gmathis said

Water, hot

So…the doctor didn’t say to quit drinking tea, but reminded me that for various and sundry reasons, I do need to up the plain old water intake.

Not a problem when it’s hot outside, but as the weather gets worse, the last thing I care to drink is a big icy mug of cold stuff.

Therefore, I am going to attempt to supplement my hot tea with hot water. Besides lemon, any suggestions for additives to make it a little more palatable?

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What about mint? Or cucumber? I know there’s cucumber hot tea, but I don’t know if fresh cucumber turned hot water would be palatable….

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gmathis said

Good thought on the mint and kicking myself for not thinking of it — we have a (somewhat) healthy potted peppermint plant that could sacrifice a leaf or two for the cause…

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ssajami said

Wouldn’t any caffeine-free tisane count as water? Rooibos, herbals….?

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I was wondering the same thing, but I thought maybe there was some underlying thing preventing more than just a little flavor to the water?

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gmathis said

I didn’t have the brains to ask about the herbals, but I suspect you’re right—may be worth a phone call to the dr.’s office to see if they count as “water with flavor.”

I think contacting the doctor’s office about herbals is probably a good idea, as some herbs, spices, and other things we think of as “it’s just food” can also have interactions with drugs and/or illnesses. Even if these turned out to be not-immediately-dangerous interactions, they may inhibit the usefulness of drugs or supplements you are taking, causing other problems. If it sounds like the nurse or dr. or whoever’s on the phone doesn’t know whether there might be interactions for you, you might want to drop by a pharmacy and ask the folks there, they are the interaction experts.

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In addition to lemon, i’ve added ginger, lime, orange, grapefruit, and apple. i like to infuse the ginger in boiling water for 10-30 minutes.

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seule771 said

no comment, there lurks cruelty in wanting to brew ginger.

I happen to love fresh ginger brew sweetened with honey. Admittedly, you’ll need to have a tolerance for spicy. Throw in some cinnamon for natural sweetness.

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gmathis said

Butiki — apple sounds great! May have to hit my favorite health food place for candied ginger, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

Oooh, never thought of trying candied ginger. I wonder if that would be much different than grated fresh ginger.

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A cinnamon stick this time of year is nice and warming too. To that infusion, try adding some dried lemon verbena if you are lucky enough to have some left from the summer.

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