Why drink green tea even though January is done and dusted? Well we’re sticking to our Tea Tox for the following reasons. Firstly we love our organic Green Tea and and we all know that small changes to our habits and lifestyles can have a huge effect on our wellbeing. Increasingly there are studies being conducted on just how green tea can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
Green tea, the history and ‘taking a moment’
Green tea has been treasured in China by emperors and revolutionaries, monks and poets, not to mention the everyday unsung heroes of life. From its very beginnings around five thousand years ago, Green tea has been an important part of traditional Chinese medicine, whether as a digestive aid to accompany meals, or even as a headache cure.
It has also been used by monks to help maintain a ‘relaxed alertness’ whilst meditating, using the simple steps of the tea ceremony to clear the mind of distractions and calmly focus on the preparation, sipping and appreciation of tea. We believe that this quality of ‘taking time’, of mindfully drinking tea and taking time out from our busy days can bring huge benefits to wellbeing, especially as our lives become so hectic.
Green tea and antioxidants – the health benefits of green tea.
Green tea does have more health benefits than black tea which can be attributed to its lack of processing. Green tea is higher in protective polyphenols. The major polyphenols in green tea are flavonoids, the most active of which are catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which function as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to protect the body against disease and are an important part of a healthy diet. Antioxidants can be found in a range of fruits, vegetables and other unprocessed foods. As part of a balanced diet, green tea can be a good source of antioxidants.
Green tea and caffeine
Green tea does contain caffeine, and varieties and brands may differ. An equal quantity of green tea contains less caffeine than coffee (one cup of green tea contains approximately 35-80 mg compared to approximately 100-400 mg in the same size cup of coffee), but it can still act as a stimulant. As a result, some people find that drinking green tea increases energy levels, concentration and mood, but this effect may vary between individuals.
With all the benefits of green tea we’re definitely keeping the tea tox going for another while. If you’re looking to add a little flavour try our blueberry and green tea option out! Sure sit back, drink green tea and enjoy all the benefits aswell as the great taste