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Relaxation Drinks for Moms

Updated on July 5, 2013

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.

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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.

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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?

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3. Wine

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.

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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.

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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.

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      Tamara coleman 4 years ago

      Warm milk and honey works for sure. I also add a little cinnamon and nutmeg for the taste.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Love tart cherry juice and teas for relaxation. I find adding a bit of honey to the teas also gives it some healthful benefit. My hubby enjoys warm milk - not a woman - but it still works for him. Great tips.

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      Gail 4 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

      I love almost any herbal tea, dark, green, white, red....doesn't matter. Sometimes I drink them with sweetner and/or milk but most of the time plain. Warm milk relaxes me when I drink it. Sometimes if I'm having a bit of trouble sleeping I'll get up and have a small glass. I enjoyed reading this hub. Good job!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you for your input Little Grandmommy, and your kind words!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      These all sound really nice.. I don't think I've ever had tart cherry juice but it sounds great! I do love hot tea with a little honey in it. Thank you for sharing :)

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Jamie, thank you for the read. Tart Cherry Juice, I should warn you, is an acquired taste, but it has great benefits!

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi Tirralan. Of all the five in the list, I rarely have tart cherry juice. The rest are maybe because they're easy to grab from scratch, especially milk. I drink wine for the heart, loved it as part of dinner, but I can't go higher than 7-9% alcohol, I'd feel sleepy and defocus, lol. Thank you for this helpful list, now I know I must continue some of what I have started. I'm sharing this!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Tonette, thank you for stopping by my hub to take a read and offer your valuable feedback. Tart Cherry Juice is probably the drink I partake in the least as well, and although I do enjoy it, it is an acquired taste, but very good for relaxing.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      thanks tirralan for this interesting article and techniques to help moms relax. i am not a mom myself but im sure that this hub will be very beneficial to friends of mine who are moms. thanks and voted up.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you torrilynn for your thoughtful comments. And although the title says "drinks for moms," any women gave benefit from these relaxing drinks!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for sharing these wonderful drinks that will help many a stressed out women to relax.

      Voted up.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you rajan jolly for your feedback. Yes these drinks are great for relaxation!

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      Wow, thanks for this hub. I have not had warm milk in years. I will give it a try now as an adult.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi summerberrie. You are very welcome. Thank you for stopping by. And, as a matter of fact. I think I will have some warm milk as well!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Never thought of drinking tart cherry juice for its relaxing characteristics. I know that it does have a good natural effect for those suffering with gout. I believe that there is a concentrated cherry juice found in health food stores for that purpose. As to the warm milk...that remedy is an old one and by now...tried and true. For me, a nice glass of wine in the evenings is always nice. Teas are good and there are also many health benefits to drinking coconut water. Good hub! Up and useful votes and will share.

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      Corey 4 years ago from Northfield, MA

      I have never tried tart cherry juice, I will have to give it a go!

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      Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

      I love fresh muscadine and blackberry wine taken up just before it ferments. Both are very tasty, and they promote relaxation.

      I love the warm-milk additives commentators suggested: honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Nice!

      Thanks for sharing these helpful tips!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Peggy, thank you so much for your very thorough take on relaxation drinks. It seems you're familiar with them all. Tart Cherry juice is great for gout, but it also has relaxing effects. Studies have shown that people who drink it twice per day sleep better and don't have so many episodes of waking up through the night. Thank you for voting up!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks for reading cabmgmnt. I must warn you, tart cherry juice is an acquired taste, at least it was for me. I love it now.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hello Levertis. That muscadine and blackberry wine sounds very good. Thank you for your kind comments!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Relax with these ways, so easy and affordable too, the list of drinks are certainly helpful and works for many mums, I enjoy warm milk or wine.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      DDE, that is a great point! These drinks are all affordable drink options for relaxation. Thank you for your visit.

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      Hamza Arshad 4 years ago from Pakistan

      useful information by you...lovely

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Cathie, thank you. I'm so glad you found this hub useful. Hopefully, some of these drinks will help you to relax as well!

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      A very useful and interesting hub. As i remain busy all throughout the week your this ways to relaxation sure gonna work wonder for me. Voted up and useful. Shared across the board also.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      dghbrh, these drinks will definitely help you relax. Thank you for your nice comments and your share. I do appreciate it!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Thank you for sharing this I enjoyed it, ome drinks I never knew would help relaxation. Voted up.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you moonlake. Hopefully, you get to enjoy one of these drinks before bed.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      Hi Careermommy. My favourite herbal tea when I want to relax is lemon balm. The plant is easy to grow so I never run out! :)

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi LongTimeMother, that sounds nice and soothing. I will have to try lemon balm. Thank you for the suggestion!

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      justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

      Great, healthy ideas! It is worth noting that a glass of grape juice has all the health benefits of a glass of wine. It is not the alcohol that provides these benefits. It's the resveratrol found in the grapes! Voted up and useful! :)

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi justmesuzanne, thanks for pointing that out about the grape juice. Yes, the alcohol does seem to have more of a relaxation affect than grape juice. LOL. But, thank you for bringing the health aspect to light. That is very valuable information. Thank you also for the vote up!

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