Whether you are a professional athlete or just try to live a generally healthy lifestyle, a few foods and drinks will always be recommended for optimal health.
Fruits, veggies, lean protein, multivitamins, and fish oil (or other healthy fats) are a few that are constantly talked about for better health, but there are others that are usually forgotten about since they aren’t flashy or new.
But sometimes the best things for you are not always the most exciting or obvious foods and drinks out there. Despite most people drinking it on a daily basis, green tea is one of the best (and tastiest) ways of staying healthy.
While tea has never gone away, it is often swapped out for other sources of caffeine such as the newest energy drink or the latest unicorn infused techno-brew coffee. While it is okay to diversify our beverages, this article will be discussing why green tea should always be part of your diet for countless reasons, no matter your fitness/nutrition goals or lack thereof.
What’s So Great About Green Tea?
If you are into fitness and nutrition to any degree you have probably heard about teas health benefits. But besides containing caffeine, helping you stay hydrated, and protecting your immune system, these benefits aren’t always clearly or publicized.
Natural Bloating Remedy
One of the main benefits of drinking green tea is its ability to reduce bloating and water weight as well as increase digestion.
The antioxidant properties don’t stop at disease and illness prevention, but also lower whole body inflammation. In addition to helping reduce muscle soreness and joint pain, it can lower intestinal inflammation. This can help reduce symptoms of IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and gas related discomfort.
When it comes to bloating and reducing water retention, green tea acts as a diuretic, which basically means you’ll need to pee more. Because of this, you will flush out any extra sodium you are holding in your cells which balances your electrolytes and will reduce water retention.
Of course you should also increase your daily liquid intake to prevent any symptoms of dehydration that can accompany the use of a diuretic.
Green tea can also help with fat loss when accompanying a daily calorie deficit and exercise routine.
In particular, green tea contains Epigallocatechin Gallate (better known as EGCG) which is one of the many natural antioxidants called catechins found almost exclusively in green tea that can help fat cells release their stores, as well as help the liver break down and use the fat for energy.
Boost Immune System
Green tea contains polyphenols and catechins, both of which are strong antioxidants. They have many positive benefits for your body, including preventing cell damage caused by free radicals.
These free radicals are unstable atoms that cause a compounding effect in the body like dominoes, damaging more and more cells that will lead to countless ailments. These range from signs of premature aging (such as getting wrinkles, worsened eyesight or greying hair) and common colds to much more serious problems such as Alzheimer’s, Lupus, cataracts, Huntington’s/Parkinson’s, and even cancer.
These antioxidants in green tea actually help to prevent the creation of these free radicals to keep you healthy.
Take Home Message
Before you turn to any pills or supplements to help reduce bloating, you should definitely try this natural digestion remedy!
As well as being good for you, green tea is so easy to make and is flexible depending on your taste preferences. The simplest way is to brew either a tea bag or some green tea leaves, let it brew for 1 minute and then enjoy it hot.
If you prefer your tea cold, you can make 3-5 times the amount you would need for a single cup (depending on how strong you like your tea) and store it in the fridge throughout the week for iced tea whenever you feel like it. Feel free to experiment with the taste of green tea by adding calorie-free sweetener or water enhancers to make the taste more your cup of tea.
If you want to reap the benefits of green tea but you either don’t like hot drinks or the taste of green tea, there are plenty of green tea supplements out there you can try so you don’t miss out!
However you like to add green tea into your diet, just remember there are countless benefits you can be reaping on a daily basis to help you decrease bloating and lose weight naturally.