February 08, 2017

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When the inflammation heat gets hot, get turmeric.

Ever wonder why curry is yellow? Did you google that immediately? No need. We have the answer for you here - turmeric. You see, those wise east Indians knew all about this spicy spice long before it was popular to add the stuff to your aloe vera, kale leaves, chia seed, hemp protein shake in the morning.

Not only does the root make for a potent flavor addition to any savory sauce, it has powerful medicinal properties as well. It is also loaded with many nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. In some studies, turmeric has been proven to be one of earth’s most effective nutritional supplements. Move over vita-gummies, turmeric has arrived.

Let’s talk inflammation. Now, we’re not totally anti-inflammation, as short term inflammation has incredible health benefits and is part of your body’s natural defense system. In athletes, normal inflammation is okay and is simply your body repairing all the small tears and stress you put on your joints and muscles. For runners it might feel like a warm bear hug for your legs. However, chronic inflammation is a problem. Chronic inflammation is when the bear is angry and just won’t let go. Chronic inflammation can cause severe damage to your recovery, can slow gains, and even lead to injury. In order to combat chronic inflammation, an anti-inflammatory nutritional supplement like turmeric should be added to your diet or, you know, just drink our Recovery blend tea.

But how in the world does turmeric, just a gnarly looking root that looks like ginger and carrots had Sloth from the Goonies as their lovechild, help prevent inflammation? You see, turmeric contains curcumin. Curcumin is an incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory compound and actually blocks inflammation on a molecular level. It’s like if Chuck Norris was curcumin and inflammation was a band of evil ninjas. You get the idea.

But wait, there’s more!

Now, we throw in the extra savings and free gifts with purchase. For only one little root, you can get all of these benefits too.

Relieves Arthritis

The anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, turmeric’s antioxidant property destroys free radicals in the body that damage cells. It has been found that those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who consume turmeric on a regular basis experience relief from moderate to mild joint pains as well as joint inflammation. It’s our favorite to make Grandma happy.

Immunity Booster

Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system. Get out there and run in the ice, the wind, the snow, and… Sorry Portlanders, we know, too soon. But the good news is, you won’t catch a cold if you add turmeric to your diet. Yay?

Heals Wounds

Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used as an effective disinfectant. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. Toss the cucumbers and make yourself a turmeric mask! Then send us a photo of you covered in yellow goo. Please. Do it. Don’t worry about the orange stains on your face...that just means it’s working.

By now, you should have a pretty good understanding as to why we’ve added turmeric to our Recovery Blend. Combine turmeric with GABA Oolong and you have a recipe for a quick and complete recovery from any activity. You know, your body is a temple and all that…

Read more about GABA Oolong here.

January 25, 2017

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GABA Oolong to the Rescue

Oolong tea on its own is one of the most antioxidant rich beverages one can consume and when we were creating our post-activity blends, we knew Oolong would be a choice option. However, add GABA to the equation and you have magic. You see, we don’t half-ass our tea blends and we definitely only whole-ass our recovery blends.

While you may not find these two partners in tea donning leotards or utility belts, you can’t deny their almost supernatural powers. GABA oolong is a single origin, full leaf tea that combines the nerve calming effects of GABA with the numerous health benefits of Oolong.

In order for you to truly understand how epic the combination of the GABA process and Oolong tea is, we’ll start by exploring GABA. GABA stands for Gamma Amino Butyric Acid and is one of the main neurotransmitters for the CNS (Central Nervous System).  A little over 20 years ago, GABA  tea was discovered in the mountains of Japan after an experiment gone right when tea leaves were exposed to nitrogen during processing. GABA is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter in the human brain and helps stop or slow excitement in the CNS. Most anti-anxiety medicines simply stimulate the body’s GABA transmitters to help calm and de-stress patients. GABA is your way to ‘Serenity now!’ minus the insanity later.

Anyway, let’s get to the full advantages of consuming GABA Oolong tea. Trying to list out the benefits of GABA Oolong is similar to trying list out Channing Tatum’s qualifications for Magic Mike. So, here are the highlights.


Lowers Blood Pressure

It may seem like high blood pressure only affects people who need to use those fun arm-squeezy things at the drug store. However, consider this: your heart is working really hard when you’re running or skiing or cycling and combine the continued strain on your heart with high blood pressure and you have a recipe for doom. By drinking GABA Oolong tea you will realize higher energy without tension, which is really really good for your heart.


Reduces Stress and Anxiety

When combined with anti-inflammatory herbs and spices, GABA Oolong provides the ideal bodily state for recovery. While not reducing your energy and by providing a peaceful state of mind, GABA Oolong is like a warm blanket for the inside of your body and will leave you with enough energy to finish reading War and Peace. (Insert fireplace and a snow covered landscape here.)


