Think about all of the beverages that you drink in a day. Out of all of them, which ones do you think will help get you healthy and assist in weight loss? If you answered water, well, you’re right. While there’s no denying that water is the best choice of beverage, there’s actually another drink out there that you can add to your regular diet for a variety of awesome reasons – green tea.
But what is it about this fragrant and beautifully green liquid that makes it so spectacular for our health? Dozens, if not hundreds, of studies have been conducted over many years to figure out what green tea does to help your health improve and your weight loss efforts more effective.
The results are absolutely encouraging and certainly go to show that if you want to get a leg up or boost your journey to fitness, then sipping on some green tea is a great way to do it.
What are the Health Benefits of Green Tea?
Have you ever wondered why green tea has been used so prominently by various Asian cultures for both culinary and medicinal purposes? Besides being delicious and smelling absolutely fantastic, green tea has tons of fabulous health benefits that will undoubtedly make you want to add it to your regular diet.
The medicinal benefits of green tea can easily be proved by the centuries that ancient civilizations have used it to aid in and improve digestion, treat wounds, keep the heart healthy and more. Ayurvedic medicine is also an advocate for using green tea to stay healthy as they use it to treat indigestion, stabilize blood sugar and even increase mental function. If you don’t trust thousands of years of use, then listen to science.
Multiple studies have been conducted and have found that green tea actually contains antioxidants that are more potent and effective than vitamin C; up to eight times more powerful, in fact. Green tea also contains other substances that will help you lower your cholesterol levels, protect you against cancer and bacterial and viral infections.
Studies have also shown that green tea can help prevent heart disease, gum disease, and diabetes. This delicious tea also has a soothing effect and can aid in calming the nervous system by decreasing the amount of Cortisol and epinephrine, known stress hormones, in the body.
How will Green Tea Help Me Lose Weight?
There’s no denying that green tea is huge in the fitness industry. Influencers, journalists and dietitians alike are advocating how useful green tea can really be if you want to drop some weight and start slimming down. There are actually several ways in which green tea can help you kick start your weight loss, one of which is its ability to inhibit lipolysis.
Lipolysis is a process in our body that breaks down dietary fats, also known as triglycerides. When the breakdown of fat is inhibited, it also prevents the fat from being absorbed by body, which ultimately means less weight gain. Catechins found in green tea are also known to inhibit an enzyme known as COMT (catechol-O-methyl transferase). When this enzyme is inhibited, it actually speeds up our body’s metabolism meaning you’ll burn more calories than you normally would.
Green tea also contains an antioxidant called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which is also known to boost metabolism.
As if that wasn’t enough, another one of green tea’s bioactive substances is caffeine. Caffeine is a common ingredient in many, if not all, successful diet pills currently found in the market for a good reason – it really works. As a stimulant, caffeine aids in weight loss and improves performance while exercising.
Green tea actually has a lot less caffeine than coffee does with just 20 to 40 milligrams per serving versus the 100 to 200 milligrams per serving found in coffee. Because of this, most people think that you should drink coffee to get the best effects, but this isn’t true at all. You don’t need much caffeine to enjoy its benefits and it’s actually better to consume caffeine in smaller doses to avoid building up a resistance to it.
What’s the Best Way to Consume It?
Yes, green tea is fantastic and it’s definitely worth having a cup a day if you are looking to get healthier, but there is also a right and a wrong way to consume it if you want to enjoy all of the benefits it has to offer. For example, did you know that there’s actually a right and wrong way of brewing green tea?
When you brew your green tea, putting the leaves in freshly boiled water will kill or decrease the tea’s catechins levels. Without the catechins, you might as well be drinking water. To properly brew your tea, bring your water to a boil. Once it’s reached its boiling point, turn the heat off and let the water rest for ten minutes.
Making a natural green tea at home
Pour the water over the tea leaves and allow them to steep for at least a minute before consuming or serving. The amount of time you let the tea steep is completely up to you so if you prefer your green tea with a bit of a milder taste, shorten the steeping time. If you like a strong flavor to your tea, let it steep for longer.
Do remember that the rate at which tea will aid your health and weight loss depends on several factors such as age and lifestyle. For example, just because you drink green tea all day doesn’t mean that you can eat a bucket of chicken wings and still lose weight. Drinking green tea should be paired with a well-balanced diet.
Adding an exercising regimen to your lifestyle is also a great way to help the green tea work its magic. Try drinking 2 to 2.5 cups of green tea per day to enjoy its benefits and it also goes without saying that you should skip adding honey or sugar to your tea.