6 Awesome Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

 

Matcha Green Tea has been used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies for over a millennium and embodies a meditative spiritual style. Made from the nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants, Matcha Green Tea is steamed, stemmed and picked before being stone-ground into very fine powder. Matcha Green Tea powder is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its brilliant green color and antioxidant properties. This miracle elixir is considered to be one of the most powerful super foods on the market today and here are 10 reasons why.

1. High In Antioxidants

Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of our food, environment and lifestyle habits preventing a number of life-threatening maladies. Antioxidants are something that all health conscious individuals seek from such foods as organic fruits, green veggies and the like. Just one serving of Matcha Green Tea provides 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food – the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method.

2. Relaxation

Matcha Green Tea has been used by Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert. Now we know that this higher state of consciousness is due to the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the leaves used to make Matcha. L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness.

3. Boosts Memory and Concentration

Another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration. I think we all can use a little boost in memory and concentration.

4. Increases Energy Levels and Endurance

Samurai warriors of Japan drank Matcha Green Tea before going into battle gaining benefits of increased energy and endurance. Green tea naturally contains caffeine, but the energy and focus received from Matcha is largely due to L-Theanine. Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension. It’s good, clean energy and endurance.

5. Strengthens The Immune System

Matcha Green Tea has been shown to promote overall health and wellness. One bowl of Matcha Green Tea provides a good amount of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium.

6. Burns Calories

Drinking Matcha Green Tea has been shown to increase metabolism and facilitate fat burn up. Unlike many weight loss aides, Matcha natural properties causes no negative side-effects such as increased heart rate, high blood pressure or stress on the kidneys.

Yours in Health & Fitness,

Steve

My favorite Matcha spots here in LA:

www.matchabox.com 

http://paradocs-coffee-and-tea.cafe-inspector.com

https://matchabarnyc.com

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Aerobic Fitness May Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer

Do aerobic activity to prevent your chances of breast cancer
I recently read an article in the New York TIme’s that peaked my interest about the link to cancer and our innate fitness which is part of our genes. According to recent research findings out of Colorado State University, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC and University of Michigan found that rats with low innate fitness were found to be about four times as likely to develop breast cancer after being exposed to known carcinogens compared to their counterparts with innate fitness at birth.
These studies peal away deeper layers of how fitness plays a role in our heredity and unravels more clues into the relationship between fitness, exercise, cancer and aging.
Most people think of aerobic fitness which is the use of elevated heart rates to get more oxygen to the muscles, is built in HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes, spinning or running, but you would only be half right. There is evidence that suggests that aerobic fitness can be a genetic factor which differs from family to family, person to person. Exercise with out a shadow of doubt facilitates aerobic health, but you might be surprised to learn that your aerobic capacity is given to you at birth. Although these studies come with great evidence, I am for one not convinced that we can not improve our aerobic health with time, consistency and eustress (good stress) from the right conditioning program.
However, this “innate fitness” that we are born with that scientist are studying has proven to show a four times higher risk of breast cancer compared to their counterparts who had a higher innate fitness level at birth. I know what you’re probably thinking. Do I have innate fitness? How do I know? Can I measure it? Yes, you can’t, and not that I am aware of.  So what I can do about it if I don’t know? The answer is, You can do a lot and you’re probably already doing something.
“You are not your genetics.” I wrote another blog several months back. https://www.stevejordanfitness.com/single-post/2017/04/29/Dont-Let-Your-Heredity-Stop-Your-Destiny​
There is no doubt we all have a predisposition to certain diseases based on our genetics that include risk factors, health factors and now fitness factors. But that doesn’t mean you should roll over and just accept your fate. No way! It means you have to work a little harder, do more to reverse your genetic codes, raise your health and fitness standards and be more deliberate in your intentions to create optimal health and fitness for yourself.
Here are my top 3 recommendations to build aerobic fitness at any level or at any age:
  1. 10,000 steps a day – I know this isn’t earth shattering news, but the app, smart phone and smart watch markets are designed today to help you manage this simple, but effective way to increase your lifestyle activity.
  2. Increase your heart rate above 65% of your max heart rate (220 – age / %) 3x a week for at ten minutes or more.
  3. Take a class or do an aerobic activity like spinning, boxing, HIIT training or an aerobics class 1x a week that challenges your aerobic fitness and increases your heart rate to 80% (220 – age / %).
The studies about our innate fitness and the link to cancer gives us a peak into the world of science and the discoveries our scholarly researchers are finding everyday, but by no means should you accept this as your fate at birth good or bad. You still have to create new experiences both physically and mentally to maximize your potential to live with optimal health and fitness

In the words of anthropologist, Joan D. Vinge, “We are all born with a unique genetic blueprint, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance… And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us.”

