Is green tea good for you? You’ve probably heard of the ‘claimed’ health benefits you get from drinking it, but can you really trust a bunch of researchers? Having been drinking it for almost a year now, I decided to change my blog up a bit and write about my experience with the stuff, and hopefully I can convince you to start drinking this more often.
I’m sure that most of you are more familiar with black tea (eg. English Breakfast) than their green leafy counterparts and I don’t blame you. That’s because green tea is more widely consumed in Asia. Perhaps Western countries also prefer a more stronger taste which might contribute to why it’s not as popular as black tea. Still, it’s managing to catch on. I have been a tea drinker since fourth grade. Years later I switched to coffee but, upon discovering that I hated the withdrawal symptoms, I asked myself: “Hey, dude, why not try green tea?” Thus begun my journey. That was around eight months ago, and I’ve begun to notice some benefits already!
My Pimples Have Gone Down!
The first improvement I noticed was that my pimples decreased. I feel a bit embarrassed to mention that, but it’s true! My skin is less oily, there are less spots, and it’s overall just a lot cleaner. The difference wasn’t drastic, so you won’t rock up with all of your pimple problems gone the next day. That said, it was enough to be noticeable, so you can finally take selfies safely without editing the crap out of it (just joking — be happy with who you are). It’s not magic, but it’s a pretty healthy and organic option if you have pimple problems. It doesn’t dry out your skin like some artificial creams!
You Just Generally Feel Better
The other thing I’ve noticed, and I don’t know if it’s placebo or whatnot, is that I feel better when I drink it. Every day before school I drink some and that’s what gets me through the day. Coffee used to fill in that gap, but I found that it would spike up at around 11am and then I’d feel like (I’ll be blunt) shit. So you might imagine how happy I was when I found that green tea was able to give me enough of a boost without being overbearing. Plus it’s healthy — no sugar needed and the caffeine doesn’t get you all giddy. Green tea is a great choice for those of you who wish to get rid of coffee altogether. I know how hard it is to get off caffeine. Green tea contains lesser amounts than coffee so it should satisfy your brain’s dopamine receptors to some degree, and it reduces the withdrawal symptoms of coffee until they’re gone!
Like Water, With Benefits
Lastly, if anything, you’ll get tastier water. If you find yourself drinking lots of soft drinks and juices, then why not substitute some of that for a cup of green tea? It’s warm and inviting, tastes good, and you get the benefits of antioxidants among other things. Plus, if you hate milk like me, then feel assure that no one drinks green tea with milk. Just keep in mind that it may be an acquired taste. The flavour is more mild in comparison to black tea, which is more full-bodied. If you like tea with milk then I think you may avoid green tea!
To sum this all up, all I can say is that you have nothing to lose by drinking green tea. These are just what I’ve noticed in the past 8 months, but the range of benefits are pretty large. Weight loss, cancer prevention, less risk of Alzheimer’s and other diseases are a few of the other significant ‘claims’ made for green tea. I must stress that there’s not a lot proven, just heaps of research data with often conflicting results. Oh well — I know it works for me, and I don’t care about the rest that much (since I don’t have any of the aforementioned problems). So I say to you: drink up!
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