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When it comes to eating right, I will hold my hands up and admit it; I am a complete novice, as many of us are when it comes to health and what we should be putting on our plates.  But this year I made the choice that I needed to live a healthier lifestyle after putting on a lot of weight in 2014.  Some of this weight I can attribute to an accident I had a two years ago, but it’s mostly because I was being lazy with my food choices and uneducated when it comes to what I should and shouldn’t be eating.

In the beginning I started out slow, cutting the fizzy drinks, the hot chocolates, bacon sandwiches and the two huge meals a day I was eating and joined my local gym.  I was so happy with the initial results, but then the dreaded plateau happened and I knew I was going to have to do something more to help shift the weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

After doing some more research, I went hard-core and gave up both caffeine and sugar at the same time and by the end of the week, I was tired, grumpy and begging my friends for just one can of coca cola.

It was then that someone suggested Green tea to me.  I wasn’t keen to start off with, I had tried it before and it had a very bitter after taste.  That was until I went to an official green tea ceremony at an event and tasted the real deal.  It was amazing and the benefits of green tea that were presented sounded amazing too.

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So I went home and did some research around Green Tea and its benefits, but with such an overwhelming amount of content online, how do you know what you can believe and what you can’t?

After reading through many articles about the benefits of green tea online and drinking green tea for the last few months, I can honestly say the ones that I have found to be true are:

  • Increases your metabolism (that plateau soon ended)
  • You feel more alert (there’s caffeine in green tea)
  • Full of anti-oxidants (my skin is a lot clearer and my hair feels so much better)

Other claims, also include the following though:

  • Live longer and protect you from neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia
  • Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
  • Improves dental health and risk of overall infections because of its anti bacterial qualities
  • It also claims to reduce the risk of Cancer

There are all kinds of claims that surround health products online and unless you’re very well informed, it is hard to know what’s the truth and what isn’t.  So when I am doing research for things like this, I always look to find reliable sources such as the NHS.  Who have a fabulous website and article on green tea, which you can check out here.

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There is also no concrete evidence to support all these claims though, but if you drink it and it makes you feel good, then I can’t see it doing any harm – especially if you have the added benefits of avoiding things like Cancer and Dementia.  Prevention is better than cure, right?

While writing this blog post, I did experiment with another form of Green Tea too, which is supposed to have the benefit of around 40 cups of green tea in one sachet.  However, this made me feel a little ill and to be completely honest, it looked a little gross when I poured it out too.

So I am sticking to the natural stuff from now on, because after all – to have the benefit of 40 cups of green tea in it, I feel that there must have been some chemical process involved and I am all for products in their natural form.

From now on, mine is a green tea bag and a sweetener (it takes that bitter edge off) – thanks!