It goes without saying, the common cold or suffering from the flu will cost you. Not only draining you of energy, taking you away from your social life - that actual monetary cost of a cold or flu can be staggering preventing you from working. Colds are viral, meaning there is no easy fix with antibiotics; you simply have to let it run its course. Often that means you watch your co-workers tumble one after the other before it reaches your desks and you are bed bound for days.
This is because the common cold virus spreads easily via droplets and also through physical contact.
How to prevent catching a cold spreading through your office
- Boost your immunity by consuming Matcha
- Keep your hands to yourself
- Get plenty of sleep
- Eat well
- Just say no. Don't accept food in the office; don't shake hands while there are bugs about.
- Wash your hands with soap regularly and before eating.
- Gargling Matcha may also have a preventative effect.
It is well established that Matcha powder contains a potent dose of antioxidants; in fact, it is 15 times higher than antioxidants found in blueberries. These tea antioxidants are called catechins and have been shown to have antiviral effects against viruses and other pathogens. Tests also show that these catechins (in particular EGCG) can inhibit some strains of the influenza virus.
Currently, studies are underway to unlock the potential of particular Catechins found in Matcha powder to prevent Hepatitis B and C; A disease that affects more than 3% of the global population. The antiviral possibilities are still being studied, with the hope to use its potency in the treatment of many diseases.
In Japan, it is not uncommon to gargle Matcha or green tea. Studies show that this can help with sore throats and also help enhance immunity against common colds.
Got a cold? Drink some Matcha
Are you looking for a natural remedy to help soothe a cold that has taken over your body? Not only will a warm matcha drink help soothe your sore throat it will provide you with a host of natural antioxidants to help boost your wary immune system. Matcha is rich in Catechines, a type of antioxidant that is found in the tea leaves. These Catechins not only help to prevent colds but also to reduce inflammation when you do have a cold.
Drinking Matcha will gently provide you with a caffeine boost, to help you feel a little more human again - without the jitters. Plus, increasing your fluid intake will help relieve the stress your body is under when fighting a viral cold, flushing out toxins and improving your oxygen network.
Recently, we discussed the correlation of Matcha and good gut health. Not only will matcha help to reduce the inflation in your bowels, but Matcha will also promote good gut bacteria to bloom and to suppress bad bacteria. This is important, particularly if you require antibiotics to help fight a secondary inflection. Antibiotics can harm the trillions of gut microbes living in your gut, so it is essential to help nurture the growth of good bacteria in the time during treatment and even up to six months after antibiotic use.
Antibacterial properties of Matcha
Studies show that the Antibacterial properties in Matcha help to neutralise bacteria and prevent the growth of viruses such as the common cold, and even influenza. Specifically, the Catechin polyphenol EGCG which is found in high levels in Matcha tea.
In light of antibiotic resistance, scientists scramble to find new ways to combat harmful bacteria. This includes looking towards natural remedies that are already efficient in keeping bacteria at bay.
While prescribed use of Matcha is still not used in Western culture, we can help our bodies to fight common microbes with a regular cup of Matcha.