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Green tea is clearly the healthiest thing you can drink besides agua. It’s packed with antioxidants, fights off cancer, keeps you slim and looking young… what’s not to love?

Read on to learn more or just scroll to the bottom to see pictures of tough guys drinking tea.

green-tea-weight-lossThe Health Benefits

  • High in antioxidants
  • Green tea is the best food source for a flavonoid group called catechins. Catechins have been shown to be more effective than vitamin C and vitamin E in stopping oxidative damage to the cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties.
  • Green tea consumption is linked with reduced risk of skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder cancer.
  • Green tea contains l-theonine, which reduces cortisol levels (stress hormones) and promotes relaxation
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Increase metabolism

Never Drink Bottled Green Tea

100% marketing. 0% good for you.

100% marketing. 0% good for you.

No matter what the claims may be on the label, bottled green tea actually have little or no health benefits when compared to brewing the real thing on your own. Research shows that an average cup of home-brewed green tea has 30 mg of catechins while bottled tea has little or none.

Researchers tested four brands of green tea. Diet Snapple Green Tea contained almost no EGCG. Honest Tea’s Green Tea With Honey claimed 190 milligrams of catechins, but actually only contained about 60 percent of that figure. While the ECCG was higher than other bottled tea, Honest Tea also had 70 milligrams of caffeine, which is 2/3 that of coffee (green tea normally has 1/4 the caffeine of coffee), as well as 18 grams of sugar, about half the amount found in a can of Coke.

Bottled tea isn’t fresh, and is usually loaded with sugar, preservatives or “natural” flavors. It’s definitely better than drinking soda, but it won’t fuel your body with the antioxidants that green tea is supposed to supply.

When you’re on the road and the options are slim, stick with raw coconut water, water or lemon water.

How much is too much green tea?

10 cups (not mugs) is the max. Although studies show a positive correlation with cups consumed and health benefits, if you drink 10 cups a day, you may never fall asleep. Watching this might help in that situation though, followed by doing a little mindful breathing.

  • 5 cups a day has been linked to a decreased risk of stomach cancer
  • 7 cups supposedly maximizes weight loss and metabolism boosting benefits

Why two cups?

From all the studies I’ve read, the general recommendation is 2-3 cups a day.

I personally like a two-drink goal because it’s very doable. Have a cup in the morning and again mid-afternoon. Simple.

The source.

The source.

WARNING: Watch your tea consumption if you’re preggers or have iron deficiency problems

Pregnant women or women trying to get pregnant (the practice squad) should be cautious with their green tea consumption. The tannins found in both green and black tea can decrease absorption of folic acid, an important vitamin that helps decrease birth defects. Up to two cups a day is fine, but it might be a good idea to skip it altogether just to be safe.

Green tea may also disrupt iron absorption when consumed with food, so it’s best to save green tea for between meals.

The Trifecta: Green Tea + Lemon + Raw Honey

Lemon juice adds vitamin C and assists in antioxidant absorption, while raw honey balances the taste and adds extra vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to the mix.

Green tea with honey and lemon

Recommended Brands

These two brands are quality and very affordable.

Costco. $14.49 for 100 tea bags

Costco. $14.49 for 100 tea bags

Yamamotoyama Green Tea- $1.50-$2 for a box of 16. Found online or any Asian grocery store

Yamamotoyama Green Tea- $1.50-$2 for a box of 16. Found online or any Asian grocery store

Brewing it the Right Way

Green tea is delicate. You can’t just toss a tea bag in your mug and then pour boiling water on it like you can with black tea. That will only burn it and make the tea turn dark yellow and taste bitter.

How to:

  1. Boil water
  2. Pour it into a mug and let it sit and cool to a point where the water is still hot, but not scalding hot. This should take 2-3 minutes.
  3. Seep the tea bag and dunk it a few times for about for only about 1 minute and then remove.
  4. Save the green tea bag to wash your face with later.

Remember that green tea has caffeine, so always drink water after having tea to keep hydrated.

Also as a general rule, always trust your body. If you feel off after drinking tea or if the idea of drinking tea doesn’t sound good, then don’t.

And now… Tough Guys Drinking Tea.

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