Health MATTERS: I’ve found my Perfect MATCHA

I’ve gone back to steeping green tea in the afternoon. 20150417_140601I know this trend has been brewing (ha, ha) for years now and I don’t mind taking on a trend that I know (if all the consensus is correct) will benefit me in a healthy way.20150416_191549I’ve been putting matcha green tea powder into smoothies for ages and even add it to melted white chocolate (which turns it a pretty green colour as opposed to when you add it to dark chocolate).
Pouring hot water over the tea leaf itself and/or the bright green matcha powder (I like to mix both) rather than steeping a tea bag delivers more of the signature *antioxidants that have powerful effects on the body.

Why GO GREEN?greentea1The antioxidants (it’s loaded with*metabolism boosting and hard to pronounce names like polyphenols which contain **flavonoids and catechins) found in green tea battle the free radicals that can alter and even kill cells. Green tea has been shown to help fight a number of diseases, from cancer to diabetes. It is unfermented, whereas black or oolong teas are at least partially fermented. This allows green tea to retain its natural antioxidant levels better than the other types.
One of the more powerful compounds in green tea is the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate ( a type of catechin), which has been studied to treat various diseases and may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties.
As an added health benefit, theanine (an amino acid found in particular plant species) in green tea can help you manage stress and stay relaxed. These relaxing effects, which are usually experienced within 40 minutes after drinking green tea, are caused by the ability of theanine to stimulate the generation of alpha brain waves. The generation of alpha brain waves has been directly linked to mental relaxation.

This is good to know as for the last several weeks I’ve been experiencing what can best be described (by me, not a doctor) as tiny and sometimes not so tiny anxiety attacks.  I’ve never had this before and I believe they’re due to a few contributing factors beyond my control that have taken place, that I’m sure over time will come to pass.  I don’t believe in taking pills for every little thing (this goes for even taking common aspirin) unless really needed which is extremely rare.  So tea time is “me time” in the meantime to help reduce unwanted stress.

To double my free radical fighting strategies I am now adding sliced ginger to the pot. Green Tea & Ginger – any reason not to?

*When your metabolism is cranked into high gear, your body will burn more energy, which in turn can help you lose excess body weight (another benefit we don’t mind).

**Antioxidants, as you may already know, are health-benefiting molecules that slow down aging and guard against disease. According to research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the antioxidant capacity of foods and drinks, green tea is superior to black tea in terms of antioxidant capacity. It appears that the enzymatic oxidation process (fermentation) used in the preparation of black tea leaves is responsible for the weaker antioxidant activity of black tea.

Now I just need to add meditation to the mix.istock
What do you do to help yourself relax?

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