Consume green tea the right way
Dolly Kumar, FounderDirector, Gaia, tells you why green tea should be your drink of choice this monsoon.
Acup of your favourite chai sounds inviting what with the rain pounding against your window and you wanting to curl up on the couch. But don’t turn into a couch potato, it can wreak havoc on your immune system. With a few lifestyle changes, build strong immunity by starting with a healthy cup of green tea.
Here are five reasons to switch to green tea… Full of flavonoids: Green tea is laden with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins that have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals, thus slowing down the aging process and ultimately making you look younger. Boosts immunity: A strong immune system is quintessential, more so during the monsoon. Green tea contains bioactive compounds like catechins and EGCG that have proven to help boost immunity. Helps in weight loss: Green tea helps boost metabolism, which in turn helps one lose weight. Pair it with a healthy diet and exercise regime to shed those extra pounds.
Drinking green tea with your meals will inhibit the digestion of calcium and absorption of iron.
Refreshing and enlivening: Green tea contains caffeine in small proportions which is extremely beneficial. Unlike coffee, this small amount of caffeine helps keep you refreshed for hours. Health benefits: From helping fight cancer to lowering cholesterol levels to helping control diabetes, green tea helps keep your health in check. It also helps improve mood, attentiveness and memory.
No matter what you consume, it should be done in moderation and green tea is no different. Here’s why… Drinking green tea first thing in the morning on an empty stomach might have adverse effects on your liver. The caffeine may also cause dehydration and stimulate the release of gastric acid that can lead to an upset stomach and even an ulcer. To avail the full benefits of the antioxidant effects of green tea, it should only be consumed between meals – approximately two hours before and two hours after your meal. Drinking green tea during meals will ensure that the catechins don’t react with the caseins present in animal proteins or milk. More so, drinking green tea with your meals will also inhibit the digestion of calcium and absorption of iron. It is recommended that you don’t drink more than three to five cups a day as it could have serious side effects like causing anemia. Do not drink green tea before bed as it contains caffeine (which will keep you wide awake) and is a diuretic (it will cause frequent urination).