The Benefits of Green Tea

As much as I post, I was amazed that I hadn’t written anything on the benefits of green tea!   thX2JS1LC8

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:

  1. Green tea is steamed rather than fermented. What that means to you is that it maintains it’s potency properties to heal quickly.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Green tea can lower LDL (the bad) cholesterol in your bloodstream.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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)

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18 thoughts on “The Benefits of Green Tea

  1. Hi Mary, so glad to hear from you! To answer your question, it’s a matter of personal taste, I think. You can always try an “upper-class” Teavana brand – especially if you sell a million copies of your new book, 🙂 but you are writing to a poor pastor’s wife so I use the local sale brand like Bigelow or Lipton, and enjoy it just as much. I mentioned the Japanese drink lots of green tea, I’d recommend any brand from there and I’ve heard Sri Lanka makes a wonderful tea as well. It will be fun to experiment.

    I usually drink my tea straight without sugar but since I’ve met Ohio Allergies (had none in Arizona, despite the dust!) I’ve been adding a little local honey to rid myself of them. Let me know how it goes! Blessings,

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  2. Lovely post Ellie. I love green tea and have also read that drinking it a few times a day can help with weight issues. I drink it, work out and my weight doesn’t really change. Although I’m content with my scale I still wouldn’t mind seeing it go down another 2 or 3 pounds but I think the resistance training I do has been the reason – muscle weighs more than fat. 🙂

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    • Thanks D.G. Since everyone’s chemistry is unique, you’re right, everyone responds differently to different food chemicals. I’d rather be FIT than thin any day! Exercise goes hand in hand with weight control. Being within a weight range is better than striving for a number. (That alone makes one stressed out which makes one gain weight – heavens, 🙂 what a cycle!!! Thanks for your comment, blessings back,

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  3. Thank you for this timely reminder. I used to drink green tea, and got away from it and back to coffee. God has been nudging me and you just confirmed but I need to get back to the tea. One thing I noticed since switching back to coffee? I have a little bit of a belly lol

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    • H Mary, thank you so much for commenting. Don’t worry too much about coffee, which also has some valuable nutrients, although it can wash away your bones if it’s over consumed. (But then I’m certain you are sensible enough to drink anything in moderation) 🙂 As I constantly profess, “Eat for nutrients!” So appreciate hearing from you, blessings,

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