The Benefits Of Green Tea Fasting
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Green tea is the second healthiest and most consumed beverage in the world.
Next to water, green tea is the drink that most people turn to in order to hydrate their bodies, while improving their health.
But what you may not know is green tea may not only improve your health, but it may also enhance your fast.
If you’re looking for something new to drink while you’re fasting (intermittent fasting) then green tea may be your answer.
Why Intermittent Fast in the First Place?Intermittent fasting is a process where you knowingly skip eating food for a period of time. This type of fast has gained popularity due to its ability to drastically improve your health.
Intermittent fasting is surprisingly simple to follow and gives your body amazing health benefits in the process.
Besides the obvious weight loss benefits, you may also see:
• Improved mental clarity and concentration
• Lower blood sugar and insulin levels
• Reversal of type 2 diabetes
• Increased energy
• Lower body fat levels
• Increased growth hormone
• Lower levels of unhealthy cholesterol
As you can see, intermittent fasting may be especially important for improving your health and boosting your weight loss.
The Benefits of Green Tea On Fasting
Although there are many benefits you may see from including green tea into your intermittent fasting plans, it’s important to note the reasons why.
Green tea is packed full of nutrients that could improve your health. Green tea contains plenty of antioxidants, catechins, and polyphenols that could lower inflammation, cut down on disease risk, and even boost your weight loss.
However, much of the heavy workload is done by the powerful antioxidant, EGCG.
One way in which green tea and EGCG may improve your intermittent fasting plan is by activating your sympathetic nervous system and the hormone noradrenalin.
This system, also called your fight-or-flight system, may mobilize nutrients to use for energy in times of need.
This often leads to increased energy expenditure and improved fat-burning, by mobilizing stored nutrients (from fat cells and your organs) and puts them in a form of energy that your body may readily use.
However, this system can’t work without the use of noradrenaline, which may be degraded, therefore cutting down on the potential weight loss benefits.
But thanks to the catechins found in green tea, they may block the enzyme that breaks down noradrenaline, therefore having the potential to keep energy expenditure elevated.
Although this may sound very technical, the take home point is that green tea may increase your energy expenditure, which could lead to weight and body fat loss.
1. Reduced Cravings
During the first few weeks of your fast, you may experience intense hunger and cravings for certain foods.
And these cravings and hunger may cause you to break your fast or fall completely off your plan.
But green tea may alleviate these cravings and hunger sensations. You see, there is a hormone in your body--called ghrelin—that communicates with your brain and tells you that you’re hungry.
Sometimes this signal is increased meaning you may have more intense feelings of hunger. Studies suggest that the nutrients found in green tea may lower ghrelin levels.
And lowering ghrelin levels may have an immediate impact on cravings and hunger pangs.
2. Aids in Weight Loss
By preventing the breakdown of noradrenaline, you may see higher energy expenditure and more use of your stored body fat being used for energy.
But it’s not just your body fat that green tea helps to eradicate.
Green tea may also boost your loss of visceral fat—or the dangerous type of fat that increases chronic disease risk.
Visceral fat, which produces pro-inflammatory cytokines, is often found deeper in your body wrapped around your organs.
Studies have shown that higher visceral fat stores could lead to a higher risk for many chronic diseases. But thanks to green tea, you may see a decrease in visceral fat stores, therefore cutting down on your chronic disease risk.
Studies also show that including green tea into your daily nutrition plan may boost your daily caloric expenditure by a whopping 4 percent—which may seem trivial, but over time could have a much bigger impact on your overall weight loss results.
3. Promotes Autophagy
Autophagy is a process where your own body acts a mechanic, by removing toxins, recycling parts, and even repairing damaged cells.
This is an important aspect to health, as it maintains your muscle mass, prevents age-related disorders, and may protect your brain function.
Two ways to increase autophagy in your body is by intermittent fasting and by drinking green tea daily.
Studies suggest that green tea may enhance autophagy in your body, therefore providing many anti-aging benefits.
4. Fights Free Radicals
Free radicals, which are a byproduct of cellular function, may cause damage and inflammation in your body.
This could increase your risk for poor gut health, higher risk for chronic diseases, and other health issues.
But thanks to the powerful polyphenols found in green tea, you may see a reduction in inflammation and damage caused by free radicals.
This could reduce your risk for age-related diseases, heart disease, and cancer.
Why You Need More Green Tea While Fasting
Next to water, green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world.
Packed full of antioxidants, polyphenols, and catechins, green tea may improve your health and cut down on your chronic disease risk.
When you combine green tea with fasting, the benefits may be amplified. The benefits of green tea while fasting may cut down on free radical damage, improve your weight loss, and prevent age-related mental decline.
Not all green tea is the same. In order to gain all the benefits green tea has to offer, you need to drink upward of 10 cups a day, just to reach the polyphenol level that could make all these health improvements possible.
However, there is one tea that could surpass all other green tea brands on the market today. By combining dark Oolong green tea leaves with Amla, the most powerful whole-food antioxidant in the world, we have created a powerful drink that provides even more antioxidant power that regular green tea.
With 20 grams of concentrated Amla powder found in every cup of Amla Green Tea, you’re going to send a rush of antioxidants to your cells, organs, and body to improve your health and ward off even the worst health offenders.
If you’re looking for the right green tea to include while fasting, then Amla Green Tea would be the answer you’re looking for.
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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