I am personally a big fan of green tea not only because of its pleasant taste but also because of its healthy properties. Green Tea has been an important tool in treating my patients for many years.

Specializing in the treatment of stress-related health problems I see a lot of people suffering from the effects of a busy lifestyle. It’s not uncommon for people to experience anxiety, lack of focus, fatigue, and sleep problems all at the same time. For many of them stimulants like coffee become a necessity.

While coffee provides a short-term relieve from fatigue and can help to improve focus and concentration it is absolutely contraindicated for anyone suffering from anxiety or sleep problems. Although coffee, ingested without milk or sugar, has certain health benefits I am thoroughly convinced that its impediments to health far outweigh its benefits especially if combined with sugar, artificial sweeteners, and milk.

Stress poses a definite challenge to our health and everything associated. Green tea offers a fresh and substantial alternative to coffee for people who are in need of a pick-me-up or simply enjoy the social or ceremonial aspect of preparing and drinking a hot delicious beverage.

Green tea actually lowers stress hormone levels while coffee increases them. This makes it such a particularly good beverage for our busy urban lifestyle. Green tea not only lowers your stress levels while increasing your energy levels and focus, it also promotes healthy sleep. On top of this green tea offers a myriad of health benefits that are very valuable for the busy urban warrior. If this sounds too good to be true, please check the comparison of tea and coffee in the chart below.

 

Coffee (Roasted) Green Tea
Risks / Side Effects 1. Cancer

2. Gastrointestinal problems

3. Anxiety & sleep changes

4. Raises cholesterol

5. Raises blood pressure

6. Negative effect on

fertility, pregnancy,

birth weight

7. Can cause anemia

8. Can cause coronary

artery disease

9. Increases stress hormones

10. Destabilizes blood sugar

levels

11. Increases sugar cravings

12. Promotes weight gain

around waist line

1. Could be contaminated with certain chemicals. *

2. Can theoretically decrease absorption of iron and folic acid if consumed in very large quantities.

Benefits 1. Reduced risk for Alzheimer’s & Dementia

2. Reduced risk for

Parkinson’s disease

3. Reduced risk for

gallstones

4. Increases cognitive

performance

5. Antidiabetic

6. Reduces risk for liver,

oral, esophageal, and

pharyngeal cancer

7. Decreases risk for gout

8. Black coffee can reduce

dental caries

9. Moderate cardio

protective properties

1. Antibiotic effect

2. Reduces risk for cancers

of the lung, prostate,

colon, stomach, small

intestines, pancreas, and

estrogen related cancers

including most breast

cancers.

3. Increases metabolic rate

4. Increases fat oxidation

5. Improves insulin

sensitivity and glucose

tolerance

6. Antidiabetic

7. Increases cognitive

performance

8. Lowers chance of

cognitive impairment

9. Boosts mental alertness

while promoting a calmer

state of mind

10. Boosts Immunity

11. Lowers stress hormones

12. Reduces inflammatory

bowel disease

13. Helps bad breath

14. Promotes healthy

weight loss

15. Reduces risk for

Parkinson’s disease

16. Increases short-term

memory

17. Reduces the risk for

stroke

18. Anti-fungal properties

19. Reduces cognitive

deficits from sleep apnea

20. Improves athletic

performance

21. Antidepressant

properties

22. Improves cholesterol

23. Prevents tooth decay

24. Helps to prevent

osteoporosis

25. Can promote healthy

sleep

* This can easily be avoided by choosing a good quality tea from a trusted source. Find a good and trusted, local tea store and avoid buying online. They will happily teach you how to brew and drink your tea the right way.

 

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