Coffee has been there for me every morning to lift me up and send me out to face the day. It’s been there for me every afternoon to kick me in the ass when I start to fade away, slump over and wish for a nap.
I never thought the day would come. I may give up coffee altogether. It feels so wrong to write that, but it’s happening painlessly. It’s nothing like giving up cheese, meat, gluten or –worst of all- sugar.
The problem (for me) is that coffee is acidic. And I’m trying to achieve pH balance, you know, for better health. At least, that’s what the book Crazy, Sexy Diet told me to do. So I replaced my coffee (oh so slowly) with green tea.
I didn’t like green tea at first. Now, I love it more than coffee.
Please don’t cry. I know it sounds like blasphemy to give up coffee. I know coffee is the bad boy of the hot drink world and green tea is the nice guy that is supposed to finish last.
Have you ever given it a fair try?
In addition to not being acidic, green tea has a ton of health benefits. To get the optimal results, its best to drink it in its purest, cleanest form. Buy the good stuff.
The Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea can have an amazing effect on your health and it makes a great addition to a healthy lifestyle. Consider the weight loss a perk!
Green tea can (to name a few):
- Stop the growth of cancer cells
- Prevent tooth decay
- Fight infection
- Lower cholesterol
I’m hoping that it can zap the Lyme spirochetes that are torturing me, but that hasn’t been studied or proven. A girl can hope.
Studies have shown that green tea can also help dieters in the following ways:
- Boost metabolism
- Reduce craving (this is based on a study done on rats- so, no promises)
- Reduce calories consumed –green tea has little to no calories. If you use it to replace your coffee or soft drinks, you will cut back on your caloric intake for the day.
Keep in mind that green tea does contain caffeine (less per cup than coffee) so if you are sensitive or suffer from insomnia you may want to be careful with your intake.
Coffee is not completely a thing of the past for me. I still have a little love left for an occasional dark acidic boost. But tea time is fun.