10 reasons to drink Green Tea with Lemon
When I read about the benefits of drinking green tea with lemon, I couldn´t believe it. Have you ever tried it?
It is a soothing beverage full of flavor, delicious, and easy to prepare. It’s also highly nutritious, and research has found that it’s associated with a long list of potential health benefits, like:
- Rich in antioxidants: green tea and lemons are high in antioxidants, which can help protect against inflammation and chronic conditions.
- Promotes weight loss: studies suggest that drinking green tea may help decrease body weight and body fat. Some animal studies have found that certain compounds in lemons could also help prevent weight gain.
- Protects against diabetes: some studies have linked drinking green tea to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance.
- May enhance heart health: studies have found that consuming both green tea and lemons is associated with improved heart health and reductions in several risk factors for heart disease.
- Supports brain health: drinking green tea is linked to a lower risk of dementia, impaired brain function, and Alzheimer’s disease. Test-tube and animal studies also suggest that compounds found in lemons may improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
- May boost immunity: lemons are high in vitamin C, which can reduce inflammation and help treat and prevent infections. Certain compounds in green tea, such as EGCG, may improve immune function as well.
- Increases energy levels: green tea contains caffeine, which can decrease fatigue, enhance alertness, and improve cognitive and physical functioning.
- May help prevent kidney stones: drinking green tea may be linked to a lower risk of kidney stones. Lemon juice also contains citric acid, which could help prevent kidney stones as well.
- May help protect against cancer: some studies suggest that lemons and green tea could reduce the growth and spread of several types of cancer cells.
- Keeps you hydrated: drinking green tea with lemon can help you stay hydrated, which could help support many aspects of health.
Making green tea with lemon at home is very simple:
To get started, bring about 1 cup (237 mL) of water to a boil, remove it from the heat, and let it cool for 2–3 minutes before pouring it into a cup.
Next, add a green tea bag and let it steep for 1–3 minutes. If you’re using loose-leaf tea instead, add about one tablespoon (2 grams) using a tea ball or infuser.
Finally, add some fresh lemon juice by squeezing up to half of a lemon directly into your tea.
You can enhance the flavor even more with ingredients such as honey, cinnamon, ginger, or fresh mint.
Enjoy 3–5 cups per day to stay hydrated and maximize the potential health benefits of green tea with lemon.
Let´s do it?