As a nutritionist, I maintain a healthy weight and hardly ever weigh myself, so I was puzzled to discover that I had lost 5 pounds and an inch and a half around my waist over the winter. My yearly physical was perfect, so I was curious as to how I could have lost weight while being cooped up all winter in Ohio’s bitter cold. Oh sure, I had lifted a few weights but not nearly as much as when I had resided in Arizona. Nor had I routinely walked two miles daily.
The only difference was that I climbed 11 stairs and drank a whole lot of tea this winter. I surmised that it had to be the tea! So if you are curious to discover if green tea will work for you, I urge you to try it for yourself. Just remember that green tea contains caffeine so don’t drink close to bedtime if caffeine affects you. And don’t fall into the trap that “if some is good, more is better” – it’s all a matter of physiological, godly balance. Green tea is not a god to be worshipped – 2 cups per day is best.
Green Tea’s Benefits:
- Green tea is steamed rather than fermented. What that means to you is that it maintains it’s potency properties to heal quickly.
- It contains bioflavonoids which is a powerful immune system booster, reducing the risk of cancers and other infections. Scientists and doctors have tested it on those suffering from stomach, lung, breast, bladder, colon, liver, prostate, skin and intestinal cancers with great success.
- It’s potent antioxidants (called catechins) build immunity against cancer-causing toxic nitrosamines formed from nitrates. (Bacon, cold cuts, salami and other cured meat contain nitrates.) 90% of nitrates are considered carcinogenic but surprisingly fruits and vegetables which also contain nitrates, are the 10% that aren’t. Why? Because all meat is acidic and vegetables are alkaline. More proof that cancer cells can’t exist in an alkaline environment! (Please use my search engine to read my posts on the pH scale)
- Green tea is a detoxifier. That means that energy producing nutrients are absorbed quickly and begin to burn calories without having to battle against other toxic chemicals first within the intestines or bloodstream.
- It will kill the unhealthy bacteria in the mouth and on your teeth and gums. The Japanese routinely consume green tea after dessert and have far fewer cavities than western cultures. Less bad bacteria = better health overall.
- Green tea can lower LDL (the bad) cholesterol in your bloodstream.
- And of course what is good for your heart and circulatory system is also beneficial for your brain. Green tea boosts memory retention and improves alertness.
- It stabilizes blood sugar. Therefore you won’t feel as hungry and it will assist with blood sugar challenges and diseases such as diabetes and hypoglycemia.
- Drinking green tea stimulates your metabolism and burns about 100 calories daily. It transports the type of fat called triglycerides throughout your bloodstream which releases beneficial polyphenols, which in turn activate certain enzymes, burning fat.
Isn’t God amazing? No wonder He placed Adam and Eve in a Garden! Some diet gurus or physicians might discount the benefits of green tea, but will quickly sell you a fad diet program or pill. Don’t be fooled. Listen to the Great Physician first.
“Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,” (Exodus 23:25)