COULD MATCHA BE THE ANSWER TO YOUR MEDITATION STRUGGLES?
WHAT STRESS IS ACTUALLY DOING TO YOUR BODY…
During this time of mass uncertainty, taking care of our mental health has never been more important. It seems there is so much stress and anxiety in the air and rightfully so, most of us have never experienced anything quite like this. We don’t know what the next week or even the next day is going to look like and for most, this can cause a lot of stress. It is no surprise that stress is so detrimental for our bodies. Stress doesn’t just affect the way we feel or the way we treat our loved ones, but it actually affects our physiology.
Most importantly at this time we need to be aware that stress can actually impair our immune system. Stress has been shown to:
- Suppress the immune system by causing a decrease in cytotoxic T Lymphocytes and natural killer cells (cells imperative to the efficient functioning of our immune system).
- Effects our cardiovascular health
- Effects our gut health - stress affects the nutrient absorption process, which means you may be eating really nutrient rich foods but if your body is in a state of stress, you may not actually be able to absorb and utilise these nutrients.
Now, all of this information can be very overwhelming but the purpose of this is NOT to stress you out! Now that we are aware of what may be going on inside us, let’s take the steps to give our body the love it deserves.
One of the best ways we can reduce the effects of stress on our body is through meditation. Meditation (from a physiological view) activates the parasympathetic nervous system which basically takes our body out of that “fight or flight” state and can help reduce these effects of stress.
THE MEDITATION STRUGGLES
I know a lot of people struggle with meditation, whether it feels too hard to calm your mind or life is just too chaotic. Well here at unmatchable we are here to help you out. Matcha may just be the answer to your meditation difficulties. Matcha contains an amino acid called L-theanine. L-theanine increases relaxation, calmness and mental clarity. Studies conducted have shown that drinking matcha can actually reduce your cortisol levels which is your stress hormone and the one responsible for triggering all those nasty effects. You may be thinking but how is this possible? Well to get a bit “sciencey” for a second; L-theanine increases alpha oscillatory activity in the brain which are the brainwaves responsible for relaxation.
MONKS ON MATCHA?
900 years ago, monks in Japan began drinking matcha to help them achieve mental clarity while meditating. It gave them the perfect energy boost while also relaxing and clearing their mind to help them achieve a meditative state for a long period of time.
So whether you are meditating or not at the moment, matcha can help you out. Drinking a matcha before your meditation may support you in staying in that meditative state for a longer period of time or achieve a deeper meditative state. If you’re in the other boat and meditation is just too much for you right now, don’t stress! Matcha literally has the ability to promote the same effects that meditation does.
LETS TALK COFFEE FOR A SECOND…
I get it, I love coffee too. But trust me when I say all coffee is doing for you right now is activating that stress response and putting strain on your adrenals. I like to balance out my love for coffee by replacing it with an unmatchable latte and trust me I do NOT feel like I’m missing out AND boy does my body thank me for it!
If you are a “more than one coffee a day” kind of person then why not just try swapping out one of your coffees for a matcha. And if you usually only have one coffee a day, swap it for a matcha and FEEL the difference!
MATCHA TO SAVE THE DAY!
Matcha is seriously the answer to at least one of your worries right now. It has caffeine in it to give you that little boost of energy but will help bring a little calm into your day.
Our unmatchable latte blends contain a premium organic Japanese matcha, meaning you are getting a very high quality, nutrient dense but most importantly, delicious matcha. We also only use high quality natural ingredients in our blend, so you know that every sip of your unmatchable latte is doing you nothing but good.
I hope you are all staying safe and manage to find a little joy and calm in each day xx