Green tea detox; sounds good but what exactly is detoxing?
Detoxification is the process of cleansing your body from toxins and eliminating heavy metals accumulated in the organs in order to restore its natural balance.
The detoxification process is lead by different organs – liver, kidney, lungs – who remove free radicals (unstable molecules or oxidants) from the body since these could otherwise cause immune diseases, sickness or even cancer.
Sometimes your body can use some extra help to detox; this is where…green tea comes in!
All tea originates from the same (green tea) plant but only green tea is made from unfermented leaves and is the least processed (check: what is green tea), leaving more polyphenols, tea’s antioxidant chemicals, intact.
These, in turn, are responsible for the health benefits of green tea, detoxifying the body and eliminating the damage done by free radicals….and green tea contains heaps of it!
Especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG); the most powerful antioxidant of all.
Thanks to these antioxidant compounds, research suggests green tea may well help to
- Prevent various types of cancer: green tea and cancer.
- Protect against auto-immune disease (e.g., type 1 diabetes): green tea diabetes.
- Slow the aging process: green tea skin care.
- Prevent tooth decay: does green tea stain teeth?
- Accelerate your metabolism: green tea and metabolism.
- Lose weight and burn fat faster: Chinese diet tea.
- Improve mental alertness: caffeine, and even
- Stop certain neuro-generative diseases (Alzheimer’s).
If you’re going down the detox path, there are a huge number of options available to you. Besides green tea you can also include more grain free and gluten free ingredients into your diet to restore your body’s natural balance, boosting your energy and stamina as well.
If you want to know more about grain free and gluten free ingredients I highly recommend you check out Grain Free Gluten Free!
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