SoulMate Yerba Co. Founder Ana Goldseker

Easiest Habit to Start to Improve Wellness | What is Yerba Mate

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How are you Doing to Stay Healthy this Winter?
Not only is COVID happening, but it is also flu season. So, things are ramping up. It can get super scary.
And while we can not control everything, there are ways in which we can support our body and help it be strong enough to ward off potential threats to our system.
Have you been wanting to stay healthy this season? Have you been wondering what you can do? What is in your control? Are you looking for ways to boost your immune system and stay away from any colds and flu?


Everything we do has an Effect on our Bodies

With all this talk about health and the immune system in the press, lots of people are worried. And they have reason to be. Getting sick these days is a serious thing and is more dangerous than it has been in the past.

You might think there is nothing you can do. Maybe you think we are all waiting like sitting ducks to get sick.
But it isn't true.
You could increase your chances of staying healthy by taking care of your body.
We are finding ways that they can get healthy at home. In fact, I have had many, many people email me about all of the incredible new habits they are undertaking. The fact that they are "stuck" at home has offered them a space to create consistency around healthy habits.
Potions and Lotions and Cauldron's Bubbles
There are lots of supplements, powders and infusions being promoted right now. A lot of them are expensive and complicated to use. Some taste bad and it's a "chore" to get them down your throat.
That doesn't help much!
The key with any of these things is consistency and effectiveness. Most aren't able to do either. That means that many are wasting their money. 
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Like Putting Lipstick on a Pig
Nothing against pigs, I love them and think they are gorgeous as is!
The point is, taking a vitamin C pack when you just ate a fast food meal, isn't going to do the trick! You will need to work "deeper" if you want to work "Smarter."
None of those pills or concoctions are going to do anything if your system isn't strong. It's not the supplements that are going to get you there.
Healing on a Deep Level
True healing and a strengthened immune system happens when your body is less acidic, and more alkaline. Alkalizing the body with greens such as kale, spinach, sprouts and yerba helps bring the body into an alkaline state and more able to defend against disease.
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In fact eating fruits and vegetables, whole fruits and vegetables is going to take you quite far down the road to healing.
Healing happens when you are feeding your body whole real foods, hydrating with hot lemon water, yerba mate and water, sweating at least 5 times a week and getting in enough deep sleep.


Why Yerba Mate is the Key to Your Healing Plan

Many doctors and researchers believe in the healing properties of yerba mate. In fact, there have been many research studies that support the claim that yerba mate is fantastic for your body.

Many believe it is the perfect energy booster for working out. Here is a great article by Runners World.

If you want to learn more about yerba mate, use this link. This is a good place to start.
The best way to keep you and your loved ones healthy this fall is to add yerba mate into your daily plan. I believe so strongly in Yerba that I started a company around the ritual.
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“Yerba Mate is an invigorator of the mind and body…. It is a health promoter and deserves the attention of every person interested in optimum health.” -Daniel Mowrey, PHD

FYI - My grandmother never needed a study to prove this!!

Here is how Yerba Mate can help you stay healthy.

-Yerba is loaded with nutrients. It has 24 vitamins and minerals,15 amino acids and is loaded with antioxidants.

Compare that to any other tea, energy drink or soda!

-Yerba is a prebiotic, meaning that it gives the body what it needs to be able to use probiotics.

This allows for any probiotic or fermented food you are currently taking, be even more effective.

-Yerba Mate is a known appetite suppressant. It is said that the indigenous people of the region chewed and made infusions with Yerba when there is famine in the region. Doctors in South America always tell their patients who want to lose weight to drink yerba.

It has 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and a big supply of antioxidants. It is an incredibly nourishing herb containing fatty acids, carotene, chlorophyll, polyphenols and pantothenic acid.

This superfood helps with creating a well-nourished body. And, if you are well nourished, it is more likely you will be able to regulate your appetite and keep hunger at bay.  Most people feel a huge relief from hunger and cravings when drinking mate.

Sometimes it is helpful to have an outside source help to bring down the appetite, especially in the beginning of a wellness program. This is supplemental help that will not give you the jitters or do any damage to the heart like weight loss medications might do.

To work effectively, drink yerba mate within half hour of waking and then again around 3pm.

-Yerba Mate has been known to help with Weight Reduction

There have been studies actually proving that yerba mate reduces the size of fat cells around the middle of the body. This is critical as fat cells can not be eliminated once formed. So this ability to reduce them is key!

-Yerba helps the body get rid of toxins. It contains xanthines which are MILD diuretics.

Yerba will help the body in the detoxification process. This is especially helpful for those that do not "sweat" easily or often as well as those that are constipated.

Yerba Mate helps with detox. Like most xanthines, it is a mild diuretic.  It also promotes a healthy colon by softening any “backup” that is in there, but also stimulating normal peristalsis.  

Many who suffer from mild or acute constipation can find relief with Yerba Mate.

