Tea for me and tea for you…

Texas to Colorado is a huge change. Totally different landscape and climate. I think I am beginning to acclimate.  In Texas any temperature below 60 was cold and required a coat and now I’m at a point where anything below 30 is cold.  Isn’t it really is amazing how our bodies regulate themselves?  All these processes begin at an imbalance of temperature.  The hypothalamus sends out its message then blood vessels constrict, muscles contract and before you know it your back to normal body temperature.  Our bodies are truly fascinating.

Temperature regulation and all, it’s cold, and colder than this Texas girl has ever felt.  Temperatures have gotten down into the single digits!  I love when the weather guy reports a temperature of 2 degrees, then says with windchill it feels like -20 degrees.  After living in southern states for most of my life I know I’d definitely rather be cold than hot.  When the temps start to get lower I can’t wait to have a hot cup of tea.  I just love the feeling of holding a hot cup  in my hands.  I like to try all types of teas, but green tea is one of my favorite teas.

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Green Tea

Green tea comes from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. Unlike black teas the leaves of green tea are not fermented.  To preserve the polyphenols green tea is made by steaming and drying the leaves.  on the packages of tea you will see statements such as “190mg protective antioxidants”  or “Natural Antioxidants”.  Those antioxidants come from flavonoids.  They scavenge free radicals and have anti-inflammatory properties.  Flavonoids are polyphenolic compounds of which are classifed as catechins.  Polyphenol epigallocatechin (EGCG), the most bioavailable active ingredient in green tea have been shown to penetrate the body’s cells and protect them from free radicals.

Benefits:

  • Studies have shown that green tea can protect against cancer, lower cholesterol, and aid in weight loss.
  • One cup of green tea provides 100-200  mg of polyphenols.
  • The longer you steep your tea the higher the concentration of flavonoids

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Sources:
Environmental Nutrition: Green Tea, Steeped in Health – Environmental Nutrition Article
Balch, P.A. (2010) Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins,
Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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