Benefits of a Warm Beverage

By Christine Halpaus
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My favorite way to start the day is by brewing my first cup of coffee. I look forward to this morning ritual as I’m going to bed each night. When the temperatures outside dip towards cooler weather, it can be very easy to want cup after cup of coffee to keep warm; however, there are many other types of warm beverages to work into your routine. A warm beverage can enhance any environment or activity. Going on a winter walk? Bring a cup of your favorite tea. Planning a family movie night? Make a batch of healthy hot chocolate for a treat.

In addition to being the perfect complement to most activities, there are many health benefits to adding a warm beverage to your routines.

  • An additional way to increase your hydration – most options are water-based which makes this a cozy hydrator!
  • Different teas or herbal infusions offer lower to no caffeine compared to coffee, which allows you to select a beverage based on your level of energy or where you’re at in your day.
    • An 8-ounce cup of coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine
    • The same amount of black tea has about 50 mg of caffeine
    • The same amount of green tea has about 16 mg of caffeine
    • Herbal blends are caffeine free
  • Both coffee and tea can reduce the risk of chronic diseases and cancers.
  • Teas are a great source of antioxidants and can support your health in a variety of ways based on the type of tea chosen (white, herbal, green, black, and oolong).
  • Teas can also support seasonal ailments like soothing sore throats. Add a small amount of honey for a bit of sweetness and immediate pain relief.
  • Lastly, the time it takes to make the beverage can be used to reset your mind with a few calming breaths

Next time you’re looking for a pick-me-up on a gloomy, blustery day, what warm beverage will you choose?

Christine Halpaus, a training specialist at Vitality, is a former K-6 educator. She earned her Masters in Teaching from George Mason University. Christine and her husband enjoy whatever time they can get outside whether kayaking in Lake Michigan, taking long walks in the sun or the snow with their three rescue dogs, enjoying the evening on a patio, or finding quiet in nature outside of Chicago.

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