Yerba Mate: The Sacred Herb That Has People Switching From Coffee

Yerba Mate is sometimes called a sacred herb because ancient cultures thought it increased your spiritual strength.  I don’t know how to check if that’s true or not, but I can tell you that Yerba Mate is a wonderfully healthy beverage that you brew like tea.

If you’re interested in a gentle pick-me-up that doesn’t shock your nervous system like coffee, I’d like to introduce you to Yerba Mate. makes a strong case for choosing Yerba Mate over coffee…

Yerba Mate has properties similar to caffeine which provides incredibly clear energy levels and mental alertness.

The stimulant this energy comes from, is a unique form of xanthine ( a stimulant in coffee ). It’s like coffee that’s stripped from all of the negative effects and only left with a positive. It’s stimulates central nervous system without being addictive or give you anxieties. Unlike caffeine, Yerba Mate induces better sleep.

This tea provided enough nutrients to act as a vegetable. Some people refer to it as a ‘drinking a salad.’

In 1964 the Pasteur Institute and the Paris Scientific Society concluded that Mate contains practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life! Yerba Mate really is a power packed elixir.

How does it taste?

I’ll be honest with you, some people hate it. Yerba has an earthy taste that some folks just don’t like. I like to add cinnamon and lime to my Mate to sweeten it up a little.

The traditional way of preparing and drinking Yerba Mate is kind of fun. It involves a gourd and a metal straw. This video will walk you through it.

If you think Yerba Mate sounds super you’ll love the Super Foods book. It’s filled with foods that are, well, Super!

Japanese Green Banana Diet

In this edition of the Maser Cleanse Secrets newsletter we’re going to talk about green bananas…

In Japan, the “Green Banana Diet” has become popular. The Japanese always come up with the most fun and interesting stuff, don’t they?

It has all the trappings of a fad that ends up not really benefiting you in any way, but there appears to be some science behind the benefits of eating unripe (green) bananas. First, let’s talk about the how they’re using it in Japan, then we’ll get into the science.

From ABC News…

Sumiko, a 31-year-old pharmacist, studied preventive medicine and came up with the method for her then-boyfriend.

“I just wanted something that would not torture me,” said Watanabe. “[Green] Bananas are rich in vitamins and minerals, but low in calories. They also contain properties which fight the build-up of acids. They are readily available and reasonably priced. And you do not need any utensils to eat them. It is just so easy and I thought I could give it a try.”

Watanabe lost four pounds in the first month and kept losing similar amounts each month until he lost a total of 38 pounds in less than one year.

“I did not know losing weight could be this easy,” Watanabe said. “So, I just wanted to share this with other people.”

That was when he put the banana diet information on mixi, the largest social networking service in Japan, where registered users can access information both from computers and cell phones. “I did not know so many people would show an interest. The response was just overwhelming.”

Watanabe certainly did not mean to create a banana shortage all over Japan, but that is exactly what the nation experienced.

Akihiro Takenaka, a produce manager of a Tokyo supermarket, Ozeki, said the demands for bananas are still high and the supply simply cannot catch up.

More people are starting to realize that digestive health and “gut bacteria” can help you lose weight. This could the reason people are losing weight by eating green bananas.


Resistant starch is a complex carb that has fiber-like properties.

It escapes digestion in the small intestine and ends up reaching the large intestine, where it feeds the friendly bacteria that reside there.

Feeding these bacteria is a good thing. They produce short-chain fats, which contribute to digestive health and have beneficial effects on metabolism.

Before it ripens, a banana is almost entirely starch, which composes up to 70–80% of its dry weight. A large part of this starch is resistant starch.

As the banana ripens, the amount of starch and resistant starch decreases and is converted into sugars.

What’s so Great About Digestive-Resistant Starch?


Fiber is typically classified as either soluble or insoluble. However, from a health standpoint, the fermentability of the fiber is what’s really important. Digestive-resistant starches are low-viscous fibers that resist digestion in the small intestine and slowly ferment in your large intestine.

Here, resistant starches act as prebiotics, feeding healthy bacteria. Due to their slow fermentation, they won’t make you gassy. They also add significant bulk to your stools, and help you maintain regular bowel movements.

Best of all, since they’re indigestible, resistant starches do not result in blood sugar spikes. In fact, research suggests resistant starches help improve insulin regulation, reducing your risk of insulin resistance.

If you’re looking for a food to start your day with that’s low calorie, won’t spike your blood sugar, and can help you lose weight, try a green banana. They’re also super cheap!

Answered: What To Do About Headaches During The Master Cleanse

A reader wanted to know about dealing with headaches while doing the Master Cleanse…

“Hey guys! I am currently on day 8 and experiencing an excruciating headache. It is damn near debilitating. Could it be something wrong? Dehydration etc? I drink tons of water everyday and have been consuming 6 cups regularly. I don’t want to quit now but this is unbearable. Please anyone if you have advice help!”

Headaches are one of the more common side effects you’ll experience while doing the Master Cleanse. This person already started the cleanse, but for those of you reading this who are thinking about trying the Master Cleanse you should stop consuming caffeine and alcohol 1 week before doing the cleanse.

Caffeine and alcohol withdrawals come with their own troublesome side effects. Dealing with that during the cleanse is more than most people can handle, so let your body adjust to making it through the day without caffeine and alcohol before starting the Master Cleanse.

To relieve a headache during the Master Cleanse try taking a hot shower. If you have an adjustable showerhead that lets you concentrate the water into a high-pressure steam, use that on the part of your head that hurts.

Get a head massage, or give yourself a head massage. You can use Lavender oil to increase stress relief.

You can also use breathing techniques to help cure headaches.

It’s also important to stay hydrated. The laxatives you take during the Master Cleanse can suck a lot of water out of your body which can cause headaches and other problems – so drink plenty of water.


Keep Candida in check while doing the Master Cleanse

A reader writes in with some advice for doing the Master Cleanse without worsening Candida, which is a systemic fungal infection that feeds off sugar.

Before we get to that, lets explore some of the symptoms of Candida because for many people it’s a health problem they don’t even know they have. lists some on the symptoms of Candida as:

  • Bad breath
  • Bloating, belching, intestinal gas, and/or abdominal pain
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Endometriosis or infertility
  • Fatigue and chronic fatigue
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Impotence
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of sexual desire or feeling
  • Muscle aches, weakness, or paralysis
  • Pain and/or swelling in joints
  • Poor memory, foggy thinking, or feeling “spacey”
  • Prostatitis
  • Troublesome vaginal itching, burning, or discharge

A Reader Shares Their Tips For Dealing With Candida While Doing The Master Cleanse:

“The maple syrup has all of the calories and essential minerals (the lemon juice has the essential vitamins). Taking a LOT of probiotics while cleansing can help (especially 3Lac and Bio-Kult), and drinking kombucha (the caffeine and sugar should be digested by the bacteria and thus not a problem) are great ways to keep the yeast in check while doing the Master Cleanse.”