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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 Read the rest of this entry »

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Find the time to squeeze one lemon into your daily routine and start drinking your way to better health.

 

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The Health Benefits:

What’s inside:

  • high in vitamin C
  • potassium
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • phosphorus
  • rich in flavonoids and antioxidants

Lemons Promote Heart and Respiratory Health

The vitamin C and the flavonoids (naringenin, hesperitin, and quercetin) found in lemons and limes help prevent the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. Lemons may also help in protecting against cerebrovascular diseases such as strokes, as intake of these flavonoids have been linked with lower incidences of these diseases.

For lung health, studies show that people with low levels of vitamin C in their diets are at high risk of reacting to pollutants in the air. Research also suggests a positive correlation between high intakes of these flavonoids found in lemons and a lower incidence of asthma.

Lemons are an Alkaline-Forming Food 

Lemons, although acidic going down, are actually highly alkaline when digested. Eating more alkaline-forming foods (fruits, vegetables and water) rather than acid-forming foods (meat, fried or processed food, and soda) will help detoxify the body and keep it healthy and balanced. 

Some suggestions: Read the rest of this entry »

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