Have you tried ditching coffee before? Have you ever experienced the withdrawal side-effects, such as; headaches, fatigue and changes in mood? If you haven’t and you are thinking of giving up coffee temporarily or for good, then this article is for you. We are going to show you how to switch from coffee to matcha with ease!
The common side effects of caffeine withdrawal are well published. From my own experience, I can tell you the headaches were pounding and I was falling asleep at my desk during the day. I later learned that this cold turkey approach was not necessary and there is a better way to quit coffee.
Matcha, a green tea which comes from the tea plant; camellia sinensis is bursting with health benefits. It contains high concentrations of the amino acid L-theanine. This helps to balance out the negative impact of coffee and provides a sustained energy hit. Matcha drinkers feel calmness as well as increased energy. This means consumers are relaxed and do not experience heart palpitations or jitters associated with drinking coffee.
Another reason to drink matcha is because it has a high content of vitamins, minerals, fibre and is antioxidant rich. What better way is there to switch from coffee with ease and improve your overall health and well-being?
For all those pondering a change from your coffee obsession, we have put some top tips to make the change to matcha nice and smooth.
How to switch from coffee to matcha?
Give yourself time
The best way to make the change is for you to take a gradual approach to the switch. We suggest you start drinking both coffee and matcha at the start of your journey. Then over the period of a few weeks you can gradually reduce the coffee and increase the matcha cup by cup.
This method will ensure your body does not go into cold turkey mode and will reduce the negative side effects. As you reduce your coffee intake, the matcha will take effect and you will still feel awakened and energised.
During this time, you will begin to notice a different mind state of peace and calm. As a result, this will help to improve your mood, increase your focus and help with concentration. You will likely find yourself wanting more of the mighty matcha.
This may sound obvious, but drinking lots of water should be a focus in everyone’s day. This is especially important when removing coffee from your diet because you need to reset your body’s chemistry. If you have been drinking coffee for years and without breaks, ditching coffee may still hit you hard during this difficult time.
Try taking a one litre bottle of water to work and get it drank each day as a minimum. You can also try making a cold brew matcha. This will help keep you hydrate and still provide all of the other nutritional benefits gained from drinking matcha tea.
Diet and exercise
Matcha is a fantastic ingredient to help you make a positive switch from coffee. It will help you to make the change, but there are many more things you can do to make it easier.
Having a healthy balanced diet and taking regular exercise are also key to you winning this battle. If you are reasonably healthy and a regular gym goer, then just keep that up. However, if the gym is not your thing, then we suggest getting out for a daily walk and fresh air. You can try and improve your diet by taking small steps and increasing the fresh fruit and veg you consume.
These tips should not only help you ditch caffeine, but will improve your overall health and well-being. You will notice a positive change and you will feel great.
We hope this helps you and good luck with your coffee switch!