It’s that time of year when nights get a bit cooler and a warm beverage hits the spot. What’s your favorite fall drink? Hot apple cider? Hot cocoa with whipped cream? Eggnog? One of my favorites is herbal tea. With a cup of tea, some Mozart and my writing hat I’m ready to heat up the keyboard. Hot tea is my drink of choice when I’m feeling creative. What are the healthiest things to sip when you want to tap into your creativity?
Besides a dose of caffeine (30 -60 mg per 8 oz.) green tea contains anti-cancer polyphenols and studies state it may help lower LDL cholesterol and inhibit blood clots.
Many studies show pomegranates have numerous health benefits including anti-cancer properties, lowering blood pressure and slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Chocolate contains the chemical serotonin, a mood booster, as well as the cancer fighting polyphenols. The yum-factor can’t hurt either.
Sipping a glass of wine does more than relax. With the super health powers of both flavonoids and resveratrol, wine has been documented to help raise good cholesterol, keep plaque from building up in the arteries, and inhibit tumor growth. The trick is moderation. One glass of wine per day for women and two for men should be the limit. More than that and the health negatives go up. You should completely avoid wine if you suffer from alcoholism, high triglycerides, and breast cancer. Red wine has also been found to be a major trigger of migraines.
The best friend of many creative types around the globe, coffee has been on both sides of the fence when it comes to health benefits. Studies have now shown coffee, again in moderation, maybe a preventative for type 2 diabetes, and may fight off heart disease and stroke risk factors. On the negative side, it can raise blood pressure, cause frequent urination since caffeine is a mild diuretic and agitate symptoms in people with anxiety.
There’s always the choice of plain old H2O. Since your brain is 90% water, it’s important to keep it hydrated for maximum creative output.
What drink do you like to keep by your side when you are working on creative pursuits?