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Burn Fat and Boost Endurance by Drinking Green Tea Daily

Updated on April 25, 2017

You've heard all the great news about green tea, but did you know that you need to drink it everyday to get all the benefits? Drinking green tea is an inexpensive way to help detox your body, prevent disease, and control your weight the healthy way.

Green tea has been found to help you burn fat, boost your metabolism and even improve brain function. Discover the health benefits of green tea below.

Burn Fat With Green Tea

Many helpful research studies have been conducted to determine the effectiveness of green tea on fat oxidation. How does it work?

The catechins in green tea help to reduce the body's ability to absorb the fat from the foods you are currently eating.

Drink a cup along with fatty and/or starchy foods you consume during the day.

Drinking the tea alongside high-carb foods has been shown to effectively reduce the spike in blood glucose that starchy foods like bread and pasta cause. Hence, it is effective in preventing the onset of Type II Diabetes.

In addition to warding off fat-absorption, it helps your body metabolize and reduce fat. In other words, green tea works simultaneously to burn and use the fat you are eating.

A research study conducted by Penn State shows that green tea changes the way the body deals with fat, thus helping us meet our weight loss goals.

What are Catechins?

  • Catechins are a type of polyphenol or flavanoid
  • Contain cancer-fighting antioxidants that protect cells from damaging free radicals
  • Found in green tea, fava beans, red wine, chocolate, and apples
  • Pronunciation: Cat-a-kins
  • Green tea's most active catechin is called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)

Using Fat to Boost Endurance

In addition to burning fat, green tea helps boost endurance during athletic performance. The tea uses fat from the body as energy. Tea helps create this ideal situation, and thus increases your metabolic rate.

The caffeine in green tea is about half the amount contained in a cup of coffee, so it can provide you with a non-jittery boost. And since you can drink it all day, you will maintain sustained energy levels.

The caffeine in green tea also works to stimulate the fatty acids in fat tissues. This stimulation causes your body to use the fat for energy.

Tea is also non-acidic, so it will not irritate the lining of the stomach, unlike its counterpart, coffee.

Drink one cup before working out to improve athletic performance and stimulate fat usage.

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Antioxidants and Free Radicals

Lowers Cancer Risk

A major benefit to drinking tea is that it lowers your risk for cancer and inhibits tumor cell growth. Tea has been proven effective in preventing and slowing the growth of breast, prostate, throat, stomach, colon and many other types of cancers.

Polyphenols (antioxidants found in green tea) protect the body against inflammation.

The polyphenols also protect cells from DNA damage and work to inhibit the growth of tumors. A major bonus is the polyphenol's assistance to activate enzymes, glutathione S-transferase and quinone reductase, to detoxify the body.

The antioxidants in green tea protect your cells from oxidation damage. Taking in a variety of antioxidants will provide your body with a reservoir of cancer-fighters.

Green tea has even been helpful in reducing side effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.

Smarter, Protected Brain

Tea contains an amino-acid called L-theanine, which is studied to relax the brain without causing it to drift to sleep. This relaxation process leads to an ability to maintain focus and improve cognitive learning.

While the caffeine helps to maintain alertness, it is the combination of caffeine and L-theanine which causes the relaxed alertness. It helps improve mood by reducing physical and mental stress. It also improves memory, and increases mental reaction time.

L-theanine has been proven in scientific research studies to protect the brain from aging. Manufacturers of SoBe Lifewater, Vitamin Water, and Gatorade are all adding this amino acid to their beverages, but you can find it naturally-occurring in a cup of healthy tea.

L-theanine works to protect your brain from excess glutamate (a toxin when not regulated) and it shields your brain during times of decreased blood flow, such as a stroke.

The cathechins in green tea also help to protect the brain against the top two most common neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, according to a study published by the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Lowers Heart Attack Risk

A recent Greek study showed that blood vessels were dilated and relaxed in subjects who drank green tea. They noted that blood flowed more freely in pliable vessels after the tea had been drank for just two weeks. The polyphenols also worked in these subjects to guard against the formation of blood clots, a major culprit of cardiovascular disease.

Other studies have shown that drinking green tea helps treat atherosclerosis, and lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels, substantially cutting risk of heart disease.

Dental Health

Along with all the other numerous health benefits, green tea can also be used to help prevent cavities. Research has shown that better oral health can be attained with drinking tea daily.

Bleeding gums, cavities, and tooth sensitivities were all improved by regular intake.

A University of Texas study even showed slowing of oral cancer growth when given to patience with precancerous lesions in their mouths.

Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant) Steeping Temperature and Times

 
Green
Black
Oolong
White
Oxidation
Minimal Oxidation
Most Oxidized
Semi-Oxidized
Minimal Oxidation
Water Temperature to Steep
160-180 degrees
Boil water
Boil water
160-180 degrees
Time to Steep Loose Leaf
1-3 minutes
3-5 minutes
5-7 minutes
2-3 minutes
Time to Steep Tea Bags
2-4 minutes
3-5 minutes
3-5 minutes
30-60 seconds
Use the following chart to help determine steeping times and waer temperatures. The chart also notes oxidation of each type of tea. Oxidation is a process of bruising and breaking of cell walls of tea leaves which changes, color, texture, and aroma.

How Many Cups Per Day

Four cups of green tea should be consumed throughout the day to receive the maximum benefits. However, studies have shown that even adding just one cup to your daily routine will improve your health.

Cheers to good health! Enjoy!

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      Venkat 3 years ago from Chennai

      Hi, Very good hub... nice. Still people will take it as like doing exercise. All know about the benefits of exercise but very few only implementing that. Like that knowing benefits differs from implementing.

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      HiralKhakhar 3 years ago

      Hub is just amazing!! I am starting my day with Green Tea with different flavors like lime, honey ,Ginger. It gives so much energy and feel freshness. Green Tea wastage bags used for skin and hair care also!!

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      Sonja Larsen 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Venki, yes implementing is a whole different story! I do think making green tea is a pretty convenient and easy thing to do for health. I just love tea. Thanks for reading!

      Hiral, thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed. Ooh, what a good idea about using leftover bags for skin and hair. I'm stealing that one!

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      HiralKhakhar 3 years ago

      Dear Sonja, thanks for reply!! I just rub that tea bags on my face and also mix with facial cream for good facial cleanser.For hair, I use coconut oil with green tea powder and massage in scalp which avoid hair loss also.

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      Sonja Larsen 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Hiral, interesting! I've already started rubbing them on my face today, I can see this is going to become a habit. The key will be to remember to not do it in public, he he. Thanks for your comments!

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Great article Sonja! Welcome to Hubpages! I'm a fan of Chi Tea! But green tea is good as well and it is very healthy. My grandmother drinks it daily and she is in really great shape. Thanks for the insight! Voted up!

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      Sonja Larsen 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Hey Emunah, thanks for the warm welcome! Chai tea is very good for you too! All tea is good. I'm glad you enjoyed the article!

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