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

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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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Join The Clutter Free Revolution

Back in April I wrote a blog called Tidy Up To Change Your Life, a great read that will change your life if you put the principles into practice. I believe that this is a very important topic and area of your lifestyle that has to be managed in order for you to have success in all areas of your life.
A few days ago a friend who I’ve known for almost my whole life sent me a great video of a guy she lives near in Aspen, Colorado named Evin Zislis who has the Amazon best selling book called The Clutter Free Revolution and is crushing his business to help organize people’s homes, office, etc to help people live a better life.
SMXLL

I thought I’d remind you with this blog and the videos I was inspired by to organize your:
  • closets
  • desk
  • car
  • bathroom
  • drawers
  • refrigerator/freezer
  • address book
  • computer files
  • storage
And if there’s anything I am missing on this list, please leave a comment below to share other areas that could use some tidying up to live a clutter free life.
My friend Kara and the 15 minutes I spent watching these videos inspired me to organize some areas of my life that have fallen off and to share with you again the importance of revisiting this.
Living a clutter free life is a process. You’ll have to always manage it and create new space to get better, no pun intended. 🙂
This video was one of my favorites because it spoke more to me since the idea is around Executive Function. If you’re a business owner or an executive you’ll find great benefit in listening to this one.
SMXLL

Wishing you always a life where you can always find ways to improve and be better!
Thank you Kara for sharing this gift with us!
Steve Jordan, BS, CSCS, PES, CES, CPT, HLC
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