New year, new start; kick off 2015 with some clean, green tea energy. You’d be surprised how many health benefits you’ll receive just by swapping out your usual cup of coffee or pumpkin spice latte for a hot cup of green tea.
We’re not knocking coffee by any means (hey, sometimes, you’ll find a cup at our desks early in the morning) but here’s a few things that might convince you to make room for a greener alternative.
Catechins (a type of antioxidants that promote cellular repair), are the major source of all of those amazing green tea health benefits oft cited in articles, lists, or by that “healthy” friend or relative we all have. Said to be responsible for disease prevention, anti-aging, and more, there’s no reason to not load up on these powerful things.
Calming Energy Boost- Green tea contains an amino acid, L-theanine, which promotes a sense of calm. When paired with caffeine, green tea gives a subtle boost, without the dreaded caffeine crash and burn.
Detox- Post-holiday season, you’re probably feeling a little sluggish after . Green tea is loaded with chlorophyll which helps the body get rid of toxins, heavy metals, among other things that probably need to go away.
Oral Health- Try swishing with green tea to keep things fresh. Green tea contains powerful antioxidants that inhibit the growth of oral bacteria, as well as some fluoride to keep teeth and gums healthy.
The list goes on. If the typical green tea in a bag isn’t really your thing, shake it up with a frothy green tea latte, a roasty mug of genmai cha (green tea blended with toasted rice), or even sneak it into your favorite cookies and cakes.