http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CaffeineFrom the beginning of my relationship with tea, I always fancied green tea the best.  I love everything about it – its smell, its simplicity, and its taste.  The one thing I hardly paid attention to until recently was its caffeine content.  At times, I would deliberately drink green tea in the mornings if I was feeling a bit tired, but, for the most part, I drank green tea for its health benefits.  Which brings me to my current confusion: Is caffeine good for us or not?

I have been reading a fabulously interesting book called The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder, CN.  In her book, Ms. Snyder recommends not drinking green tea or any other caffeinated beverages.  Her statement immediately caught my attention.  I loved and agreed with everything I had read so far in her book until this point.  I very strongly believe in green tea and its health benefits, caffeine content aside.  She believes caffeine to be very dehydrating and acidic.  Snyder states in her book, “Too much caffeine can overload the liver and slow down the liver’s ability to efficiently burn fat and cleanse out other toxins in our system.”  She also believes that caffeine is linked to increased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that is linked to excess fat storage in our bodies.  She continues to share the negative impact that caffeine has on the body and mentions this is why she doesn’t drink beverages that contain it.  She states, “Even though green tea contains some healthy antioxidants, one cup has around thirty-five milligrams of caffeine.”

If Kimberly Snyder is right and we should be avoiding caffeine, we can, of course, look to rooibos, a caffeine-free delight, and other tisanes.  I am pleasantly surprised that rooibos also provides our bodies with amazing antioxidants.

I am thinking of making the switch and trying not to consume as much caffeine.  I’d like to know what others think of these statements from Kimberly Snyder’s book.  Has anyone read it?  What do you think of caffeine and how it affects our bodies?

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