Why Matcha?

Why Matcha?

I can’t really metabolise caffeine. 

That’s something I’ve shared on my blog before, I know, but I really do think it’s the perfect way to start this post. 

I can’t really metabolise caffeine because my cortisol levels are already through the roof and any extra stimulants make my life implode. Just one cup of coffee is guaranteed to give me an instant migraine, incredible anxiety, incessant sweating, and cystic acne. It also makes my hair fall out…

So why the f am I writing about matcha? It does, after all, contain caffeine. More than your average cup of black tea, too. 

But matcha is different. It’s made from finely ground green tea leaves, and when drinking it you actually consume the entire leaf. Don’t worry, though, it’s not gritty at all, and when mixed with liquid {and prepared the right way} it completely dissolves. 

So – why matcha?

Matcha has this incredible power of providing both energy and a state of calm. The growing and harvesting process of matcha powder allows the leaves to increase their natural levels of l-theanine, which is an amino acid that balances out caffeine levels and slows down the ‘jolt’ that’s typically associated with caffeine. Green tea contains caffeine, yes, but because of the l-theanine, the energy boost you get is released slowly, in a more sustainable way. Funnily enough, l-theanine has actually been used for years to treat anxiety and high blood pressure, so you can imagine just how well this balances out the caffeine levels in matcha. 

We’ve long known that anti-oxidants are essential for protecting the body from damage, which includes disease, aging and infections. The anti-oxidant levels in one cup of matcha are said to be over 100 times higher than those found in a regular cup of green tea. That’s why it’s a brilliant ingredient to include in your skincare routine – it’s great for healing and reducing inflammation, as well as preventing signs of aging. 

Perhaps the biggest draw card of matcha in the wellness industry has to do with its ability to assist in weight loss. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is known to stimulate thermogenesis, which allows the body to burn its existing fat stores for energy, and a high grade form of matcha can contain at least double the amount of EGCG when compared to regular green tea. What this means is that one to two cups of matcha can seriously increase your body’s ability to burn fat, thus assisting in weight loss. 

Aside from its weight loss, anti-aging and energy boosting benefits, matcha is a powerful and healthy way to detoxify the body. Because of the way matcha is grown and harvested, it’s levels of chlorophyll are incredibly high, and chlorophyll is known to detoxify the body {especially the liver}, speed up wound healing and improve digestion. 

Why Matcha? | www.agirlandgrey.com @agirlandgrey
Why Matcha? | www.agirlandgrey.com @agirlandgrey

Are you convinced yet?

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2 Comments

  1. April 9, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    I love Matcha so much!

    • Sharni
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      April 10, 2018 / 9:32 am

      It’s my favourite thing right now! Thanks for your comment Zara xo

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