So I have to admit, when I first tried green tea, I thought it tasted slightly like stale water. The only reason I wanted to start drinking it, is because I’d heard of its amazing health benefits. Doesn’t the saying go that ‘you have to try something 14 times until you get used to it’? Something like that…
So I drank it and drank it and needless to say … now I couldn’t live without it.
For a start, drinking green tea throughout the day will help you stay hydrated. On a good day, I could drink a good 8-10 cups per day. It helps to warm me up in the winter, but I love drinking it in the summer too. A hot drink can actually cool you down more quickly – only in certain circumstances though. A hot drink has to be hotter than your body temperature – this will increase the amount you sweat, which is the body’s way of cooling off. The sweat has to evaporate though so you have to be wearing light clothing. This will also keep your skin looking beautiful and hydrated. Whenever I have chapped lips I realise I am probably slightly dehydrated, drinking green tea can help eliminate the problem of dry skin – as effective as any lotion!
I recently read a book called ‘Anti-Cancer’ by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber (which I highly recommend by the way) and medical tests have proven that ‘wherever green tea was drunk abundantly there was a lower incidence of cancer’. Does this not in itself just make you want to drink 10 cups per day?
It has also been proven that green tea is a good detox for the body, activating the liver’s defence and elimination processes to get rid of potentially harmful toxins in the body. Toxins are eliminated through sweat and going to the toilet and green tea activates both of these processes… So get those cups down you!!
While green tea still contains caffein, it’s about 70% less than your morning cup of coffee, so swapping your ‘Americano grande to-go’ for a green tea before work isn’t such a bad idea, considering it has also been proven to boost your metabolism. Switching to green tea can also help if you have issues with anxiety, stress or insomnia.
Replacing fizzy drinks, which have huge amounts of sugar in them, with a green tea will also obviously lower your sugar intake throughout the day. This is great option for people who are looking to lose weight or who have or are at risk of diabetes.
I didn’t like it to begin with, so I don’t blame you if you try it and wonder how you’ll ever manage a whole cup. But if you’re struggling, there are also a range of green tea infusions with other herbs or flavours now available, which can make drinking them a whole lot more flavoursome. The benefits outweigh the fact it might not taste so great, but you know what? You get used to it! And maybe one day you’ll love it just as much as I do 🙂