Well, I am a coffee drinker on most occasions, but lately, I’ve started feeling my age. I’ve been having aches and pains I can only assume goes with the territory.
Though I’m okay with growing older (as I was once told – it’s a privilege denied to many), I don’t like feeling older in my joints.
This has caused me to begin trading in my coffee for delicious green tea. There are many ways to enjoy it, lots of health benefits behind drinking it, and I’m stunned at how much better I feel when drinking it.
Here’s why you should incorporate green tea into your day on a regular basis:
1. Guards Your Heart
Green tea contains antioxidants. These antioxidants are great for your overall health. They also help to keep your cardiovascular system in running order.
Which is why I enjoy drinking a beverage which helps my heart instead of harming it.
2. Helps with Your Memory
I’m not old by any means, but it’s sad how only a few extra years make a difference in how slow you are to get moving in the morning, never mind and how easily you can forget things.
Green tea stops acetylcholine from deteriorating. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter which helps your memory, ensuring your mind stay crisp for years to come.
3. Assists in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease
I have Alzheimer’s in my family. It’s a terrible disease which wreaks havoc on your body in many ways. Your mind is undoubtedly walloped in the process.
However, studies show green tea can help fight oxidative stress (which occurs during Alzheimer’s.) It can also help to fight free radicals which can cause plaques to build up in your brain, which also happens when Alzheimer’s sets in.
4. Fights Free Radicals in the Brain
As I mentioned above, green tea can help fight free radicals in your brain to deter Alzheimer’s or to help slow the process of the disease, according to some studies.
But fighting free radicals in your brain is important for everyone. The antioxidants in the green tea addresses the free radicals in your brain to keep it healthy and functioning as it should.
5. Helps Fight Diabetes and Insulin-Resistance
Diabetes and insulin-resistance is a difficult diagnosis to receive, and a challenging disease to manage. Green tea might be able to help you on your journey.
It has properties which help fight inflammation and can help stabilize healthy blood sugar levels. Also, green tea has been shown to help some people reduce their weight which also helps to stabilize blood sugar.
6. Reduces Hunger
I try to drink green tea multiple times a day, but I make a great effort to drink it with my breakfast. The reason being it helps to deter hunger.
There are properties in green tea which are able to keep your body feeling full longer. In my experience, it works well.
7. Good for Your Bones
Green tea is great for bone health. There are properties which help increase bone density. It helps to maintain proper blood pH throughout the body.
This helps with by preventing the minerals from being leached out of the bones, making them brittle with age.
8. Great for Your Eyes
Do you suffer with poor vision or an eye disease? Do you want to protect your eyes? You should give green tea a try.
Green tea has properties which can help protect the vision your have currently, but also helps to fight eye disease as well.
9. Could Fight Cancer
There are still many studies in the works as to how much green tea helps in the fight against cancer. In my book, if there’s a chance it could help, you might want to consider adding it to your diet.
Green tea has properties which reduce inflammation, and also has antioxidants which help to reduce and stop cell damage. Cancer starts with damaged cells duplicating, so anything that can keep cells healthy is well worth it.
10. Improves Brain Function
Green tea is said to improve your overall brain function. It does contain caffeine (though it’s less than coffee.)
Plus, green tea contains L-theanine which increases the activity between neurotransmitters and the brain. This combination assists better brain function.
11. Reduces Anxiety
As previously mentioned, L-theanine found in green tea can increase the activity between the brain and neurotransmitters.
When this happens, it can naturally decrease the amount of anxiety you feel. If you suffer with anxiety, this may not be a cure-all, but it could be something to consider adding to your management plan.
12. Helps with Weight Loss
Aren’t we all looking for a simple drink to help us lose our unwanted weight easier? Well, green tea isn’t a magic concoction.
But it’s a nice boost for your metabolism. Again, it may not be the cure-all, but if it’ll help in the process of losing weight, it’s worth a try.
13. Killer of Bacteria and Viruses
I hate being sick. Nothing gets under my skin more because you don’t feel like yourself. Green tea contains catechins. These are wonderful little helpers which have been shown to attack viruses such as the flu and strep throat.
They also help to kill bacteria throughout your body. This also includes bacteria in your mouth. Meaning, it can help fight bad breath and dental issues as well.
14. Helps with Cholesterol
Green tea has been shown to improve your cholesterol naturally. It has the ability to reduce the bad cholesterol in your body.
But it’s able to increase the good cholesterol simultaneously. If you have a cholesterol problem, talk to your doctor and see if adding green tea to your diet could be of benefit to your health.
