The potential health benefits of green tea, makes it a popular beverage in health community. It is a rich anti oxidant and contains abundance of amino acids and caffeine with minor portion of certain minerals, vitamins and fiber. Green tea is exceptional from any other tea for its high amount of catechin content that acts as a best anti-oxidant. The exceptional qualities of green tea can be made use of only when consumed over a period of time.
According to the studies green tea is anti-bacterial, good for brains, lowers cholesterol, anti oxidant and anti arthritic. All the goodness is of no good if you are not aware of the right time of its intake. We have read a lot about the wonders of this medicinal drink but the best and worst time to consume is barely talked about.
What if you are sipping a cup of green tea without knowing how much and when? Have you come across some uneasiness in any form or have you felt any symptoms that you could correlate with consumption of green tea? We usually let it go thinking it does not suits you and tend to ignore the plethora of goodness the green tea has.
BEST TIME FOR A CUPPA OF GREEN TEA- “MAKE THE MOST OUT OF IT”
BEFORE MEAL FOR BOOSTING METABOLISM
It might be consumed an hour or half before the meal. This may improve digestion and enhance metabolism. Ideally 3-5 cups a day is suggested depending upon your metabolism.
BEFORE AND AFTER WORK OUT
Having a cup of green tea before going for a workout is said to help in weight loss and after work out it has a refreshing effect and restores energy. The alkaline nature of green tea enhances the gastric acid production and this helps in breaking the fat in food. Choose the green tea with high content of catechin for better result in weight loss. Raising the water temperature will extract more caffeine and catechin. The taste might be bitter and not pleasant to drink but will surely maximize the benefit for weight loss.
FEW HOURS BEFORE GOING TO BED
For a good night sleep, infuse the green tea with camoline tea and consume it two hours before you hit the bed. It has a dual benefit of good sleep and fat burn.
THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK
SHOULD I DRINK GREEN TEA
Consuming green tea after meal absorbs the nutrients of the food. The caffeine and tannin content in it tend to obstruct the absorption of the nutrients by the body. It may result in improper digestion due to dilution of gastric juices.
BEFORE GOING TO BED?
Avoid consuming green tea before going to bed as it has a diuretic effect due to caffeine content (lower than other tea) and can cause sleep disturbance.
Consuming a cup of green tea on empty stomach might cause problem in some. The low caffeine content in it may cause uneasiness in the stomach and also is known to have an adverse effect on the liver.
DURING THE MEAL?
Consuming green tea in between the meal inhibits the absorption of vitamin B1, iron and other essential minerals. It acts as anti-nutrient and with time can lead to iron deficiency.
ELEGANT SMELL AND BITTER TASTE IS THE BEST!!
This beverage with a taste of bitterness works wonder when consumed 3-4 cups a day but only at the time that is favorable to the body.