If you’re a fellow Charlestonian, you can attest to the chilly temperatures we’ve been feeling as of late. These cold mornings and evenings call for a warm drink that serenades our tastebuds, soothes our nerves and supports our health- all at the same time. While a hot cup of coffee almost always hits the spot, switch it up with one of these three hot and healthy beverages that are sure to help you wind down and relax.
Caffeine-free turmeric latte: Curcumin, a bioactive compound found in turmeric, has been found to lower stress hormones and reduce chronic inflammation. Because of the concentrated curcumin in turmeric, ingesting this medicinal spice can help fight anxiety, stress, and depression. Studies have shown that it acts on certain parts of the brain to control dopamine and serotonin levels, thereby controlling your mood and how you respond to stress. Time to make yourself a golden latte.
Post-meal chamomile: Not only does the chamomile plant fight stress, inflammation, and anxiety, but it also helps to induce and improve sleep. If you find it hard to fall asleep at night, especially after a big dinner, brew a cup of chamomile tea an hour or two before bedtime. The herbal scent of the chamomile itself is aromatherapeutic, soothing tensed nerves and promoting the release of serotonin. You can also enjoy a cup of peppermint, lemon balm, or lavender tea, as they are all remarkably soothing bedtime teas.
Whenever you need to wind down and ease off the day’s stress, fill your favorite mug with one of these soothing beverages, and leave the phone behind. Allow yourself to fully revel in the moment, filling yourself up with warmth from the outside in.
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