Sip a Hot Toddy, Never Underestimate Its Health Benefits

Winter months and a hot toddy go together hand in hand.  There is nothing that warms you up on a cold day like a hot drink in hand.  Plus, the health benefits of a hot toddy should never be underestimated. Sipping on a hot beverage is soothing, relaxing and reduces stress.  You can even sip a hot toddy for cough or a hot toddy for sore throat.  But these are not the only health benefits of sipping a hot toddy.  See what I mean below.

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Hot Toddy Health Benefits

Coffee

  • Coffee is full of antioxidants.
  • Coffee improves insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.
  • Recent studies show that coffee is effective in preventing skin cancer and prostate cancer.
  • Coffee relieves migraine headaches.
  • Coffee enhances your mood and fights depression.
  • Coffee has a compound that fights tooth decay.

Chai Tea

  • Chai tea is made with black tea which is linked to heart and bone health.
  • Chai reduces bad cholesterol.
  • Chai spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger and nutmeg,  are packed with antioxidants.

Green Tea

  • Green tea contains one of the most powerful antioxidants we can put in our body.
  • Green tea reduces heart disease risk and lowers cholesterol.
  • Green tea helps to regulate blood sugar.
  • Green tea may help aid in weight loss.
  • Green tea contains polyphenols, which may protect the brain against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Add a little honey to make a hot toddy for cough or a hot toddy for sore throat.
  • Fights against many cancers.

Hot Apple Cider

  • Apple cider has many of the health benefits of the whole fresh apple, including antioxidants.
  • Apple cider may protect coronary arteries from harmful plaque build up.
  • Apple cider can help reduce heart disease risk.
  • Has a substance called quercertin which helps prevent the flu.
  • I heard somewhere that if you eat an apple a day it will keep the doctor away.

Hot Chocolate

  • Cocoa consumption is associated with a decrease in cognitive decline as we age.
  • Cocoa may reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.
  • Cocoa lowers cholesterol.

Lemon Honey Tea

  • Add a little lemon and a spoonful or two of honey to any tea or cider makes it a hot toddy for cough or a hot toddy for sore throat.

So cozy up on the couch with your hot toddy in hand and relax.  Enjoy the many health benefits that a cup of tea, hot cocoa, coffee or apple cider has for you. You can sip a hot toddy for cough symptoms or a hot toddy for a sore throat, a hot toddy for heart disease, diabetes control, cognitive function, bone health or to get your fill of antioxidants.  Or you can just sip a hot toddy for the sheer delight of it all. But remember, never underestimate the health benefits of a hot toddy.

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8 Responses to Sip a Hot Toddy, Never Underestimate Its Health Benefits

  1. Larri November 22, 2011 at 5:07 am #

    You had me at ‘hot toddy’ :) I’m a firm believer in hot tea w/honey when we’re ailing. It’s a great comfort. Thanks for sharing. Happy Tuesday! :)

    PS…Know if there are any true benefits adding Rockin’ Rye (homemade cold/cough syrup) to your tea? My grandma swore by it…Juice of 1 lemon, Jigger of whiskey/bourbon, 1Tbsp Honey or Sugar. Mix together and add 2tsp to your hot tea. Do you think it would be harmful or helpful for an adult with a cold?

    • adoctorandanurse November 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

      Oh, honey, grandma always knows best!

      I am of course joking but the truth is that many people use alcohol as a cough suppressant. Here is a link with a forum that discusses your exact same recipe as well as some other recipes. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/563299

      However, I am not a believer in the use of alcohol to treat cold or cough symptoms. I can see how it might help you get a good nights sleep but I don’t know that there is any scientific evidence that supports its use to treat colds.

      I can also see how it might decrease the gag reflex and relax the throat which might help with cough. Furthermore, alcohol is an anti-inflammatory so I can see how that effect might decrease cough and sore throat.

      But I cannot and will not endorse the use of alcohol to treat cold and cough.

      Having said that, what ever works, honey. (but never ever in children, never!)

      Thanks for your question Larri, you are just full of vim and vigor.

  2. Jeanne November 22, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    That’s what I plan on doing tonight – but for the shear joy of it and maybe I’ll get some added benefits as I relax in front of my fireplace.

    • adoctorandanurse November 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

      Yes, we have ours on right now. It is so cold outside. It feels like snow. That means hot cocoa in front of the fire! Yippee!

  3. Betty November 22, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    I drink Apple Cider by Alpine with Mulling Spice. I love it. I always feel so cozy afterward. It does help! I love this post today, Jana!

    • adoctorandanurse November 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Betty. I just love curling up on the couch in front of the fire with a cup of tea or cider too. It is indeed cozy and comfy and well, homey. That alone is all the health benefit I need, everything else is bonus.

  4. Marje Newman December 3, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    I LOVE HOT APPLE CIDER! I am happy to know it has health benifits. Thank you.
    Just Another Day “2retirednewmans”

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