November 11, 2013 by Dr. Sana Keller
Just the mention of any ‘green’ food is enough to make some people shut down…unconsciously shake their head ‘no’…or unknowingly cross their arms and legs (body language for ‘No/Not Interested’). I realize that leafy greens may take some getting used to (yet extremely worth the effort to do so), but not all ‘Good For You Green Foods’ are leafy, at least not in their final form that we use.
Even if green tea sounds a bit boring…maybe a bit weak…or maybe not even worth the effort of trying, I urge you to THINK AGAIN—especially after checking out this brief (not exhaustive by any means) list of health benefits that drinking green tea provides.
Did you know that drinking green tea:
- Protects against cancer and enhances survival in various types of cancer
- Lowers risk of dying from heart disease and stroke
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers certain types of estrogens that can promote cancer growth at elevated levels
- Lowers levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides, and improves the good cholesterol/bad cholesterol ratio
- Provides anti-bacterial and antiviral action
- Rehydrates the body as well as water
- Supports healthy bones and teeth
- Promotes body fat loss
- Protects against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease
Seriously, most people I know would have check marks by almost all of these benefits. So HOW ON EARTH does a person suddenly start drinking green tea—and, quite possibly, enjoying it? There are thousands of varieties of green teas with varying tastes, such as Matcha, Bancha, Sencha, and Kukicha.
If you don’t love the taste of green tea, try Chai Green Tea, Mojito Mint Green Tea, Pomegranate Raspberry Tea, or Kombucha Green Tea. These are available from tea companies such as Stash™ and Yogi®. Many coffee shops have great options of green teas to try—and you’ll find that green tea is much cheaper than the typical mocha frappe-whip (you know–one of those ‘fancy’ coffee drinks!). A ‘Shaken’ Green Tea is a wonderful option on warmer days—totally beats your standard ‘Iced Tea.’
That being said, the big cans or family size jugs of green tea that are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup or sugar do NOT fall into the category of ‘good-for-you’ tea drinks. Try the teas without sweeteners to see what they really tastes like. If you still prefer it sweeter, try a bit of honey or natural stevia.
You will find that making tea with tap water will NOT be nearly as good-tasting (or as good for you health-wise) as tea made with filtered water—there is a big difference!
Yet another small, simple practice to easily fit into your busy days…Start enjoying the benefits!
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