Sunday, 7 June 2015

Why green tea is good for you and which is the best way to prepare it

You might have heard about the miracles and benefits of green tea or maybe some misconceptions about it. Well, I am a real green tea drinker and lover and I ensure you the its effects exist and are real.
Drinking green tea is a very good way to improve your health in every possible way, but only if you prepare it correctly and drink it properly and don't abuse.

Why green tea is good for you and which is the best way to prepare it


What are the benefits of green tea?

Green tea has a large variety of health improvement effects: from energy boosting to disease treatment and weight loss. Let's have a look:

It improves your mood

Feeling a bit blue and depressed? Drink a cup of green tea and your mood will shine like the sun.

It hydrates you

We all know the effects of dehydration to our body. No? Then click the link I offered you and read about it.
Green tea contains water...no sh*t, ha? Yes! It contains water and that hydrates your body.

It gives you energy

Want to feel energized and a huge energy boost threw the entire day? Drink green tea in the morning or any time you feel tired. You will feel the energy immediately.
Forget about sugary energy drinks and bars; forget about coffee and other energy boosting myths. Green tea is the best.

It fastens your metabolism

I think you've been waiting for this one. Good news for those who want to lose some fat. Green tea accelerates your metabolism and your calorie burn rate.

It eases digestion

Had a bit...or more of a cheat meal or a heavy meal? Drink a cup of green tea and it will help your digestive system to clean your mess.

It controls your appetite

Want to lose some weight, but can't control your cravings and appetite? Green tea is the solution, cause it slows down your digestion and nutrient absorption so you will feel full longer. Also, it controls leptin and ghrelin secretion, the hormones responsible for hunger and satiation.

It relieves stress

Stress can really get on our nerves. If you want to forget about it, drink green tea. Everyday, especially in the morning.

It helps you detox

Green tea surely helps your body to carry out all those toxins and helps your body to recover from general cellular damages.

It extends your youth

As I said, green tea helps your body to recover from any kind of damages, including free radical damages that cause cell oxidation and getting old. So, if you want to feel young and fresh, drink green tea!

It improves brain performance

Have an exam or a lot of work and you feel that you can focus at all? Drink some green tea and your brain activity will increase in a snap!

It improves physical performance

Besides the fact that green tea gives you an energy boost, it also help your muscles to recover, carrying out the "bad luggage" and helps nutrient and oxygen transportation.

It cures many diseases

Studies have shown, so it's scientific proof, that green tea is a natural treatment:

  • Cancer
    Green tea consumption is associated with a slightly lower risk of esophageal cancer, lung cancer, oral cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, breast, stomach cancer.

  • Cardiovascular disease
    Long-term Green tea consumption reduced risk of stroke lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures.

  • Glycemic control
    Drinking green tea lowers fasting blood sugar, but the effect of green tea consumption on hemoglobin and fasting insulin levels.

  • Hyperlipidemia
    Green tea supplements decreases the blood concentration of total cholesterol (about 7 mg/dL), LDL cholesterol (about 2 mg/dL).

  • Constipation

The best way to drink it and prepare it


Why green tea is good for you and which is the best way to prepare it

The best way to prepare and drink green tea is in combination with citrus: grapefruit, lemon, orange etc. I prefer grapefruit, cause it's the best and the healthiest fruit, in my opinion.

  1. I wash the grapefruit with soap, I cut the peel and put it in a pot filled with water, about 1 liter (4 cups), and boil it. The fruit peel contains the most nutrients it it is a pity and a loss to throw it away. So, I boil it for 10 minutes and then I turn off the cooker.

  2. After, I turned it off, I put 3 tablespoons of green tea in the pot and let it infuse for 4-5 minutes.

  3. I cut the peeled grapefruit into small parts and put it in recipients.

  4. After 5 minute, I pour the tea in every recipient and shake it so that the grapefruit juice and pulp spreads and combines well with the tea, like a limonade.

  5. I serve it every morning after breakfast.

Caution and warnings

Drinking too much green tea, more than five cups per day, for example, it is MAYBE unsafe. It can cause side effects because of the caffeine. These side effects can range from mild to serious and include headache, nervousness, sleep problems, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, irregular heartbeat, tremor, heartburn, dizziness, ringing in the ears, convulsions, and confusion. Green tea seems to reduce the absorption of iron from food. Drinking very high doses of green tea is LIKELY UNSAFE and can actually be fatal. The fatal dose of caffeine in green tea is estimated to be 10-14 grams (150-200 mg per kilogram). Serious toxicity can occur at lower doses.

Precautions and Warnings

  • Pregnancy
    If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, green tea in small amounts, about 2 cups per day – is POSSIBLY SAFE. This amount of green tea provides about 200 mg of caffeine. However, drinking more than 2 cups of green tea per day is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Consuming more than 2 cups of green tea daily has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage and other negative effects. Also, caffeine passes into breast milk and can affect a nursing infant. Don’t drink an excessive amount of green tea if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

  • Anemia
    If you have anemia, drinking green tea may make anemia worse.

  • Anxiety disorders
    The caffeine in green tea might make anxiety worse.

  • Bleeding disorders
    Caffeine in green tea might increase the risk of bleeding. Don’t drink green tea if you have a bleeding disorder.

  • Heart conditions
    Caffeine in green tea might cause irregular heartbeat.

  • Diabetes
    Caffeine in green tea might affect blood sugar control. If you drink green tea and have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar carefully.

  • Diarrhea
    Green tea contains caffeine. The caffeine in green tea, especially when taken in large amounts, can worsen diarrhea.

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    Green tea contains caffeine. The caffeine in green tea, especially when taken in large amounts, can worsen diarrhea and might worsen symptoms of IBS.

  • Glaucoma
    Drinking green tea increases pressure inside the eye. The increase occurs within 30 minutes and lasts for at least 90 minutes.

  • High blood pressure
    The caffeine in green tea might increase blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. However, this does not seem to occur in people who regularly drink green tea or other products that contain caffeine.

  • Liver disease
    Green tea extract supplements have been linked to several cases of liver damage. Green tea extracts might make liver disease worse.

  • Weak bones (osteoporosis)
    Drinking green tea can increase the amount of calcium that is flushed out in the urine. Caffeine should be limited to less than 300 mg per day (approximately 2-3 cups of green tea). It is possible to make up for some calcium loss caused by caffeine by taking calcium supplements.

For more medical and scientific information regarding green tea, visit:

WebMd - Green Tea

and

Wikipedia - Green Tea

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