Many people drink coffee to wake up better. Yet Matcha Tea, Japanese green tea, provides even more energy to the body to quickly get out of the fatigue of the night.
What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha is a shade-grown green tea that is sun-dried and then ground into a powder. In shade, plants' chlorophyll production is increased, resulting in the deep, vibrant green color you see (and some amazing health benefits). Before the final stage of grinding, all stems and twigs are removed, so the resulting powder is very fine.
What to look for to wake up well with Matcha Tea
Choose Organic Matcha Tea grown in Japan. There is a lot to be said about the quality of Matcha Tea, but to be concise, choose an organic version and if possible grown in Japan. You can ensure its quality by clicking on the previous link to the French-speaking reference of Matcha Tea.
A Tea qualified as “Super Food”
Matcha is packed with antioxidants, boosts immunity, mood and energy. Since the whole leaf is ground and consumed (rather than steeped as with green tea), you really get all the benefits of the whole plant !
Matcha (and all green teas) contain catechins, a subfamily of flavonoids, which are highly antioxidant, have anticancer, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and metabolism-boosting properties.
Chlorophyll, which is highly concentrated in matcha, helps the body regenerate red blood cells, promotes detoxification, is a powerful antioxidant, and calms the nerves (among other things).
The caffeine in matcha is burned more slowly in the body, resulting in sustained energy. Studies have not found conclusive results, but it is suspected that the L-theanine content may work synergistically to lessen the negative effects of caffeine and slow the release of caffeine (i.e. prevent the blood sugar to skyrocket, etc.).
L-theanine, an amino acid, relaxes the mind while keeping it alert (by inducing alpha frequency brain waves), boosts mood, improves concentration and overall cognition. As mentioned above, L-theanine is great for creating an energetic yet calm state.
To sum up, the different elements that make up Matcha Tea allow the body to stay fully awake throughout the day and to avoid phases of drowsiness. If you slept badly, you can use it to conserve your energy.
How to integrate Matcha Tea to regulate your sleep?
This tea is ideal on waking to wake up well and eliminate melatonin still present in the body. The body is thus directly in waking conditions and this avoids drowsiness on waking.
Also in the afternoon, this tea is indicated to maintain good energy until bedtime.
However, avoid consuming it before bedtime so as not to prevent sleep.
In general, do not take it after 16 p.m. to avoid disturbing the biological clock of the body.