Drink matcha tea for boundless energy, focus, and a healthy heart
Dr Sara Gottfried, whose work I absolutely love, has said that the number one issue that most of her patients come to her with are problems of energy.
I don’t doubt that at all. It’s one of the most common refrains I hear from the busy women I know. I certainly know the feeling. Before I began my odyssey to discover a healthier lifestyle in 2011, energy was almost always front and centre in my mind. How can I get more of it? Why do I feel so tired today? When will I be able to rely on having steady “go, go go!” energy all day long?
Something I’ve found that has made a major difference in this area of my life over the last few months has been drinking one cup of matcha green tea each day.
Matcha is simply ground up tea leaves. The tea leaves are grown specially under cover to produce loads of amino acids and chlorophyll before they are dried and ground to a fine powder. With matcha you ingest the whole tea leaf, so you get the full goodness of the entire plant in contrast to normal tea where you end up leaving the fibre and other goodies in the teabag.
The colour of matcha when you first see it is astonishing.The vibrant green powder mixes easily with liquids and tastes divine with warm water (not hot). I use Teapigs brand organic matcha, and they suggest adding 1/2 tsp per cup of water. You don’t want to pour boiling water over matcha as it can lead to a poor flavour. You can boil your water and then let it sit for about 5 minutes, or if in a hurry you can add cold water first to the matcha powder in your cup and then add the hot water so that the resultant mixture is not overheated.
A note about mixing the powder into your warm water. You can buy fancy whisks is you like. Matcha is actually the tea that is used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and so you can go whole hog and purchase the full kit if you are inspired! I either use a fork or a mini whisk to make sure that this luscious green powder gets mixed well with warm water before I drink it.
Another way you can get a daily dose is to add it to your morning green smoothie, but the key here is realising that all you need to do is take the ridiculously easy step of adding some green powder into any liquid, one time a day. That is a teeny tiny action to take to reap the enormous health benefits which are summarised below.