Paul R. from England writes…
“…in regards to how much Yerba in terms of grams, should I use per litre of water? At the moment I am using around 20 grams per litre of water, each day – does this sound like enough or should I increase the amount to get more benefits?”
Paul, I experimented myself with brewing Loose leaf Yerba Mate in a Coffee maker before. Besides the ease to add extra flavors or sweeteners like organic sugar or stevia, drinking brewed yerba mate offers similar health benefits and energizes easily.
When I brewed mine I normally used between 2-4 tablespoons/liter depending on the desired strength.
That’s really not much especially when compared with the amount that is used in a traditional gourd but it got me energized more easily and to me the taste was actually quite a bit stonger and definitely different.
As far as health benefits are concerned drinking regularly is all you should worry about. The amount you mix is entirely up to your personal preference, just as drinking coffee strong will only provide a more intense buzz. The health benefits of yerba mate as with almost anything else are appropriate in moderation.
Because yerba mate acts as a gentle diuretic, consuming too much at a time or making it too strong can actually lead to dehydration unless you continue to drink a glass of water during your drinking session.
Here’s a healthy tip: Despite popular belief there is no set amount of water your body needs per day. It will vary by the persons activity and diet. One thing to keep in mind is that in addition to water, your body also needs sodium to recharge your electrolytes. The best way to recharge your electrolytes is with a pinch of natural sea salt in your water or food.
Enjoy Yerba Mate Your Way!
“The Happy Gaucho “