Friday, February 6, 2009

Get well soon, baby!

The truth is, I haven't been feeling so well. And I'm guessing that there are several of you out there who have fallen victim to cold and flu season. I know that, even when we're feeling well, hydration is critical to regulating body temperature and functions. And I've been told repeatedly by my doctor that it's doubly important when we're sick.

So, I've really been doing my part this time, sipping countless bowls of soup and (of course) many, many cups of tea. Then, in the midst of all that sipping, I got to wondering whether the the temperature of these hydrating liquids mattered.

Weirdly coincidentally, the New York Times just published an article on January 26, 2009 answering this very question. Anahad O'Connor reported a recent study finding at the Common Cold Center at Cardiff University in Britain: there is a benefit to hot beverages vs. drinks at room temperature. According to the researchers, "[t]he hot drink provided immediate and sustained relief from symptoms of runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat, chilliness and tiredness . . . whereas the same drink at room temperature only provided relief from symptoms of runny nose, cough and sneezing."

Well, I'm sold. Load up on some piping hot tea with me, and let's get well soon, baby!


Anonymous said...

Chai Baby --Ah, I've just joined you and everyone with a cold... just crept into my system last night. Since then, I've been keeping-up a few home remedies, zinc, saline sprays, etc. There are conflicting studies out there about those things, but I'm happy to hear that hot beverages help more than non-hot drinks. That's what my own research has said too, and I've been keeping the Chai Baby teas going steady from the first sign of the cold. It's definitely keeping my symptoms at-bay.

The Energy blend has become my new go-to tea when I need to focus, now it's my go-to for cold counter-measure. This Energy blend is such a well-balanced and flavorful peppermint concoction, I consider it a modern day Shakespeare's tea; perfect as a writing/creative companion.

thanks for mentioning the ariticle...


Chai Baby said...

So glad you're enjoying the Energy Blend. The peppermint-ginger combination is always lively & uplifting, but it's doubly effective when you're sick and your tastebuds are out of whack.

Glad to hear it's been a creativity booster as well!

Keep sipping and get well soon!
-Chai, Baby!