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"Healing Benefits of Matcha," by Kate Towell

Drinking matcha provides a simple, delicious and powerful way to increase your health and wellness.  Photo courtesy of Kate Towell
Drinking matcha provides a simple, delicious and powerful way to increase your health and wellness. Photo courtesy of Kate Towell

The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

I just put away my coffee maker for good. I know—I live in Seattle. How could I possibly do something like that?

Well a couple of months ago on a whim I ordered a matcha latte instead of my usual decaf almond milk one and I was instantly hooked.

Matcha is unlike most other forms of green tea because it is shade grown, harvested by hand and ground into a fine powder.

Originally used in Japanese tea ceremonies matcha was revered by Zen monks and Samurai Warriors as a powerful health elixir and for its ability to promote a refined state of alertness.

Matcha is super versatile and can be used to make simple mugs of tea or lattes or blended into smoothies, pancake batter, nut milks and a variety of other recipes.

5 Healing Benefits of Matcha

High in Antioxidants – One of the main benefits of matcha is its concentrated levels of antioxidants. One cup provides up to 3xs as many antioxidants as regular green tea, and because of how matcha is grown and processed these powerful free radical fighters are more easily absorbed and utilized.

Boosts Energy – Cup for cup macha has about half the amount of caffeine as coffee and supports even sustainable energy without all the jitters. Samurai warriors loved matcha tea not only for its energy boosting properties but also for its ability to improve physical endurance.

Promotes Weight Loss – One thing I noticed almost immediately when I started drinking matcha daily is that my appetite was more even and my cravings, especially for sweet tastes were almost eliminated. In studies, matcha has been shown to increase metabolism and burn calories efficiently. Win. Win.

Gentle Detox – The rich chlorophyll content of matcha helps to safely cleanse and purge the body of harmful chemicals and toxins. Drinking matcha provides a safe natural daily detox.

High in Trace Minerals – Matcha is a simple source of many important trace minerals such as selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium, which all support proper immune function and prevent disease.

Since swapping my morning decaf for matcha I have noticed I have a more centered, clear focus and enjoy sustainable energy throughout my day.

Drinking matcha provides a simple, delicious and powerful way to increase your health and wellness.

Wishing you Vibrant Living

Kate

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