Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Are you Green? I am.

Ok, so everyone who knows me knows that I’m Irish. I don’t know what gives it away…the freckles on my face, my (sometimes) stubbornness, or the vanity plates on my car!!! Yes, I do get drawn to items I see in the store that are green. Forget it…when the St. Patrick’s Day stuff comes out I’m like a kid in a candy store!

What do you think of when you hear the word “green?” I know a few things that come to mind for me. When I hear green I think, saving the environment, spinach, cucumbers, broccoli, money. Hmmmm, I’m sensing a pattern here, are you? All of the things I think of when I think of green are natural, living things (ok, well except for money!)

Why am I writing about this? Why should you care? Good question. I’m about to give you some information you might not otherwise know about Green Tea, and the many positive effects it has on your body. Remember, you only get one body…better take care of it!

Green Tea, or green tea extract (also known as camellia sinensis) should be taken by just about everyone, everyday to see the benefits. Those who may want to avoid it before consulting with your doctor are individuals sensitive to caffeine, those who are pregnant, those taking anti depressants, or individuals who have history of heart, intestinal, or kidney problems, suffer from panic attacks or allergies. Of course, before you start any new supplement, do your research and/or consult with your doctor if you are not sure.

Green Tea can be taken in tea form, where you drink it, or in supplement pill form. Either way, both will offer tremendous benefits for your overall health and well being. This list of benefits includes:

1) Aids in weight loss. Green tea reacts with the body’s thermogenesis (the body’s way to generate heat and increase the metabolic rate.) Green tea can be found in many weight loss supplements and offers the same type of benefits as stimulant supplements, without that “shaky” or “jittery” feeling. I take Nutrilite’s Slimmetry on a daily basis before each of my main meals. So my daily intake is: 1630mg of green tea extract, which includes 375mg EGCG (antioxidant), and 120mg caffeine.
2) Aids in getting rid of acne.
3) Helps lower cholesterol, blood pressure and reduces inflammation.
4) Contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals from the pollution our body is victim to everyday.
5) Helps protect against some cancers, liver disease, and aids in digestion.

After reading the list of benefits, has it made you consider adding green tea into your daily routine? If not, why not? Maybe is short article didn’t provide you with enough evidence or research to make your decision…and that’s ok. If this article provided you with enough info to want to further explore, research, and learn about the uses of green tea, then at least I’ve done that much. The best thing you can do for yourself is to do your own research. Don’t just believe what product manufacturers tell you to be true. Educate yourself so that you can share your wealth of knowledge with others. You are more likely to remember information you CHOSE to look up and research rather than information just given to you. Let this article be your catalyst towards making you a more informed person about the things that matter to you most.

Here is my challenge to you. Find a vitamin, mineral, or ingredient you want to know more about and research it. There are thousands of articles and information out there for you to find. Gather up the info you find and write up a brief article about that vitamin, mineral, or ingredient and share it with the world. Post it in blogs, on message boards, on your own website, etc. You never know whose life you are going to touch.


1 comment:

Personal Fitness Exercise Trainer Expert said...

Jenn, Thanks for the tip and reminder on green tea benefits. I'll add some more data to that on my own blog today!
Randy Zarecki