Are there benefits of green tea drinking? I used to be a devout coffee drinker until I tired of heart palpitations, anxiety attacks and sleep deprived nights. Drinking coffee and tea also gave me what I thought were hunger cravings and an acid stomach.
One cup led to another cup in mornings, afternoons and evenings. I had been contemplating stopping drinking them both for years. But, how do you cease doing something so addictive and habit forming when it elevates your mood and tastes so good?
I stopped drinking coffee cold turkey and had three straight weeks of withdrawal symptoms and headaches! This is the hard way.
I took a lot of afternoon naps and felt tired all the time during the withdrawal phase. What helped remind me it was a ‘good thing’ I was doing (quitting) was to think to myself how could something be so ‘good’ when it caused me so much distress not using the substance?
It is claimed green tea may be helpful for…
- Arthrosclerosis (disease of the arteries)
- Preventing cancer
- Assisting in weight loss
- Increased metabolic rate (caffeine)
- Boosts mental alertness (caffeine)
- Helps immune system
- Green tea is supposed to counteract how caffeine affects you
- Reduced risk of stroke
- Acts as an anti-depressant
I really loved drinking coffee. I liked tea too, but not nearly as much. There was just that certain something about ‘coffee’ that for me, was better. I looked forward to it each morning. It was my reason to get up. Yet, it was green tea which helped me through the withdrawals and headaches caused by quitting coffee.
In the end, I had no problem stopping drinking green tea. Caffeine is a very powerful stimulant and totally underrated. Personally, I don’t think children should have access to drinks with caffeine.
Wouldn’t it be nice if everything tasting good was good for our health? I noticed when I began eating plant based whole food, I soon looked forward to my steamed broccoli and baked potato at night. Your taste buds change their preferences with patience. We can beat the much higher caffeinated coffee using green tea as an alternative.
Although, some of us experience well-being drinking coffee and tea, it’s hard to put a finger on any real health benefits. Some studies suggest there are health benefits of coffee and green tea drinking, while other sources have found no beneficial effects.
Use your own judgement and listen to how your body feels after you drink coffee and tea. The best stimulant is a healthy body that has abundant natural energy.