Rise and shine! If you’ve been following my posts, you might remember me mentioning that I start every morning with a cup of green tea. Why? Antioxidants! Green tea is sooo good for you. In my opinion, it is one of the best things you can do for your health. I have been drinking green tea daily for several years now, and I must say, I rarely get sick anymore. When I do get sick, it’s generally a milder, shorter version. I attribute this to drinking so much green tea.
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants called catechins, which can eliminate cell-damaging free radicals in our bodies. We know that vitamins C and E are great antioxidants (ladies, think of all those vitamin C + E anti-aging serums we slather on our faces to eliminate/prevent wrinkles), but catechins appear to fight oxidative damage to cells even better than vitamins C and E. (Drink green tea and see anti-aging benefits from the inside out? Perhaps!) But in terms of health, here’s what green tea can potentially do for you…
- Cancer Fighting – Free radicals in the body can damage healthy cells, which can lead to cancer; therefore, we want to eliminate the free radicals. Green tea is loaded with free radical-fighting flavonoids. ‘Nuff said.
- Heart Health – Antioxidants found in green tea can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure, while improving blood flow. What does that mean? Reduced risk of heart disease.
- Antibacterial/Antiviral – Catechins may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses. This can help reduce bacterial and viral infections. And because it can fight bacteria in the mouth, you can end up improving dental health and even reduce bad breath.
I love all green tea, but my go-to is Tazo Green Ginger. I love the kick from the ginger. Also, on occasion, drinking green tea on an empty stomach can make me slightly nauseous – the ginger helps counteract that. Or, just drink it with breakfast if you find you have the same issue. Bottoms up!
Oh, and high concentrations of catechins can also be found in red wine and chocolate. Just sayin’ 😉