One of the great natural remedies that is available for most of us to enjoy is green tea, which is on sale in most grocery stores in convenient teabags.
Brewing up a cup of this healthful beverage is now easier than ever and doesn't cost much either!
Thanks to this widespread availability, there is really no excuse to not drink this wonderful tea daily and reap the many health benefits that it contains.
I know I've already created an article about green tea some time ago, but I feel that this mini series of posts about natural remedies wouldn't be complete without at least giving it a mention.
Green tea has several health benefits that we in the West are only just beginning to understand. It's main benefit is in it's powerful antioxidants and their ability to knock out cell damaging and carcinogenic free radicals, thereby reducing our risk of contracting various forms of cancer.
The other benefits can be read about in my previous post - here's the link if you don't want to bother trying to find it: Green Tea
What I will go into in a little more detail in this post are the benefits I can personally see after weaning myself off black tea and coffee and substituting them with three or four cups of green tea throughout the day.
At first I found it a little strange drinking green tea and tended to brew it quite weak at first. But as I got used to the taste, I began brewing it stronger and after a few days was quite happy to leave the teabag in the cup while I drank the tea, thereby getting the full health benefits of the tea.
Sitting in front of a computer for long hours can get tiring on the one hand and make the body tense on the other due to the static sitting position and repetitive movements of the arms and hands.
I've found that drinking green tea not only helps me concentrate better, thanks to the moderate level of caffeine, but it also relaxes me. So when I do stop working to get up and walk around, I don't feel so stiff.
The aches and pains that seemed to have crept in with age have definitely been reduced quite considerably.
As I'm not doing much else differently than I always have, I can only attribute that improvement in my own state of health to the drinking of green tea. So from personal experience over the last few weeks, I can say with confidence that green tea has improved my health, my ability to concentrate for longer and helped to relax me better.
Good for the Liver
I also discovered that drinking this healthy brew is very good for helping to support the liver by reducing the presence of fatty liver and aiding in the production of bile.
This is important for so many people who are not aware that even if they don't drink alcohol, they can still get a fatty liver from eating way too much sugar, which is more common than you may believe. A big factor in this area is the high consumption of fructose (fruit sugar) and not necessarily from eating a lot of fresh fruit.
Many processed foods contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which is terrible for the liver as it gets overloaded trying to process so much fructose. Much of this is stored in fat cells in the liver, resulting in the fatty liver disease that is becoming so common these days and is related to type 2 diabetes.
While the first line of defence for the liver is to stop consuming so much fructose (duh), recovery from fatty liver disease can be aided by drinking green tea each day.
So instead of that morning cup of coffee, switch to a cup or two of green tea. It is so much better for you in more ways than you may know!