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Raise Your Glass to Green Tea

Raise Your Glass to Green Tea

(ARA)- You've turned the calendar and it's back to business as usual, but after you've packed away the decorations you may realize you've packed on a few pounds and you're already breaking your goals for the year.
Dr. Andrew Weil, a renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine says if you keep only one goal for this year, the one you must stick to is improving your eating habits.
"If you're looking to increase your daily energy, my advice is simple: eat right. Your body runs on what you feed it. Loading up on empty carbohydrates, salty snacks or sweets will limit your level of functioning," explains Weil.
According to Weil, one of the simplest changes you can make is just being aware of what's in the beverages you consume - the "think before you drink" rule. Sugary soft-drinks, cocktails, and those tasty lattes from your favorite cafe are often loaded with empty calories.
Weil suggests opting for beverages that have fewer calories and less sugar. "If you're looking for a healthy alternative, try incorporating green tea into your diet. It's a sugar-free, calorie-free beverage that tastes great and comes in many different varieties, so you won't feel deprived."
Incorporating green tea into your diet can also result in health benefits in addition to losing inches around your waistline. Green tea contains catechins, a type of polyphenol that's effective in neutralizing free radicals and prevents bacteria from adhering to cell walls and damaging them.
In addition to its revitalizing effects, green tea has been shown to help prevent drowsiness, create a general sense of well being and aid in digestion. Numerous scientific studies also link green tea to the following health benefits:
* Boosting the immune system
* Maintaining healthy cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels already within a normal range
* Promoting cardiovascular health
* Helping to prevent certain types of cancer including: colorectal, bladder, breast and ovarian cancers
With the increased popularity of green tea though, many beverage companies are producing "green tea" beverages and touting them as all-natural, when they still contain added chemicals and sugar. Rona Tison, tea industry expert and senior vice president of ITO EN (North America) INC., suggests that consumers pay careful attention to labels when looking for green teas. "Take the time to read the labels while you're at the store and look for added ingredients. Just because a company claims their beverage is all-natural doesn't mean that it truly is."
And there are almost limitless options out there for people looking for different ways to take their tea. According to Tison, ITO EN keeps up with its customers by offering a wide range of beverages to meet unique lifestyle needs. "We try to put out different varieties of green tea, in the form of loose leaf teas, and both bottled and canned beverages in order to offer an array that will appeal to individual palettes and lifestyles," explains Tison. "Our TEAS' TEA line of ready-to-drink beverages appeals to those who are on the go. And to better serve health conscious consumers who incorporate tea into their daily regimens, we worked with Dr. Weil to develop the Dr. Andrew Weil for Tea line of ready-to-drink and loose leaf teas, as well as tea bags."
With all the different choices available, it's clear that green tea is a beverage that anyone can include in their diet. And with all of the added health benefits, who wouldn't want to?
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