The weather is getting cold. It’s time to reach for the comfort of hot drinks. We know we love them, but why are they so good for us?
The Brits are famous for solving problems with hot tea. In cases of shock, they fetch hot tea. In times of mourning, hot tea. And that’s not just in the movies. According to the BBC, the British drink more than 60 billion cups of tea each year. “That’s more than 900 cups a year for every man, woman and child in Great Britain – though we no doubt all know someone who likes many more than that.” (http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160602-why-do-the-british-love-the-taste-of-tea-so-much)
But why? Why is it so soothing? What is it about the comfort of hot drinks that makes us crave them? In the States, January is National Hot Tea Month (who knew, right?). Some tea drinkers claim that hot drinks have the power to:
- Reduce the risk if stroke
- Improve dental health
- Improve digestion
- Support a healthy immune system
- Reduce stress
Some of these claims are due to the antioxidants present in many kind of black and green tea. But many of these teas contain caffeine, which can certainly increase one’s energy levels, but can also increase tension. Non-caffeinated drinks such as plain hot water, or Hello Hot Blossom Water, have many benefits without the unwanted side effects of caffeine. Let’s take a sip…I mean look.
Non-caffeinated Hot drinks:
- Aid Digestion
- Assist in Weight Loss – by increasing your body temperature and your metabolism
- Calm the Nervous System – the Brits got this one covered
- Improve Circulation – it’s the heat; it works just like a warm bath
- Relieve Congestion – loosens mucous membranes
- Keep You Hyrdrated – one of our favorites
Healthline.com gives us even more reason to sip a cuppa (hot Blossom Water):
Hot drinks help relieve constipation – “Drinking hot water helps your intestines to contract. When that happens, old waste trapped in your intestines is able to pass out of your body.”
Hot drinks help reduce toxins – “ When you drink hot water, or when you take a warm bath, your body’s endocrine system activates and you start to sweat…getting rid of toxins and irritants that you’re exposed to in your environment.” (https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-drinking-hot-water#takeaway)
The next time you reach for a Blossom Water, try heating it up! Make sure it’s hot, but not too hot! You’ll reap all of these benefits, plus probiotic-derived immune support!