Benefits of Matcha Tea

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As I stated in my previous post, lately I’ve been focusing on developing a healthier lifestyle, in all areas of my life. I’ve been attending yoga classes, following a consistent sleeping schedule, meditating, and detoxing my body. After dealing with many trials and tribulations over the last few years, I stopped wishing that I would one day become the woman I want to be. I simply just wake up and become her and start living the life that I imagined (corny but true).

Even if your not personally facing many challenges at this time in your life, it’s so important to take care of your mind and body, in order to continue excelling and reaching your goals.

Throughout this journey I’ve made some pretty amazing discoveries, that are extremely beneficial in supporting the body. Today I’m going to share one that has had a profound effect on my overall well-being: Matcha Tea.

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Matcha tea is a mood-enhancing, antioxidant powerhouse. It’s a natural weight loss aid, ph balancer, and detox agent. And it’s basically a sugar-free coffee alternative without the jitters. When you drink matcha you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients of the leaf. It has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea, and countless health benefits.

Antioxidants are the body’s defence agent. They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and disease. Put simply, the more you have, the more equipped you are to fight off infections and diseases.

Here are a few other benefits matcha tea provides:

  • boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • detoxifies naturally and effectively
  • calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • is rich in fibre, chorophyll and vitamins
  • enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • prevents disease
  • lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

You can purchase matcha tea at Davids Tea. There are a few different types of matcha, however, I always buy the “ceremonial” matcha. Although it is the most expensive, it is also the most effective. I also prefer to make a matcha latte, as oppose to a matcha tea, because I prefer the creamier texture.

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5 Minute Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

I have an undeniable sweettooth…literally. It took me years to be able to actually say no to desert after dinner. Chocolate was by far my favourite food, and there wasn’t anything more wondrous then chocolate molton lava cake. Well, there still isn’t, but I’ve learned how to control my cravings a little better.

My prime time for craving sweets is at night, after dinner, typically right before I’m about to go to bed. Yes, the worst possible time to indulge in a bunch of sugar. However, after working on my nutrition plan, and discovering new recipes that don’t only fulfill my cravings but also meet the needs of my diet, I’ve found the perfect snack to consume before bed. Without any guilty aftermath! 

Only four ingredients, and five minutes of your time, and you will have yourself a delicious, healthy snack that will satisfy that sweettooth! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1cup of frozen strawberries 
  • 1 tablespoon of agave nectar or honey
  • 2 tablespoons of plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice 

Directions: 

Add the frozen strawberries, agave nectar (or honey) , yogurt and lemon juice to a food processor or blender (I used my Vitamix). Blend until creamy. 

A food processor will create a creamier yogurt, and a blender will cause it to be slightly more runny. 

   

  

Your Guide to Vitamins

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If you eat a perfectly healthy and balanced diet 24/7, you are probably getting all the nutrients you need from your food…and I envy you. But if you’re like me, taking the right supplements will give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs on those days when an afternoon ice cream cone sounds better than a bowl of fruit.

Today I’ve rounded up some of the best vitamins that young women may consider taking. These are simply suggestions, and you might only need to add one or two to your diet depending on what foods you already eat. Food is your best source of nutrition, but when you have those off days, this list will help boost your body’s nutritional intake.

1. A GOOD WOMEN’S MULTI. If you’re going to choose one vitamin from this list, it should be a multi-vitamin that is made for women. Make sure it has folate or folic acid, which is very important for women ages 18 to 40, who someday want to have a family. A good multi-vitamin will give you a daily dose of all the things you should be eating in your diet…and more!

2. BIOTIN. Biotin is one of my personal favorite vitamins because it has worked miracles on my hair, skin, and nails. I take 500 micrograms a day, and ever since I started I have noticed that my hair is longer and shinier, my skin is clearer, and my nails are stronger. Many multi-vitamins have biotin in them already, so be sure you’re reading your labels.

3. IRON. Iron is a great supplement to take for women who are menstruating because your body loses iron every month. You only need about 10-20 milligrams, but it works wonders by delivering oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. If you eat a lot of red meat (say, a serving every day) you might be getting enough iron to skip this supplement. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are also great sources of iron.

4. ZINC. Zinc is an important mineral that boosts our immune system and helps fight off disease. And it is an especially important vitamin for vegetarians or pregnant women. If you’re a veggie lover, you probably eat a lo of legumes, which prevent zinc from properly absorbing in your body. If you’re expecting, you should also up your zinc intake because your little one will be using up most of the amount that’s in your body. Make sure you’re getting between 8 milligrams and 11 milligrams of zinc daily.

5. FISH OIL. This omega-3 right supplement is fabulous for healthy hair, skin, and nails, and will support your heart and blood systems. The long list of fish oil benefits also includes helping with depression, preventing painful periods, and lowering cholesterol. Take about 1-2 grams per day.

6. VITAMIN D. The main job of vitamin D is to regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in your bones and keep your cells happy and healthy. The great thing about this vitamin is that our bodies actually manufacture it naturally…that is, when we’re exposed to sunlight. If you live somewhere with constant cloudy weather or long winters, you might not be getting enough vitamin D. Taking 3000 IUs should help to get you back on track.

7. RESVERATROL. Resveratrol is the powerful antioxidant that is found in grapes and red wine. Therefore, just like red wine, it has amazing anti-aging properties and is long believed to help fight cancer and heat disease. Take one capsule per day and soak up those antioxidants.

8. GREEN VIBRANCE & SUPERFOODS. One of my personal favorite vitamins that I take each day is called Green Vibrance by Vibrant Health. Each capsule is filled with organic greends, freee-dried grass juices, and concentrated super foods. I love it because when I’m having a day where I’m constantly on the go (a.k.a living off of coffee and snacks I can easily bring in my car), this supplement has a lot of the nutrients and vitamins I would get if I had the time to sit down and eat a big leafy green salad. It certainly does not replace real fruit and veggies, which should be a staple in your daily diet. But it’s packed with a lot of good stuff. You can also buy it in powder form to add to your smoothies.

9. CALCIUM-MAGNESIUM. Calcium is one of the most important supplements young women can take to strengthen muscles, bones, and teeth. And, studies show that when it’s taken as a combined calcium-magnesium supplement, it allows both vitamins to absorb better into your system. Just remember to take this supplement separate from your other vitamins and on a empty stomach- otherwise it can interfere with the absorption of your other nutrients. The recommended dosage is 1000 milligrams of calcium and 400-600 milligrams of magnesium.

10. PROBIOTIC. Taking a great probiotic supplement is an amazing way to maintain intestinal functions and keep your gut and stomach healthy. Probiotics are live organisms that are considered “good” bacteria, or bacteria that strengthen the immune system and help us to digest food. My favorite probiotic is Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Original Formula. Just like calcium-magnesium, make sure to take this supplement on an empty stomach as well.

As with all things in life, take these suggestions in moderation. Just as there are side effects for eating too much of anything, there are side effects of taking too many vitamins. Do what feels right for your body and contact a nutritionist or a trusted doctor to help you come up with a routine that works for you.