Green TeaSuper Foods
Guest Blogger: Rachael Todd
Miss United States 2017
Certified Health Coach and Yoga Instructor, Certified in Positive Psychology
So a big buzzword in the health and wellness world is inflammation. Why is this exactly?
Inflammation can be exacerbated in a number of ways: diet, stress, lack of sleep, alcohol, etc. The way that the standard American diet (SAD) has unfolded has left a lot of people living with constant, chronic, silent inflammation. This is not good. People may not feel ‘sick’ enough to go to the hospital but they don’t feel great. They’re not thriving and they’re certainly not living in a state of health and well being.
At Planet Beach you will find services that reduce the affects of inflammation on the body. From the red-light therapy, meditation booth, hydration station, to the HOTWORX infrared sauna and more, these powerful treatments are definitely worth giving a try!
Through what we put into our bodies, we have the power to change our health and change the way we feel on the inside and change the way we feel about the way we look, too!
The next super herb on the list is…
There is little doubt of the super prowess of the green brew, which is why this tea is the most widely consumed beverage around the globe (second only to water). Since green tea is made from unfermented tea leaves, scientists at the University of Maryland Medical Center crown it as the brew with the most potent concentration of polyphenol antioxidants, which fight free radicals, damage DNA, and cause aging, cancer, and stroke, heart disease.
Green tea contains an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3 gallate, just call it EGCG, which is also helpful in treating a variety of diseases.
Green tea has acquired a prestigious place among beverages and it is one of the first drinks that come to mind in terms of antioxidant components. Within a relatively short time, it has gained a global following of billions and many lovers of normal tea have switched over to green tea because of its undeniable health benefits. Those who are accustomed to normal tea may not like the striking taste of green tea the first time, but between the boost to your health, the ease of access, and the slightly addictive quality of the taste, it will probably win over normal tea lovers in no time.
The question is, what is there in green tea that makes it so special and healthy?
What Is Green Tea?
Green tea actually comes from the same plant where normal tea is obtained. Scientifically, it is known as Camellia Sinensis. In fact, it is the same tea but it is processed differently. The normal black tea is obtained by fermenting the tea leaves. This fermentation changes its color and flavor, while raising the level of caffeine and tannin in it. On the other hand, in the case of Green Tea, the tea leaves are dried or slightly steamed but not fermented. This is what makes it look green when it’s brewed.
Along with caffeine, which gives green tea its characteristic taste, bitterness and stimulating effect, green tea is also rich in a group of chemicals, called Catechin Polyphenols (Commonly known as Tannins, which contribute to bitter taste and astringency). They are also known as Flavonoids, and are very powerful antioxidants. Flavonoids, together with some amino acids like Thianine, are responsible for the potent flavor of green tea.
The free radicals created in the body are responsible for corroding the body in various ways, one of which we see as the signs of aging and the related symptoms. The main job of antioxidants is to neutralize the oxidants or free radicals present in the body and green tea is very rich in antioxidants. The Catechin Polyphenols present in green tea are hugely responsible for the antioxidizing effects, the most powerful among them being the Epigallocatechin Gallate. Therefore, regular consumption of green tea can effectively delay the signs and symptoms of aging.
This is yet another powerful benefit of green tea. Astringent substances trigger contractions in muscles and tissues, while toning up muscles and skin. Even if you do not wish to drink green tea, a simple, daily mouthwash with green tea can cause sufficient contraction in your gums to keep them firm and tight on the teeth, thus preventing loosening and loss of teeth. You can also wash your hair with green tea and feel it grow stronger and healthier every day.
Stamina & Endurance Booster:
You can prove this quality to yourself quite easily. Just have a cup of hot green tea after some rigorous exercise and within no time, you will be ready for a few more sets. Also, it effectively counters muscular pain due to overexertion of muscles. Although green tea isn’t as widely publicized for western athletes due to the dominant energy drink companies in the market, if you visit Japan & China, you will see that green tea is the premiere beverage used by practitioners of martial arts and various other sports.
The reason we want to focus on anti-inflammatory foods is because disease begins with inflammation. When the body is spending too much time in an inflamed state, it can no longer function optimally.
By decreasing inflammation you are freeing up your body to do all of it’s normal functions to keep you in your healthiest state!