Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Drink to Your Health, Part 2

In my last post, I highlighted all sorts of drinks that do everything from ease PMS symptoms to rev up your sexual desire. Here are a few more tasty beverages that could help you out:

If you're suffering from an upset tummy brew up some ginger tea. Just prepare a regular cup of tea and then add a bit of ground ginger to it, or grate some fresh ginger into a pot of boiling water and allow it to steep for a few minutes. Ginger has been used for ages to help settle a stomach and reduce nausea. It's also known to be effective for motion sickness. If tea isn't your thing, try a fizzy glass of ginger ale. My mom always gave me ginger ale and saltines as a kid when I was sick--I guess she was on to something!

If you need some mental clarity have a cup of green tea. In recent studies, people who drank two cups of green tea daily were less likely to suffer from cognitive impairment than those who didn't drink tea. So if you're feeling forgetful or a little cloudy, go green. Researchers have found no mental-boosting benefit from coffee, black tea or oolong tea.

If you worked out a little to hard and need help recovering whip up a glass of low-fat chocolate milk instead of chugging a bottle of Gatorade. Along with being yummy, chocolate milk contains a great ratio of carbs and protein that will help you quickly recover after a grueling workout. The cocoa in the chocolate milk mix also contains antioxidants which are crucial in aiding muscle repair. Sure beats yucky old Gatorade!

If you have a pounding headache try apple juice or cider. Enjoyed either hot or cold, researchers have found apple juices and ciders are just as effective against a headache as taking aspirin. It's the scent that's the key--it has a therapeutic effect on the body and has been proven to relieve pain. Weird! An apple (juice) a day can keep the doctors away!

There you go! More tasty, easy ways to cure what ails you!

Drink up!

1 comment:

finding the filth said...

just want to add a twist on the ginger tea, cause i love this drink so much. it really really works!

i usually just add a few slices of fresh ginger and a few leaves of fresh mint to a cup of boiling water. the combination smells soooo good. both herbs are fabulous for settling a bad stomach, or just aiding digestion after a spicy meal.

oh oh oh - and one more! cayenne pepper tea. it's just boiled water and a dash or two of cayenne pepper. it's weird. it's not yummy at all. but it is the most amazing decongestant ever! i use it every time i feel a cold coming on, or even when i'm just stuffed up. and i've noticed that it will either completely knock the bug out of my system, or drastically shorten the sick time. all peppers are loaded with antioxidants and spices are known to clean out the blood. so, instead of nyquil or thera-flu, go for cayenne pepper. it really works.