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8 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Stop Consuming Cold Drinks

8 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Stop Consuming Cold Drinks

Cold drinks are out while hot drinks are in! Experts are now telling us that hot or warm drinks are much more beneficial for us than was once thought. Here are 8 amazing things that will happen when you reach for the hot drink, rather than a cold one. Just hot water on its own has loads of benefits.

1. You’ll feel the benefits of sweating

On a hot day, you need to sweat. It is your body’s way of keeping cool. Researchers at University of Ottawa’s School of Human Kinetics found that evidence is pointing towards the benefits of a hot drink. They found that cold drinks did not make their athletes sweat enough and you need to sweat to really keep the body cool. Hot drinks can make you sweat and that more than compensates for the actual temperature of the drink.

The Indians travelling on their trains have known about this all along. They have always served warm meals which are always accompanied by strong, hot and sweet tea. Temperatures both inside and outside the train are frequently about 45° C (113°F)!

“I’m Indian, I’m British. A billion Indians can’t be wrong. They drink hot tea in hot weather.” – Madhulika Sikka, producer, Morning Edition.

2. You’ll cut your risk of getting diabetes

A study by the American Diabetes Association says that if you have one can of cold drink in a day, it will spike your sugar consumption as all these drinks have too many carbs. For example, one can of either fruit drink, soda, iced tea, energy drink, or sports drink will probably contain 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrate. That is the equivalent of carbs containing 10 teaspoons of sugar so naturally, your blood glucose will rocket.

Follow the advice here on Rethink Your Drink so that you can go for unsweetened hot tea or coffee. Fresh fruit will also help you to keep your water intake at the right level, even when it gets hot.

3. You’ll become friendlier

Strange but true, according to the researchers at University of Colorado Boulder. They asked participants to judge a person while holding a hot cup of coffee in their hands and when holding a can of iced coffee. Participants did not know that holding the drink was part of the test. The results showed that when people held a hot drink, they tended to have more positive perceptions of other people’s generosity and empathy. It is a pity you cannot offer hot tea or coffee to members of an interview panels when you are interviewed for your dream job!

4. You’ll get more relief for your coughs and colds

We all know there is nothing like a hot drink of tea or coffee, when we have a cold or cough. You will get no relief at all from a can of iced tea! But is there any scientific explanation for this?

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Some researchers at the Common Cold Center at the University of Cardiff (UK) were determined to find out. They tried a well known brand of apple and blackcurrant cordial. They offered participants a hot or room temperature drink. Both were effective in relieving symptoms but the hot version was by far the most beneficial.

There may be psychological reasons but the researchers homed in on the physical effects. They found that the hot sweet taste was releasing compounds similar to morphine in the brain and thus easing pain and discomfort. The other inescapable fact is that heat almost always enhances taste.

5. You’ll boost your metabolism

Many dieticians recommend drinking hot water with your meals when you are on a diet. The Chinese do this all the time and marvel at our custom of always serving cold water at mealtimes!

Now I know that hot water is not that attractive taste wise, but it does stimulate the pleasure centers in the brain and that could help you to enjoy losing weight even more. There is nothing wrong with adding your favourite flavoring such as lemon juice. Also its effects can be really beneficial as it can increase your metabolism, so you are more likely to burn calories between meals. Dr. Michael B. Wald, Director of Nutritional Services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco is one expert who is convinced that hot water will be beneficial.

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6. You’ll be better protected against infections

Any hot drink which has used boiled water as its base will be healthier. Here’s why. Boiling sterilizes, so any bacteria in the water will be eliminated once boiled. There is another great advantage too. You can help to reduce the amount of mucous in your sinuses and stomach, thereby reducing the potential damage that might be caused by bacteria or fungi.

7. You’ll have better digestion

There is a lot of debate about whether cold water or other drinks can slow down digestion. Ayurvedic medicine certainly advocates the use of hot water with meals as the solution to bad digestion and nausea. But there is no scientific evidence for this at all. But if you drink hot ginger tea with your meals, it may well help your digestion as the University of Maryland site claims.

“Years ago, I used to recommend ginger tea to my hospitalized cardiac patients to help them with digestive or nausea problems.” – Dr. Sinatra, cardiologist

8. You’ll avoid harming your teeth

All those cold cans of soda and iced tea are full of sugars which interact with the plaque on and around your teeth. What is produced is a sort of acid which can destroy your tooth enamel. By avoiding all those cold drinks in a can, you can forget about flossing or brushing your teeth every time you have one of them!

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As you can see, it is much better to avoid cold drinks when possible and go for the healthier hot drinks we have mentioned above.

Featured photo credit: Tea in Gold/Tweetspeak Poetry via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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