Tea It Up

What’s one of the easiest, yet most effective, things you can do to
increase your metabolism and energy levels?

Your first answer, given the nature of this blog, might be breathing.

And you are correct! Breathing, especially deep breathing, is an
energy and metabolism booster. But today I want to tell you about
another way to easily enhance your energy levels and metabolism.

Simply drink more water and tea each day.

Green tea contains a compound called epigallocatechin (EGCG) that has been
shown to help burn fat. Consumption of green tea can increase your metabolism for
as long as 24 hours.

Tea also contains a number of very beneficial compounds, called flavonoids. When
you drink tea, your body absorbs these flavonoids, raising the levels of anti-oxidants
in your body.

Anti-oxidants are very important to help prevent the propagation of free radicals.
These are destructive molecules that have been implicated in everything from
aging, to heart disease, to Alzheimer’s disease, to cancer.
If you have asthma or any other type of breathing problems, you should
make sure that drinks such as tea and foods that are naturally rich in
anti-oxidants, such as fruits and vegetables, are an important part of
your diet.

Not only do they contribute to your overall health, they can also help decrease
the inflammation that is part of the allergic response and a contributor to asthma.

Tea may also help support your immune system. One of the amino acids found
in tea helps activate the immune system’s first line of defense, which helps
reduce risk of infection.

I guess the Brits and the Southerners have been on to something big all these
years. Of course, England is renowned for its love of tea and the afternoon tea
break. (Although with all of the Starbucks and Cosi’s on the streets of London, it
appears that coffee has made significant inroads.)

And in my Southern heritage (mom’s side of the family), iced tea is a daily pleasure,
no matter what the time of year.

Many people (myself included) have been under the impression that only green
or herbal teas provide any benefit. The fact is, black tea varieties contain just about
the same level of flavonoids as green tea.

If you enjoy green or herbal teas, by all means continue drinking them. They are
good for you. But if black (or “regular”) tea is more your thing, you can enjoy it even
more knowing that it is good for you.

You Can Do It!



16 Responses to “Tea It Up”

  1. After Forty Dating Expert Says:

    Hi Karen,

    Oh, I really love your wonderful and super practical tips for decreasing stress, increasing our metabolism and health!

    Plus, I love tea! So this is something which I can definitely do.

    Does the Green Tea need to be caffeinated kind for this to work? Or will the decafe version be effective as well?

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    After 40 Dating Expert

  2. eva Says:

    I was not drinking to much tea lately because specialist say it has caffeine?? I didn’t know it was rich in anti-oxidants and had so many benefits. I’ll go back to tea!

  3. Scott Sylvan Bell Says:

    I didnt know that tea had the effect to help lose weight, will have to check inot that.
    Scott Sylvan Bell
    Now go implement!

  4. Dennis Perry Says:

    My southern heritage is quite happy that tea is OK. There is always a huge pitcher in our fridge.

    I must confess, though, I sure do love my morning java. Can’t imagine starting a day without a big cup of coffee.

    Your posts are always informative and extremely beneficial to us all. I continue to learn much here.

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  5. Dr. Wendy Schauer, D.C., R.K.C. Says:

    Tea drinking is a habit I have tried to get into but haven’t been completely successful. Thanks for the giving the benefits of tea drinking.

    Yours In Health!

    Dr. Wendy M. Schauer, D.C., R.K.C.
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  6. Don Hill Says:

    Great post Karen,

    We like Ice Tea in the Midwest too.


  7. Sabrina Peterson Says:

    I drank tons of tea growing up in Texas and I’m just now getting back into making it a habit again. I’m glad to know black tea is good for me because I don’t love green tea.

    Sabrina Peterson, NASM CPT, CES
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  8. Alam Ghafoor Says:

    Being British I’ve been drinking tea for years! I always like to try different varieties and recently picked up some white tea. Is that as full of antioxidants as the other varieties?


  9. Steve Chambers Says:

    I love tea, although I must admit I’m a coffee drinker. Iced tea has always been my beverage of choice.


  10. Rob Northrup Says:

    I am a huge believer in Tea Parties and I donate money every week so that more and more people are able to learn about this awesome energizing power of TEA…

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  11. Christian Haller Says:

    Thanks for that info. I travel to Japan frequently and they drink enourmous amounts of green teal. And make everything from candy to snack chips in green tea flavor. Now I know why!
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  12. Jennifer Battaglino Says:

    Happy to hear “regular” tea was included as I have no problem drinking green tea but an nice early grey or breakfast tea is great and more up my alley…

    Jen Battaglino
    Conquer Your Fear Here

  13. kevin hogan Says:

    Is there any evidence that adding milk, sweetener, etc. alters the benefits?

    kevin hogan
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  14. Michael D Walker Says:

    Drinking green tea has been a helpful addition to my diet/lifestyle as I’ve lost over 55 pounds in just under 11 months.

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  15. Bryan Says:

    I agree…I love green tea..I need to make it a ppoin to drink it more often then i do…

  16. Eileen O'Neill Says:

    Tea is especially good when you’re ill with a cold or flu – no wonder!

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