Green Tea In The Morning Empty Stomach
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
I have always wondered about drinking green tea in the morning on an empty stomach. Haven’t you?
The simple fact is:
Green tea is one of the healthiest drinks around, and could really do wonders for your health.
Although the research is inconclusive…there are plenty of people who drink green tea in the morning before anything else that swear by this practice.
Even though there could be some issues that could arise from drinking green tea on an empty stomach…
….there’s plenty of evidence that drinking green tea in the morning could lead to untold benefits when it comes to your health.
The Benefits of Green Tea
You may (or may not) know that green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world. Next to water, people consume more green tea than they do coffee, soft drinks, or even alcohol.
And for good reason! Green tea is one healthy drink that could add a lot of goodness to your body.
Made from the Camellia sinesis plant, green tea has been shown to aid in everything from weight loss and better heart health to better brain function.
Powered by some of the strongest (and most widely researched) nutrients the world has ever seen, green tea could lower inflammation….scavenge free radicals…lower LDL and total cholesterol…increase the amount of antioxidants in your blood…and could even improve the health of your teeth and gums.
Not too bad for a drink “discovered” by an emperor nearly 2,000 years ago.
But there is a down side to these powerful BIOACTIVE compounds that are found in green tea:
Some people, who drink green tea in the morning without eating or drinking anything else have reported some negative side effects.
That’s why people have been warned that drinking green tea in the morning on an empty stomach should be avoided.
But there are thousands of people who drink green tea on an empty stomach every day, and have no issues whatsoever.
If you’re sensitive to changes in your body, then consuming green tea could carry some side effects, like increased stomach acidity, anxiety and nervousness, and poor absorption of iron, then you may want to consume green tea at a different time of day.
The Benefits of Drinking Green Tea In The Morning
Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world…and for good reason.
This potent drink, which is chock filled with powerful antioxidants, catechins, tannins, and polyphenols, could dramatically improve your health—or the health of someone you love.
One of the most important catechins, EGCG, is also one of the most widely researched catechins around. It’s been shown to improve many areas of your health, including your heart, brain, and kidney health.
It is often used as a medicine (thanks to the EGCG) and is used to promote good health and increase your longevity.
Even though green tea got its start in China and Japan, it’s exploded worldwide, and is one of the most popular drinks amongst any age group in the world.
1. Boost in Weight Loss
If you’re looking to lose weight, then I am sure you’ve heard how effective green tea could be at improving your metabolism.
In fact, there are a whole host of weight loss supplements out there that contain green tea for this reason alone.
But what does the research say?
Well, not surprising, they say a whole lot about the subject! A recent study looking at 10 healthy men, showed a 4 percent increase in their metabolism, just by including green tea in the morning before eating or drinking anything else.
But it gets even better! The same study showed that including green tea could also increase your fat oxidation (the burning of your fat cells) by a whopping 17 percent.
The research confirms that the combination of powerful polyphenols and caffeine could stimulate your metabolic rate, which could help you burn fat and lose weight in the long run.
2. Better Heart Protection
Next to your brain, your heart is one of the most important organs in your body. Your heart pumps nutrient-rich blood to every single part of your body. Without your heart, and the right nutrients, your tissue and organs may start to die.
That’s why keeping your heart healthy is vitally important to your overall health! One area of concern for those looking to improve their heart health would be to lower bad cholesterol levels.
LDL cholesterol, also known as your bad cholesterol, may easily become oxidized, which then creates damage in your arteries.
But green tea can help in a couple different ways. Green tea contains bioactive compounds that could increase the antioxidant level in your blood. This could prevent your LDL from becoming oxidized, therefore keeping those particles from damaging healthy cells.
Green tea in the morning on an empty stomach could also naturally lower your LDL cholesterol numbers.
And the fewer LDL cholesterol particles you have, the less likely they will be subjected to oxidation.
3. Combats Every Day Stress and Fatigue
Face it, your life can be pretty stressful. From running errands, to every day job stress, your stress levels may be very high.
And this could lead to fatigue if you’re not careful.
But drinking green tea in first thing in the morning on an empty stomach could reignite your day—and your energy levels.
Studies show that catechin EGCG could offset the physical and mental fatigue associated with your current lifestyle.
This could re-energize your life…motivate you to get stuff done…and help you manage your stress.
The Take Home Message
The second most popular drink, next to the water, happens to be green tea. Not only does this drink re-energize you throughout the day, but it may also offer health benefits you simply can’t turn down.
From better heart and brain health to faster weight loss and lower blood sugar, green tea could do wonders for your overall health.
Some people avoid drinking green tea in the morning on an empty stomach because they are nervous about the potential side effects of the caffeine and the polyphenols.
However, they don’t need to be. There are many people who enjoy green tea on an empty stomach first thing in the morning with zero issues.
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, is a cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine. Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, Plant Stock, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes.
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