When trying to tone up or just keep fit, there is one aspect of calories that people forget. It’s the liquid calories. If you eat healthy all day but you drink a glass of juice with each meal that could turn some additional 500-800 empty calories that usually come from artificial sugars and sweeteners.
If you think – oh no, now I have to drink only water (which, despite its importance, you may find unpleasant). Although water should be your main drink, you have another good option: tea offers many health benefits and delicious way to hydrate without extra calories.
What is tea?
The aromatic beverage prepared by pouring hot water on medical leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis, the tea is a good addition to the water, because it offers a wide range of health benefits and is considered one of the healthiest drinks in the world. Tea is the most widespread drink after the water.
Served in several ways – packet, leaves, bottled in the box, compressed tea, but as you know the food and drinks are the best in its natural form, this leaves and bags should be your main choice.
Reason # 1 | Tea is full of antioxidants
Tea is packed with phytonutrients such as antioxidants (biochemicals that prevent oxidation of living tissues). The antioxidants in black and green tea, called flavonoids, may help to maintain healthy cells and tissues and healthy cardiovascular function.The tea also strengthens the immune system because it helps your body fight bacteria, free radicals and other viruses.
Reason # 2 | Tea helps fat loss
Millions of people are watching what they eat every day, but impact their health and progress with diet soda, juices, shakes, smoothies and energy drinks. The tea is natural, without calories and gives you the necessary taste without extra calories. Research suggests that catechins and EGCG, found in green tea may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and reduce body fat. Catechins have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties that can help you balance food intake.
Reason # 3 | Tea can boost your metabolism
Drinking green tea or oolong tea offers the combined benefits of caffeine and catechins that can boost your metabolism for several hours. Research shows that drinking 2 to 4 cups can increase burning of calories up to 17%, during a moderate exercise in a short period of time. According to research by the University of Geneva, green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation.
Reason # 4 | Tea reduces the risk of disabling diseases
As I explained above, the tea is rich in antioxidants and other phytonutrients that have different health benefits. One study showed that 800 elderly Dutch men consuming 3-4 cups of tea a day had a reduced risk of dying from heart disease by 58% compared to those who consumed smaller amounts of flavonoids. These flavonoids in tea can reduce the tendency of Platelet to adhere to, which is a cause of heart disease and heart attacks. Studies have shown that black and green tea can help to prevent or delay the formation of tumours – especially in the skin, lungs, stomach, colon and oesophagus. Green tea has cancer-inhibiting components.
Reason # 5 | Tea has many varieties
Green tea – Play a role in the reduction of cholesterol, fat loss, prevents diabetes and strokes, and slows dementia.
Black tea – There is potential for helping the heart, blocking cancer, burn fat, boost the immune system fights viruses and detoxifies cholesterol.
White tea – The least processed tea with the highest levels of antioxidants, protect against cancer, heart disease and strokes. Strengthens the circulatory and immune systems, as well as bones and teeth, and builds healthy skin.
Red Tea – contains magnesium, which is of importance to the nervous system, increased iron absorption in the body contains potassium and copper, which are important for several metabolic functions, helps to reduce the mental stress and low depression.
Ready to try?
Caffeine has an impact on health and your results. Yet tea is one of the most versatile beverages that contain caffeine (10-60mg in a glass) without additional calories.
You can drink it in warm (winter) or cold (summer) weather to take advantage of its incredible health benefits. Whenever possible choose tea instead of juices or sports drinks filled with sugar is a good solution.
If you try and find the kind of tea that you like make sure to share it with us…