Great skin and amazing health is what we all wish for as women. Isn’t it? Most women want to age gracefully, to get as old as Methuselah and still have the body and strength of an 18 year old girl. I was one of the women looking for the power to live long and remain beautiful; that’s when I came across Green Tea.
Tea has been in existence for centuries and originated in China. Yes I know all of you are saying ‘China again?’ Put aside all the thoughts of the copy cat and half baked products that come out of China, Green Tea is one of the freshest and original products to come from them. Green Tea is made from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing.
Black Tea has been in existence as long as its counterpart Green Tea however, the reason that Green Tea has more health benefits attached to it than Black Tea is due to the processing. Black Tea is processed in a way that allows for fermentation whereas Green Tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process. As a result, Green Tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols the substances that give it its superior benefits.
To avoid being too technical, let’s talk about the power of Green Tea.
- Weight Loss enhancer– Like Britney said ‘You wanna hot body, look hot in a bikini, you better work bee.’ The great news is, you don’t need to work too hard if you incorporate Green Tea in your daily diet. Here’s the secret: Green Tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in Green Tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
- Goodbye to Wrinkles – Embrace Green Tea and say bye bye to wrinkles. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to see wrinkles any time soon. Green Tea can help with wrinkles, reducing the signs of ageing. This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that Green Tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
- Shiny long hair – To promote lustrous hair, incorporate a Green Tea hair rinse in your hair care regimen. Simply steep Tea bags in boiling water for 15 minutes and allow it to cool for a few hours or overnight. Pour onto freshly-washed hair and leave on for ten minutes. You need to remember to shampoo (with a sulphate free shampoo) and condition afterwards to seal in the shine.
- Stinky feet neutralizer – Stinky feet is not an aphrodisiac! Stinky feet equals mood killer. Instead, strip off your shoes and socks and soak your feet in a cool solution made out of boiled Tea. The tannic acid in Tea is both antibacterial and anti-fungal, so it stops feet from sweating and smelling funky.
- Skin toning and moisturizing – Are you struggling with dry facial skin and blemishes? Here is a solution for you: Spray cool Green Tea onto your face alternatively, you can apply it with a cotton ball twice a day to draw out impurities, shrink large pores and get a healthy glow.
- Aftershave – I know what you are thinking. Men are not the only ones entitled to after shaves. If your legs are itchy and red after shaving, try pressing a cool Tea bag against that area of your body. The tannins work to provide immediate relief from razor burns. This also works with Black Tea.
- Mosquito bite antidote – This one would interest all summer lovers like me who love to lie in the grass but are not too keen on the not too friendly neighborhood mosquitoes. If you get unfortunate, all you need to do to take down the sting and bumps, is apply a used cold Tea bag directly to the area and take a chill pill.
- Cholesterol Minimiser - Green Tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- Diabetes – We all know diabetes is becoming an increasing cause of alarm around the world. Green Tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
- Heart Disease – Unproved fact however, scientists believe Green Tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping to keep them relaxed. This enables them to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks. What have you got to lose, why not try it?
- Cancer Killer – Cancer, one of the world’s biggest killers; hunting people down like Jack Bauer. Here is a come-back to you cancer; Green Tea can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them. Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies Green Tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
- Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – Green Tea is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that Green Tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells. I know you are thinking, ‘well I’m not a mouse.’
- Dental Improvement – Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in Tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions.
- Blood Pressure - Regular consumption of Green Tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
- Mood Enhancer – I don’t know about you but at the end of a day’s job being a mum, a wife and a full time worker, I just want to put up my legs and relax. Fortunately I don’t look to intoxicants to sooth me; I have a natural, safe and legal plant – Green Tea. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in Tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to Tea drinkers.
- Soothes sunburns – Sun burn is every girls’ oops moment. No one wants to walk around with a red patch on their bikini set body. Cold compresses made out of Tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness.