This is something of a breakthrough. Stephielou steps out of her tea comfort zone and has a cup of mate. Yerba mate.
It’s all about turning 50. There’s stuff to try. And it’s time to start eating and drinking more things that promote energy and vitality.
Like this tea.
I first found out about Yerba Mate from Alicia Silverstone. Not directly. She wrote this cookbook and I bought it. Back in the vegan days. I wasn’t so crazy about it, but I think it was the brand. You’re never too old to try again. So I tried and I liked. 🙂
Yerba mate tea comes from the yerba mate plant, which originates from South America. I did a little digging and decided it’s worth getting to know. This stuff is really good for you! According to fitday.com there are are six very good reasons to drink the tea:
“1. Rich in Antioxidants
Yerba mate tea is very high in antioxidants; it’s got about 90% more antioxidants than green tea. Yerba mate has significant immune boosting properties. It can slow the signs of aging, detoxify the blood and prevent many types of cancer. Yerba mate also helps reduce stress and insomnia.
2. Enhances Your Ability to Focus
Proponents of yerba mate tea say that the minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, animo acids and polphenols found in this beverage have a balancing effect on the caffeine it contains. Users report increased mental energy, clarity and focus, but they also say that yerba mate doesn’t cause any of the uncomfortable side effects associated with drinking caffeinated beverages, such as headaches, stomachaches and jitters.
3. Enhances Physical Endurance
The chemical compounds and nutrients in yerba mate tea affect your metabolism to make your body use carbohydrates more efficiently. This means you’ll get more energy from the food you eat. You’ll also burn more of the calories your body has stored in fat cells as fuel when you drink yerba mate tea regularly. Regular yerba mate consumption also helps keep lactic acid from building up in your muscles so you can decrease post workout soreness and cut your recovery time.
4. Aids Digestion
The native peoples of South America have long used yerba mate tea as a traditional herbal remedy against digestive ailments. Yerba mate aids digestion by stimulating increased production of bile and other gastric acids. Yerba mate helps keep your colon clean for effective and efficient waste elimination, and helps reduce the stomach bacteria that can contribute to bad breath.
5. Helps You Control Your Weight
Native South American peoples have traditionally used yerba mate as part of a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and exercise. Yerba mate has stimulant qualities to help you feel full sooner after you begin eating, and it slows your digestion so that your stomach stays full longer. Combining yerba mate with a healthy diet and regular exercise can help boost your metabolism to burn more calories, and it can help you eat less by curbing your appetite slightly.
6. Supports Cardiovascular Health
The antioxidants and amino acids present in yerba mate help fat and cholesterol move through your bloodstream so that they don’t accumulate on artery walls. Yerba mate also helps prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and prevents blood clots that may cause heart attack or stroke.”
Ok, those are six really good reasons to drink the stuff. I’m sold.
And it’s really nice to have a cool teacup from Anthropologie. You can see more of them here. My daughter bought me this one for my birthday. It’s my favorite. Just sets the tone.