Green Tea: The Better Pick-Me-Up

Consumers are finally beginning to bypass sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and their equally toxic artificially-sweetened alternatives. Some people are nixing coffee to avoid excess caffeine’s stressful effect on their adrenal glands.

So what’s left to help you get started in the morning or to provide a rewarding pick-me-up when you begin to flag in the afternoon?

Purified water is an option. It can be surprisingly energizing, and even delicious, especially with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Of course most tap water is neither energizing nor delicious because it’s full of chemicals and other stuff we’d rather not even think about. But a Beyond Health Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System can provide you with pure, great tasting water at pennies per gallon.

But what about something a little stronger?

Here we come to green tea, a beverage that’s not only very satisfying but a superfood that’s been documented to help prevent just about every disease known to mankind, including cancer, heart disease, eye disease, liver disease, immune problems, arthritis, diabetes, periodontal disease, osteoporosis, and age-related cognitive decline.

Green tea can even make you more attractive (it’s been shown to rejuvenate the skin, and, by boosting metabolism, it may help you lose a little weight) and smarter.

And if that’s not enough, green tea even influences your all-important intestinal microflora, supporting good and inhibiting bad bacteria.

A cup of green tea has just enough caffeine—about ⅓ of the caffeine you’d get from a cup of coffee—to give you a lift. But in green tea this is balanced by the calming effects of L-theanine and with polyphenols that modulate how the body handles caffeine. So you feel alert, focused and energized without feeling hyper or jittery.

If you’re especially sensitive to caffeine, try our white tea: it has even less caffeine than the green and more of the modulating polyphenols. The longer you steep your tea, the more caffeine will be released. If steeped 2-3 minutes, around 30 mg. of caffeine will be released; if steeped 5-10 minutes, caffeine content can be doubled.

If you want a rich, flavorful green tea, try ours. When Raymond Francis began looking for a green tea Beyond Health could carry, he found many that were too subtle for Americans, accustomed to the strong taste of coffee. He finally found the rich, full-bodied flavor he was looking for in the green tea we now carry. We also carry Oolong Tea. Although less studied than green tea, Oolong is known to have many of the same health benefits and has a deep, earthy, slightly sweet taste.

Our tea is also very high in the antioxidant polyphenols that provide most of green tea’s health benefits. Studies on green tea show that most benefits occur at 3-6 cups a day. However you can get equivalent health benefits by drinking 2-4 cups of our tea.

Skip the milk (it inactivates green tea’s healthy polyphenols) and go easy with lemon. Although our tea is exceptionally low in fluoride, all tea has some fluoride in it. Fortunately that fluoride is in a form that’s not very bioavailable—unless you add lemon!

References:

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