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Oral Hygiene and Matcha: Reasons to Smile

Matcha oral hygiene

It turns out matcha promotes good oral hygiene.

If you’ve read up on matcha, you know it’s hailed by many as a miracle beverage that’s loaded with powerful antioxidants. Boasting a long list of health benefits, matcha is good for pretty much everything, from providing a steady boost of energy and focus to combating age-related disease. It appears that matcha can do no wrong, but if you’re a proud member of team matcha, you might be wondering what effect it’s having on your teeth. Caffeine and tannins (found in beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine) can have a corrosive effect on tooth enamel, which may be a concern if you love your daily cups coffee and tea. The good news is, studies suggest that green tea might be the exception and may actually help fight cavities and gum disease, making it a great addition to your daily oral hygiene regime.

So, matcha-lovers, rejoice! There’s no need to cut back on the green stuff, or worry about your annual trips to the dentist. In fact, your matcha-drinking might be contributing to an even healthier mouth, as green tea has antimicrobial properties which help reduce cavity-causing bacteria. It also helps lower acidity levels in your saliva, which can help protect your tooth enamel from erosion. Plus, its bacteria-fighting properties work to fight bad breath.

Matcha fights bacteria and boosts your oral hygiene benefits.

Of course, there are plenty of bacteria in your mouth and matcha won’t fight them all, but the high levels of catechins and EGCG present in matcha may lower the levels of certain bacteria. Specifically, green tea has been found to target Streptococcus mutans and Porphyromonas gingivalis, bacteria which are significant contributors to tooth decay and gum disease. The high level of catechins in matcha also act as a plaque-scrubber, keeping your tooth enamel free of build up.

A cup of matcha sure beats regular rinsing with potentially toxic antiseptic mouthwashes like chlorhexidine, which can be hard on your digestive tract and cause oral irritation. Unlike medicated mouthwashes, a daily dose of matcha can help you keep healthy oral acidity levels without ingesting potentially harmful chemicals. But matcha not only helps you maintain good oral hygiene, it can also help you maintain good overall oral health. There’s evidence that the high level of EGCG in matcha not only fights bacteria, it also targets and kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells.

Something to smile about!

Good oral hygiene is just one more reason to get excited about matcha. If studies using brewed green tea yield such remarkable results, then the healing powers of matcha are no mystery. Matcha, made from the whole leaf, contains significantly higher levels of green tea’s healthy components, including those that promote strong teeth and bones. While matcha can help you keep your smile awesome,  it’s really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to health benefits. What’s your reason for drinking matcha? Tell us in the comments below.  

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Raw Dandelion Root Tea – Why You Should Drink It

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Although Dandelions are traditionally thought of by Western culture as a nuisance; yellow self-pollinating weeds that spread across the lawn of those who have gone to great lengths to keep it green, raw dandelion root has actually been a source of food and medicine for centuries. What many people in modern times have considered to be bothersome has been used for centuries in India, China and Europe, and by the Native Americans[1] to heal a variety of maladies from heartburn to kidney disease.

Dandelion has a rich history of healing and nourishing people, and with the resurgence of people looking for more natural treatments and remedies, more people are turning to the treatments practiced by our ancestors. Read on to find out how KissMeOrganics Raw Organic Dandelion Root Tea can help you detox and improve liver function.

 

What are toxins and how do you ingest them?

Toxins can come in many forms and not all of them are easy to avoid. Some toxins originate in plants and animals, which are fairly easy to avoid by.  Eating organically or growing your own food. But toxins found in processed food and the environment are harder to avoid completely[2]. You can encounter these toxins through second hand smoke, exhaust fumes, household cleaners, bacteria, and also in artificially flavored or sweetened foods.

In small doses, these toxins are mostly harmless but daily ingestion of them over time will cause your organs (liver, kidney, skin and lungs) to slow down. Furthermore, the build up of these toxins over time can lead to many problems, including sluggish digestion and chronic illness. While Dandelion Root is not a magic cure, regular ingestion can help you detox to help keep your organs at their strongest.

 

Detoxing With Raw Dandelion Root Tea

Kidneys

Your kidneys help your body get rid of excess water and toxins in your blood. Toxins can quickly overload your kidneys, even with 2 of them working for you. This is especially true if your other organs aren’t working at their optimal capacity. As a result, your kidneys will end up picking up the slack. This will cause them to work slower and filter fewer toxins from your blood.

Raw Dandelion Root Tea is a diuretic, so it helps you eliminate waste from your body, thus alleviating your kidneys of excess water, salt, and blood toxins. This also works to ensure your urinary tract is free and clear of toxins and microbes that may cause infection.

Liver

Often touted as the most important of the elimination organs, the liver is always working hard to remove toxins from your body, including those from alcohol and food. Your liver detoxifies all the chemicals that go through your digestive tract. That means it’s also responsible for metabolizing drugs, which makes it even more important to have your liver working as efficiently as possible. If, for any reason, your liver isn’t able to filter out toxins properly, they can make their way to other organs or your blood stream, causing liver failure, cirrhosis, or even cancer[3].