Treats and Prevents Obesity

This is not just another way to try to attract attention from the Kardashians, it is also quite accurate. A quick way to avoid yo-yo dieting is to drink GABA Oolong tea with it’s enormous amounts of anti-oxidants which help speed the metabolism and block fat building receptors. It also has blood sugar regulating properties that help curb cravings for high sugar foods.


Natural Sleep Aid

You did the right thing and rolled yourself out of bed before the sun came up to get in those miles this morning. Don’t let the circus set up shop when you’re ready to get your beauty sleep. GABA Oolong provides a natural calming effect on your brain and allows you to get those much needed z’s, one of the main keys to recovery.

You get the idea, GABA Oolong is awesome and we are awesome for using it in our recovery blends. So, get out there and do your best, because GABA Oolong’s got your back in the end.

 

January 15, 2017

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How Matcha Green Tea can change your life… and that’s not just clickbait

Tea makes you feel good

This powdered green tea has become more and more popular as the health conscious consumer demands a newer and trendier superfood. As smoothie bowls and acai berries are on their way out, matcha is edging its way in and for good reason. The wise Japanese sages have known of its power for almost a thousand years when the first seeds were brought to Japan and the tea was developed specifically for tea ceremonies, where it was used for mental clarity and energy, while also allowing for a calm meditative state. Matcha’s popularity in the western world is fairly new and is now considered one of 2016’s top health crazes. We consider ourselves part of this trend… Okay, maybe not. But we were definitely on board with matcha long before Starbucks, so that has to count for something.

When Sportland began developing its performance teas, Matcha Green Tea was a no-brainer for many of its energy blends. Because of its high caffeine content and low acidity, it is the perfect substitute for coffee and other stimulants. However, there are countless other ways in which Matcha Green Tea can enhance your athletic potential and life in general.

But first, what exactly is matcha again?

Well, quite simply, it’s ground up green tea leaf and that is the key to it being different than other forms of green tea. Because you are consuming the entire tea leaf, rather than steeping in a bag which results in less than 20% of the active ingredients in tea being drawn out, you are getting all 100% of the benefits of the tea leaf.

Matcha powder

What’s in it for you?

All of this:

It has been proven to fight cancer and cancer sucks, so drink more Matcha.

It is rich in fiber and if you don’t know the benefits of fiber just ask your grandma.

It lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, without raising insulin levels. Which means you'll crave less cookies, which means you’ll lose weight, which means you’ll run faster, which means you might win 1st place at your next race, which means you could win your weight in beer! And then you’ll have to start over, so maybe just take the win and have a cup of tea.

It’s packed with unique amino acids, especially L-Theanine which is a proven stress reducer.

High in Antioxidants

Full disclosure, we totally hate this claim. Because it’s so overused and basically gives you a reason to consume red wine and chocolate in large doses, while drunkenly proclaiming in a Love Actually induced rant about how much you are finally taking care of yourself and fighting off heart disease.

But for real, antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, and preventing a number of life-threatening health issues. Antioxidants are in such foods as raw fruits, green veggies, and dark chocolate. The first amazing benefit of Matcha Green Tea is that just one cup provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food – the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method. When you drink matcha, you get 300% (we never exaggerate) more antioxidants than in a cup of regularly brewed tea. *Deep breath* In conclusion, antioxidants are awesome, and when consumed in Matcha Green Tea you do not have to adhere to the moderation rule. But who really does anyway?

Contains EGCg

No, we did not make up this term. Or did we?

Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in Matcha Green Tea. EGCg is most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties. Scientists have found that Matcha Green Tea contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market. Matcha body-slams and chokes out cancer. Matcha Green Tea FTW.

Enhances Calm

Matcha has been used by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert. This is due to the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the leaves used to make Matcha. L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain, which induces relaxation without an inherent drowsiness. Your options are go for a 5 mile run or connect with the divine - the choice is yours my friend.

Boosts Memory and Concentration

L-Theanine also aids in the production of dopamine and serotonin, which serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration. Now you’ll really remember why you hate Friday morning track workouts.

Increases Energy Levels and Endurance

While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased endurance from a cup of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants, such as nervousness and hypertension. Simply put, it calms you down, while also giving you more energy. We know… It’s a paradox.

Burns Calories

We added this just so the Kardashians might pick it up. SEO and all that.

Drinking Matcha Green Tea has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average. Matcha causes no negative side-effects, such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Our feelings are that if Kanye drank more Matcha and less slushies, he and Kim would be doing just fine.

How does Matcha Green Tea benefit athletes?

Matcha, aside from a higher caffeine content than other green teas, has several benefits for athletes. Studies show that drinking Matcha has improved physical endurance by 24% during difficult workouts, it’s nearly calorie free, it boosts metabolism, and it burns fat. It lowers athletic stress, helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate, and because of it’s special growing procedures, is substantially higher in chlorophyll, which is a powerful body detoxifier. Ultimately, you burn harder, safer, and cleaner when you drink Matcha.

You’re welcome.