-If you have a bloated belly, or constipated, try yerba. The infusion will help to stimulate something called peristalsis which helps the intestines move.

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Many girlfriends have told me that they can fit into pants they weren't able to fit into before drinking yerba. 

-Even though yerba has caffeine it still promotes good sleep. Unlike other caffeinated drinks that interrupt sleep, yerba does the opposite.

This is especially important if caffeine usually effects your sleep. That means that you can have more of the appetite suppressing effects later in the day.

-Gives a boost of energy without the jitters. More energy most often leads to more effort in physical and social activities.

Sometimes coffee can give the jitters to someone drinking it. So it can surpass the energy that you would drink it for. Yerba gives the feeling of active relaxation. So, focus is also increased by drinking it.

-Filled with powerful immune supporting plant compounds.

-Mood Boosting, helps with depression

Yerba might help you go down in medications. It has also been known to help people reduce alcohol and quit cigarettes.

Some of my clients eat over depression and a low mood, while others eat because they have anxiety, or too much scattered energy. 

Because yerba is an adaptogenic herb and a tonic, it can help a weak system (depression) get stronger or neutralize an overstimulated one. 

There was a 2010 study that was Published in the American Journal of Public Health, that showed participating individuals that reported feeling “sad and lonely” tended to rely more on high calorie comfort food than participants not reporting this negative mood. 

This led the researchers to conclude that the better the mood, the easier it is for the participant to be motivated to lose weight and stay on a plan.  Many report that helped relieve their depression and lessen the need to rely on food.

 -Increases awareness and brain function, helps with disorders of attention and focus.

This is due to the components in the yerba which facilitate more brain focus while also allowing the body to calm down. So, as opposed to medications that are almost always all stimulants, this is an adaptogen. Calm focus is what we are after.

-Improves Insulin Sensitivity and Blood Glucose Levels

Many find that their blood sugar levels are reduced. Some report needing less or no sugar throughout the day. 

-Helps with withdrawal syndromes and the cessation of smoking.
I have had direct experience with this. I was a coffee addict, and when, because of health reasons, I quit coffee and switched to yerba, I did not experience the detox headache at all! Since then, I have heard of many people that have used drinking yerba (mostly with a gourd and bombilla) to stop smoking cigarettes.

Work to Strengthen Your Body

The best defense is a good offense.

Many believe that a strong system starts with a healthy gut, Yerba Mate is loaded with pre-biotics and fiber.

Thinking of strengthening your body before getting sick is the best plan. In other words, we want your immune system strong and kicking in. Yerba Mate can help with that.

A really strong immunity is actually built over time, but there are things you can do now.  Do something every day to ensure you are protected. Drink plenty of fluids, eat a ton of fruits and vegetables, workout at least 5 times a day.  Drinking yerba will help build the immunity because it is filled with antioxidants, like EGCG that will support immune cells and gut health.

Stress Weakens Everything

Stress on your body or mind will weaken you. Whether it is thinking about a dreaded event in the future or dealing with environmental toxins, stress is something that will age you, take your focus away and is probably the biggest thing that can weaken your immune system.

Some of those stressors are easier to get rid of than others.


How to Make Yerba Mate

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Authentic Method of Drinking Yerba in a Mate Gourd (Cup)

  1. Start slowly by putting 1-2 heaping tbsp of yerba in your mate gourd (cup)
  2. Heat water to a temperature that is comfortable for you.  Most use the same temperature that they use for drinking tea.  You do not want to burn your tongue and it is best not to "boil" the water 
  3. Place bombilla (strainer straw) into gourd, in between the yerba leaves
  4. Sweeten by placing a few drops of stevia, honey or raw sugar into the mate
  5. Pour water over yerba leaves
  6. Sip water up through bombilla (strainer straw)
  7. Repeat steps 5&6 until the "taste" of the leaves gets weakened (you will have approximately 3-6 "pours" out of the yerba leaves)
  8. You may then rinse out the mate, replace with fresh leaves and start again

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 Boil Method to Drinking Yerba (Also for Pitcher Size) 

  1. Use 1 tbsp of blend in 2 cups of water
  2. Simmer for about 2 minutes (can simmer longer, to get more robust flavor)
  3. Strain out leaves (can use tea ball, strainer, or coffee press)
  4. Sweeten to taste
  5. Drink hot or refrigerate to drink cold

Steeping Filter Method to Drinking Yerba

  1. Put 1 tbsp of blend in steeping container (pot, mug, coffee press or other filters)
  2. Boil 2 cups of water
  3. Pour water over loose-leaf tea and let sit about 4 minutes (The longer it steeps, the more robust the flavor - careful not to steep too long as the tea can get bitter)
  4. Strain out leaves
  5. Sweeten to taste
  6. All teas can be used hot or cold after steeping

So, if you are wanting to drink a tea to improve the overall health of your body, nothing will beat yerba mate.

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