Yes, it is Easter Sunday! And yes, I am attempting a detox (of sorts…) and no, I have not taken all leave of my senses, my dear readers (well, at least I hope not!).
“Easter Sunday” and “detox” are not terms that go together as naturally as “love” and “marriage” let’s say… (don’t think about that too deeply, folks, or we’ll all end up confused… 😐).
But when you consider that we’ve been bombarded with all things egg-shaped-chocolate related since… oh about a minute after Christmas Day… And that… ahem… some of us may have been overdoing it on the Cadbury’s creme eggs since right about that time, a detox just might be long overdue by now 😳.
To give you all a little bit of background, I am a long-suffering hypochondriac, or to use the less pejorative more up-to-date term, a health anxiety sufferer. Since about the tender age of twelve (or maybe even before then) I have suffered from (or at least, had all the symptoms of) most diseases known to man. Pins and needles… Could that be MS (or any other neurological disease?!)? Headache… Possibly a brain tumour, a stroke, a brain haemorrhage…. aargh!!! Is that a mole, a pimple under a mole, a freckle mole, God forbid, a neeew mole? That’s it! I’m doomed!!
Add this to the fact that I have a sweet tooth like no other! (In fact I’ll be lucky to have any teeth at all if I don’t soon change my ways! 😯) And to the fact that a recent Daily Mail article listed all the foods that potentially lead to cancer, all of which I eat all of the time!!!
So taking all of the above into consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I have two choices:
1. Check my body constantly for any irregularities as early detection means higher cure rates… Right? Yes, well, maybe so, but how depressing is that?! Also I’d never have the necessary time to devote to said checking with three little ones vying for my attention. All. The. Time.
2. Mend my ways ASAP. That means swapping all favourite foods for healthier varieties and upping my vitamin intake in an attempt to reverse any damage done up to this point. After all, we are what we eat, apparently!
I like the second option a lot more than the first. It’s positive and, as regular readers will know, we ❤️ positive affirmations, healthy food fads, trendy buzzwords like hygge, natural as opposed to artificially toxic, in fact anything wellness related here at Mostly Mum HQ.
Therefore when I spied these interesting little specimens, aka powerful potions, aka elixirs of life, (for as little as £1.50 or 3 for £4 – bargain!!) in Waitrose (and no they’re not paying me 🙁 – just loving that supermarket at the mo. 😋👏⭐️😊)…
… into the basket they just had to go!
So what are they and what is all the hype?
First up, we have:
Matcha is one of the latest trendy foodie food fads, ergo Mostly Mum simply must have it!!
But just what is it exactly?
According to my research (and as a doctoral graduate I am partial to a bit of research!), Matcha is the highest quality green tea available and has been intrinsic to the Japanese culinary culture for millennia. Today, in our increasingly health food obsessed western culture, it is considered to be one of the most powerful (buzzword alert!) super foods currently on the market. So far so good…
But what are the health benefits?
Because Matcha green tea is naturally higher in antioxidants (in fact more than five times higher) it is said to be particularly effective in retaining the youthful appearance of the skin ( ❤️ that! 👏), aiding in cell regeneration and warding off all manner of ills.
On that note and perhaps most exciting of all, it is said to be particularly effective in the prevention of cancer as a result of the fact that it contains a subset of antioxidants called (and here’s the science bit…) catechins, or more specifically, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), which is widely recognised for its cancer fighting properties. Yipee!!!
Other benefits include:
1. It enhances calm. (I soo need it!)
2. It boosts memory and concentration. (Yep, in my current sleep deprived state, I definitely could do with a boost in that department…).
3. It increases energy levels and endurance. (See no. 2!)
4. It increases the metabolism – in actual fact, it is said to burn fat approximately four times faster than average. (Bye bye, baby belly!)
5. It detoxifies the body, or, to be more specific, it is capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body. (Want that now!!)
6. It fortifies the immune system. (Will it also rid me of this niggling sore throat, I wonder?)
7. It improves cholesterol – men who drink Matcha green tea are around 11% less likely to develop heart disease. (Must convince hubby and Dad to try!!)
And how does it taste?
Matcha is renowned for its amazing flavour all by itself but Waitrose’s Matcha Shot also contains some yummy extras (that read like a who’s who of Wholefood’s juice bar!) like; orange juice, persimmon purée, pomegranate concentrate and spirulina concentrate. So, one (or three) sips later, what is the verdict? Well, it’s citrusy with a slight tea like aftertaste… All in all, it’s mildly refreshing! I like it! (But let’s face it, having considered the numerous proposed health benefits, it could taste like sludge and I’d still love it!!!)
If green juice just isn’t your thing (and I do know… ahem… some people who turn green at the mere sight of healthy green stuff 🤢- the silly billies!! 🤣) well then you could always try the…
With ginger being one of the healthiest spices on the planet it has many of the same health benefits as the oh so green Matcha:
1. It boosts the immune system.
2. It lowers blood sugar levels and improves heart disease risk factors.
3. It may lower cholesterol levels.
4. It contains a substance called 6-gingerol which has anti-cancer properties.
5. It protects against Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition to all that (phew!) it:
1. Relieves nausea and especially Morning Sickness (oh yes, I can definitely vouch for that!)
2. It has anti-inflammatory effects and therefore may reduce muscle pain and soreness as well as osteoarthritis.
3. It may reduce menstrual pain.
4. It is very effective against the oral bacteria linked to gingivitis or gum disease (stay tuned for my “Dental Fear Central” piece… 🙀).
Wow, just wow!
And the taste?
Warming, zingy, tingly, gingery! Just love it!!! ❤️❤️❤️
But if you’re not into ginger there is always this for as little as £1.95 from Waitrose…
The acerola cherry 🍒 (sorry, that emoji popped up and I just couldn’t resist it! 😊) – also known as the Barbados cherry, wild crape myrtle or West Indian myrtle – thrives in the warm climes of Central America, South America, Florida, California and Texas.
What about the health benefits?
Much like the previous two vitamin shots it:
1. Aids weight loss (👏).
2. Manages diabetes.
3. Prevents cancer (particularly of the cervix, breast and skin) due to the high vitamin C content. (Double yay!)
4. Delays the signs of aging. (Need. This. Now!)
5. Boosts the immune system.
6. Promotes a healthy ❤️.
7. Promotes good digestive health – it is said to alleviate bloating, constipation, cramping and diarrhoea.
8. Promotes good eye health – due to the vitamin A, lutein and beta-carotene content it prevents cataracts from forming, stops retinal haemorrhages and delays the onset of age related macular degeneration. (How fab is all that!)
9. It also improves the look of the skin as the high vitamin C content helps to form collagen, thus keeping it toned and youthful in appearance. (❤️❤️❤️ this!)
So now for the taste test…
It tastes like a dry and very tart cherry juice. Overall, it’s not as palatable as the others but for all those health benefits (and particularly the cosmetic ones!) I would put up with it. After all, it is most likely an acquired taste, much like a fine wine… 😋
I am totally, completely and utterly sold on the whole idea of vitamin shots!!! ❤️❤️❤️ So does that mean that all chocolate is out today? Weeelll, I might just have one! It is Easter Sunday after all!!!
Happy Easter, everyone! 🐣🐥🐰
💋 Mostly Mum