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Matcha Green Tea – A Magic Elixir

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I never leave home without my tea. Tea is one of the easiest ways to incorporate the healing power of plants into your routine. Herbs work synergistically on mind and body, healing more than just physical ailments.

I decided to take just one type of tea with me on my trip this week and there was little debate in my mind that it would be Matcha Green Tea. Matcha is the highest quality green tea available and is one of the most powerful superfoods Mother Nature has to offer.

Because Matcha is made from high quality tea, and the whole leaves are ingested, it is a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea.

Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins, which, among antioxidants, are the most potent and beneficial. One particularly noteworthy catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), makes up 60% of the catechins in Matcha. EGCg is most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties. Scientists have found that Matcha contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market.

During the last 3 weeks before the tea is harvested, it is covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production in the new growth of these plants. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll make it a powerful detoxifier, capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.

Trying to lose some weight? Matcha has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average.

Samarai Warriors drank Matcha before going into battle due to the tea’s energizing properties. While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, Matcha’s energy boost is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. This increased endurance can last up to 6 hours! And because of the effects of L-Theanine contained in the leaves, Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension. It’s good, clean energy.

One thing I would like to point out for my Matcha drinkers out there is to limit it to one cup a day. Even organically grown green teas have been shown to contain lead, which is absorbed by the plant from the environment, particularly tea grown in China. When traditional green tea is steeped, about 90% of lead stays in the leaf, which is discarded. With Matcha, since the whole leaf is consumed, you will ingest more lead. One independent group, ConsumerLab.com, which tested teas, estimates that a cup of matcha may contain as much as 30 times more lead than a cup of green tea. Therefore, they recommend drinking no more than one cup daily, and not serving it to children.

Any fellow Matcha drinkers out there?

The Healing Power of Exercise

About 33 years ago, a lazy farmer was given 6 months to live. He was in his late 60’s and he had cancer. In his distress, he put a few of his belongings in a wheelbarrow and decided to walk. He was going to walk around Australia.

It took him 2 years.

How long did the doctors tell him he had to live? Six months.

When he got back, he felt fantastic and he felt vibrant. His body no longer moved slowly but almost sprinting. The energy it took to sprint was less than when he first started to walk.

Amazing things start to happen in the body when we move it.

He was tested. No cancer.

This is a true story and it made headlines again just recently in an Australian paper.

Movement. It is one of the cheapest remedies there is. Movement is life. Stagnant pools breed disease and stagnant bodies breed disease.

Because activity is not a necessary part of most people’s lives, many people are getting sick because their bodies are not moving.

Blood is the river of life because wherever the blood touches it brings life. It brings nutrition, it brings water, it brings oxygen and it takes away waste from every part of the human body.

Any of you have cold feet? Our toes should be as warm as every part of our body.

Perfect health needs perfect circulation.

At night, everything slows down a bit. That’s when the body starts to revive and recharge. The river of life slows down to a nice, slow pace.

When you wake up in the morning, the blood has pooled to the internal organs. The best time to exercise is in the morning because it brings the blood out to the extremities.

In order for exercise to be a powerful, healing remedy, it must be done in the morning and it must be done regularly = FREQUENCY.

It takes 20 years of not maintaining your body before it breaks down quite badly. Fortunately, it does not need 20 years to get it better again. Take a month for every year you’ve done it wrong. image

Blood is a healer and anything that stimulates the blood moving a little bit faster is square one. It is paramount. A half hour of exercise a day will keep our body in good working order and one hour of exercise a day will reverse major problems. What problems? You name it.

How many hours are there in a day? It’s not much, is it?

Exercise causes our body to release a certain and important hormone and we will talk about it in my next post.

 

Golden Milk – Can A Single Beverage Change Your Life?

About a week ago, I found myself in the kitchen all afternoon and most of the evening when a change in my work schedule freed up some time for me. I don’t know if it’s this cooler weather but there was lots of cooking and baking and recipe experimenting! But I finally sat down to a comforting cup of Golden Milk and thought I’d share this magical tonic with you.

Anyone ever had Golden Milk before? It’s not actually milk at all, in the dairy sense, but it’s a combination of coconut milk, turmeric, black pepper and coconut oil. It’s delicious and soothing and I think it’s this fall weather that has me craving it.

Turmeric’s health benefits have been well documented in medical literature. It is the most potent anti-inflammatory and exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities which include anti-microbial activity. It also has potent anti-cancer properties that have been intensely studied.

In India, it is known as the “spice of life.” It has so many beneficial properties, it would be difficult to briefly describe this incredible spice, but a special mention goes to curcumin – the pigment in the spice and one of the most well-studied bioactive ingredients in turmeric. It has been found to promote health and protect against a wide variety of health conditions.

Curcumin has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, which may explain why India has the lowest prevalence rate of Alzheimer’s in the world. It has been shown to influence about 700 genes. Research has shown that curcumin inserts itself into the cell’s membrane where it changes the physical properties of the membrane and makes it more orderly.

The medicinal properties of turmeric aren’t absorbed well due to it’s rapid metabolism in the liver and intestines, unless consumed with black pepper. The piperine in black pepper enhances the bioavailability of the curcumin in turmeric by up to 2000%.

Note: Black pepper may inhibit drug metabolism so should be used with caution, if at all, by those taking pharmaceutical medications.

Safety: Turmeric should not be used long term or used medicinally by those with congestive heart failure. Those prone to kidney stones, gallstones, bile duct obstruction, or certain GI disorders (check with physician) should not use turmeric. It should not be used medicinally by pregnant women. Stop using turmeric two weeks before surgery.

While there are many variations of golden milk, most of them are made with coconut milk, which is the way I prefer it because of its health benefits. I like to take fresh coconuts and blend the coconut meat and water together. There really is nothing quite like fresh coconut milk!

About 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is rarely found in nature. Our body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which can destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, influenza and measles. Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFAs), which is easily digested and is immediately converted by our liver into energy rather than fat.

Ready to make some golden milk?! It’s easy to make and so incredibly good for you!

I start by making “golden paste” ahead of time so that I can quickly whip up a cup of golden milk.

Golden Paste

Ingredients:                                                                                                                                          

  • 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder                   image
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 teaspoons black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil

Directions:

  1. In a stainless steel pot, cook the water, turmeric and black pepper until it forms a thick paste, stirring and cooking for about 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and add virgin coconut oil, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil.
  3. Transfer the Golden Paste into a glass jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

You will use this paste to make your Golden Milk.

Golden Milk

Ingredients:                               image

  • 1 teaspoon Golden Paste
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • Sweetener of choice (raw honey) (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a stainless steel pot, gently heat 2 cups of milk with 1 teaspoon of the golden paste.
  2. Fully mix the paste into the milk.
  3. Add sweetener if desired.

Enjoy!