“Healing doesn’t just take a little time, it also takes commitment to get started and to complete the process.”
― Sereda Aleta Dailey
Green tea! You may have heard of it, you may already drink it regularly. Does it actually do that much good for the body? The answer is yes! Having one cup of green tea a day is actually one of the best things anyone can do to improve their health.
When drinking tea, we experience the wonderful benefit of feeling grounded and centered in the body. Green tea is no exception. With its earthy and warming taste, it is a great way to start the day and a wonderful alternative to coffee. While it does have caffeine it is a minuscule amount in comparison to a cup of coffee. It will not create a feeling of jittery overload on the body as coffee often does, and if there is any concern with caffeine sensitivities, caffeine- free options are always available. Pairing green tea with a green smoothie in the morning, as I like to do, is also a great alternative for those who do not like the taste of green tea. (See book recommendations below for more ideas like this).
What are the health benefits of green tea? What isn’t green tea good for is more like it! There are so many wonderful health benefits of green tea! It is one of the least processed teas and one of the most abundant in antioxidants. Antioxidants are needed to maintain the body’s health by reducing the amount of free radicals, which can otherwise damage cells and lead to disease. Antioxidants contain cancer fighting properties and help defend the body against many other diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and stroke.
Many studies have found a significant decrease in breast cancer diagnosis in women who regularly drink green tea compared to those who do not. It has also been found to be helpful with lowering the risk of prostate cancer and colorectal cancer. Not only does drinking green tea help prevent disease, but it also aids in quicker healing and repairing in the body. Additionally, metabolic rates are boosted leading to easier weight loss, especially in those with a greater amount of body fat.
Consuming green tea is also effective in healing digestive diseases, including Candida. It has been found to aid in killing bacteria in the mouth and is great for dental health especially the prevention of gingivitis. Green tea reduces anxiety and can boost the brain’s functions. It has been found to have a positive effect on aging, lowering the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. Not bad for an inexpensive and soothing drink!
It’s tea time! While it’s very good on its own, don’t worry about limiting yourself to just traditional green tea. Experiment with different flavors and combinations that are available. Coconut Chai green tea is one of my favorites! You can find an assortment of green tea flavors, caffeinated and non-caffeinated at any supermarket or grocery store, or online. (Click here for an online selection!) Remember, always try buying organic when you can with any tea to steer clear from ingesting unwanted toxins.
Small, everyday changes in your health are what will lead to overall positive healthy lifestyle changes. The best thing anyone can do to change their health today is to start with a simple change everyday. If you try having a cup of green tea in the morning instead of that second cup of coffee, this is one small step towards introducing healthier choices. It may not seem like the most important step you can take at the moment, but it will have lasting effects that will start to carry throughout the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. Before you know it, you are on your way to a healthier, happier you!
1. Gunnars, Kris. Authority Nutrition – An Evidence Based Approach. Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Green Tea. 2013.
2. Crook. The Yeast Connection, A Medical Breakthrough. 1986.
I am a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a board Certified Holistic Health Coach and a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. I am passionate about my health and wellness blog, Kale for the Soul. I specialize in gut health and digestive diseases, as well as food intolerances, after healing my own gut from Candida and dealing with recent gluten intolerance. Soon, I hope to get my Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition and Wellness.