Ditch the Coffee: About the Benefits of Green Tea
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Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. According to a study published in 2018, 64% of the American population drinks at least one cup every day. However, coffee is not the only option for increasing energy in the morning. A green tea that is created by treating fresh tea leaves with steaming or gentle heating contain less caffeine than black tea or coffee, but enough to give you energy. Plus, the health benefits of green tea are abundant.
There are a lot of different types of green tea, including those with added flavors such as herbs and flowers. However, all types of green tea contain certain ingredients and compounds that can positively affect your overall health. If you’re interested in replacing coffee with green tea, here’s what may happen to your body.
1. Green Tea Reduces Anxiety and Sleep Problems
Lowering levels of caffeine consumption by replacing coffee with green tea might be helpful in combating anxiety and boosting sleep, especially if you have a caffeine sensitivity. If you have a caffeine sensitivity you may experience symptoms like insomnia, anxiety, and even heart issues including arrhythmia and high blood pressure.
One of the great benefits of green tea is that it may help you lower your body’s anxiety response and decrease symptoms of caffeine over-stimulation while providing your body with enough energy.
2. You’ll Be Ingesting Less Caffeine
The amount of caffeine your body ingests from green tea depends on the type of green tea. Green tea can be made of leaf tips or buds (which contain more caffeine), powdered, or from whole leaves.
If you drink a lot of coffee, you might experience headaches when you try to reduce your caffeine consumption. Replacing coffee with green tea might not cause all the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal since green tea contains approximately 20 to 30 milligrams of caffeine per cup.
3. Green Tea Consumption Can Boost Your Dental Health
Drinking green tea instead of coffee might boost the bacterial balance in your mouth. This can improve your dental health. In fact, coffee consumption can increase the risk of gum inflammation called periodontitis. According to a large study published in PLOS One in 2018, coffee increases the risk of tooth staining.
However, green tea may be helpful. According to a study published in Oral Chemistry in 2016, anti-microbial properties of green tea may lower the risk for overgrowth of certain harmful bacteria in the mouth.
According to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention in 2018, those who regularly drink green tea have a more diverse microbiome in their mouths than those who drink coffee. A balanced microbiome can help prevent infections and other oral problems. Talk to your family dentist about green tea consumption and how it can improve your oral health.
4. Your Body Will Ingest More Antioxidants
Replacing coffee with green tea can boost your overall health due to the high content of antioxidants. This magic beverage also contains different compounds and ingredients that can help your immune system combat infections and can reduce the risk of numerous diseases.
Green tea is especially rich in different antioxidants that have been shown to provide with health-boosting benefits. Green tea has a much higher antioxidant content than coffee. One of the most knows antioxidants is called catechin. Catechins have been shown to have antimicrobial properties, reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, prevent degenerative diseases, and support kidney and liver function. Catechins are also able to lower your cancer risk.
5. Green Tea Can Lower Overall Inflammation
Chronic overall inflammation is one of the most harmful things that might happen to your body. Persistent slight inflammation has been connected with heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, degenerative illnesses, and some types of cancer. Luckily, green tea can help you lower inflammation.
According to a study in 2018, green tea possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This means it’s able to lower inflammation levels since it activates the body’s anti-inflammatory responses and calms the immune system down.
6. You’ll Still Get The Benefits Of Caffeine
Caffeine in small amounts is beneficial for our bodies. According to some studies, caffeine has been shown to lower the risk of type two diabetes. Harvard Medical School claims that in small amounts, caffeine can help protect against neurodegenerative diseases, for instance, Alzheimer’s disease.
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