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Medical Edge: Healthy hot drinks
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- At this Spice and Tea Exchange, their custom beverage blends are a welcome exchange for many these days coming in from the cold. In addition to warming up, people want to drink up for good health this time of year.
Spice master Brittany Spurlock says she gets asked about a lot, when it comes to hot drinks for good health. "All the time, we get quite a few folks in here looking for your more medicinal herbs, we also get a lot of folks particular this time of year for those healthy teas."
Her top picks include blueberry black tea for a cup of heart health and mystic dragon, a blend with caffeine to boost alertness. This blend she brewed up for us to fend off the common cold, "my personal cold remedy right now is our ginger turmeric herbal tea, mixed with our jay cloud green tea."
In English that means, "the antioxidants with green tea because it has a lot of those, ginger is a natural nausea queller, and then tumeric is a blood purifier."
The other hot drink for good health this time of year is cocoa blends. Julie Van Arsdale says tropical cocoa is a hot pick on a cold day. "It has some of our naturally infused organic sugars in it which is like a raspberry, a coconut, as well as also a cocoa sugar, and it's made with a splash of cinnamon and our beautiful dutch cocoa."
How much do you need to heat things up? "If you are trying to get the health benefits of a beverage, at least 3 eight ounce servings a day."
Just so you know, herbal tea can be steeped for any amount of time. The more fragile blends, as they are called, need water just under 200 degrees, and steeping not longer than two minutes.