15. Helps Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a dangerous problem to have. The harder your heart has to pump to get blood through your body, the more at risk you are of having a stroke or heart attack.
This is why adding green tea to your diet is good for you. Some studies have shown if you drink green tea regularly, it could help to lower your blood pressure naturally.
16. Helps with Digestion
If you’ve ever had digestive issues (whether sporadically or chronically) you know how uncomfortable it can be.
Well, if you begin to drink green tea, it can help to aid in digestion, improve intestinal health, and reduce inflammation in your gut.
17. Helps with Arthritis
Do you have arthritis? It can be a painful issue to experience. Try adding green tea to your diet regularly and see if it could be a natural cure for you.
Green tea contains anti-inflammatory properties which helps to reduce swelling in joints and the pain caused by the swelling.
18. Great Coffee Substitute
Do you struggle with feeling jittery or having heart palpitations if you consume too much caffeine? I struggle with this myself.
I had to be careful to only drink one cup of coffee in the morning, or my heart would race. Well, green tea can wake your brain up without introducing too much caffeine into your system at one time.
19. Great for Hydrating Your Body
Many times, we assume we have to drink eight glasses of water per day to be truly hydrated. If we drink anything with caffeine in it, we fear it will dehydrate us.
Doctors now agree green tea is good for hydrating because the amount of water you consume when drinking it far outweighs the amount of caffeine you consume.
20. Provides Temporary Relief for Toothaches
Have you ever had a toothache over a weekend or holiday and didn’t want to call your dentist because you know how expensive after-hours fees can be?
I’ve been there. The next time it happens, try steeping green tea for a long time and swishing it in your mouth. Steeping it for a long period releases as many of the natural properties as possible, which help with pain.
21. Reduces Fluid
When the summer months come, I begin to swell. My wedding band will get tight, and I naturally retain water.
If you struggle with carrying water weight, try drinking green tea. Green tea is a natural diuretic which will help drain the excess fluid from your body.
22. Great for Your Skin
I love drinking green tea because it’s not only good for the inside of my body, but it helps the outside of my body too.
Green tea has been said to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, helps with psoriasis, reduces redness of the skin, helps to tone your skin, and can help protect your skin from harmful rays from the sun. However, you still need to use sunblock if you’re out in the sun for long periods of time.
23. Natural Pain Reliever
I’ve shared with you how green tea can help with temporary relief of a toothache and help relieve the joint pain associated with arthritis.
However, green tea has anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce inflammation throughout the body. In turn, this helps to reduce pain as well.
24. Helps with Urinary Tract Infections
If you’ve ever had a UTI, you know how incredibly painful they are. Green tea could be a great way to heal a UTI because of its antioxidants. This would help reduce inflammation in the bladder.
Green tea can also help to heal a current UTI or fight off future UTI’s because of its ability to fight bacteria in the body.
25. Fights Allergies
When you consider natural ways to combat seasonal allergies, honey might be the first thing to come to mind and green tea would be one of the last in most cases.
Well, green tea is able to help with allergies because of its anti-inflammatory properties. They work to reduce swelling in your sinuses when they’re irritated.
26. Reduces Puffiness of the Eyes
Are you feeling extremely tired? Are your eyes beginning to show this? Don’t walk around with puffy eyes.
Instead, put your used green tea bags to use. Wet the bags and place them on your eyes for approximately 20 minutes. The properties of the green tea should be released and help to reduce any puffiness of the eyes.
27. Helps with Asthma
Prescribed asthma medicines work by finding any items in your cells which would trigger an allergic reaction and stop them from being released into your body.
Well, green tea also works this way. Because of the antioxidants found in green tea, they naturally work to help contain asthma triggers.
28. Helps You to Live Longer
We will all die. It’s a grim reality, and we can’t control when or how we go. Yet, if you put all of the diseases together which green tea can help fight, you can see drinking green tea has the potential to help you live a longer and healthier life.
There are no guarantees, but if it could help you to live a little longer and enjoy better health for the duration of your life, it’s worth it in my opinion.
Well, you now have over 20 health benefits of consuming green tea on a regular basis.
If you’re sensitive to caffeine, you should only drink one cup of green tea per day. Also, be sure to talk with your doctor before adding green tea to your diet to make sure it will line up with your current health plan.
It’s our hope you’ll find natural relief from common ailments and enjoy a healthy and long life. Maybe green tea can be a help in the process.