Sweetness turned sour!
A recent study was published looking at the impact of diet soda and the risk of stroke and dementia. Accounting for lifestyle factors such as caloric intake, smoking, and exercise as well as age and education, it appears that drinking at least one diet soda a day makes it three times more likely you’ll have an ischemic stroke. That is a condition that can cause dementia or lead to the development of Alzheimer’s. Those are some sobering numbers to consider as many Americans have a great fear of developing dementia. As with most research, there were some who disagreed with the study. However, there have been many other studies showing possible links between artificial sweeteners like those found in diet soda to other serious immune disorders including Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis. In the end, these are all chemicals and our body is not programmed to digest chemicals. If you drink diet soda, now is a great time to give it up as we see more potential negative health impact. As we move into the summer, we will continue to look at basic lifestyle changes that can improve your health.
Simply Easy Tip:
Often people who are drinking diet soda like the carbonation of it. Try seltzer water in a variety of flavors to give you the fizz without the chemicals. Add some fresh lemon, lime or orange for even more taste.
Add a beverage like Green Tea that supports your health with a high level of antioxidants and no chemicals. Brew it and serve it over ice with fresh lemon. There are so many health benefits to drinking green tea. The green tea that is sold at Integrative Wellness & Physical Therapy is specially imported for a tea farm in Taiwan for its medicinal potency! To order this green tea, you may contact our front desk at (860)519-1916 or Info@IntegrativeWellnessAndPT.com, or you can click on the link above.
Simply Delicious: Iced Green Tea with Ginger, Mint and Honey
6 cups water
1/4 cup ginger, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp loose leaf green tea
1/2 cup mint leaves, tightly packed, plus extra to serve
1/3 cup honey (use less and choose a local honey when possible)
1 lemon, divided
In a medium-sized pot, combine the water and ginger slices. Bring to a boil. Once the water boils, remove from heat and add the tea leaves and mint leaves. Cover the pot and steep for about 15 minutes.
Strain the brewed tea; separating the liquid from the mint leaves and tea leaves. Mix in the honey and juice from half of the lemon into the tea. Transfer to a pitcher and cool to room temperature before refrigerating.
Slice the second half of the lemon. When ready to serve, add 1 to 2 lemon slices into each glass, along with a few mint leaves and ice cubes. Once the tea has cooled, pour it into the glasses and serve.