I have been writing quite a few different posts on Green tea and it’s health benefits. This is all because I am quite interested in the subject, and that I like to investigate simple things that can improve your overall health, and even speed up your weight loss. We are living lives that are very different from the ones of our ancestors, and that is why we are suffering from a lot of chronic disease and obesity, which is usually always linked to these diseases.
There are literally dozens of scientific papers out there that have found a link between drinking tea and staying slim. It is not only Green Tea which has been shown to speed up your metabolism at good rate when you drink as little as three cups a day, or use under 300mg of EGCG per day. Long term studies that have lasted as long as 20 years show that people who drink at least two cups of tea each week are a lot less likely to be obese in the long term. Scientists haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact reason for this, but that is exactly the reason why I write this blog.
Have you ever noticed how people who drink tea are calmer than people who drink coffee? You think that it’s the caffeine that gets the coffee drinkers wound up, but there are other reasons for this since some teas also contain quite a bit of caffeine. Tea contains an important amino acid called theanine, which has been shown to have a calming effect on the brain. This will eliminate restlessness and will help someone calm down and stay focused. The Chinese have known this for thousands of years, and they didn’t need a scientific study to prove this – they have been using teas for a long time to calm down and help one center their focus.
Why does this help someone stay slim?
If you are on the top of your “health knowledge” you know how bad elevated cortisol can be for someone. It isn’t just about keeping you stressed, but basically it will multiply the bad effects of anything. It is like pouring gasoline of flames – if you are seriously ill and you are stressed at the same time, the illness will get worse. If you have cancer and you get really stressed out because of it (who wouldn’t?), it will slow down your recovery. This is one of the biggest reasons why people who accept the situation get better faster – they aren’t stressed about the cancer as much anymore. You need to be able to deal with something like this.
Elevated cortisol doesn’t only make your illnesses worse, but it also eats your muscle tissue and stores it as fat. What happens when you lose muscle tissue? The most notable differences are that your weight might initially actually drop since muscle weighs more than fat, but since it will also slow down your basic metabolic rate significantly, you will soon start storing more fat. It isn’t only about your metabolic rate though, but your insulin sensitivity as well. By the way – Green Tea has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity drastically. The more muscle tissue you have in your body the more insulin sensitive you are – the more cells your body has where to push glucose from the blood. If your blood glucose stays elevated – with someone who is stressed out it could be elevated even if they aren’t eating because of the cortisol – you will store fat.
Where does green tea come in to the picture?
If you read all the ramblings above, you are somewhat familiar with the fact that your body doesn’t do well with a lot of cortisol, and that teas contain theanine which will eventually help you control your cortisol. Green tea has one of the highest concentrations of theanine, hence it will also help you calm down.
Many people drink decaffeinated green tea, but I can’t recommend that as the chemicals that are often used to remove the caffeine from the tea are much more harmful than the caffeine itself. I usually only drink green tea in the morning and afternoon because of the caffeine, and I usually combine it with licorice root tea. Licorice has quite a few benefits, but one is it helps your gut to repair itself, and it helps your body to be more efficient with cortisol. This means that your adrenals don’t have to produce as much of it.
At night I would suggest that you drink basically any tea that doesn’t have caffeine in it – all teas contain theanine to some extent, and they will help you relax when you are going to bed. But keep in mind that no matter what are your favorite teas, having at least a few cups a week will help you to avoid weight gain in long term. For tips on using green tea to speed up weight loss, read this article.