Are you prone to G.I. Problems during summer?
Do you suffer from Gastrointestinal (G.I.) disorders, such as acid reflux, or gastritis–especially in summer time?
As we move into the hot, dry summer months, we can become more vulnerable to aggravations or imbalances located in the stomach or upper small intestine. Here’s why:
During summer, the added heat in our environment has an effect on the tissues in our body. Our body and organs have the heat of fire naturally. This heat is based in the stomach and small intestine. Therefore, the tissues of these areas are more sensitive to increased heat.
“Cool drinks and foods” are popular in this “season of fire” to calm the excessive heat in the body. The cold sensation going down the throat is quenching and refreshing but may weaken the digestive system and aggravate G.I. issues.
How can we calm or relieve the G.I. symptoms aggravated by heat without using icy cold drinks? SEI MEE TEA’s Matcha Mint is a great tool for this mission: to soothe the heat inside of you without freezing your system.
How do Matcha and Mint help you with G.I issues in summer?
What is in Matcha Mint?
Ingredients of Matcha Mint are organic Matcha and organic Peppermint. Peppermint is the most stimulating of the other mints (spearmint and horse mint) and the best one to improve digestion.
Mint: Not just an aromatic herb
Mint is one of the oldest and most popular teas around the world. Along with its distinctive soothing, pungent flavor, Mint provides medicinal properties. Here are a few related clinical reports on Mints’ positive effects on digestive health:
1) In 2014, nine different studies were published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, resulting in peppermint showing significant improvement in symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), most specifically, abdominal pain.
2) For tension headaches and migraines, research suggests peppermint oil applied topically has the same pain-relieving effect as 1,000 mg of acetaminophen.
Mental and emotional tension can also be a cause of gastrointestinal issues. Mints have large amounts of ether (space) element, which means Mint is soothing, cooling, clarifying and expanding. Mint helps relieve mental and emotional tension and congestion.
What are the benefits of Matcha and Mint together
1) Support weakened digestive system
Matcha complements Mint’s benefits on digestive health by encouraging healthy microflora. It acts as a prebiotic fertilizer that stimulates healthy bacteria in the gut and has an overall positive impact on organs of the G.I. tract. On top of that, both Matcha and Mint kill microorganisms that cause food poisoning, including salmonella.
2) Boost immune strength
Matcha is well-known for its antioxidant properties and Mint also provides antioxidants. When combined with green tea, Mint is a great immune booster, which provides additional strength to G.I. health.
3) Great for oral health
Both Matcha and Mint are antimicrobial. Drinking Matcha Mint tea after a meal freshens the mouth and prevents bad breath.
4) Aid digestion and decongestion
The pungent taste of Mint is the dominant taste of Matcha Mint. Pungent has fire and air elements and is light, drying, and heating in nature. Pungent is present in many common spices like cayenne pepper, chili pepper, black pepper, mustard, ginger, and foods like onion, radish, and garlic.
When the pungent taste is used in moderation in your diet, it helps to improve digestion and absorption, and cleanse the mouth. Pungent taste strengthens the fourth stage of digestion (which occurs in the jejunum where the second portion of the small intestine and initial absorption of chyle* begins). Proteins, carbs and fat continue to be digested in this stage.
*Chyle: a milky fluid consisting of fat droplets and lymph.
Pungent substances aid circulation, break up clots, remove fat from the body, and help to eliminate waste products. Many are blood thinners, antispasmodic, anti-parasitic, and dewormers. Also, the pungent taste helps clear sinuses by stimulating the nasal secretions.
5) Sharpen mind
Mentally and psychologically, the pungent taste contributes to enthusiasm, vitality and vigor into. Removal of obstructions to clarify perception can come from pungent taste. Since pungent taste has the qualities of hot, sharp, and penetrating, it can help the mind to become sharp and determined, supporting your ability to concentrate and explore.
Matcha antioxidants, including EGCG, are also great to improve brain health. They help to increase memory by improving circulation in the brain, and to prevent aluminum accumulation, which is one of the main causes of dementia. Matcha provides a good balance of caffeine and L-theanine, a natural relaxant, which increases alpha waves in the brain. It creates calmness without causing drowsiness. Matcha helps you to stay calm and alert at the same time.
Calm the body and clear the mind with Matcha Mint
Matcha Mint has a mild soothing action on nerves and digestion, helping calm the body and clear the mind and senses. In Ayurvedic language, we call these “Sattvic,” or pure and calming. These qualities help provide relief of Pitta (fire + water) & Kapha (water + earth ) doshas. If you are interested in learning about the 4 principles of Ayurveda and doshas, please check out our archived article.
Mint and Matcha are complementary alternative medicines that combine their power to create an even more powerful effect, even in their own mild modesty. Matcha Mint is a handy cool tool to combat summer heat.
How to Use SEI MEE TEA’s Matcha Mint
For preparation, use ½ to 1 tsp Matcha Mint powder to mix with 8 oz warm water at 175 F.
If you would like to enjoy it as a “cold” tea, you can put powder in a water bottle with room temperature water, and shake it vigorously.
Matcha Mint is 100% pure powder. In addition to enjoying Matcha Mint as tea, there are a number of ways to add this fine tea powder to your daily diet. Here are a few examples that you can sub in Matcha Mint for plain Matcha. They are all simple, easy, and delicious!
Food Recipes with Matcha Mint
Drink Recipes with Matcha Mint
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Latin Name: Mentha Piperita
Peppermint is a hybrid, a cross between water mint and spearmint.
Main Constituents known for health benefits:
Contains volatile (essential) oil that is 50-75% menthol. This oil is responsible for most of the medicinal uses of peppermint.
Frawley, David. Lad, Vasant. The Yoga of Herbs. Page 129.
Lad, Vasant. Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 1. Pages 242- 257.
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