365 tips to the fit body you've always wanted - Tip 24 Drink more green tea

365 Tips to the Fit Body You've Always Wanted - Tip #24 - Drink More Green Tea by Lauren Lopez

 

The practice of drinking green tea goes back thousands of years, originating out of china. The Chinese first began using it for the magic it was believed to work medicinally.

The leaves of green tea are loaded with powerful catechins. Green tea in particular contains the catechin epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG. EGCG is a powerful antioxidant that is believed to aid in the prevention of many diseases including cancer and cardiovascular disease. According to WholeHealthMD.com:

Current research has shown EGCG to be as much as 100 times more potent than vitamin C and 25 time more potent than vitamin E in antioxidant power. Antimicrobial properties in green tea are also attributed to EGCG, which has been shown to repress the growth of bacteria such as helicobacter pylori, E. coli, and Staphylococcus aureus. Scientists have not yet determined specific amounts of catechins needed to exert health benefits.

Weight loss

In addition EGCG is believed to aid in weight loss through a process known as thermogenesis or the production of heat within the body. Numerous studies have concluded that green tea boosts metabolism and helps people lose weight and keep it off. It is believed that green tea speeds up the metabolic process and thus causes the body to burn additional calories throughout the day.

Green tea is not meant to be a substitute for diet and exercise however, but rather a dietary supplement that has been shown to aid in fat oxidation.

 

Caffeine

Green tea also contains a good amount of caffeine which many studies have shown to aid in mental focus and provide a quick burst of energy. However, be careful when consuming large amounts of quantities especially if your body is not accustomed to it. Caffeine increases the resting heart rate and is a stimulant. If you are not used to caffeine you may want to start off with just one cup of green tea a day and progress as desired over time.

How much green tea

To get any real benefit from green tea, you have to really get brewing. Some suggest 5-6 cups per day, while others suggest as many as 10 cups per day. Either way make green tea a part of your regular diet and avoid purchasing cans or bottles of green tea loaded with sugar. For best results make your own green tea and add some lemon to it for even more metabolism boosting and health related benefits--you have nothing to lose but weight!



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