Money Green Like Matcha
Being an avid coffee drinker for quite some time, i've grown to dislike the effects that it had on my body. The dry mouth, sluggish after effects, and having to constantly drink more to stay awake. My first thought was to immediately quit and blame the caffeine, but after researching alternatives, I came across matcha. Matcha became a savior for my caffeine addiction and I even fell in love with the process of creating the perfect cup of matcha.
Here's some background information on Matcha. Matcha comes from the same plant as green tea, but the best is grown in different regions like Japan instead of China. To reach the full maturity of the plant, it takes 2 years and needs to be grown in complete shade, as opposed to regular green tea it can be grown outside in the sun. Being grown in the shade helps strengthen phytonutrients and antioxidants. This means more nutrients are being absorbed throughout the plants cells.
Some benefits of Matcha
Detox - When growing matcha in the shade, it produces more Chlorophyll in their leaves. Chlorophyll has powerful detoxing capabilities by removing toxins and heavy metals throughout the body.
Energy without crash or jitters- Matcha carries a compound called L- Theanine and when combined with the natural caffeine from the matcha, it eliminates the after effects of plain caffeine.
Using Matcha for focus- The L- Theanine boosts the production of alpha waves in the brain. These waves encourage relaxation and induce a profound feeling of mental clarity.
Matcha for Arthritis - Matcha Green tea has been known for its profound anti- inflammatory effects. Matcha carries Polyphenols, an antioxidant that has been proven to slow down inflammation throughout the body.
Downsides of Coffee
Dehydration- Coffee can dehydrate your skin, leaving you tired, sluggish, and dullness of the skin.
Increase in stress levels- Coffee raises cortisol levels aka stress levels. While consuming coffee you may have an increased mood, the effects wear off shortly and can lead to anxiety or restlessness.
Heartburn- Coffee increases acidity in the stomach. Taken in moderation can aid in digestion, but too much can have the opposite effects leading to indigestion, and heartburn. Coffee creates an acidic environment in the stomach and can lead to further health issues. Diseases and viruses are grown in acidic environments. Keeping this area clean is essential.
Headaches- Elevated adrenaline levels from caffeine stimulate the brain. Coffee increases heart rate and puts a lot of stress on the body, therefore causing headaches and other mental issues over time.