If you have known me more than even an hour, you know how much I love tea haha! Green tea is great in the morning, with lunch, or in the late afternoon… basically 24/7. So many places sell fun drinks using green tea now-a-days, but personally I love the bitterness of a pure strong brewed tea bag. Green tea is one of my favorites because it possesses so many awesome benefits! While it is lower in caffeine than black tea, it still has a decent amount plus an amino acid called L-theanine which has anti-anxiety properties, and the combination of both caffeine + L-theanine is proven to improve brain function. Green tea is also known to give people a more stable surge of energy when compared to the buzz you get when drinking coffee. It also can be a fat burner… yep! Awesome right? This is because green tea has been proven to boost a human’s metabolic rate. My favorite benefit of green tea is the antioxidants. Green tea holds so much antioxidants which help your body fight off free radicals, possibly getting rid of cancerous cells. Free radicals are what destroy your body from the inside out and can even age you faster, meaning green tea is also awesome for the health and vitality of your skin. Free radicals come from pollutions in what we eat or the air we breath, making them pretty prevalent, which is why consuming antioxidants is so important! (read more about antioxidants and free radicals here). Green tea contains bioactive compounds that protect your brain’s neurons and lower your risk for neurodegenerative diseases like parkinson’s or alzheimer’s, they can also kill bacteria improving oral health and lowers your risk of infection… so drink up during flu season! Green tea also has the potential to lower cholesterol and improve over all cardiovascular health, including lowering blood pressure, and can even lower your risk for cardiovascular disease (source). Now that you have your tea bags and boiling water ready to go… you’ll need a mug! Mugs are probably my favorite part of drinking tea, I am an avid mug collector… I know I’m not the only one! The mug I drank my green tea out of this morning (pictured above) also just happens to be hand made by my cousin!! I mean, how cute?! I love the running paint effect on this one! She is opening an Etsy shop soon and has an instagram, follow her here to be one of the first to buy one of your very own! Happy sipping!