With the start of a new year millions of Americans are resolving to live a healthier life in 2014. This may include big changes such as weight loss, daily work outs and eating healthier. I myself have vowed these sorts of things year after year only forgetting, failing or giving up within a few months.
This year, I have decided to do things differently. Instead of making massive lifestyle changes that I know I will not stick to, I am going small. My plan is to implement new tiny habits that are easy to stick to and will provide benefits to my health over time.
Up first, drink more green tea.
I already sip tea throughout the day in the winter and enjoy iced tea in the summer. However, I stick with mostly chai, camomile and peppermint which isn't too shabby but, I am resolving to take it up a notch by adding more green tea to my day.
The health benefits of green tea are simply too massive to ignore, let me share a few of them with you:
1) Green tea has been proven to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
2) Causes a delay in the deterioration of the brain from Alzheimers and Parkinsons.
3) Has immense cancer fighting properties that reduce the growth of tumors, effects of carcinogens and prevent cell mutation.
4) Lowers the risk of heart disease.
5) Improves oral health- the polyphenols and catechins found in green tea kill the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease.
6) The anti inflammatory properties can help reduce acne.
7) Green tea can help reduce the severity of asthma by relaxing the bronchial tubes.
8) When consumed over a lifetime not only does green tea reduce the breakdown of bone but, increases the activity of bone building cells.
9) Helps prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthiritis as well as reduce the painful effects.
10) The anti oxidants in green tea may protect against glaucoma and other common eye diseases.
11) Promotes weight loss by increasing the production of heat in the body.
12) Lowers the risk of stroke.
13) Lowers the risk of diabetes by regulating glucose levels.
14) Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, this is a great benefit to those who are sensitive to caffeine.
15) Green tea contains thenine which is thought to provide a relaxing effect therefore, reducing depression.
16) Gives your immune system a boost reducing the risk of getting the flu.
17) The anti oxidants found in green tea can reduce and prevent the signs of aging and sun damage.
18) Antibiotics work better when paired with green tea.
When I said massive , I meant it. The health benefits of green tea simply can not be ignored. But, keep in mind all green teas are not created equal. It is beleived that the benefits of green tea are more potent in regular rather than decaffeinated. You must use a high quality tea from a reputable company and powdered tea doesn't count.
But, what about the taste. As you can read in my review of Twining Green Keurig K-cup tea, the taste can be an issue for some. Try adding honey, milk or a dash of fruit juice. My absolute favorite green tea is Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate. The pomegranate provides just a slight hint of sweetness and tastes amazing over ice!
What about you, do you drink green tea or have you resolved to drink more in 2014?