I love matcha AND I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT. I love my coffee too, but I found out a few years ago that coffee exacerbated my autoimmune symptoms and caused me to massively crash every afternoon. You know that exhausted 3pm, fiending for Lindt chocolate balls and a nap on your keyboard feeling?
Coffee is wonderful and I will never take it away from you! I swear! But for those with autoimmune disease or adrenal or thyroid issues, it can be really taxing on your system because lots of caffeine causes a surge of the stress hormone cortisol.
Matcha contains caffeine, but it’s a much gentler stimulant that provides more even energy throughout the day.
Matcha is a potent antioxidant. On the ORAC scale (oxygen radical absorbance capacity – a measure of the antioxidant capacity of food), it surpasses all other antioxidant rich foods including blueberries, pomegranates, and dark chocolate.
SO if you’re feeling like coffee might be doing bad things for you and you’re experiencing afternoon crashes, try swapping it out for matcha a few days a week and see how it makes you feel. It’s always a constant experiment to see how to best fuel these bodies of ours!
My favorite brand to use is Matchaful because it’s organic and tastes amazing. Use the code ‘Livewell’ when you check out to get 15% of your matcha order, woohoo!
Let me know if you end up making matcha, I want to see your creations!
And as a little gift, click here to download a few of my favorite easy recipes to get ya cookin’!
Also published on Medium.