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With blends like these

by 11/10/2018

Our Matcha blends are natural, functional and convenient products that can deliver nutritional benefits without sacrificing taste. Quick and easy to make with short and long term health benefits. Vegan friendly with only natural ingredients.

Our blends are:

  • 100% natural.
  • Tasty, refreshing and good for you
  • Have no bitter aftertaste.
  • Made with ceremonial grade Matcha from the Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan.
  • Fewer than 5 calories per serving.

 

Pre-Matcha

Refreshing, and revitalising with subtle ginger tones. The natural way to better prepare for activity and exertion.

Odour: Grassy with aromatic notes

Flavour profile: Grassy with marine, aromatic and herbaceous notes.

Taste– Refreshing, and revitalising with subtle ginger tones.

Ingredients:

Japanese Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder (63%)

This Ceremonial grade Matcha comes from the Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan.

Matcha Green Tea is made by grinding the finest shade-grown green tea leaves on a granite mill to produce a vibrant green, fine powder. Since the leaves are consumed whole, Matcha provides drinkers with 100% of the available polyphenols and antioxidants praised by health experts.

Matcha has been known to do the following:

Boosts metabolism and burns calories.

Enhances mood and aids in concentration.

Calms the mind.

Provides an energy boost.

See website and blog for further explanation of the huge benefits of Matcha.

 

Ginger Powder

Ginger root is used in many traditional medicines and is known for its varied medicinal properties. It is said to be good for a healthy heart, lowering blood cholesterol and improving circulation. Ginger can relax spasms and improve digestion.Ginger has been shown in some recent studies to be effective against exercise-induced muscle pain.

Siberian Ginseng Powder

Fresh tasting and uplifting, Ginseng’sbenefits for stress and energy are renowned.It’s considered an “adaptogen”, which is the term used for a substance that reduces the effects of mental and physical stress.

Guarana Powder

This herb contains caffeine, a well-known stimulant. It has two times more caffeine than coffee beans, with its content rate at 2-5%. Guarana is primarily used to boost energy and can be said to improve clarity and focus.

Gingko Biloba Powder

The health benefits of ginkgo are many; one being that it can aid memory improvement and concentration by stimulating blood circulation to the brain. Ideal to counteract the effects of those sedentary workdays.

Post-Matcha

Perfect post-exercise to improve recovery from activity and exertion.

Odour: Grassy with aromatic, refreshing and floral notes.

Flavour profile: Grassy with marine, and herbaceous notes, floral and refreshing notes.

Taste–A smooth and refreshing taste, with a hint of peppermint.

 

Japanese Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder (55%)

This Ceremonial grade Matcha comes from the Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan.

Matcha Green Tea is made by grinding the finest shade-grown green tea leaves on a granite mill to produce a vibrant green, fine powder. Since the leaves are consumed whole, Matcha provides drinkers with 100% of the available polyphenols and antioxidants praised by health experts.

Matcha has been known to do the following:

Boosts metabolism and burns calories.

Enhances mood and aids in concentration.

Calms the mind.

Provides an energy boost.

See website and blog for further explanation of the huge benefits of Matcha.

Peppermint powder

Fresh tasting and uplifting. Peppermint can help alleviate stomach pains and has the added benefit of freshening the breath!

 Milk thistle powder

Milk Thistle is a natural herb that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; it is commonly used to detoxify the body, especially the liver.

Milk thistle benefits work by drawing toxins out of the body that can cause a range of symptoms and diseases.

Spirulina powder

Studies have shown that this powerful algae can lower blood pressure levels and reduce cholesterol.Spirulina is also rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E, and K.

A lesser-known benefit of Spirulina is that it has the highest concentration of protein of any known food. It’s 65 – 71 percent protein by weight. The key is that it’s a complete protein (meaning that it contains all 8 essential amino acids necessary for human health) and it has 18 amino acids overall.

Nettle powder 

Nettle is an energy builder and contains Serotonin for healthy brain function and antiseptic to fight infection.

Lavender powder

Lavender is an aromatic perennial evergreen shrub.

It acts as an analgesic, stress reliever, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. It is rich in vitamin A, calcium, and Iron. Lavender can also help improve sleep quality, promote relaxation and enhance mood.

