7th tip of Christmas- drinking

We’ve covered the the effects of having a little too much alcohol so let’s have a look at drinks as a whole: alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Mulled wine/cider
Mulled wine and mulled cider are traditional drinks to have at this time of year, both of which may be on offer at pubs and friends’ houses. Apart from the obvious issue with consuming large amounts of this drink, they can also contain added sugar. However if we’re looking for some good points, spices such as cinnamon, cloves and star anise in both drinks also boosts your antioxidant levels.

Tea
Peppermint tea is a great drink to have around Christmas as it’s a great natural remedy for certain stomach ailments, including bloating and gas. It is also helpful in dealing with stress. The menthol that is naturally present in the tea is a muscle relaxant; the relaxation of the muscles can be an enormous component of natural stress relief… not to mention falling asleep! So why not have a cup before bed to help you drift off into a restful snooze.

Beers
Now when it comes to a pint of beer there are a few things you can look for to ensure you are getting a “healthy” pint. Generally, dark beers pack more of an antioxidant punch than lighter beers. Microbrews also tend to have higher amounts of hops than the more of mass-produced beers. Hops contain polyphenols, compounds that help lower cholesterol, fight cancer and kill viruses. I may be looking rather hard for these benefits but I’m going to take them.

Coach Phil

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