Did you know that catechins present in green tea helps to prevent cancer? Certain studies show that countries where people tend to consume green tea regularly like in Japan, show low rates of cancer.
Green Tea for DetoxificationGreen tea is obtained from the evergreen 'tea plant'. The leaves of the tea plant undergo minimal processing for heightened level of antioxidants that prove beneficial for your body. The caffeine content in green tea is significantly lesser than coffee. Although it originated in China, it has, by large, been associated with the Japanese culture.
It contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and flavonoids. EGCG and flavonoids are antioxidants which are potent radical scavengers, which detoxify the body and eliminate the damage done by the free radicals. These radicals can lead to blood clot formation, atherosclerosis, cancer, and speeds up the process of aging. One cup of this tea contains 20-35 mg of EGCG; it is the maximum amount of antioxidants derived from any tea variety. The recommended consumption is 3-4 cups a day.
Green tea is an immune enhancer and the stimulation of the immune system helps in guarding the body against infection. It flushes out the toxins from the body, eliminating them from the body in the form of urine, thereby helping in cleansing the body.
Preparing Green TeaGreen tea is commercially available in the form of leaves, powder or tea bags. A hot and healthy cup of green tea can be prepared in the following manner (for 1 cup of tea).
- In case of tea leaves or powder, take 1 tablespoon of tea leaves or powder in a tea sieve or strainer.
- Heat 1 full cup of water at 180° F, and just before it boils take the water off the stove.
- Place the tea strainer on a cup and pour the hot water on the tea leaves/powder and let it steep for not more than 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the tea strainer from the cup and let the tea cool for few minutes.
- Enjoy your cup of health and goodness!
Note: Avoid adding milk or sugar to the tea as it hampers its detoxifying activity and adds extra sugars and fats to the drink.
Other Health BenefitsApart from the benefits mentioned above, here are a few more vital reasons why you should incorporate green tea as a part of your diet.
- It increases energy levels and helps in staying active throughout the day.
- It has antibacterial properties, hence safeguards the body from various pathogenic bacteria.
- It is believed that green tea possesses anti-cancerous properties, targeting the cells growing at an inappropriate rate.
- It aids in a healthier, fresh and clear skin.
- It helps in reducing excessive body weight by acting on fat content in the body.
- It is a metabolism-booster which maintains a healthy rate of metabolism in the body, which keeps you fit.
- It also helps in reducing LDL cholesterol present in the body. LDL cholesterol is the 'bad kind' of cholesterol, responsible for heart ailments. In case of a heart attack, drinking green tea helps in recovering from the ailment, faster.
- It tends to increase the immunity of your body and fights against various kinds of allergies and also hay fever.
- It gives relief from hard stool and constipation problems.
- It is a thirst quencher and also helps in washing down all the oily and greasy food that is being consumed.
What is DetoxificationDetoxification comes from the ancient Egyptian and Greek cultures. It means 'cleansing the body from toxic and other contaminant elements'. However, this theory is disapproved by the mainstream medical and scientific community as it is not based on solid scientific evidence and experiments. In spite of it being rubbished by medical and scientific groups, it has gained popularity as an alternative medicine approach.
Why DetoxifyThe toxins present in our foods in forms like, additives, preservatives, coloring agents and other chemicals tend to get accumulated in our blood and tissues. These tend to be surrounded by fats in the body, making it difficult to eliminate them from the body. These toxins, with time, give rise to health conditions like:
- Blocked blood vessels
- Distress of the digestive system
- Skin problems
- Stomach-related illness
- Neurological problems
- Untimely headaches
- Visual impairment
Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.