Ok. So there are probably a million blog posts about fluids, teas and the like. And I know.What an odd title. Bare with me…
There’s the obvious ones to avoid- sugary, fizzy drinks and alcohol. But there’s hidden ones too.
I was taught a couple of things from my Chinese father, and this of course is linked to the dichotomy of Yin and Yang or Chinese philosophy.
a) Don’t drink cold or freezing water (even during sports or when you’re trying to ‘cool’ down). Regular temperature or warm water is better for you. It’s like the equivalent of putting ice against your skin, but in this case against your organs, inside your body! And you have a certain core body temperature that needs ingested matter to be of a similar temperature, otherwise it has to work too hard to digest it…
Put together by this insightful blog: ‘When cold water hits the stomach, the body is forced to use energy in order to warm up that liquid inside your body to match that of the body’s natural temperature. This robs your body of the energy it needs to properly process what you have ingested. Instead of working to extract all the foods nutrients, your digestive system is instead working on regulating the temperature of the cold drink.Studies also indicate that the problem with cold water is that as the liquid passes through your system, the cool temperature solidifies fats from the foods we’ve eaten and thus the body in turn finds it hard to digests the unwanted fats from our stomach.Once you get into the habit of drinking water at room temperature or warm, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your digestion and the way your body feels while eating and after the meal’
For all my friends that know me, they’ll always see me with a cuppa of warm water, not too cold, not too hot.
b) Ginger tea is good. But only during the day. I struggled to understand this one but followed it because my father told me to. He’s usually always right. The answer was elusive as he always says ‘just trust me’ 😉 And I do. But being curious me, I wanted to know more. Why can’t we drink ginger at night? Well, I won’t even try to explain it because this post already does it so well.
I’m not providing an extensive list of suggestions or teas that YOU CAN drink (as there are a million of posts out there about them), but what I will say is that exclusion of coffee, ‘normal’ tea and caffeinated drinks are usually a good idea. These things can usually dehydrate you (even Green tea to an extent.)
What I normally do is drink:
- 2 cups of crushed ginger and Manuka honey in the morning (before noon)
- 1 cup of green tea in the afternoon with or after lunch
- lukewarm water in between
- And usually a peppermint tea or mint tea after dinner and finally
- 1 large glass of warm water before bed or sometimes a chamomile & lavender tea.
This usually keeps it consistent for me. You may prefer something different and that is totally okay! Just do what works for your body and listen to your instincts.