Con­sume green tea the right way

Dolly Ku­mar, FounderDirec­tor, Gaia, tells you why green tea should be your drink of choice this mon­soon.

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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.

GO GREEN!

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.

DRINK RIGHT!

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).

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