A couple of week ago, I had the chance to try matcha in the form of this Matcha Macadamia Latte. It was love at first sip!
I became an even bigger fan when I learned about matcha’s properties and the benefits it provides for the skin.
So, what’s matcha?
Matcha is a bright green powder made of green tea leaves that have been shaded from the sun for the last few weeks of their growth. This increases it’s chlorophyll content responsible for matcha’s beautiful bright green color. The leaves are ground leaving a very fine powder for us to enjoy.
What are its benefits for the skin?
Matcha has become so popular, it is everywhere! Matcha this, matcha that…so I decided to dig a little deeper and understand better how matcha can have a positive effect on the skin.
- Matcha is high in EGCg
EGCg is a type of antioxidant which is found in high amount in matcha tea. This antioxidant helps repair the skin, balances hormones and helps fight candida overgrowth.
Candida is a type of yeast that has the power to migrate to other organs including the skin. Candida overgrowth is very common specially if you have been exposed to birth control pills, antibiotics, refined sugars and foods and stress. Some people have it and don’t even know it. In my case, acne was a symptom of candida overgrowth. As I addressed my gut health, acne began to heal and disappeared permanently. Now acne is just part of my past and the reason that got me started in my health journey.
EGCg interferes with Candida’s ability to create and maintain a biofilm. Candida uses the biofilm to protect itself from being attacked by the immune system. And guess what? Matcha is an abundant source of EGCg!
- Matcha contains L-Theanine
This is rare amino acid that promotes a state of relaxation and well-being.
Matcha tea has 5 times more L-Theanine than other teas, this amino acid inhibits the side effects of caffeine (naturally found in green tea) meaning that it doesn’t put any stress on the body providing you a relaxed alertness. This makes Matcha a great coffee and quick fixes substitute.
Caffeine drank alone without the presence of fat, enters the blood stream in a rush affecting affect hormonal balance and that’s the very last thing you want to do if you are suffering with acne!
Matcha isn’t the ultimate solution to cure acne
If you haven’t tried matcha is definitely worth giving it a try, but please don’t take this article as the ultimate solution for acne. Acne heals from within, meaning with a clean nutrition rich in real foods. Address your gut health to enjoy permanent clear skin instead of depending on pills with major side effects. Click here if you’re ready to give real food a chance to heal you.
Now, that you have a background about Matcha, what about we move to the recipe? This Macadamia Matcha Latte is made with my Homemade Macadamia Nut Milk, which is also super easy to make, but you can use coconut or almond milk instead.
Matcha Macadamia Latte
- 1/2 tsp matcha powder
- 3/4 cup macadamia nut milk
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Mix all the ingredients in a glass or mug until matcha powder is evenly distributed.