Don’t forget to check out our 30-day Matcha Challenge, and join us as we dive head-first into the second week of the year. We’ve got your bases covered for weekly tactics to begin incorporating alongside matcha.
If you’re already looking for more great reasons to drink-up, let’s talk about some amazing, but lesser-known benefits of matcha. Talking to you, fitness-fiends.
To catch you up, matcha comes from Camellia sinensis -- the same plant as other teas. Though, the latest science has become interested specifically on matcha as a powdered form of tea. You might have already heard how this contains concentrated antioxidants and amino-acids.
One bowl has more than 10x the benefits of green tea. Also that it serves-up complex nutrients, flavors, and unique amino acids that help our brain-health. We already have plenty of reasons to be drinking matcha everyday. But let’s go deeper.
Thought to explain the record-breaking population of centenarians in Japan, matcha has become more than a sanctity of ceremony. Today it has evolved as a ritual in itself. It’s used to strategically amplify many other essential health-habits.
In particular, we’re excited to learn how new research marks matcha as an exercise amplifier; including increased athletic endurance!
Exercise’s Best Friend
These benefits have ancient roots, but now we have data to back them up. The latest science shows how matcha improves the hormetic response (hormesis) of many healthy habits. This applies broadly to exercise. Basically, anything that gives your body a healthy, physical stress-response. Running, intermittent-fasting, strength-training, even ice-cold plunges. 
Hormesis describes the ideal relationship between benefits and potential drawbacks of any health practice. It’s similar to a dose-response (think medicine) which says a little is good, whereas too much can be bad. We acknowledge this every time we train, some of us without knowing it.
Do you follow a recommended ‘sweet-spot’ for time and intensity? If so, then you’re practicing hormetic exercise. And what we’re learning about matcha’s effects on this system couldn’t come at a better time.
Matcha Metabolism: Why you Need it
Matcha primes our metabolism with potent antioxidants and increased blood-flow. Such effects elevate the hormetic response of most forms of exercise. With matcha, we add flexibility to our peak activity levels. At least one study found those who drink matcha before workouts achieved optimal output, sooner. 
Helping our workout effectiveness is great news, especially if you’re one to ‘overdo it’ at the gym. Even moderate exercise is associated with oxidative stress. However, high-intensity (or prolonged) exercise is especially known to risk muscle damage and hormone irregularities. Without precautions, we’re susceptible to inflammation and poor recoveries. Even a possibility of long-term damage. 
In any case, matcha is suggested to protect us. Many are now using matcha to make their workouts more effective. We can more easily protect ourselves from the negative side of hormesis. Rather than spend energy healing, studies have evaluated matcha-drinkers for more efficient recoveries.
Pathways for Amazing Benefits
The suggested pathways to explain these benefits vary. At least one reported is the scavenging effects of its antioxidant catechins. Another studied has to do with improved vasodilation during cardiovascular training. 
Natural compounds in matcha are also studied to hasten the rate of glycogen replenishment. Very interesting! That means that we may recover more quickly from fatigue. Great for strength trainers, but particularly endurance athletes (cycling, long-distance running). 
So far, it’s reasonable that matcha adds flexibility to hormetic benefits of exercise. Especially for endurance athletes, considering that depleted glycogen can result in excess inflammation, elevated cortisol and other hormonal irregularities. It may also regulate against long-term damage and stunted growth to over-worked muscles.
The bottom line
Matcha encourages balanced energy production, blood-flow, and regulates oxidative-stress. It’s safe to say, it packs a serious punch. Best yet, anyone interested in fitness can amplify their workouts (all healthy habits) by using it.
Its effects are incredibly versatile. Matcha can even take the edge off of intermittent-fasting and many diet strategies. It promotes a balanced metabolism. And it’s the perfect daily drink to get you over-the-hump, whatever your health goals might be.
Remember, we hope you’ll join us in drinking matcha 2x each day for our 30-day Matcha Challenge. We’ll personally be doing it all year. Check it out!
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