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Emma Lawson is a passionate writer, online article editor and a health enthusiast. In her spare time, she likes to do research, and write articles to create awareness regarding health and beauty skin care products. She also strives to suggest innovative home remedies that can help you to lead a quality and long life.
Drinking coffee is such an integral part of many people’s daily lives that they rarely stop and question this habit which may be more harmful than they realize. There is nothing like that first sip of coffee in the morning to wake you up and get you ready to deal with the day’s challenges, as well as the midday cup to help you make it through the day at the office. However, if we become too dependent on coffee we might tend to increase the amount we drink for the same effects and unintentionally harm ourselves. That’s why finding a healthier alternative like green tea is a good way out of the vicious circle.
- Green tea has a longer effect
Green tea contains caffeine just like coffee, in smaller amounts though but it is still a powerful stimulant. The main difference is that coffee gives you a quick and short rush followed by a serious crash in energy whereas green tea provides you with the same kind of energy that lasts at least a few hours longer. This is because it contains an amino acid called L-Theanine which prolongs the effects of caffeine. In addition, green tea will not give you the jitters, insomnia and nervousness the coffee does when taken in large amounts. So, a good cup of green tea will keep you going for longer than a good cup of coffee.
- Tea doesn’t dehydrate you
Coffee is a natural diuretic, which means it dehydrates the body to a large extent and it is difficult to stay well hydrated if you drink coffee throughout the day. This is especially true if you have a workout routine or you sweat, it just seems you can’t drink enough water to replace the lost liquids. On the other hand, green tea does the opposite and serves well to help hydrate the body and replenish your fluid intake. You can drink it hot or cold as a refreshment and not have to increase your intake of pure water for it.
- It is healthier
Green tea is packed with antioxidants which are very healthy for our body. They fight off free radicals and help us stay healthy and balanced, improve our skin and our general wellbeing. For example, natural matcha tea contains 17 times more antioxidants than blueberries and 60 times more antioxidants than spinach! It helps prevent cancer, lower bad cholesterol and clears the body of toxins, poisons and heavy metals since it also contains Chlorophyll which detoxifies the body.
- It helps weight loss
While we tend to drink our coffee with sugar, cream, add a muffin or a piece of chocolate, there is not much we can add to or eat with green tea and that makes a huge difference in our daily calorie intake, even though it may not seem like much when we are used to drinking coffee. Also, green tea is a great metabolism booster and it can help you burn calories much faster than coffee can.
Last but not least, green tea is not as addictive as coffee and it is certainly healthier in all respects providing you with some health benefits coffee does not have, keeping your mind clearer and your energy more stable throughout the day. Try it, you’ve got nothing to lose.
Guest contributor and health enthusiast Emma Lawson discusses the benefits of going green and how to start your day with a hydrating, healthy wake up call.