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Lisi Chavarri, Fitness Manager, Holistic Health Coach, CPT, CES

Attention Java Devotees:

Ever notice that boost you usually get from your morning brew suddenly not affecting you the way it once did? As we approach the spring, try giving your central nervous system the break and reboot it needs by (temporarily) replacing your morning cup of Joe for a warm, relaxing cup of tea.

But not just any ordinary up of tea (goodbye, Earl Grey). We’re talking about Yerba Mate… (AKA “Drink of the Gods”).   Yerba Mate, which boasts to have the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate, is grown in the rainforests of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil.

This is no exaggeration. If a mental boost to get your day started is what you seek, look no further. Here are a few fun facts about the native South American tribal tonic…

  • Enhances your ability to focus:
    • Users report increased mental clarity and focus– without any of the high-strung jittery feelings.  Imagine the jolt of caffeine but with the added benefit of control.  This means that you can have a cup in the afternoon and still get to bed and sleep that evening. Work harder without getting fatigued and sacrificing sleep.
  • Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals:
    • Outside the caffeine kick, the health benefits exceed those of Green Tea.  Yerba Mate is a rich source of polyphenols, antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids and minerals (manganese, potassium, and zinc.)  This bounty healthiness means it will slow the signs of aging, detoxify the blood, prevents cancers and reduces stress.  (Quite frankly, Yerba Mate had me at #1.)
  • Boosts physical energy and supports weight loss. Need we say more?
  • In France, Yerba Mate is approved for a supplement to help a lack of energy and as an aid in weight loss programs.   In South America, where they drink Mate on a daily basis, weight problems are fairly uncommon.
  • When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, Yerba Mate contributes to weight loss.  If you are looking for a natural weight loss remedy, THIS. IS. IT!  Yerba Mate heightens the metabolic rate, as coffee does, to help burn calories.
  • Yerba mate is also loaded with 15 types of amino acids which helps by relaxing the muscles of the body and feeding them the necessary amino acids contained in Mate.

As a friendly FYI: Yerba Mate is known to have a bitter taste. To combat this, I suggest trying my brands of choice: Wisdom of the Ancients (lightly sweetened with Stevia), as well as Guayaki Mate. The variety of flavors to choose from makes it a pleasurable experience.

Like anything else, too much of a good thing isn’t good for you. So drink responsibly. Cheers!

By Lisi Chavarri, Mercedes Club Fitness Manager, Holistic Health Coach, CPT, CES

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