I’m sitting here trying to warm up with a nice hot cup of green tea, and I realized just how vital green tea has become in my lifestyle. It might seem silly, but green tea is a huge part of my daily routine – I feel off when I don’t have it in the morning! My face feels more clogged and dirty and I just don’t feel as relaxed like I woke up on the right side of the bed without it! But I never noticed what an impact it makes on my body.
I make a nice hot cup of green tea every morning – I drink the tea to warm me up (even though I am in Texas I am perpetually frozen) and then I take the tea bags (still hot and damp) and I run it over my make up less face. I leave it on my eyes and under my eyes for a few moments and after doing all of this I feel refreshed! But I forgot why I began all of this: I read once that caffeine can help get rid of or fend off wrinkles, crow’s feet, puffy eyes, and dark circles! Not only this, the heat of it is EXTREMELY relaxing (think hot towel over your face relaxing) and running the hot tea bag over my face opens up my pores and I feel like it cleans them out!
I actually originally started drinking green tea due to the health benefits of it speeding up metabolism (I was weight obsessed in middle and high school) and even though I thought it tasted terrible I made a point to drink it regularly! I have since grown accustomed to the taste and know that there are anti-oxidant benefits and that it is shown to help prevent some forms of cancer! These anti-oxidants also appear to kill bad bacteria (improving dental health, hair, skin, etc) and can prevent type II diabetes! It lowers cholesterol, helps boost your immune system (so yes, a nice cup of green tea when you have a cold WILL help you get better faster), and it helps relax you to slow down and take in that nice cup of tea! But on top of all of this, the caffeine in it gives me that extra kick I need without severely staining my teeth and giving my caffeine withdrawals if I don’t have it!
I love that green tea can relax me as well as make me feel more alert, and it’s my favorite thing to offer when someone is sick or is upset. Something about a nice hot cup of tea makes me feel like everything is going to be alright!
I thought I would leave a link with a few of the benefits I mentioned in detail (complete with scientific terms and explanations!) for any who are interested if you click here! Also WebMD has a few tips in their page of Green Tea Health Benefits that I actually didn’t know about, such as adding your tea bag to water that is between 160-170 degrees instead of boiling as it will help preserve the catechins (antioxidants) in your tea, or to add lemon to your tea as the vitamin C helps you absorb the catechins easier! I love adding mint to mine, but it’s just for the flavor!
What’s your favorite benefit of green tea?