GREEN TEA LEAF BENEFITS FROM HEAD-TO-TOE
A lot of you have asked me about my daily routine with regards to fitness and diet. One thing that is regular with both those aspects is my love for my tea! I was first introduced to green tea by my mom and the obsession lives on. It has become an integral part of my lifestyle and so today’s post is all about tea.
Over the years, I too have wondered about what makes tea – especially green tea so special. Green tea leaves have endless benefits, and hardly a month goes by without news of “newly discovered green tea benefits” making the headlines. So, what is the magic ingredient that makes green tea the wonderful medicine that it is? Let’s first check out the benefits.
1. Act as an antioxidants
It’s always said “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, now one cup of green tea is equivalent to 8 apples. Just 1 gram of dried green tea leaves contains 127 mgs of catechins – a type of disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant. Compare it to 100 mgs of dark chocolate which has only 54 mgs of catechins. Green tea is 100 times more effective then Vitamin C and 25 times more effective then Vitamin E. To top it off, it can easily be absorbed by our body. So why chase other so-called super fruits, when your humble green tea is available so easily and packed with all around benefits.
2. Helps loose weight and burn fat
Yes, that’s correct. No one can argue that fact. Green tea increases the metabolism and blocks the conversion of energy to fat. It also helps regulate the blood sugar and makes you less hungry. Just add it to your routine and you will be surprised to feel the results. Of course, this does not mean you do not maintain a good diet, but tea definitely helps in achieving those weight goals. I know this as it has helped me tremendously.
3. Improves the concentration and in general mental well being
It increases concentration, a reason why monks incorporate tea drinking into meditation and study. Makes you wonder why tea wasn’t part of your routine already. Unlike coffee, tea doesn’t give you a quick kick and rev you up, but it gradually keeps you going. Needless to say, anything that helps me stay focused, I am in.
4. Detoxifies the body
A well steeped and brewed tea can help you cleanse the body of ugly toxins. Just imagine a daily routine, that does not involve using any chemicals or shortcut method to make you feel clear of toxins. A nice warm cup of green tea can steer clear of many toxins in our body and hydrates the body at the same time. Also helps in keeping one refreshed.
5. Many medical benefits
I could go on and on expanding other benefits, but just take a look below. I am sure you get the idea, there’s nothing to loose and plenty to gain for living a healthy state of body and mind.
- Acts as anti-cancer
- helps in healthy heart and blood clots
- reduces high blood pressure
- protects lungs from smoking
- protects liver from alcohol
- prevents and protects tooth
- preserves bone density due to its high fluoride, flavonoids and phytoestrogen content
- Re-hydrates your body
- Boosts immunity
6. Zero Calories!!
May be I should have put this on the top. But green tea without any added sugar is a big round ZERO calories and plus hydration. Now, why would one not have this as a part of your routine?
Looking at all of these benefits, one would say, which one to go with? With so many options available in market these days with brands like Tevana and David’s Tea which have tonnes of offering, from green tea, matcha, white tea to many combinations of green teas and . I feel there is no right or wrong, try to stick with simple green tea leaves or pick a flavor that you dig. As long as nothing is sweetened or looks fabricated, you should be good. The best options are always the simplest ones.
How to use it in daily life
1. Hot or cold Green tea
One can debate on their liking. As for me, I feel much refreshed with hot tea. Every once in a while during summer I would indulge myself into a cold brew, but other than that, benefits of having hot or warm outweighs anything else.
2. Face mask
Can you believe it? Green tea benefits extend beyond their usage as a tea. Mix green tea with egg white and apply to your face, leave it for 15-20 mins and wash. It will leave your skin soft and bright. You can also add honey or milk to this mask.
3. Green Tea oil
- Moisturize – It penetrates quickly and deeply, giving your skin optimum hydration without a greasy feel. Your skin will feel remarkably refreshed, smooth and firm.
- Replenish – It increases skin resilience, giving your skin a supple and radiant glow yu can see and feel. It endows your skin with a luminous silkiness that no other product can match today.
- Odor Elimination
- It prevents foot odor and body odor.
- Hair Care – It adds shine, softness and repairs your hair.
3. Green tea for under eye
Under eye has very soft and sensitive skin. Shred half an apple, keep it in cold green tea leaf water for 20 mins. Apply the shredded apple under your eyes and let it dry. This will reduce the dark circle as well as puffiness. Make sure the green tea leaves are pure and as organic as possible.
4. Cure Acne
Drinking green tea definitely helps with acne but you can also apply green tea leaf or powder with honey on the acne.
5. Green tea Toner
If you want to make a natural toner to apply on your skin every day before you head out to work or maybe to school, the following recipe is going to help you with that. To make it, you’ll need a quarter cup of purified water and a few fresh leaves of organic green tea. Boil the leaves in the purified water and cover the pot after it begins boiling with a lid.
Give it 10 minutes so it steeps properly and let it cool down. Apply it on your face with a cotton ball in the morning and before you go to bed. Also, while some people choose to leave it on for the night, it’s okay to wash your face after ten minutes of applying the toner. As for storage, you can store it in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.
All about green tea
I have been hooked to tea for a while specially the green tea. Green tea is not just any tea for me it’s an exotic experience every single time I have it. You can consider it as one of my hobby to collect different green tea leaves and inventing new ways to consume it. I have tried multiple options but this cute little cast iron tea pot is my favorite (ofcourse cast iron comes with it’s own benefits :-))
Red, White, Green and Black Tea has its own health benefit.is grown in hillsides of India, China and Japan. The tea leaves are withered first before being processed. Green tea is steamed or pan fried before they are rolled and then dried for couple of days. The size of the leaf and the type of processing makes for the quality of all
How do I consume green tea
My day starts with a cup of warm to hot green tea or matcha. Since it has medium to no caffeine I have another cup after my lunch.
I also use the the raw tea leaves and soak it up for 5-7 minutes with some Indian spices like Cardamom, fennel seed, clove and cinnamon. Filter it and have it warm or cold. This is specially good for people who has habit of having tea or coffee at night. It helps with the digestion as well as calming your body to prepare for sleep.
I also use the matcha face mask which is my favorite till date.
I also have home made green tea toner for my skin.
I hope this article helps you. Until next time.
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