HEALTHY WIN­TER DRINKS

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As the cold sea­son ap­proaches we all want to snug­gle up with a hot cup of cof­fee or tea but the level of caf­feine in this drinks can ad­versely af­fect our health.

Be­low is a list of the ef­fects of caf­feine on our health.

Ginger lemon honey tonic Ef­fects of caf­feine on hu­man health

Caf­feine acts as a cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem stim­u­lant. When it reaches your brain, the most no­tice­able ef­fect is alert­ness. You will feel more awake and less tired.

It in­creases the amount of acid in your stom­ach and may cause heart­burn or upset stom­ach. Ex­tra caf­feine does not get stored in your body ei­ther. It is pro­cessed in the liver and ex­its through your urine. This is why you might have an in­crease in uri­na­tion shortly af­ter hav­ing caf­feine.

Caf­feine can make your blood pres­sure go up for a short time. This ef­fect is thought to be at­tributed to ei­ther an in­crease in adren­a­line or a tem­po­rary block on the hor­mones that nat­u­rally widen your ar­ter­ies. In most peo­ple, there is no long-term ef­fect on blood pres­sure, but if you have ir­reg­u­lar heart rhythms, caf­feine may make your heart work harder.

Caf­feine in large amounts may in­ter­fere with ab­sorp­tion and me­tab­o­lism of cal­cium. This can con­trib­ute to bone thin­ning (os­teo­poro­sis).If you con­sume too much, caf­feine may cause also your mus­cles to twitch.

Caf­feine trav­els within the blood­stream and crosses into the pla­centa. Since it is a stim­u­lant, it can cause your baby’s heart rate and me­tab­o­lism to in­crease. Too much caf­feine can also cause slowed foetal growth and in­creased risk of mis­car­riage. In most cases, a lit­tle caf­feine is safe dur­ing preg­nancy.

To avoid the con­sump­tion of drinks that con­tain caf­feine we can try the fol­low­ing drinks that will keep us warm and help boost our im­mune sys­tem. These drinks are sim­ple and can be eas­ily pre­pared at home us­ing cheap in­gre­di­ents.

Recipes of healthy drinks Fruity GreenFTreuaity Green Tea

Green tea pro­tects against mul­ti­ple types of can­cer, low­ers bad choles­terol, fends off tooth de­cay, and helps with weight loss: In one study, those who drank two cups of green tea each day lost 2.6 more pounds over 90 days than those who did not drink it.Add a shot of even more an­tiox­i­dants and guilt-free fruity flavour with just a spoon­ful of frozen berries to make it in­ter­est­ing.

In­gre­di­ents:

Green tea bag of your choice 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries enough boil­ing wa­ter to fill your cup

Di­rec­tions:

Place berries on the bot­tom of your cup. Pour in boil­ing wa­ter and steep with tea bag for 3 min­utes. Re­move tea bag and spoon off berries.

Or­ange spice tea with ginger

Ginger has long been a sta­ple of nat­u­ral medicine, used to treat stom­ach ail­ments, in­flam­ma­tion, nausea, and oth­ers. And science backs up many of its claims, in­clud­ing the treat­ment of arthri­tis. Even if you do not have arthri­tis, you can re­duce in­flam­ma­tion in your body or just en­joy the taste in this spicy or­ange drink.

In­gre­di­ents:

1/2 tsp ground ginger 1 stick cin­na­mon Peel from half an or­ange (use a veg­etable peeler and avoid the white pith) 1/4 cup juice from half an or­ange 3 black tea bags 3 full tea cups of boil­ing wa­ter

Di­rec­tions:

Steep the tea, ginger and cin­na­mon in the wa­ter for 5 min­utes. Add the or­ange juice and or­ange peels. Stir and en­joy.

Spiced lemon­ade

Lemon­ade is a sum­mer sta­ple, but fresh lemon is a mir­a­cle in tea and hot bev­er­ages. And the fruit is, of course, packed with vi­ta­min C. But it’s the cin­na­mon in this drink that pro­vides the bonus ben­e­fit.

In­gre­di­ents:

1 lemon, sliced thin 1 tsp honey 1/2 cin­na­mon stick shake of nut­meg Enough boil­ing wa­ter to fill your cup

Di­rec­tions:

Steep the lemon slices and spices for five min­utes. Then stir in the honey, us­ing the cin­na­mon stick as a stir­rer.

Warm spiced co­conut-al­mond milk

Ginger, al­mond milk and co­conut oil com­bine for a drink is just as com­fort­ing as it is cosy. Fight off the cold with this warm drink.

In­gre­di­ents

1 cup unsweet­ened al­mond milk ½ tea­spoon turmeric pow­der 1/2 tea­spoon of ginger pow­der and/or fresh ginger

1/2 tea­spoon of pure ground vanilla or pure vanilla flavour Pinch of nut­meg Pinch of cayenne pep­per. 1 ta­ble­spoon of co­conut oil

Di­rec­tions

Com­bine all in­gre­di­ents in small saucepan. Slowly bring to a sim­mer, stir­ring of­ten. Serve warm.

Ginger honey lemon tonic In­gre­di­ents

1 cup wa­ter 1 piece fresh ginger (or more to taste), peeled and coarsely chopped 1/2 medium lemon 1 tea­spoon honey, or to taste.

Di­rec­tions

Place the wa­ter, ginger, lemon juice, and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat un­til heated through. Pour the mix­ture through a strainer into a mug.

These drinks will keep you warm in this cold sea­son and boost your im­mune sys­tem­keep­ing you healthy. They are sim­ple and cheap to make. Mak­ing them take a very short time and are very de­li­cious.

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