Thanks for your kind comments and tweets about my susceptibility to diet charlatans earlier this morning. I know better. I really do.
First supplement that I’ve added to my diet is Green Tea. Not just in the drinking form, although I’ve been drinking more of that too. Side note: If you find you’re very bloated and just not looking your best, check your coffee intake. I’m a total coffee slunge (1.5 pots a day! WOOT!) and the more I drink, the more I retain water. And the tighter my pants get. I’m trying to limit myself to 2 gigantor cups in the morning and spend the rest of the day drinking green tea.
My husband’s a bad influence though, so I often drink extra at night. Anyway, upshot: The more green tea I drink, the flatter my belly. And it magically cured the horrible apocalyptic intestinal distress caused by eating undercooked fiddleheads.
But this isn’t about drinking tea or my intestines. It’s about these babies:
I think I got my green tea capsules from Amazon.com while I was in a fit of book-buying. But you can get them anywere. I got the decaffeinated kind. I like how I feel when I use the supplement. Energetic, but not in a fake, caffeine way. Buoyant? Maybe that’s a good descriptor.
The magical properties of green tea come from its antioxidants (which are also found in my friends red wine and chocolate). The antioxidants are called polyphenols and flavanols. What do those do? I have no freaking clue. I’m terrible at science, that’s why I’m a lawyer. They combat free-radicals and stuff. Dr. Weil has a brief description of the benefits of green tea.
One thing to watch out for is green tea that’s marketed as a weight loss suplement. Read the directions and verify it’s just green tea you’re getting — if it’s packaged with guarana seed or hoodia, those are stimulants that are meant to make you lose weight and there are a million warnings against them. I look for organic, decaffeinated green tea capsules as well.
If you’re taking any medication, you should talk to your doctor to make sure that there is no conflict between them and green tea. Even natural herbs can react adversely with prescription medicines! This website says that if you take too much green tea you can get heart palpitations, nausea or diarrhea. Obviously, nursing mamas or mamas-to be might want to stick to the lower-concentrated cups of tea.
Keep in mind, I’m not a doctor. I don’t even know what antioxidants do. So use your noodle in determining if green tea is right for you. Discuss with your doctor if you’re not sure. Or, you know… Google. Just kidding!