Years ago I was a coffee addict. Today I’m happy to say that I’m not. Now I drink copious amounts of water and a fair amount of decaffeinated green tea. I like smoothies and I use green tea to make them.
When I was in college I drank innumerable cups of coffee every day from the time I got up until I went to bed. I began drinking it because I was following the crowd, who used it to “keep going” without considering what the effects on the body might be.
Years later I visited a college friend at her family’s home. I was amazed to find that there was no coffee available. My friend, whose mother was a nutritionist, spent the visit educating me about negative effects of caffeine and benefits of drinking water, and I became a convert.
Conquering Caffeine Habituation
Caffeine is a stimulant of the central nervous system and consuming it does reduce feelings of sleepiness and fatigue. However, if you regularly ingest it that consumption results in “habituation,” which amounts to no net benefit from use but, a negative effect if the drug is withdrawn.
Too Much Java
All of us who have had a coffee habit and kicked it will attest that too much caffeine results in restlessness, headache, nausea and “jumpiness”. Some people also say the result of drinking too much coffee is an increase of stomach acid that causes “heartburn” (acid reflux).
The bottom line for anyone coping with chronic fatigue and/or fibromylagia syndromes is that caffeine is contraindicated because it contributes to insomnia, but there’s more to consider as well.
Studies have been largely inconclusive regarding coffee and its effect on women’s health issues such as breast health, cancer, and osteoporosis. But, the negative effects of coffee tend to emerge in excessive drinking so it is best to avoid heavy consumption. — Coffee Health Risks
The amount of water a person requires varies depending on weight, activity level and climate. One way to decide how much to drink is to divide your weight (in pounds) by two. That number is the number of ounces of water you need each day.
Your body is estimated to be about 60 to 70 percent water. Blood is mostly water, and your muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. Your body needs water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs do have to drink enough water to regulate body temperature and to provide the means for nutrients to travel to all your organs. Water also transports oxygen to your cells, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs. — Drinking Water to Maintain Good Health
Symptoms of mild dehydration include chronic pains in joints and muscles, lower back pain, and headaches, all of which are problematic for those who have chronic fatigue and/or fibromyalgia.
Drink a glass when you wake up, a glass with each meal, a glass in between meals, and be sure to drink before, during and after exercise. Try to generally keep yourself from getting thirsty, because by the time you feel thirsty you body is already in the early stages of dehydration. — 9 Great Reasons to Drink Water, and How to Form the Water Habit
Decaffeinating Green Tea
To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee and you can decaffeinate it very easily.
All you have to do is steep the tea for 45 seconds in hot water and then pour off the liquid. Next, add more hot water and steep as you normally would to brew a cup of that tea. Up to 80 percent of the caffeine is released in the first infusion of water, so only minimal amounts will remain when you add water the second time. This method eliminates very little of the tea’s flavor and aroma.
Green Tea Smoothie Recipe
1 1/2 cups cantaloupe or honeydew, diced
1/2 cup lemon sherbert
1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced
Lemon juice, fresh
Brew the green tea and then chill for 45 to 60 mutes. Add all the ingredients above to your blender. Adding the tea and lemon juice last blend until smooth and creamy.
Makes 3 cups
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 cup lemon juice (fresh or reconstituted)
- Combine sugar and cream, stirring until dissolved.
- Stir in lemon juice.
- Pour into 8-inch square pan or directly into sherbet dishes and freeze 3 hours or until firm.
- Remove from freezer 5 minutes before serving.
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