People have never been so addicted to soft drinks than this century thanks to the misleading and yet tempting commercials that associate these drinks with the feelings of satisfaction, confidence and accomplishment. Yet these sugary beverages have been shown to be linked with 21st century’s epidemic Type II diabetes and obesity as well as dental erosion and caries. Six years ago, I was a regular consumer of soft drinks; however each time I drank them my stomach felt very uncomfortable; my body was obviously sending me warning signals. I always listen to my body and after I stopped them, everything went back to normal. Few years later, I started reading more and discovering about the dangers of soft drinks and the intoxicating chemicals they contain. Water and tea are really important; however I was still looking for other drinks that can be considered superfood drinks or what I like to call elixir drinks. In this article, I will share with you the two most healthful drinks, which you can easily incorporate in your daily life.
1. Matcha green tea is mainly sourced from Japan and it consists of powdered green tea leaves that are made to produce more chlorophyll by shading their young leaves. This helps give them a unique texture and flavor, in addition to packing 10 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. The process is labor intensive as it requires washing, steaming, grinding and finally tasting each batch to determine the best Matcha quality. Matcha’s main powerful ingredient is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a type of catechin with immense health benefits such as supporting liver detoxification, boosting the immune system, promoting healthy cell growth and functioning, as well as increasing metabolism to support weight loss. Another ingredient in Matcha is L-theanine, an amino acid linked to calming effects in the brain through increasing the levels of serotonin and dopamine. This can really help with stress that many of us go through each day. Matcha also contains caffeine, which can be a healthy substitute for coffee; but unlike coffee, it will not cause tiredness after few hours from drinking it. Matcha can be made into regular tea (iced or hot), latte, ice-cream, and many others. I recommend the ceremonial grade Matcha which is one of the highest quality Matcha tea available in the market today.
2. Chaga tea is known as the “King of Mushrooms”. It is a type of mushroom that grows in birch trees in cold areas such as Alaska, Russia, Korea, Northern Europe and Canada. The best quality comes from Alaska. This mushroom is usually consumed as a tea or added to smoothies unlike other mushrooms. Because of its immense nutrients, some people call it the immortality tea. What is nice about this mushroom is that you can reuse it multiple times until the color starts fading. So it is very cost effective but also super healthy. Chaga can help boost the immune system, relieve neuropathic pain, support digestive health, normalize blood pressure and cholesterol levels and protect DNA from damage. You can also combine Chaga with Matcha tea in a smoothie or chocolate latte.
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