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By Jake Bradshaw
Tea has in supply and demand for centuries. Since the beginning of time people have known the power of tea. In all those years, we’ve only enhanced further knowledge. Now that science is more sophisticated, we’ve discovered that not only is tea beneficial for diseases, but it also helps with gaining muscle. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at some facts:
#1) Tea Minimizes Cell Damage
According to research from the Federal University of Santa Carina, Brazil, 3 cups of green tea a day can helps to minimize the cell damage caused by resistance training. In other words, your muscles will recover faster after an intense workout.
Not only is this mind blowing information in regards to muscle building, but you might also find it keeping your wallet heavy as well. Working out is stressful to the body, this we know. A healthy recovery is crucial for our muscles to gain mass. Though protein and glutamine definitely help us in that regard, green tea is known for attaching to important cells which build our entire system.
#2) It Hydrates Your Body
Dehydration can be a sworn enemy for men trying to build lean muscle. Not only does it trick our minds into thinking we’re hungry, but lacking the necessary h2o will cause the fat underneath our skin to inflame, making us look soft and pudgy.
According to work published by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, tea not only hydrates a little better than water, but drinking 3 – 4 cups reduces inflammation while strengthening bones. With strong bones come a strong skeleton for muscles to attach to. Collectively, these things become a solid blue print for feeding muscular development.
#3) Helps Our Digestion
Protein-rich foods are important in gaining muscle. The more weight training you do, the more nourishment you need to feed your muscles. At the end of the day if your digestive process isn’t in working order, your body will find it difficult to break down food and turn it into energy. Tea is a God-send for this method.
Teas like fennel, peppermint and fresh mint have been known to aid your body’s natural digestive enzymes. Pigging out on a huge plate of pasta often means waiting several days for it to pass through the body.
*Here’s a trick: drink a cup of peppermint tea after every meal this week. You’ll no doubt begin to see a tremendous change in your digestive process. Perhaps, even stronger than water and coffee.
#4) Immune System Booster
Our immune system is an oracle to building muscle. It fights infection which supplies you with more muscle-building nutrients while keeping your health up to speed so you can focus on exercise and well-being.
Think about those days when you coming down from a flu. Did your muscles feel weaker than before? This is mainly due to your immune system giving all its attention to the infection rather than your muscle and bones. It’s important to keep it working full force at all times.
Thankfully, green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine which helps to strengthen the body while fighting infection. So in a way, you get the best of both worlds. That’s always a plus.
#5) Reduces Blood Sugar Levels
Certain kinds of teas, especially turmeric tea, have an incredible knack of reducing blood sugar levels. We’ve all had those days where we’ve had a little too many donuts or sugary sweets. Turmeric tea can virtually reverse the damage a sugar-overload might do to our bodies, which will inadvertently help maintain our muscle/fat balance.
Less sugar means less chances of building sugar-related weight and health problems, including diabetes. If you have a sweet tooth, having a few glasses of turmeric tea might do your body good. Perhaps it’s time to invest.