Be that as it may, I am resolving this New Year's to drink less coffee and start sipping tea. (May none of my Norwegian ancestors hear that...no grave spinning, please!)
We have all heard about the healthful benefits of tea drinking...at first it seemed that green tea was more healthy, but many tests later, we understand that black tea offers the same results.
Both green and black teas contain a concentrated dose of catechins, substances that help blood vessels relax and protect your heart.
Over 40,500 Japanese (men and women) were studied and results indicate that those who drank 5 or more cups of green tea every day had the lowest risk of dying from heart disease and stroke. Additional studies indicate that tea and exercise can also help trim belly fat.
Now, you really need only 1 or 2 cups of tea daily to start doing your heart and your waist some good--just make sure it's a fresh brew and let your teabag brew long enough to get the catechins in the water.
Don't use cream or milk, as these eliminate the thea's protective effects on your cardiovascular system. Go ahead and add lemon or honey...
This seems workable for me at school. So my resolution shouldn't be too hard to maintain.
One thing though...please note...pre-bottled, ready-to-drink teas don't offer the same health benefits.
"Once water is added to tea leaves, their catechins degrade within a few days," says Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, Tufts University, Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy.Also, beverages in plastic containers are known cause health problems. Two common plastics used for water and liquid containers are:
- Polyethelyne (#1 PET) Suspected human carcinogen
- Polycarbonate with Bisphenol A (#7) Scientists have linked very low doses of bisphenol A exposure to cancers, impaired immune function, early onset of puberty, obesity, diabetes, and hyperactivity, among other problems
So dig out Dad's old thermos, brew your own tea. Save a landfill, save yourself, save some moolah....and keep that New Year's Resolution in tact!
Eat healthy, take your vitamins for women, exercise and...
Be blessed, Kersten