Sustainable home made hot teas and drinksWith winter upon us, one of the challenges during colder days is to ensure that you stay well-hydrated.

Since water makes up over 50% of your body, it plays a vital role in keeping you healthy. Being well-hydrated will aid your immune- and lymph systems, helping you to fight off illnesses, regulate your body temperature, rid your body of waste material and keep your skin and joints supple.

Water remains the best way to hydrate your body, but
when it is cold outside I find a hot drink much more appealing. But getting that drink, you might want to think about the environment, minimising your impact on the environment(avoiding unnecessary packaging that comes with pre-prepared drinks) as well as keeping down your calorie intake.

The super easy hot drinks below will keep you hydrated while being kind to the environment, kind to your budget and they will boost your health:

  • Add ½-1 tablespoon lemon juice and a teaspoon honey to a cup of hot water. The lemon juice will help clear your sinuses and neutralise acidity levels. The natural antibacterial properties of honey can ward off an approaching cold.
  • Sprinkle some ground cinnamon on a cup of hot water and sip away. Add a teaspoon honey to sweeten if you like. Cinnamon has been shown to boost brain activity, enhance cognitive processing and reduce nervous tension. It also calms you down allowing you to focus on your task at hand.
  • Add a slice of ginger root to a cup of hot water with a spoon of honey if you prefer it sweet. Ginger and honey both have anti-bacterial properties, so it is the ideal beverage if you feel a bit under the weather.

Try out one (or all) of these recipes and let us know what you think. Have a recipe of your own to share? Tell us about it.