You can’t go anywhere these days without being visually assaulted by the sheer volume of plastic water bottles we seem to feel the need to lug around.
I can’t help but grimace inwardly when I see the 30-something woman walking around the block in yoga pants and matching exercise bra and shoes at a good clip, gripping a 16 oz plastic water bottle like she may dry up to a husk and blow away at any minute.
I never hide the fact that I am strongly against the “8 glasses of water a day” mantra. Or should I say dogma?
This is bad for our environment. The BPA in plastics is bad for you. If you choose the wrong brand, it’s likely there may be contaminants in the water. All of this is made worse in the context that there is little documented benefit to your health. I am not advocating hiking in the Sahara Desert over lunch and not bringing water, but this seemingly ingrained belief that we need to have access to water at all waking hours of the day does far more harm than good.
So what do we drink instead? The answer is clear that tea has a powerful benefit on our health.
This particular article adds to the weight of the research. Researchers took 35 obese, prediabetic participants and had them drink 4 cups of green tea per day for 8 weeks. Here’s what they found:
- Overall antioxidant capacity of the blood almost doubled.
- Blood levels of glutathione (a very potent protective compound in our cells) went up over 25%.
Given how protective antioxidants are to your health, and given how strongly antioxidant capacity plays a role in protecting your mitochondria from damage (and we all know that the mitochondria is my favorite organelle and is at the root of all the evil chronic diseases), this can only be a good thing.
Given that tea contains caffeine, it brings up the other old adage that you should drink a glass of water to make up for every caffeinated beverage you drink.
Answer this one. All those studies on Asians and the benefits of green tea–do you think they are deliberately drinking an extra 8 ounces of water for every glass of tea?
Or do you think it is more likely that they really don’t park a glass of water next to their green tea?
In our household, we go through a lot of tea. And I mean a LOT. I’ve covered how we prepare tea at our home in a previous blog article that can be read by clicking here.
How do you drink YOUR tea?