Matcha's unique and remarkable health-boosting properties are unquestionable, but that doesn't mean that you can drink it whenever. Matcha tea is powerful and contains many different types of nutrients. This is a quick guide to managing when and how much Matcha you drink so that you can the best out of this amazing tea.
Remember that the timings of Matcha drinking are dependent on the purpose for which it's being consumed. For example, some people drink Matcha for weight loss, whilst others drink it to improve focus. Some people consume Matcha for its antioxidants whilst others prefer to drink Matcha simply for the sheer number of vitamins and nutrients. Others drink Matcha for the energy boost.
The best times to drink Matcha green tea.
1. Before Exercise
Those of you who drink a cup or two of Matcha before you start your daily exercise routine, are doing it just right. It’s the perfect way to ensure that you get the most out of your workouts, the hard work that you put in.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition observed that consuming green tea increases the body’s capability of burning calories dramatically, up to 35-43%, and that Matcha can increase your physical endurance up to 24%. All this, and no caffeine crash.
2. Before Work
To address this, a question; Why was Matcha brought to Japan a thousand years ago?
The answer; it was brought to Japan for the Monks, due to the remarkable nutritional properties that Matcha contains to aid concentration. During long hours of meditation, Zen monks would drink Matcha to stay focussed and yet, calm. Nowadays, modern life is often disturbed by stress, to such a degree that we are rarely ever fully rested. Matcha helps to ease stress through its active ingredient “L-theanine”. This creates alpha waves in the brain, naturally, that induce a state of relaxed alertness. Very helpful for dealing with the complexities of the modern workplace.
As if this wasn't enough, drinking Matcha can improve your ability to absorb and retain new information.
3. As An Afternoon 'Pick Me Up'
Think of Matcha as an energy drink that releases energy in your bloodstream very slowly. This means that regular Matcha drinkers experience an energy boost that lasts all day. Early researchers attributed this to the caffeine in Matcha. But modern studies have found that it's actually the mix of healthful natural properties that are responsible for the slow release of energy.
The Times to Avoid
Remember, however, that we're all different. Take note of the recommendations in this article, but find out what works for you. Some people can drink Matcha late at night or early in the morning and feel perfectly fine. We love to hear feedback and your own insight, so please do comment below.
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