SKIN ENVY: MATCHA AND YOUR SKIN

 

Believe the hype, you look good. And if you’ve been sipping Third Base since we launched last November you may have been fielding more questions about your beauty routine.  
Gone are bags, a puffy face, discolouration and fine lines. Youthful, healthy, glowing skin is what you have and everyone wants in. They have to know what you’ve been doing. 
Get to know what’s really going on behind the scenes of your most coveted beauty secret, matcha.


But first, a backstory on skin aging. 
Oxidative stress can accelerate aging, including aging of your skin. Oxidative stress comes from free radicals, which form with normal body processes like breathing, and come from external sources, like environmental stress such as sun exposure, pollution, and the blue light from your laptop. They cause damage to cells,  accelerating aging of your skin. Antioxidants are what you want to combat that.


Antioxidants  bind to free radicals, basically neutralizing them and preventing them from causing a cascade of damaging oxidative stress. 

 


Antioxidants
The antioxidants found in copious amounts in green tea, are effective in protecting against symptoms of aging skin, such as wrinkles and fine lines. Because matcha is straight up, ground tea leaves vs. steeped tea leaves, matcha provides you even more antioxidants than brewed green tea. It's been said that one serving of matcha is like drinking 10 cups of green tea in its antioxidant value. This means that sipping on ceremonial grade matcha is an effective approach to prevent symptoms of aging of the skin caused by factors such as environmental stress.1


  
Anti-Inflammatory
Green tea contains antioxidants called polyohenols, specifically, catechins. Catechins are powerful antioxidants that are effective in helping reduce skin inflammation. They have anti-inflammatory properties that can protect skin from oxidative stress and damage.2
 
Translate please. That means matcha can protect against aging effects caused by inflammation, helping to cut back on past damage and help to prevent new damage from occurring.
 
We’re not saying one cup of green tea is going to absolve you from your sun worshiping sins but the more foods with anti-inflammatory properties you consume, the more you’ll be able to decrease the symptoms of inflammation showing up on your skin (we’re talking bags, puffy face, discolouration). 
That’s beauty in real life. No filter, just matcha. 
 
 
  

  1. Masaki, H. (2010, May). Role of antioxidants in the skin: Anti-aging effects. Retrieved April 08, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20399614
  2. Katiyar, S. K., Ahmad, N., & Mukhtar, H. (2000, August). Green tea and skin. Retrieved April 08, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10926734

HIGH VIBE LIFE: BRINGING LIFE INTO BALANCE

 

Being a modern-day hustler,  trying to balance, career, social life and health (or lack there of) can be hectic. Innovating, creating, always on the move. It's a crazy life and you wouldn't change it for anything. But like having a skinny margarita in one hand and an ancient grain bowl in the other, life is all about balance.

In come adaptogens. Basically these are healing foods and herbs (think medicinal mushrooms, ginseng) that support your adrenals and help your body adapt to stress. Bringing you and your cortisol levels back into balance. 

Why does that matter? Stress raises cortisol. Which is what it's supposed to do. But after the stress is over (after you nail that meeting or book that client) our cortisol should drop back down. If you're not in balance, it won't. Elevated levels of cortisol is a hormone imbalance that can negatively affect your mood1, suppress immunity, and slow metabolism. 

Thankfully, you have matcha. While matcha may not be widely considered an adoptogen (like you, it won't be defined by names or labels) and because it contains the amino acid L-theanine, it's known to produce a state of calm alertness and enhance mood. Essentially bringing you back to balance, allowing your body to adapt to the stresses of your high vibe life. 

And you also have cacao, grab Chocolate Third Base for the added benefit of cacao, rich in flavanols. Cacao has been shown to increase brain blood flow2, bringing much needed nutrients to your brain and pituitary gland, which is responsible for regulating your adrenals and stress hormones. 

Innovative. Creative. Balanced.

 

 

  1. 11 Natural Ways to Lower Your Cortisol Levels. (n.d.). Retrieved April 10, 2018, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ways-to-lower-cortisol#section13
  2. Your brain on chocolate (Shmerling, R.). Retrieved April 10, 2018, from https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/your-brain-on-chocolate-2017081612179

MATCHA, YOUR BRAIN BFF

 

You're a hustler, and we know it ain't where you've been, but where you're about to go. 2018 is going to be a big year for you and if you've been hustling hard and looking for the best way to do even more to bring all those big plans to life, nootropics may have hit your radar. 

Nootropics aren't the latest party drug, they're supplements or foods that enhance your cognitive or mental performance (aka brain boosters) but there's no need to load up your cupboard with a bunch of supplements. Instead, reach into your fridge (or the fridge at your local Body Energy Club if you're in Vancouver and haven't stocked up yet) and grab  Third Base.  

The premium matcha you find in every bottle contains nootropic, amino acid, L-theanine. Pair that with 100mg of caffeine and you’ll be feeling which relaxed with a calm mind, while improving your mental cognition.1 

*takes a sip*

Current mood: relaxed, focus, creative. Ready to go. 

 

 

 

    1. Mancini, E. (2017, Oct). Green tea effects on cognition, mood and human brain function: A systematic review. Retrieved April 09, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28899506