Is it possible to drink yourself fit? Maybe, so long as the drink we are talking about is green tea! The Christmas break is a time of excess for most people. After a while, all that chocolate, rich food and alcohol starts to take its toll on your general fitness, especially if your normal exercise pattern is disrupted. After Christmas it is common to feel restless, irritable, untoned and sluggish. It’s your body’s way of telling you that you need a detox.

There are any number of ways to approach a January detox. The important factors are reducing the number of toxins you put into your body, and giving your liver and other systems a boost in order to process residual toxins more efficiently. Green tea, or green tea supplements can help.

Is Green Tea Caffeine Free?

In our office culture it is easy to become caffeine dependent, especially during the dark winter months. Some people therefore like to cut out caffeinated drinks as part of their January detox. If so, you should avoid green tea. Contrary to popular myth, green tea is not decaffeinated. In fact, a cup of green tea contains as much, or more caffeine than a standard cup of black tea.

  • - Black tea: 10-50mg caffeine
  • - Green tea: 30-50mg caffeine

 

This is A LOT less than an average cup of coffee, so is a healthier option for people wanting to cut down on caffeine. But we don’t recommend drinking green tea immediately before bed, as the caffeine may disturb your sleep. If you need to cut caffeine altogether, try Red Bush tea, or a herbal infusion (chamomile, peppermint etc). For a supplement you could try Greenselect Phytosome, a caffeine free green tea extract.

Detox Benefits Of Green Tea

Here are some of the main detox benefits:

1) Protects cells from damage

Green tea is loaded with polyphenols, including the powerful antioxidant EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate). These bioactive nutrients counteract the formation of free radicals, which protect cells and can have an anti-ageing effect.

2) Natural Energy

When people start to detox, they often miss the artificial energy boost that comes from eating lots of sugar. The caffeine in green tea gives you a natural energy boost without the unpleasant side effects of drinking too much coffee. Green tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that increases the activity of the GABA neurotransmitter, reducing anxiety. This helps you feel simultaneously more relaxed and alert.

3) Helps With Weight Loss

The EGCG in green tea speeds up your metabolism by increasing your body’s capacity to break down fat cells. This newly released energy is then available for other activities, such as exercise, which can further assist in losing weight. Studies have shown that green tea can improve physical performance in sports by as much as 12%1.

4) Inhibits Bacterial & Viral Growth

Nothing stops a January detox in its tracks more than contracting a bad cold or dose of flu – so common at this time of year. Green tea can be your friend in fighting off infection, as some of the catechins in green tea actively kill bacteria and inhibit the influenza virus. Also, catechins are harmful to streptococcus mutans, the mouth dwelling bacteria responsible for sore throats, gum disease and tooth decay. So green tea can help with bad breath too!2

Long Term Health Benefits

The health advantages of green tea don’t stop with your January detox. Long-term, green tea has been shown to…

  • - Reduce the risk of contracting type II diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels3
  • - Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease4
  • - Safeguard your brain against dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease5
  • - Lower your risk of contracting breast cancer, prostate cancer or colorectal cancer6

Try Our Green Tea Powder Supplements

Green tea has a distinctive flavour that not everyone finds palatable. Some people find green tea too bitter, for instance. If you’re one of these people, you can still enjoy the benefits of green tea by taking powder supplements. These contain a higher concentration of the energy boosting antioxidants than a cup of green tea, and are easy to consume without any of the flavours of green tea.

Even if you are a green tea fan, you may want to up your intake with green tea extract to maximise the potential health benefits. You can buy high quality Matcha Green Tea Powder in 100 g sachets from our Hellenia online store. Order by 1 PM and we dispatch on the same day. Free UK mainland delivery on all orders over £15.

1 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0838.2005.00445.x/abstract
2 http://agris.fao.org/agris-search/search.do?recordID=JP9202479
3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16618952
4 http://who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/
5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15350981
6 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1850635/