Charlene is a mom of 3 (1-angel) and she loves to share her motherhood journey
"I ALWAYS SAY IF YOU AREN'T YELLING AT YOUR KIDS, YOU'RE NOT SPENDING ENOUGH TIME WITH THEM." – REESE WITHERSPOON
I’m a mom…sooooo this is a typical day for me: woke up feeling like a zombie because I spent most of the night sniffling into my pillow because I miss my beautiful boy (Jaden, my eldest gained his angel wings at 16-years of age on the 11th of March 2020). Got my other two kids done for school with a symphony of bickering and temper tantrums with me yelling like a banshee thrown in for good measure.
My 10-year-old did a fair impersonation of “The Flash” as I ran after him to put lotion on his face while my 13-year-old diva complains about her clothes and hair (bear in mind she is going to school, in uniform). I have just enough time to hurriedly dress myself and as I usher my two out the door, I realize I forgot to brush my teeth. Then I get stuck in road works on our school run while I have to explain to my youngest how the clouds are formed and to my teenage girl why she is too young to wear makeup.
When we finally make it to school it’s our turn to play “Find the parking space” as I battle a barrage of determined parents to get the closest spot to the school gates. I usually feel a shot of relief when we hit the home stretch as I give each of my munchkin’s goodbye kisses, at their respective schools and I hustle them safely through their respective gates. After the second drop-off point/school as is the norm, before I head on home, I sit a few minutes in my car with a lump in my throat hoping and praying my kiddies have a good day.
When I get home I enter a warzone of clothes, toys, and other kiddie paraphernalia. I dodge through the labyrinth intent on getting to the kettle to brew myself a cuppa green tea. I know as I go through all these overwhelming shenanigans how easy it would be to admit myself into a mental institution however I persevere amid it all with the help of my magical friends and pixie dust (Ha-ha I wish!). On a serious note, I do have stress coping mechanisms, one of which is green tea. Anyone who knows me and is reading this will probably be rolling their eyes at this point thinking “There she goes again!” Because they know how much I advocate this little elixir. Granted it does taste like dishwater but when you hear about the benefits you too will ignore the taste and just gulp it down.
Here are my 5 Best Green Tea Health Benefits:
- Weight-loss -this has to be (hands-down) my favorite reason for drinking green tea. Green tea has an antioxidant-EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) that literally stops your large intestine from absorbing some, if not all, cholesterol. Studies have also shown a reduction of body fat when consuming green tea because it increases your metabolism (which is your body’s ability to break down fat). I swear by this benefit, I have always tried many different things to lose weight but I always come back to green tea because aside from being a lot safer, I just have better results.
- Disease Fighter - Green tea antioxidants taken habitually helps your body build resistance to help protect and fend off cancer cells- to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and breast cancer. This green gem also lowers blood sugar levels and if used regularly can help maintain sugar levels to prevent type ii diabetes. The risks of a stroke are minimized because green tea helps blood flow thereby lowering the danger of vascular disease. So if green tea helps blood flow it stands to reason that blood pressure will be maintained.
- Energy booster- green tea has caffeine, not as high a concentration as coffee (my other good friend) but that is a topic for another day. Caffeine activates fatty acids radically and together with the antioxidants, it breaks down fatty tissue availing a boost of energy. The bioactive components in green tea helps increase physical endurance levels which explains why after a sleepless night (sometimes two) I can still function as a fairly normal human being albeit a slightly frazzled one.
- Concentration benefactor- There are ingredients in green tea that stimulate brain functions, these stimuli affect neurotransmitters and these little ‘crackers’ are supercharged to fire neurons thereby increasing one's concentration. Yes, I know all these things because my tired yet green tea-charged brain loves to do research especially on things I’m curious about. The amino acid called L-theanine is also a key ingredient in green tea; this little amigo helps lower anxiety hence soothing those overstimulated nerves of one said tiredly harassed individual. This elixir holds some authority in protecting the neurons hence decreasing the risk of degenerated brain diseases such as brutal Parkinson’s and savage Alzheimer’s.
- Anti-age Combatant- this green concoction has been my ‘beauty’ secret for a few years now. The anti-aging properties of green tea are super awesome, it is the vital element and the main ingredient to most of the facemasks I make for myself (yes I drink it AND put it on my face). The antioxidants in green tea hinder signs of saggy, wrinkly, and spotty skin (unfortunately it does nothing for my freckles, believe me, I’ve tried). Free radicals of the sun aka UV do untold damage to our skin daily however drinking this ‘potion’ neutralizes UV and offers protection against accelerated aging caused by the sun. If Green tea is taken regularly also helps your body rid itself of toxins and your skin will start to look healthier, in fact, your overall wellbeing will noticeably improve.
Those are my 5 Best Green Tea Health Benefits and now I will ask you to tread lightly with this powerful tonic by exercising caution. All good things can be exploited by and when you either use it incorrectly or abuse it by overindulging i.e. too much of a good thing may become harmful. Therefore please remember to use restraint when having green tea and limit yourself to at most 3-4 cups a day. I am no medical practitioner so if in doubt, please consult with your own before embarking on this journey. Green tea may work for some but it may affect others differently. In my family, there are so many different diseases that are second-generation or even hereditary that I am often fearful and anxious as I get older. My husband and I have a mantra we repeat: “Prevention is better than cure” however my dad often says: “When its’ your time to go then it’s your time to go!” So I take a lesson from both quotes and do the best I can with my 5 Best Green Tea Health Benefits until my time is up. Brew more tea in your teapot and Stress less…
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on August 25, 2021:
Hi Pamela:) your interest is always appreciated and yes coffee is life too haha I need a cup of that too in the morning...both are a necessity and essential:)
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2021:
This is a well-explained article about the benefits of green tea. I start each day with coffee, and I drink green tea in the winter but not the summer. I will rethink that plant.
I enjoyed reading your article. I am so sorry about your son.I did enjoy reading about your funny morning getting your children off to school, Charlene. Thanks for sharing the benefits of green tea.