Have you ever come across people who can’t make it through the day without downing their favourite drink? Well, here’s a confession:

I’m one of those people.

I don’t know what drink you’re in love with, but on my side, coffee was my darling and we were in a very serious relationship. Without it, I looked more helpless than a fish out of water.

The idea behind coffee is that it stimulates your senses and gives you a kick to see you through your one or two hours of late-night reading, researching or whatever it is you want to finish.

Anytime I was running late on a freelancing assignment, I had to work through the night. To stop both my eyes and brain from drifting off into a passive state, I kept a cup of coffee close by.

The problem was that eventually, I no longer used coffee to extend my working hours, but to kill my cravings. Evenings were the worst; no matter what I did to divert my thirst for coffee, it still got the better of me. I eventually ended up taking a cup or two just to feel at ease.

The consequences of overindulgence

kitten spittingCoffee isn’t bad for those who can control how much they take in. Unfortunately, I was super-addicted to it, and things didn’t go so well for me. The drink gave me the kick I needed to get things done, but this energy was temporary. When it ran out, I felt even more exhausted.

My psychological state of mind was knocked out of alignment. The increased alpha waves in my brain invoked a lot of nervousness and jitters. I could no longer sit down and concentrate. I kept pacing and flipping through items like a stubborn kitten. Frankly, I was a trainwreck.

Coffee stains teeth, for those who don’t know. Luckily, for me, it never came to that. What pissed me off was the dryness of my mouth and the resulting odour. I couldn’t even approach my girl for a smooch, due to the fear of unleashing a hellish breath. It was really hard to converse with other people, too, and at times, this made me appear socially awkward.

Taking a turn for the better

I eventually found salvation from my obsession with coffee after about three years of use. Sadly, I never knew that coffee could do more harm than good to a person’s health.

To me, it was just a stimulant like tea, until a friend asked me to Google its effects. I did do some digging, and the results gave me that “What the heck?!” expression. So I continued to read more about how to cure my addiction and the possible alternatives to coffee. I finally found a trade-off for my coffee—the fabled matcha tea.

It was a scary transformation. Matcha is a green powder, and I’m not used to tea looking green. For a moment, I wondered if this new tea would deliver the same clout as coffee, let alone kick out my old habit. I gave it a chance anyway, after some days of struggling with the idea.

The verdict was that matcha is truly fantastic and outshines coffee in virtually all ways.

5 ways this magical tea transformed my life

cup of tea with heartNo more anxiety

Due to the amount of caffeine in coffee, I used to experience momentary bouts of anxiety that seemed to surface from nowhere. Loud noises, cars hooting or even not getting something done used to make my heart race.

Matcha has less caffeine than coffee and kept me relaxed and in control for the entire day. Even in moments of frustration, my heart didn’t register serious spikes like it used to when I was consuming coffee.

More useful energy

Coffee excites you, but it can throw you off-balance as well. Matcha, on the other hand, generates useful energy that can help you get your tasks done efficiently. I learned that this green tea contains an energy-boosting amino acid called L-theanine. This amino acid also aids with the boosting of memory, thus slowing down cognitive decline.

Better oral hygiene

Matcha is excellent for safeguarding your oral hygiene. Obviously, there’s some taste left behind, but it doesn’t cause dehydration and bad breath like coffee is able to. Furthermore, this lovely drink contains antibacterial agents that strengthen the teeth, whereas coffee discolours them!

An enhanced immune system

Let’s do a comparison of the main ingredients in coffee and matcha.

Coffee contains a decent amount of Pantothenic acid, caffeine, vitamins B2 and B3, potassium, manganese and a few antioxidants. Matcha contains vitamins A and C, potassium, iron, protein, calcium, caffeine and chlorophyll. You can see which drink earns the place as the healthiest: packed with even more nutritional benefits than you could even think of, matcha is the clear winner here.

Matcha contains some of the ingredients the body desperately needs to function normally. Take chlorophyll, for instance; it rids the body of impurities, thus making this tea ideal for individuals who want to detoxify their bodies. I’m perfectly healthy now: full of positive energy, shiny dentures and smoother skin.

An easier life

Above all, matcha helped me realize just how enslaved I was to coffee. Life just wasn’t easy. You take a cup of it, feel the energy trickle in, and a few hours later, you’re running up and down looking for something to eat. I don’t know how coffee is (or has been) affecting you, but on my end, this drink was costing me a lot.

Adding a cup of matcha to your daily life

matcha tea ingredientsMatcha has extensive benefits over coffee. For those who aren’t yet addicted to coffee, you can start with matcha green tea right away.

However, if you’re heavily dependent on coffee, don’t make an abrupt switch. If you do that, you’ll be in for some serious headaches and other caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Instead, start gently, perhaps with a cup of matcha in the morning and a little coffee in the afternoon.

Once your body gets used to this new routine, you can make the switch by ditching coffee completely. That way, you’ll protect your body from the detrimental effects of coffee drinking. Forgive me, coffee lovers!

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Catalin is the founder of ecommerce platforms and Web App Meister. He blogs about matcha, Japanese lifestyle and mindfulness at Matcha Tea. He’s a design enthusiast who loves matcha and is uber passionate about blockchain technology and travel.

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