polyphenols, which are plant compounds with antioxidant activity. So, yeah, not a bad start. Those polyphenols fight cancer and shrink inflammation in your body, giving you short- and long-term benefits.
Pro tip? Experts say you should aim for two or three cups of green tea a day.
Your brain likes it.
Several studies have definitively linked green tea consumption with lowered risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Cheers to that! It boosts your brain immediately, too. Because green tea has both caffeine and L-theanine, it can help support brain function without leaving you feeling jittery.
It's great for metabolism.
Looking to get slimmer for the summer? Simmer a cup of green tea. Studies have shown that it increases your body’s fat burning potential.
All this, and — oh yeah — the catechins in green tea also kill bacteria, helping you fend off the flu and keeping your teeth healthy. That’s a lot to smile about!
So what are you waiting for? Bottoms up!
Billy & the ICONIC Team
P.S. If you find your green tea to be too bitter, add a splash of cold water before brewing! Green tea leaves are delicate & burn easily with boiling water, making them taste bitter