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Pre Matcha Tension

by Drew Richardson May 05, 2015

Pre Matcha Tension

Stress: You Can’t Live With It, You Can’t Live Without It. 

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Sadly, this expression is proving just too true in the 2010s. Many of us are struggling to deal with the huge amounts of pressure from our professional commitments, families and peers. It seems to be part of our life now and can lead to depression, auto-immune diseases and anxiety. It’s proving very important to develop coping techniques and find products that can help to alleviate stress in our everyday lives. 

What do we hear the most? ‘I need a holiday!’ But planning to remove 50 weeks of stress in a 2 week window is ambitious at best and a crazy idea at worst.

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I’m not saying it can’t be done, but when you throw in a couple of kids, a delayed flight, some lost luggage and a half-built hotel in the mix, it all seems rather challenging. 

So, if holidays are not the answer, what is? Well there are some helpful things: A diet full of real, wholesome food, regular exercise, meditation, treating everyone with kindness and chanting affirmations. All good things, but none of them match up to our favourite.

If you want an easy stress-buster, then we recommend starting a Daily Matcha Habit. That’s right, one small cup of Matcha green tea for stress release in the morning and you will notice a real difference in how you cope with life’s trip wires and low hanging branches.

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The reason for this is that one of Matcha’s major components is an amino acid called L-theanine. This has been connected to reductions in psychological and physiological stress in several medical studies*. We know that Matcha reduces tension by attenuating sympathetic nervous activation and blocking certain glutamate receptors in the brain.

Matcha is full of L-theanine. There’s some in regular green tea too, but Matcha has a significantly higher L-theanine content thanks to its unique growing conditions. Just before the harvest, the matcha plants are deprived of light.

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To compensate for this change in normal photosynthesis, the plants produce an abundance of chlorophyll and L-theanine which is passed on to you when you drink this stress-reducing tea.

So, keep calm and drink matcha. Or rather, drink matcha to keep calm.

* L-Theanine reduces psychological and physiological stress responses.

 
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