Ah green tea, so warm, so pleasant, and with a nice unique earthy taste to it. Some people make it every day, others, several times a week.
There are so many
health benefits associated with green tea. I've had my
personal fair share of green tea throughout my life and have always been
obsessed at making it as healthy as possible, so low and behold here are my top
10 tips to making green tea as healthy as possible:
10. Don't Use Green Tea Every
Single Day. You should definitely use green tea in moderation.
And the main reason is to give your body a break from caffeine and fluoride.
Although by simply following the tips on this page, you should be able to reduce
your consumption of caffeine and fluoride by a bit. But the best way to
reduce them is simply by taking breaks from drinking tea. I personally
infuse a tablespoon of loose leaf green tea (with throwing away the first
infusion) about 2-3 times a week.
9. Steep Other Healthy Items
Along With Your Green Tea. While you
are at it with brewing your tea, you could also be taking advantage of other
healthy items that are water soluble that can be infused along with your tea. My
Do you have one not listed here? If so I would love to hear about it
below in the comments!
To get some tips of making green tea, you can
watch a video of me making my tea one morning:
8. Beware of Plastics When
Steeping Your Green Tea. There are many tea
pots you can buy that have plastic as part of the brewing device. I myself
one in the past
and used it for awhile not realizing that there was actually
plastic inside the tea kettle. If you do not know, most plastics, when
heated up causes carcinogens to leech out into the infused water. This
causes endocrine disruptions which lead to immune system problems and even
Choose tea kettles that are made from either glass or stainless steel.
I personally brew my teas in stainless steel thermos mugs. This is the
been using, and I highly recommend it.
Also, there are a lot of brewing devices that are not well insulated and let
heat escape to quickly causing your tea to not be steeped at the temperature
your trying to actually steep at. So watch out for that. By using a
stainless steel thermos mug, you let the heat stay intact while brewing, plus you do not have to
worry about any plastics leeching out into your water.
7. Do up to 4 Infusions of Green Tea. To get the most out of your tea, you can make up to 4 infusions. Especially when
it comes to using loose leaf green tea, infusing it multiple times ensures you
squeeze out most of the health promoting anti-oxidants.
6. Use Japanese Green Tea. If you can, seek out Japanese green tea. The reason why is because they
tend to grow their tea in better soil. Their soil is lower in fluoride
than most other places around the world. And this is a huge plus.
For example, green tea from china has consistently more fluoride than Japanese
green tea. Seek out Japanese green teas such as Matcha, Sencha, Gyokuro,
Kabusecha, Bancha and Tencha to stay healthier by avoiding too much fluoride!
Japanese Women Harvesting Green Tea:
5. Use Loose Leaf Green Tea
Over Bagged. Loose leaf green tea is more in it's original
natural shape than bagged tea. Bagged tea leaves have been chopped more
finely causing more of it's surface area exposed. When you have more
surface area exposed to the green tea leaves then the quality of the nutrients
will degrade quicker causing a much shorter shelf life. Because loose leaf
tea has not been processed as much, they have a more robust flavor and aroma,
you can really tell the difference between a cup of brewed loose leaf tea over
bagged. Loose leaf tea can also be brewed for multiple infusions allowing
you to extract more nutrients out than bagged tea. The health benefits
from loose tea are well worth it and any serious tea user will tell you that
loose leaf green tea is the way to go.
4. Use Organic Green Tea. Plants
that expose their edible outer skin to the environment such as leafy green
plants like green tea, are far more prone to absorb harmful pesticides and
synthetic fertilizers from conventional farming methods. Organic green tea has
the following benefits over conventional:
Less harmful chemicals.
More healthy nutrients.
You are rest assured it is not a GMO crop.
Fluoride Reduction - One of the main benefits
of using organic green tea is that the use of commercial fertilizers is not
allowed. Higher amounts of fluoride comes from crops grown from commercial
fertilizers. Non-organic tea has the potential to have higher amounts of
fluoride (than organic) since it soaks up more fluoride through the soil.
By choosing organic you are doing your best to keep the fluoride content lower,
which is very important for having healthier tea.
3. Don't Be Afraid To Steep Green Tea Hotter And Longer.
Research has shown that when you use temperatures just below the boiling point
(180F - 190F) you extract more of the health producing polyphenols contained in
green tea. Some people even boil green tea, although I cannot say for sure
if I recommend that as it will not make the tea taste as good. But as a
good compromise, I recommend steeping around 185F. With the final infusion
you can crank it up to 195F to squeeze out the remaining polyphenols.
If you are going for more health benefits, then steep your infusions from 3-5
minutes (I personally go to 5 minutes), this way you will extract more of the
healthful antioxidants that green tea contains.
2. Combine Your Green Tea With
Citrus Juice. There is a multitude of health benefits when you
combine citrus juice (lemons and limes specifically) with green tea.
Citrus juice helps your body to absorb more of the catechins from green tea.
Catechins are a very healthy anti-cancer polyphenol antioxidant with all these
Anti-bacterial (one of the best natural antibiotics)
Lower heart disease risk
Lowers blood pressure
Anti-allergy (fights colds and sicknesses)
Regulates blood sugar
Not only does citrus juice help to increase all these health benefits (by
increasing the catechins content of green tea), but it also just so happens that
when you combine green tea with citrus juice, you have one of the best
natural laxatives known to man. Citrus combined with green tea is one
of the best ways to clear out your intestines and also helps tremendously with
getting your bowls moving.
Another benefit of citrus juice is the high vitamin C content. One of
the main problems with green tea is the fluoride content. Vitamin C helps
to detoxify fluoride from the body, which is another huge benefit to include
citrus juice with your tea.
1. Throw Away the First Infusion of Green Tea!
When one consumes too much fluroide over their lifetime,
occurs, just like what happened to the
man pictured above.
Do a quick 1:30 -
2:00 minute first infusion and then throw it down the sink without drinking any
of it! And then drink the remaining infusion after that. What does this do you may ask? It gets rid of 80% of the
caffeine, while maintaining roughly 80% of the antioxidants. Caffeine gets
absorbed by the hot water much quicker than the antioxidants do. By
getting rid of most of the caffeine you do yourself a host of healthy favors by
dramatically reducing the negative side affects that caffeine gives. You
will still get a very small amount of caffeine with the remaining
infusions you make, but without overdoing it, while maintaining most of all the
antioxidants as well.
By reducing the caffeine, you reduce all these side affect associated with
Caffeine withdrawal symptoms
Too awake when trying to go to sleep for the day
Fluoride Reduction -
By throwing away the first
infusion you also throw away about 30% of the fluoride content as well.
Fluoride in tea has become a huge issue for tea users. If you don't know,
excess fluoride consumption causes many health problems, most notably skeletal
fluorosis (weakening of the bones). Fluoride can accumulate in your bones
for years, eventually causing severe brittleness in your bones. It also causes
other problems related to the liver, kidneys, and weakening of the immune
Fluoride can also cause calcification on certain glands within the body,
especially on the pineal gland (which is responsible for producing many
anti-aging hormones). As you can see, the importance of learning how to
reduce your fluoride consumption is essential. You can also attempt to
detoxify fluoride through the use of saunas, liver cleanses, cilantro juice (or
other types of green vegetable juice), and especially
water fasting. By simply following all 10 steps on this page here
you will reduce the affects of fluoride. If you are a heavy tea drinker
you will want to make sure you are getting enough iodine in your diet to help
balance out the fluoride consumption from green tea (or from other sources), as
iodine helps to remove fluoride from the body.
Thanks for reading and if you have any additional tips please write them
below in the comments!