 

 

 

 

What is Matcha?

by 11/10/2018

Matcha is a superfood! It contains the ultimate source of catechins, the main health promoting property in tea.

Matcha is created by harvesting young tea leaves that have been shade grown – this increases the chlorophyll levels and the production of L-Theanine(studies have shown this amino acid has the ability to promote relaxation, reduce stress, as well as boost concentration and alertness).

The leaves are hand-picked, then steamed briefly to stop fermentation and laid out to dry. They are then ground on a granite mill into a fine powder.

One serving of Matcha has up to 137 times the disease-fighting polyphenols named epigallocatechin gallate (better known as EGCG), than one cup of green tea.

When you drink Matcha tea you are consuming the whole leaf which provides tea drinkers with 100% of the available polyphenols and antioxidants praised by health experts. This is compared to other teas where you consume a brew of its leaves.

ONE cup of Matcha tea contains the same health benefits as TEN cups of green tea.

Matcha comes in several grades.  Ceremonial grade is made from the youngest, most tender tea leaves and is smooth and fine in texture. This grade tends to be used when you’re planning to drink pure, unadulterated Matcha or a latte.

Culinary grade Matcha is a less expensive and made from comparatively older leaves. It is best for baking, cooking, or making blended drinks where the Matcha flavour is not imperative.

Premium or select Matcha is somewhere in between the two major grades.

Matcha Benefits

As previously mentioned, Matcha contains high levels of L-Theanine, an amino acid found naturally in tea.Research with human volunteers has affirmed that L-theanine creates a sense of relaxation approximately 30–40 minutes after oral ingestion.

Therefore, compared to the caffeine buzz from coffee, Matcha creates an “alert calm” which induces relaxation without drowsiness.

In a nutshell, here are some of the main benefits of Matcha tea:

◆Boosts metabolism and burns calories
◆Detoxifies effectively and naturally
◆Calms the mind and relaxes the body
◆Is rich in fibre, chlorophyll and vitamins
◆Enhances mood and aids in concentration
◆Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
◆Increased energy and less fatigue.

Hard core

by 09/09/2018

“Engaging your core” is a favourite phrase of fitness professionals.

But where are your core muscles, why should you strengthen them and how can you activate them?

Five reasons to strengthen your core

Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work together. By doing this you will:

  1. Develop better balance and stability; which in turn will help prevent injury – either from sports or everyday household tasks or DIY.
  2. Prevent, help and correct lower back pain.
  3. Create a better posture: especially if you spend hours a day sitting at a desk; some of your core muscles will “switch off”. By engaging them regularly you will reduce this.
  4. Improve your sports performance – whether you are a runner, a rower, a cyclist, a tennis player or a golfer – building a strong core will benefit your sport.
  5. Look great!

Here are our top five core exercises:

Hollow Body

The staple diet of a gymnast this isometric (holding still) exercise is one of the foundations of many an athlete’s core training.

What’s great about this exercise is that it builds abdominal posterior pelvic tilting strength and endurance.

  • Lie on your back with the arms and legs in the air and the knees bent. Flatten out the lumbar spine so there’s no gap between the floor and the low back. The upper torso will crunch upward slightly, but you’re not actively trying to do this – it’s a result of the flattening of the lumbar spine.
  • Gradually lower the arms and feet toward the floor while maintaining the ‘flat back’.
  • Hold this position for 10 seconds initially and continue to push the low back into the floor throughout the duration of the set.
  • With practice see how long you can build up to.

Dragon Flag

  • Lie on your back and find something sturdy to hold on to. (This exercise can also be performed on a flat bench).
  • To start, bend your knees and kick your legs up towards the ceiling.
  • From here, the objective is to lower your entire body in a straight line, then slowly return to the start position keeping the body in a straight.
  • The aim is to keep your body straight, so do your best to avoid bending at the hips.
  • This is a very tough exercise and to start with don’t come too low as this could cause lower back pain. Your abs will have to provide extreme stabilization to do this exercise well.
  • To maintain good form (straight body) you will also need to engage your lower back, glutes, and other core muscles.

      

Plank Push Ups

The core workout of a plank, with the added arm, shoulder and back workout of a push-up. 

