Anyone who knows me knows that I swear religiously by green tea. I have it every morning and thank the Chinese for discovering it more than 5,000 years ago. But here’s the funny thing – less than a year ago I hated green tea, absolutely loathed it.
I was a cappuccino girl.
Nowadays the cappuccino girl is gone for good.
Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” I love this quote, not only because it provides a positive outlook on life, but it also portrays my gradual love for green tea.
One day I woke up and decided it was time to exchange my coffee addiction for green tea. Although I didn’t like the taste of green tea at first, I repeatedly drank it, every morning, day after day, and slowly, just like a flower beginning to unfurl its petals in spring, I began to appreciate the taste of green tea.
I am now a green tea girl. #noregrets. I mean, how could I regret this exchange? Green tea is one of the healthiest drinks in the world. It’s loaded with antioxidants. If you haven’t found the motivation to ditch the cappuccino and convert to green tea, below are a few more reasons why you should give it a shot:
Green tea increases your metabolism
The polyphenol in green tea intensifies the rate at which you burn fat, and is also a great source of getting rid of belly fat (hallelujah!)
Green tea boost brain power
Green tea still acts that same way coffee does in the aspect it still contains that kick of caffeine that will get you going in the morning. However, green tea goes one step further than coffee by stimulating the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which reduces anxiety, increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain, giving us a powerful brain booster.
Green tea protects our oral health
The antioxidant catechin, found in green tea destroys bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections and tooth decay.
Green tea reduces cholesterol and risk of diabetes
Green tea reduces bad cholesterol, produces good cholesterol and regulates glucose levels.
Green tea restores damaged brain cells
Health experts believe green tea can delay the effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, because it protects brain cells from deteriorating and restores brain cells that have been damaged.
Green tea boost your immunity
The antibacterial agent catechin, found in green tea, effectively fights everything from the flu to cancer, with health experts believing that green tea reduces the spread of many diseases by strengthening our immunity.
Green tea = tranquillity
Green tea counteracts depression because of the amino acid theanine, which is found in tea leaves. The ancient Chinese drank green tea because it provides a relaxing and tranquilizing effect to consumers. So get drinking!
Green tea helps your skin
Because of the antioxidants found in green tea, it reduces the signs of aging and can also reduce sun damage if applied topically.
Green tea stimulates your senses
There is whole variation of green tea, each one bringing its own flavour and stimulating your senses and tastebuds in weird and wonderful ways. There’s Green Tea & Lemon Tea, Green Tea & Mint, Green Tea & Jasmine, and Green Tea & Pomegranate.
I also think there’s something quaintly beautiful and simple about pouring homemade tea out of a pot, and sipping it gently as you curl on the couch with a good book. I also think there’s a wonderful empowerment in the knowledge that you are giving your body and brain something mightily beneficial, all through one little cup of green tea.
Nikki Andersen is a book & green tea lover. She loves writing, history, travel and photography. She is in search of vibrant, authentic moments & in love with timeless feelings.