Yours in always in health & fitness,
Steve Jordan

The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen
More and more people are demanding food free of synthetic chemicals. But recent analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly 70% of samples of 48 types of conventionally grown produce were contaminated with pesticide residues.
The USDA found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples it analyzed. The pesticides remained on fruits and vegetables even when they are washed and, in some cases, peeled.
When buying organic produce is not an option, use this buyers guide to choose foods lower in pesticide residues. But when you do have the option to buy organic, always do so.
The Dirty Dozen List:
  1.  Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pear
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes
                                 
  13. I recommend getting this vegetable and fruit wash to help reduce the possible contamination of your fruits and vegetables.
Steve Jordan is a certified personal trainer, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and well regarded health & fitness educator. He is also an accomplished lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport. He is sole proprietor of Steve Jordan Fitness located in Los Angeles, owns and operates a successful lacrosse business in Florida and fulfills his passion for health and fitness through his blog, public speaking engagements and through personal training his clients.
Yours in Health & Fitness,
Steve Jordan, BS, CSCS, PES, CES, CPT, HLC
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The 7 Morning Habits Of Highly Successful People

We all want to succeed. One path to success is identifying the habits that can help us on our journey.
  1. Stretch
  2. Make Your Bed
  3. Meditate and/or Set Intention For The Day
  4. Exercise For At Least 20 Minutes
  5. Eat A Large Breakfast
  6. Put A Smile On Your Face
  7. Write Down and/or Tell Someone 2 Things You Are Grateful For
I work with some of the most successful people in the world for my entire career dating all the back to 1997 when I was a personal trainer at the White House. Through these experiences I’ve picked up, I’ve listened, I’ve asked and I’ve seen 7 habits that help to keep these type A personalities feeling and looking good.
Stretch: When my client’s work and workout as hard as they do, they spend a few moments before getting out of bed stretching their body and their minds to ease into their day. Here’s the most basic stretch you can perform that will give you an extra bounce in your step.​
Stretch in the morning
​Make Your Bed: I know it sounds so silly and basic, but people who make their bed begin their day with a sense of achievement and accomplishment. Those who even have maids to help with mundane chores like this one, at the very least make it look neat rather than leaving the blankets or pillows a mess.
Meditate and/or Set Intention For The Day: “You can’t hit a target you can not see.” Mediating or setting an intention for your day allows you to see and act in a way that will set you up for success.
Exercise For At Least 20 Minutes: Exercise is a way to not only look good, but feel good. Endorphins, serotonin and other chemicals released into your body from exercise are the gateway to your mood, attitude and performance on the job. Getting your workout in first thing in the morning allows you to also focus your attention on the things that really matter in business.
Eat A Large Breakfast: Fasting is the new rave in Hollywood and I couldn’t agree more that intermittent fasting is not only great for the body, but great for the mind. However, those that take the time to sit down and have a well balanced breakfast perform better throughout their day. There’s a reason it’s been the number one meal most discussed for decades. Don’t skip it and make sure you eat like a King or Queen.
Put Smile On Your Face: Smile and the world smiles with you. This is not voodoo magic and it’s not for children. The most successful people smile. It’s a fact according to research. Smiling not only makes others around you feel welcome, at ease, engaged and even appreciated. Smiles help to lower your blood pressure, reduce your heart rate and even increase blood flow to the brain allowing you to figure out those complex business solutions that will change the world. Start smiling now!
Write Down and/or Tell Someone 2 Things You Are Grateful For: Gratitude changes your attitude. The simple act of writing down or telling someone what you are grateful for starts the momentum of focusing on the right things. Executives and people in power need to focus on the right things to come to the right decision. Focus is like a muscle and focusing on the right things is a habit. You can get caught up on focusing on the wrong stuff and make some bad decisions. So start focusing on the things you are grateful for and you’ll find yourself making better decisions when they really matter.
The 7 Morning Habits Of Highly Successful People are habits and habits take repetition to create. Don’t give up, stay consistent, don’t make yourself wrong or beat yourself up if you forget to do any or all of the aforementioned. The reason why these client’s are highly successful is because they’ve been doing these routines for a long time, maybe even a lifetime. So cut yourself some slack, but not too much. You’ll find your groove and maybe even create several new habits that work best for your lifestyle.
Yours in Health and Fitness,
Steve Jordan, BS, CSCS, CES, PES, CPT, HLC

 

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Posture Perfect™ Is As Easy As ABC

Posture is something we all take for granted, but something we all need to focus our attention on. Fifteen years ago I created a program called, “Posture Perfect” knowing that having good posture is vital to better performance, improved health and optimal fitness.

Today a client I’ve been working with a couple times a week for about 2 months asked me via email how he could start improving his posture. I was delighted that he reached out and asked because I believe so many of us know that it’s important to have good posture, but they just don’t know where or how to begin.

Having better posture has been ingrained into our society for centuries, if not since the beginning of time when “man” stood erect for the first time. My wife is from Japan and her family use to use a measuring stick to stick in your back if you had bad posture or they would sit on their knees using a Tatami mat to promote good posture while eating. And if you’re from the baby boomer generation you might recall having to balance a book on your head while sitting or walking. No this isn’t just for models. It was a common practice during that time period.

So how do we focus our attention of being Posture Perfect™ today?

Here are the ABC’s to be Posture Peftect™ that I gave my client that will work for you too.

A is for AWARENESS:  The first step to correcting your posture is to be aware of your posture throughout your day. You can set a reminder on your phone or computer to alert you to sit up straight or stand up tall.

B is for BACK TRAINING: The muscles of your back are the most important for maintaining good posture. Simple exercises like Arm Circles or Shoulder Fly’s as seen below can help you build a stronger back.

C is for CONSISTENCY: Repetition is the mother of all skill and you need to be consistent to have better posture. Thinking about it hourly and daily will ensure you will create better posture over time. “Rome wasn’t built in a day” so make sure you stay consistent.

Now you know your ABC’s!

Yours in health and fitness,
Steve Jordan, BS, CSCS, PES, CES, CPT, HLC

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