  • Lead with your left arm for 8 reps then change and lead with the right.
  • Keep the bum down and abs tight.
  • Rock as little as possible.

                                                                           

Swissball Ab Rollouts

Stability Ball Ab Rollout is an exercise that strengthens the core, shoulders and upper back muscles by using a stability ball.

This move is a version of a plank, except that instead of putting your arms or hands on the floor you use the ball. This adds the element of instability which means more muscles are engaged overall. It also adds some movement which increases the intensity even more

  • Start with your elbows under your shoulders, feet wide for stability.
  • As you breathe out, slowly roll your arms forward whilst keeping the rest of the body as still as possible.
  • Without lifting the glutes, bring your arms back to just before the starting position (in order to maintain tension don’t go right back to the start).
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • If you feel your lower back, don’t roll out, just hold the plank on the ball to build up strength.

    

Plank

You may well have performed the plank hold before. It is a popular core exercise.

Give this version a go if you want an extra challenge.

  • Start in the plank position with your elbows under your shoulders.
  • Engage the core then lift your left arm a few inches off the floor aiming to keep the body as still as possible.
  • Change hands after 15 seconds. Proceed to lift each leg for 15 seconds to complete the minute.

  

The wonders of water

by 09/09/2018

Sometimes the cheapest and simplest solutions really are the best for you!

As the peak of summer arrives, here is a reminder of the benefits of drinking water and how to make it easier to do so.

About 70%-75% of your body’s weight consists of water.

Water helps digestion; absorption and circulation of nutrients and the removal of toxins. It helps maintain your body temperature, energises your muscles and it moisturises skin from the inside out!

We all lose water continuously – from breathing and sweating through to using the loo.

But without replacing these losses on a regular basis it is easy to become dehydrated.

And consuming liquids such as caffeine and alcohol – which have a diuretic effect – actually causes even more water to be excreted from the body.

It is easy to miss the initial symptoms of dehydration. But it can cause headaches, dizziness, a dry mouth, bad breath, tiredness, and cravings for sugary food! It can even stop you thinking clearly as your brain needs water to function too!

But how to do it?

  1. Carry a drinking bottle with you and remember to refill at regular intervals.
  2. Try to set yourself specific times of day to have finished a certain volume.
  3. Always drink before and after exercise.
    “Your ability to perform athletically can decline with a very small amount of dehydration,” says Amanda Carlson, director of performance nutrition for Athletes’ Performance, which trains many of the world’s top athletes. “Just losing 2% of your bodyweight in fluid can decrease performance by up to 25%.”

    If you start your workout in a dehydrated state, you will feel low on energy, your muscles won’t work as well, and you could also get cramped easily. Start drinking 2-3 hours before a workout and add Matcha for enhanced benefits namely slow releasing caffeine).

    Post exercise you should drink to replace the water that is lost during the activity (alongside carbohydrates and salt).

  1. Consume water alongside caffeinated and alcoholic drinks to help counteract their diuretic effect.
  2. Add variety by looking for different ways to flavour your water example with Adeptio-Matcha.

As clear as glass

by 09/09/2018

Why you should use our super Matcha Glass Shaker

As we all aim to cut down on our use of plastic – especially of single-use plastic – rejecting plastic water bottles is a really easy step to reduce your environmental footprint.

Did you know that plastic water bottles can take over 1,000 years to biodegrade?

Not only does the creation of plastic water bottles use energy and create pollutants; the production of one plastic water bottle actually uses more water than that bottle will contain for drinking! (1)

The Adeptio Matcha shaker is made of glass.

Five reasons why using a glass bottle has health as well as environmental benefits!

  1. Much healthier than drinking water from plastic.
  2. Preserves a superior taste of liquids: if you’ve chosen to drink our expertly blended tea, we want you to be able to appreciate its flavour.
  3. Maintains a consistent drinking temperature: Hot or cold, glass bottles hold liquid at a steady temperature far more effectively than plastic!
  4. Easy to clean: hygienic, dishwasher safe (excluding lid), can withstand temperatures of over 100 degrees.
  5. And finally, it looks fantastic! So what are you waiting for?
  • Research from the Pacific Institute

 

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