Regular ingestion of Raw Dandelion Root Tea can be part of a proactive plan to prevent these kinds of toxin-related illnesses. Dandelion Root improves the natural function of the liver. In fact, one study involving rats found that Dandelion Root had a positive effect on reducing alcohol induced toxicity[4].  The rats that received ethanol inducement experienced a 39% reduction in cell viability, whereas the rats in the study that received ethanol and Dandelion Root experienced no liver damage.

While Raw Dandelion Root Tea is not a miracle cure, it can help your body work like a well-oiled machine when coupled with a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and exercise. A couple of cups of KissMeOrganics Raw Organic Dandelion Root Tea can provide the extra boost you need to get your organs working optimally.

 

Sources

[1] Chatterjee, S., Ovadje, P. & Mousa, M. et al. (2010). The Efficacy of Dandelion Root Extract in Inducting Apoptosis in Drug-Resistant Human Melanoma Cells. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
[2] El-Wahab, H.M. & Moram, G.S. (2013). Toxic effects of some synthetic food colorants and/or flavor additives on male rats. Toxicology and Industrial Health. 29(2): 224-32.
[3] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2014). Liver Disease. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
[4] You, Y., Yoo, S. & Yoon, H.G. (2010). In vitro and in vivo hepatoprotective effects of the aqueous extract from Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) root against alcohol-induced oxidative stress. British Industrial Biological Research Association: Food and Chemical Toxicology. 48(6): 1632-7.

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This Coffee Killer Is Healthy, Delicious, And All Around Awesome

Matcha Latte
Matcha has become the latest trend with health nuts, foodies, celebrities and tea drinkers alike, and for good reason. It’s known for inducing a calming caffeine kick that provides a serious energy boost without any anxiety or irritability. Although it’s been around for centuries, it’s just recently stepped into the limelight as the new “it drink.” Matcha cafes are springing up from San Fransisco to New York and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz are all sipping on the green sauce.

What’s all the buzz about?

Research has suggested plenty of health benefits to drinking matcha, including regulation of cholesterol, blood sugar and harmful blood fats, as well as protection against kidney damage. Some studies also suggest that matcha may prevent age-related cognitive impairment, reduce the risk of stroke and diabetes, keep blood pressure in check, strengthen bones, and help prevent several forms of cancer. In addition to the long list of health benefits, 1 to 2 teaspoons of the stuff gives you a focused and calm energy boost that lasts longer than coffee and doesn’t produce any of the side-effects.

 

Matcha for the win!
How matcha measures up to your cups of coffee.

As if all that weren’t incentive enough to give it a try, it’s also seriously yummy. So yummy, in fact, that you can find a matcha recipe for almost anything from cornbread to curry to cupcakes. Health nuts may swear by matcha for its long list of benefits, but foodies are passionate about its flavor.

The #Matcha Movement

With over a million posts on Instagram, #matcha is a testament to its growing popularity, highlighting the hundreds of ways matcha-loving foodies are enjoying, and experimenting with, their new favorite ingredient. Those who love it are not only replacing their coffee with matcha, they’re throwing it in everything from desserts to soups to salad dressings and sauces.

The fact that not all incarnations of matcha are completely healthy (some are downright sinful) attests to the fact that the deliciousness of matcha is independent of its health benefits. You probably wouldn’t put kale into brownies if you weren’t interested in healthy eating, but you’d definitely throw in some matcha for the flavor profile itself. Matcha has plenty of health benefits, but what makes delicious matcha creations like Matcha Dusted Scallops and this absolutely exquisite parfait possible is the uniquely versatile, subtly sweet, and savory earthy flavor of matcha that the Japanese refer to as “umami.”

As an ingredient, culinary grade matcha can add a unique savoriness to a range of recipes as it compliments almost any dish. As a straight drink, though, there are different qualities of matcha and many ways to prepare it. You won’t get the complex flavor of a ceremonial grade cup of whisked matcha from your Starbucks “matcha” latte, for example. 

The Routine and Ritual of Matcha, Then and Now

There are lots of reasons to love matcha. People are drawn to its vibrant green color, savory sweetness, health benefits and energy boost, but they’re also drawn to the ritual. Matcha exploded on to the scene almost over night, so many avid drinkers of the green stuff have to whisk it up at home and the ritual is part of the fun. Matcha preparation requires active participation in measuring and whisking. The preparation lends itself to a moment of focused meditation, which is the very reason Buddhist monks created meditative matcha rituals around its preparation centuries ago.

Matcha may be the newest fuel for our daily hustle, but people all over Asia have been communing with it for centuries, making matcha both the newest health craze and an age-old tradition. This is great news for people who are reluctant to jump on the match-bandwagon. While it may be the beverage of the moment, it has already proven itself to be so much more than a passing fad.

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