The summer season has announced its arrival with soaring temperatures and the harsh sun rays. In some parts of India, summer can be especially brutal, causing heat waves and extreme dehydration.
Nothing feels better than downing a chilled drink to beat the heat. But consuming a lot of cold beverages in summer can do more harm than good.
Instead, why not go for a hot beverage that cools you from the inside? This summer, give green tea a shot. According to oriental medicine, green tea has cooling properties and helps reduce body temperature. Rich in antioxidants, it’s not only a refreshing drink but also offers numerous other health benefits. It can be consumed both as a hot and cold beverage.
If you haven’t started drinking green tea yet, here are 6 reasons why you should.
Your skin’s saviour
In summer, ultraviolet radiation levels are very high, increasing the risk of sunburns, premature aging, and even skin cancer. But if you are sipping on green tea you can be less worried. Green tea is rich in a chemical compound called catechins and the Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) type of catechin helps protect the skin from the sun. EGCG fights the harmful UV rays and in turn, protects and improves skin quality.
A perfect stress buster
Feeling constantly stuffy and sweaty in the summers can make anyone’s mood change for the worse. Green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that helps reduce stress and improve cognitive functioning. So, having a cup of green tea after a long tiring day can definitely help you relax and sleep well.
Keeps the weight away
We all want that perfect summer body but not everyone likes working out. Research shows that the mixture of catechins and caffeine in green tea helps increase metabolism rate which in turn leads to weight maintenance and gradual weight loss.
Reduces the risk of cancer
Among all the different varieties of tea, green tea is especially known for its wide range of health benefits, one of them being cancer prevention. The catechin EGCG present in green tea protects cells from possible DNA damage, i.e. cancer. As per studies, the risk of getting breast, ovarian, colon, lung or prostate cancer reduces with the consumption of green tea.
Safeguards your heart
Plaque that grows along the walls of arteries blocks blood flow, in turn leading to coronary heart disease and strokes. Green tea rich with EGCG helps maintain the blood flow throughout the body and reduces the chances of getting heart diseases.
Old age partner
Studies show that those who drink green tea are less susceptible to functional disability that includes problems with completing daily activities like bathing, dressing, etc. The polyphenols in green tea are said to be neuroprotective agents to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s that begins in old age.
But one should always keep in mind, too much of anything isn’t good. Having three cups of green tea on a regular basis is more than enough to reap maximum health benefits.
QNet’s Celesteal Premium Blend puts an interesting twist to this super beverage with three exciting variants – Revive, Renew and Restore. Plucked from tea gardens in Darjeeling, Assam and the Nilgiris, each variety of green tea is accompanied by flowers, herbs, and spices from all over India.
Now, you have more reasons than ever to make green tea your go-to drink this summer.