Drinking green tea is certainly nothing new and in recent years Americans consumed over 50 billion servings of tea annually. Although the majority is black tea, 20% was green and that number continues to soar. Green tea was discovered in China nearly 5,000 years ago and has long been heralded for its healing properties.
Why the interest in green tea? It contains no sodium, fat, or sugar and is relatively caffeine-free. Green tea contains magnificent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are paramount because they prevent or delay oxidative damage to the body, cells, and tissues. Another plus is that green tea has the means to lower cholesterol. An ingredient known as catechin which boosts metabolism is also found in green tea. Drinking up to five eight ounce cups per day can increase your energy expenditure by 90 calories!
A study conducted by the University of Birmingham located in Birmingham, United Kingdom reports that not only does green tea exert its affects on fat oxidation but also improves insulin sensitivity and glucose intolerance. Essentially this means it may have the potential to reduce the risk of Type II diabetes.
Each day more studies are being conducted and scientific data continues to pile regarding the benefits of green tea. Prior to your favorite exercise, drink a cup of green tea; youʼll not only burn more calories, keep your cholesterol down and reduce your risk to other diseases. Youʼll also save money by going “green!”
Janet Meredith:Janet Meredith, AP, RYT most often can be found in sunny south Florida. She teaches group & private yoga classes, offers various healing modalities, photographs, writes books, and experiments in her kitchen. Drawing from over thirty years of formal education and experience, Janet is comfortable connecting with a myriad of personalities to create a pleasant and uplifting experience for all. Her teaching style is best described as light-hearted and fun. Each spring she hosts a yoga holiday in France which combines a bit of traditional culture with a yogic flair! You can check out her websites: www.twistedyoga.com, janetmeredith.net and follow her on Twitter.