Your Green Tea is Missing Something
A friend of gave me a long stare when I ordered a green tea at Starbucks the other day. Isn’t that a bit girly… at a coffee shop…hmmmm?
OK, I admit, it was the flowery sounding green tea rather than the dragon fire roasted green manly tea… but there’s a reason I went for the citrussy tea.
Green tea has amazing health benefits. I bet you have no idea how citrus in your green tea can totally make the awesome health benefits of green tea even better. And Green tea can help with fat loss too!
And I don’t think green tea is girly, no matter what Starbucks chooses to call their tea. Not that girly is a bad thing. Necessarily. Definitely not.
And I’m totally comfortable, mostly, ordering tea at a coffee shop, unless it’s Blue Bottle or something. If you don’t get a coffee at Blue Bottle, well, your really should, it’s an amazing experience.
I know you’re going to want some tea after reading this, so make sure to make it properly. I’m not talking about how hot the water should be or how many seconds you should steep it, because some people get really geeked out over steeping times, multiple steeps with increasingly hotter water and then some. And if you’re my grandmother, you’d use boiling hot water, a bag of black Lipton tea and drink it immediately, blistering your lips as soon as you take a sip. I’m going for something in between tea snob and tea guzzling.
If you really do want to do the tea snob thing, check out this video link if you want to learn how to indulge in and properly drink a ridiculously crazy $10,000 a pound tea..
But listen, if you want to get the massive benefits of green tea and 10X the absorption of the beneficial compounds in your body, then I’m just talking about adding lemon to your tea. Yes, like your grandma probably does.
Lemon is important. Why do you think grandma lived so long?
I bet you probably didn’t know Green tea contains catechins. Wow, that’s awesome. What can they do for me?
And big body builders drink green tea too. I know some bodybuilders. Really!! And I’m sure they drink green tea. Pretty sure. OK, maybe most of them don’t but they should. Check out this Dude. He totally nails the benefits of green tea for those who work out.
But wait, there’s more. Green tea does so much for us. And I think it’s time to add GREEN TEA SHOTS after your morning cup of coffee.
Green tea can help reduce stress, and that’s why bodybuilders, or those trying to gain lean muscle drink green tea. High stress can increase cortisol, which is a hormone, that among other things can cause the body to break down proteins (muscles) instead of building them.
According to Authority Nutrition, who provides extensive research links, Green Tea can also improve brain function, reduce rates of infection, and reduce risk of type II diabetes among other things.
Unfortunately, the awesomeness of green tea isn’t absorbed very well in the intestines. After digestion, less than 20 percent of the beneficial catechins remain.
But adding lemon to your green tea can significantly boost the health effects. And you only need about 1/3 of a tablespoon, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
According to Lifehacker (which also references the studies) – “In two studies, however, Purdue University researchers found that adding lemon juice, other citrus juice, or vitamin C helped the body absorb as much as 13 times the healthy catechins than normal. The addition of lemon juice caused 80 percent of the catechins to remain. The studies tested the effects of absorption with both rats and a human digestive model.
The researchers note that if you don’t want to squeeze a lemon into your cup, you could also just have a glass of citrus juice with your green tea or look for ready-made products that have 100 percent of the daily recommended vitamin C. It’s also worth mentioning that one of the studies also showed adding sugar with the lemon juice helped absorption, but sugar isn’t required and would also cause negative impacts that you are trying to mitigate with the catechins.
Although a human clinical trial hasn’t been concluded yet, this study, and another study of over 42,000 Japanese men and women found that “eating citrus fruit every day and also drinking at least one cup of green tea a day was significantly correlated with reduced cancer risk.”
So slide on up to the bar. And order yourself a green tea with lemon. I promise I won’t laugh.