For those of you that know me, you know I LOVE coffee. Over the years I have tried to breakup with coffee because it’s counterproductive with my adrenal fatigue and high cortisol issues, but those breakups have never lasted long. My co-dependent self would always return to my favorite beverage of choice until I forced another breakup. But then I met Matcha…. Oh how do I love thee? Matcha!
What is Matcha?
Matcha is premium green tea powder from Japan used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. While other green teas are grown throughout the world, matcha is unique to Japan. It is the heart of the Japanese way of tea and has been celebrated in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony for hundreds of years.
Amongst its many health benefits, matcha…
Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
Boosts metabolism and burns calories
Detoxifies effectively and naturally
Calms the mind and relaxes the body
Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
Enhances mood and aids in concentration
Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
Prevents disease and has cancer-fighting properties
Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
A cup of matcha can have up to 10 x more nutritional value than brewed green tea.
With all that being said… it was so much easier to end it with my beloved coffee. However, I can’t promise that I won’t invite coffee over now and then. We just can’t have the same love relationship like we have had in the past. It’s just healthier this way. And I am not missing the coffee breath one bit!
Matcha also contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps your body to process caffeine differently and create a state of calm alertness. While one serving of matcha has much less caffeine than coffee, it provides a less jittery, more sustained energy boost – with no crash at the end. L-Theanine also improves focus and helps you concentrate.
What type should I buy?
Matcha Wellness makes an organic matcha that I like. You can purchase it on Amazon, but most days you still may see me going through the Starbucks’ drive through and settling for their matcha latte with almond milk…well…because it’s easier that way. Whatever kind you choose, do your research if you want to get the best health benefits from your beverage of choice.
Here’s to good health and yummy lattes!