HEALTHY WINTER DRINKS
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.
Green tea bag of your choice 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries enough boiling water to fill your cup
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.
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
Steep the tea, ginger and cinnamon in the water for 5 minutes. Add the orange juice and orange peels. Stir and enjoy.
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.
1 lemon, sliced thin 1 tsp honey 1/2 cinnamon stick shake of nutmeg Enough boiling water to fill your cup
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.
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
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.
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.