“T e a i s t h e e l i x i r o f l i f e”
Eisai (12th-century Japanese monk)
Feel refreshed and energized by experiencing the delight of matcha green tea in the morning.
Drinking matcha in the morning is a practice that has been enjoyed by many for centuries, most notably in Japan where matcha forms an integral part of Japanese culture and tradition. Matcha – finely-ground green tea leaves – is an incredible superfood, rich in antioxidants, amino acids and lots of other healthy nutrients.
With its energizing properties and numerous health benefits, it’s no surprise that more and more people around the world are choosing to incorporate matcha into their morning routines.
The energizing power of matcha green tea is just one of its many benefits. This powdered form of green tea provides a clean caffeine hit which is revitalizing and relaxing. The unique buzz matcha provides is perfect for all morning activities, whether you are morning gym enthusiast, getting prepared for an important meeting, or simply readying yourself for whatever a new day throws at you.
Matcha tea energizes the mind as well as the body. The tea contains the amino acid L-Theanine which slows the release of caffeine and has a relaxing effect on the mind. This allows the drinker to calmly go about their morning while remaining fully focused. L-Theanine not only eases the effect of caffeine on the body, it also encourages the production of dopamine and serotonin. These hormones are closely tied with mood, concentration and emotion.
MATCHA VS COFFEE
While coffee and black tea often feel like the natural choice for an early start, matcha has a longer-term positive impact on your day.
Depending on how each is brewed, matcha and coffee contain roughly the same amount of caffeine. With approximately 60-75mg of caffeine per cup, both coffee and matcha contain enough caffeine to wake you up and make you feel more alert. The difference between the two though is how the caffeine is absorbed by the body.
The caffeine found in coffee can be overwhelming for many people because it is absorbed quickly into the blood. This often results in a restless peak which can produce anxiety, swiftly followed by a crash into lethargy.
The caffeine in matcha tea, on the other hand, binds to other molecules in the tea, particularly L-Theanine, which slows the breakdown of the caffeine in the bloodstream and counteracts the negative side effects often associated with coffee. Instead of an uncomfortable jolt and a general feeling of jitteriness, the caffeine in matcha provides a more balanced and manageable kick which is tempered by the L-Theanine.
Instead of the rush felt from coffee, matcha produces a calm and consistent flow of increased energy and concentration.
Matcha also plays a role in indirectly boosting energy levels as it increases the body’s metabolism. This allows the body to fully digest all nutrients available and get the maximum amount of energy from food. Also, the many antioxidants found in matcha help to purify the body. By detoxing the body, the antioxidants cleanse it of the impurities that leave it feeling sluggish and weak.
MATCHA AND MINDFULNESS
Drinking matcha in the mornings allows you to take a moment for yourself and be present in the moment. It takes hardly any time to make a cup of matcha but the process itself offers a rare moment for pause and contemplation. With each cup that you make, you improve your technique until it becomes second nature. It is at times like this that we have “flow”, where we can be so absorbed by the task at hand that nothing else matters for that brief moment. Treating yourself to a cup of matcha each morning sets you up for the day ahead by freeing your mind of distractions and grounding you in the present.
Matcha is incredibly easy to make and has incomparable results when compared to other morning drinks. Find out how to make the perfect cup here. All you need is Saihōji Matcha and some hot water to start your day invigorated and inspired. Invite the perfect cup into your daily routine and feel the energizing effects of our matcha for yourself. Browse the range here.