How Much Green Tea Should You Drink
As you’ve seen throughout this site, green tea can have many positive health benefits for those who drink it. But, you may be wondering how much you need to drink in order to receive those benefits. To throw some numbers out there, about 3-10 cups of green tea is a good amount, to get the maximum benefits that you can get.
Different green teas contain a different amount of catechins. The variations are because of when the tea leaf is harvested. Also, during the packaging and shipment process, they are exposed to various elements, providing even more variety. Also, your process for buying, storing, and brewing green tea can affect how many catechins are in the green tea you’re drinking.
Here are some tips to help you to retain the catechins, and increase your health benefits with green tea.
- Using purified water ensure that the chemicals in tap water such as chlorine don’t break down the catechins.
- Do not use a kettle that has iron in it. It reduced the antioxidants which are a key compnent of green tea’s health benefits.
- Make sure you boil the water completely… if it’s not fully boiled, you do not get all of the catechins possible.
- Never microwave any type of tea, especially green tea. It will overcook the tea.
If you follow these steps, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle, with the help of green tea.
When Not To Drink Green Tea
Even though green tea has amazing health benefits such as assistance in fat burning, increased endurance, anti aging, remedy for disease and more, there are still instances when you should reconsider drinking green tea.
Old Green Tea: If you decide to make green tea on a Thursday using fresh green tea leaves make sure that you don’t reuse those same green tea leaves on Friday. Once green tea leaves have come in contact with hot water the beneficial nutrients have left the tea leaves and been absorbed in to the hot water leaving only proteins and tannin. Once green tea has come in contact with hot water it is much like a peeled banana and it begins to spoil quickly. If you use old green tea to make a new batch of green tea the hot water is no longer absorbing the benefits of green tea. Rather it is now absorbing substances that could cause inflammation in both your stomach or intestine which can lead to illness. Only use fresh green tea!
Green Tea on an Empty Stomach: Often times when dieting people choose to drink green tea to replace the feeling of hunger. This may temporarily aid in diverting the feeling but it will not suffice as a meal replacement. Now when you drink green tea you are consuming a drink high in alkaline which counteracts stomach acid used during digestion. During digestion the stomach acid produced is inhibited by the large amount of alkaline in green tea. When a large amount of green tea is consumed on an empty stomach your body is susceptible to inflammation due to the amount of tannin entering your digestive organs. In addition consuming large amounts of green tea will reduce the rate of absorption for both Iron and Vitamin B.
Alkaline vs Acid: If you’re unfamiliar with this concept it’s all about Alkaline vs Acid. For example greens such as vegetables contain alkaline and sugar/fats are quite acidic. In order for the body to balance acid it requires alkaline and vice versa. If you have very little greens in your diet your body will be low on alkaline and in order to survive it will begin storing acid in your fat cells. This is why it makes it much more difficult to lose weight on a poor diet as your body fat is full of acids. Make sure you eat a health “balanced” diet.
Remember that green tea is a great source of antioxidants and has tremendous health benefits but make sure you consume it properly. Try to balance your diet as well as your servings of green tea to prevent any unwanted results. I know you’ve heard it before but maybe just sometimes there can be too much of a good thing.