Relaxation Drinks for Moms
Busy moms listen up. It has been confirmed. Relaxation is mandatory for good health, and get this, it’s just as good for you as exercise. Whether you are a full time employee outside of the home or a stay at home mom, it is imperative to find time to relax before your head hits that pillow.
Studies have shown that there are phenomenal health benefits in relaxing. A reduction in stress, a decline in insomnia and a decrease in the development of heart disease and cancer are all reason enough to shut down and recharge. But, in addition to those extraordinary benefits, it just feels good to relax. And, what better way to get in the mood than with a cold or warm, relaxing beverage.
Below is a list of five drinks to get moms in the mood - to relax.
1. Warm Milk
Yes, it sounds boring, but milk is nature’s wellness drink. This nutrient rich beverage is normally associated with our kids and bedtime. However, the same calming effect it has on our children is the same effect it has on us. Warm milk contains Tryptophan, an amino acid, which many say, has a relaxing effect on the body. Although science has not proven that milk helps you sleep better there’s overwhelming anecdotal evidence that supports this theory. Try mixing it with honey for an antioxidant boost and more satisfying taste. It’s true; milk really does the body good, especially if you’re trying to get some sleep.
2. Pure Coconut Water
Before the e-mails start, you’re right, coconut water is normally advertised as an energy booster, but it has been known to help people sleep better. Fitness mom, Madonna believes in this H20 so much she invested in a coconut water company. Coconut water is known for being a good source of potassium and magnesium, which helps your muscles relax, improves circulation and regulates digestion. A small carton of coconut water contains more potassium than two bananas’, and according to WebMd, it contains B vitamins, which helps lower stress and it may reduce the risk of heart attack and lower blood pressure. Besides, what material girl doesn’t need a little help relaxing in this material world?
After a long, busy day it’s nice to be able to put the kids to bed and pour a glass of Merlot. Studies have shown that drinking one glass of red wine per night, promotes a healthy life by reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 Diabetes. In addition to helping your body unwind, moderate wine consumption can also increase HDL "good" cholesterol by 20% if used in the context of a healthy diet, along with regular physical activity, says Harvard Researcher Eric Rimm. It should be noted that alcohol has also been known to disrupt sleep, so if you're going to take in that one glass try to do it 3 hours prior to bedtime. Actress, Gwyneth Paltrow admits that once the kids are asleep, a nice glass of wine is what helps her to relax. Whether you’re a celebrity mom, or the star of your own household, a glass of wine before bedtime will guarantee your star on the mommy walk of fame.
4. Herbal Teas
Herbal teas support a healthier heart and even aids with digestive problems and weight loss. But, let’s talk, shall we? The truth of the matter is, it just taste’s good. Some of the more popular herbal teas include peppermint, lavender and chamomile. Chamomile has been known to counter insomnia by relaxing the body and mind, enabling moms to fall asleep naturally. Next time you’re at the grocer, stock up and you’ll be ready to relax at teatime, bedtime or anytime.
5. Tart Cherry Juice
Research has shown overwhelming benefits associated with this incredible drink: It’s been known to reduce inflammation from heart disease and arthritis, lower blood cholesterol, promote normal uric acid levels which can ease gout, improve muscle recovery, and encourage healthy joints. But, if that isn’t enough it also promotes lovely skin and has amazing sleep advantages. We even saw the world’s greatest athletes drinking tart cherry juice in between performances at the Olympics. Moms, we may not be gold medalists, but if you make tart cherry juice a part of your regular regimen you’ll be the winner at relaxing.
Ladies, whether you’re working to relax or relaxing from work, warm milk, pure coconut water, wine, herbal teas and tart cherry juice will help you reach your resting goals. And, they will always get you in the mood – to relax.