Make Good Health Your Cup of Tea

By Dr. Kenneth Orbeck, D.O.

If you are looking for simple changes that you can make to your daily habits to enhance your health, try the effortless task of adding green tea to your diet. Green tea has a multitude of properties that contribute some major benefits to your health.  Adding 60 ounces to your daily intake (don’t worry, herbal green tea counts toward your water consumption) can improve your metabolism and aid in warding off heart disease.

Green tea contains catechins, including the active ingredient Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) – a strong antioxidant. The benefits of ECGC include reduced gastrointestinal absorption of cholesterol, stimulation of cell energy in the mitochondria (improved metabolism) and reduction of LDL oxidation. Not only does green tea improve your metabolism, other components are shown to inhibit absorption of dietary fat and play a role in preventing cancer, diabetes and stroke.

If 60 ounces of green tea sounds overwhelming, consider investing in green tea extract – 500 milligrams daily will allow you to reap the benefits without the obligatory consumption. However, remember that hydration is also important to good health and nothing performs better that a crystal clear glass of water – optimal intake is often debated because everyone’s needs differ based height, weight, lean body mass, activity level and diet.  I recommend calculating your daily water intake by dividing your body weight in half and consuming that number in fluid ounces of water.  If you are more active, injured or ill, a higher level of consumption will be more optimal.

 

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Make Good Health Your Cup of Tea

By Dr. Kenneth Orbeck, D.O.

If you are looking for simple changes that you can make to your daily habits to enhance your health, try the effortless task of adding green tea to your diet. Green tea has a multitude of properties that contribute some major benefits to your health.  Adding 60 ounces to your daily intake (don’t worry, herbal green tea counts toward your water consumption) can improve your metabolism and aid in warding off heart disease.

Green tea contains catechins, including the active ingredient Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) – a strong antioxidant. The benefits of ECGC include reduced gastrointestinal absorption of cholesterol, stimulation of cell energy in the mitochondria (improved metabolism) and reduction of LDL oxidation. Not only does green tea improve your metabolism, other components are shown to inhibit absorption of dietary fat and play a role in preventing cancer, diabetes and stroke.

If 60 ounces of green tea sounds overwhelming, consider investing in green tea extract – 500 milligrams daily will allow you to reap the benefits without the obligatory consumption. However, remember that hydration is also important to good health and nothing performs better that a crystal clear glass of water – optimal intake is often debated because everyone’s needs differ based height, weight, lean body mass, activity level and diet.  I recommend calculating your daily water intake by dividing your body weight in half and consuming that number in fluid ounces of water.  If you are more active, injured or ill, a higher level of consumption will be more optimal.

 

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