Getting Healthy With Kanuka Tea
The benefits are endless...
Is detox a dirty word after Christmas? I don't think so. Post New Year I like to get the spring back in my step with calming down my eating habits and getting back on track with maintaining a healthy happy body. I'm an avid green tea drinker, and jumped on the bandwagon when everyone was talking about it about 5 years ago. Initially I thought it was yucky, and wouldn't touch it ever again till I started reading up on the health benefits behind it. It's like a cod liver oil capsule you just get it over and done with.
However since I've been utilising teas in my diet for years and gradually learnt to love them, I've been fascinated with Kanuka's Matcha Tea for it's medical beneficial purposes, as well as being super tasty.
What Does It Do To Your Body?
The list of benefits really does go on, so I'm gonna tell you what drinking one cup a day does to your body. Matcha Tea is most prized for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant, which are only found when using the whole leaf. Catechins have been linked to help fight cancer, viruses and heart disease, because Matcha Tea contains three times more of the catechins called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than other kinds of standard green tea. The National Cancer Institute of the US said there have been links to reduced risks of cancers of the colon, breast, ovary, prostate, and lung.
A daily cup of the green stuff may also promote cell strength, increase fat loss, speed physical recovery after workouts and boost immunity. With just 24–39mg of caffeine per cup, it is significantly less caffeinated than its sister Green Tea and of course, coffee too.A cancer busting, vitality improving, detox-friendly tea is making huge noise in the health industry.
This magical remedy is truly growing in fame for their Matcha Tea, which is sourced from a small eco-run farm in Shizuoka, Japan. I have the Kanuka Matcha Tea Starter Set, which includes a pouch of Kanuka Japanese Matcha tea powder, traditional matcha whisk, a bamboo measuring scoop and traditional Matcha bowl. So my tea drinking experience is authentic, and looks fantastic.
Celebrating the moment to sit down with a cup of tea is a huge element of traditional Japanese culture 'Chanoyu' meaning 'The Way of Tea'. The idea behind performing these celebrated tea drinking ceremonies is a time for harmony, happiness, unwinding and relaxing. I've learnt that my day can be slowed down to enjoy a cup, instead of using a beverage to be the neccesity of my day when it can compliment it, with a moment of relaxation.
In your bowl, mix half a level teaspoon in to a paste using around 40mls of cold water.
Whisk (ideally with a bamboo chasen) in an ‘M’ shape until frothy.
Heat another 150mls of water to around 70°C, stir in to the paste and drink immediately.
To make a latte, replace the water with your milk of choice, adding a dash of honey.