Say ‘NO’ to Ice Water this Summer and Drink This Instead to Keep Cool

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While it may sound counter-intuitive, drinking warm or room temperature water in the summer heat is actually better for your body than iced beverages.

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While it may sound counter-intuitive, drinking warm or room temperature water in the summer heat is actually better for your body than iced beverages.

The body has its own cooling mechanisms like sweat and breathing, it doesn’t need ice water to survive on a hot summer day. For centuries, cultures in Asia and Africa actually drank hot tea when it was hottest outside, and still do to this day.

But why? What is it about cold water that our bodies just do not agree with? Well, because the body is between 70%-80% fluid, any fluids that are consumed become part of the whole. When the majority of the fluid we consume happens to be cold, that can have a coagulating effect on the blood, making it harder for our bodies to have proper circulation among other dysfunctions.

If we can bring heat to our bellies (any time of year) then that will help increase the flow of cool water energy to the rest of the body. This helps us maintain a state of homeostasis and elevated core temperature to help relieve ailments and fight disease.

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This refreshing lemonade is the perfect summer drink to warm the belly while allowing the rest of your body to cool off.

Honey Ginger Lemonade Recipe
Nature provides many gifts which are designed to warm our insides and establish the ideal inner temperature, and ginger is one of them. Ginger is naturally warming and soothing to our stomachs which helps in digestion, nausea, insomnia, and many other ailments.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup sliced fresh ginger
  • 1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice
  • 6 cups of water
  • A few mint leaves (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Combine 2 cups of water, the honey and ginger in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil at medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Turn the stove off and remove the pan from the heat, stirring the liquid.
  3. Let it steep for 10 minutes, and once it reaches room temperature, put it in the refrigerator to chill.
  4. When you are ready to serve, remove from the fridge and transfer to a pitcher with 4 cups of water and the lemon juice, and stir. Add some stevia if you prefer a sweeter taste, and more lemon for less sweet.
  5. Sprinkle the mint leaves on top and enjoy!

Adding some fresh ginger to your summer drink is a refreshing way to maintain homeostasis and keep the body nice and cool where it needs to be.

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