The water is in the bag! Today is a new day. After a successful one-day water fast, I now get to graduate to flavor with a little dose of caffeine. Yes! I get to have caffeine (the green tea kind) during my 21-day cleanse.
And although I’m still drinking a ton of water, pouring my first hot cup well before the crack of dawn with billowing steam from a pour that saturates the tea leaves, it feels so good to say hello to Day 2!
What is it about green tea on a cleanse with its magical properties that soothes the mind and spirit and benefits the body?
There’s a natural, yet mild, caffeine boost I experience with my first cup. As I discuss in a previous post, on non-cleanse days, I’m a morning coffee drinker and lean into the kick I get from just a portion of my first cup of black. For me, the coffee jolt is more abrupt and activates through my system almost immediately.
For me, the green tea sipping experience is more thoughtful with a gentle ramp up of alertness that really is imperceptible until I’ve finished my first cup. There is a caffeine ‘buzz’ (if you can even call it that) that I get from sipping this substance. But it promotes a gentle elevation in attention that is much less sharp in its effect on my body than that first cup of joe. And you may have heard… it has some serious medicinal properties (more on that from Francesca below!)
I love this post because green tea is a true superfood, renowned for its numerous health benefits, and one that can be easily incorporated into a diet. Green tea is rich in antioxidant compounds, particularly catechins like EGCG, that promote cellular health and are a natural detoxifier.
Green tea can be a valuable addition to detox and calorie-restricted diets due to its minimal calorie content while providing a gentle energy boost from caffeine. Studies suggest that green tea may support metabolism, aiding weight management. Additionally, research shows that catechins in green tea may have anti-cancer properties. I encourage everyone to try green tea. Those who don’t love the flavor of green tea can mix it with herbal teas such as mint or hibiscus.
Hello, I’m Francesca, and I’m genuinely thrilled to join forces with Maria on this extraordinary detox journey. With 14 years of dedicated experience as an integrative nutritionist, I hold a Master’s in Integrative Nutrition and am certified as a health and wellness coach. My distinctive approach seamlessly blends science-based nutrition with the art and science of coaching, guaranteeing each client a holistic and personalized experience. What sets me apart is not just my wealth of knowledge but my genuine passion for witnessing my clients thrive.
Currently pursuing a doctorate in Integrative Health, I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to bring the latest insights and advancements. My commitment to staying at the forefront of integrative health ensures I can offer cutting-edge strategies to support the well-being of my clients. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments. I look forward to supporting your journey toward optimal health and vitality.
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Written by Maria Felicia Kelley with contributions by Francesca Orlando
Disclaimer: Maria Felicia Kelley is not a medical doctor. The cleanse and fasting benefits she discusses in this post are derived from her own experiences and observations. Individuals should consult their own healthcare providers when eliminating foods from their diets.
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