The Fountain of Youth: Found in Your Kitchen
The Mysterious, Healing Aspects of Green Tea
Did you know that green tea (Camellia sinensis) is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet? Why? It’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful health and beauty benefits. Some of these benefits include fat loss, a lower risk of cancer, more beautiful skin and improved brain function.
One antioxidant in this wonder beverage is catechin. Catechins are antibacterial agents that work by reducing the formation of free radicals in the body, which are known to cause aging and disease. Catechins also help regulate hormonal balance, helping combat acne.
Caffeine is another component, and it can improve brain function … some might say, it can even make you smarter! Most of us already know that caffeine is a stimulant that wakes us up, but caffeine also blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter, Adenosine. By doing this, it increases the firing of neurons and the concentrations of dopamine and norepinephrine. What does this all mean? Basically, it leads to increased brain function, memory, reaction time, and even mood.
Green tea’s reputation of helping us “live longer” is likely due to its most active constituent called epigallocatechin gallate. This has been found to lower the risk of certain types of cancer, such as breast, prostrate, and colorectal, as well as lowering your risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
If that weren’t enough, green tea also improves your overall physical performance by boosting your metabolic rate, thusly increasing your fat burning potential. Drinking green tea specifically decreases body fat in the abdominal area – so it helps target that pesky belly pooch on women and the spare tire on men!
In addition to the multiple health benefits found in green tea, there are several beauty benefits for both your skin and hair.
Green tea helps to improve the overall appearance of your skin by flushing out toxins. It also helps to reduce blemishes, heal scars, improve elasticity, and reduce inflammation.
The tannins found in tea reduce swelling, tighten skin, and help shrink the blood vessels surrounding your eyes, reducing puffiness and dark circles.
How To Use Green Tea for Firmer Skin
Steep two tea bags in hot water for 3-5 minutes, as you would to make a cup of tea.
Remove the tea bags and squeeze out excess tea.
Place tea bags in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes, or until cold.
Drink the tea.
Remove and place on your eyelids, resting for 10-20 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and rinse your face with clean water
Green tea can delay the signs of aging in skin such as dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, and its astringent properties will help to shrink unsightly, large pores. Simply spray brewed green tea on your face; it works as a natural skin toner! This also helps with skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea.
How To Use Green Tea as an Astringent
Steep one tea bag in a cup of hot water for 3-5 minutes, as you would to make a cup of tea.
Remove the tea bags and let the tea cool.
Add water (if desired) and pour into a spray bottle. (or jar and use with cotton pads)
Do not rinse face after use.
Keep the toner in the refrigerator up to three days.
For your hair, green tea stimulates hair growth, prevents hair loss, and helps prevent dry scalp and dandruff. After washing your hair, simply rinse it with cool, brewed green tea. Drinking green tea also helps grow long, shiny, beautiful hair!
For achieving the best beauty and health benefits of green tea, studies show it is best to drink at least three cups a day. If you are used to drinking sugary sodas or juices, try to substitute your former beverages with freshly brewed green tea whenever you can. After all, is there any other drink this magical?
Special Note: Higher quality brands of green tea have lower levels of fluoride, which affect the content quality of total polyphenols and amino acids. That being said, even with a lower quality brand, the benefits still far outweigh not drinking it at all.
Some of the benefits of drinking green tea are said to include:
- a lower risk of cancer
- regulate blood sugar levels
- lower LDL levels (called bad cholesterol)
- lower blood pressure
- improved brain function
- help with bad breath
- stop dental decay
- burn stored fat by increasing metabolism
- more beautiful skin and hair
*Tea consumption origins in China date back to more than 4,000 years ago.
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