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Go green for a refreshingly healthy way to hydrate!

PROHealth
6/1/2013

Is drinking glass after glass of water getting dull?  We all know the health and energy benefits of staying hydrated with the pure, clear beverage, but honestly, it’s summer and having something with a bit more “zazz” sounds so appealing.  Why not try some green tea?

Green tea is a bountiful source of antioxidants that helps boost your immunity. Green tea may not seem as exciting as your mega coffee latte drink, but does it contain a specific natural antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate(EGCG) that is not found in other common morning beverages.

In a study published in the journal Nutrition, research showed people with high cholesterol, blood pressure and inflammation could benefit from drinking green tea. Research also suggests that drinking green tea may relieve joint pain as well as rev-up your metabolism.  That’s a bonus! So while more research is being conducted, sip on that cup of tea and reap the potentially amazing health benefits.

I know you’re thinking tea is only a cold weather drink, but how about trying a tall, dewy glass of iced green tea? Here’s a tasty recipe ...

Ingredients

• 1 cup fresh mint leaves, washed

• 3-4 green tea bags
• Ice
• Honey/Stevia to taste (optional)

Preparation

Put the mint leaves in a large glass pitcher. Crush the mint leaves and drop the tea bags in the pitcher. Pour in hot water over mint and tea. Cover and put in the refrigerator for four to six hours. Remove tea bags. Serve with ice. Add honey or stevia to sweeten if you prefer.

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Recipe source:www.mdanderson.org

 

Article resources:

 

lifespa.com, Nutrition, 2008, www.rd.com, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, Joybauer.com, www.healthy-green-tea.com

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