Studies find that the antioxidants in coffee are good for the heart and may help lower the risk of a stroke. The caffeine can be troublesome to people with anxiety, however. The sugar that people add to coffee is the bigger issue.
If your mom is addicted to coffee and cannot drink it without adding a lot of sugar, there are beverages that offer the same health benefits. Try swapping some of her daily cups of coffee for these instead.
Black, Green, or Oolong Teas
Teas are high in antioxidants like epigallocatechin gallate. These antioxidants benefit the cells throughout the body. Some teas, such as green tea, are also believed to help with weight loss and lowered blood pressure.
Any tea is good, but black, green, and oolong teas seem to have the highest concentrations of antioxidants. If your mom enjoys it, matcha is ground tea leaf. Instead of steeping the leaves, matcha has you consuming the very fine powder. It makes excellent lattes and iced beverages.
You can also add spices to black tea to create chai. Chai tea is another great choice for lattes and iced beverages.
Hot Lemon Water
When your mom is trying to cut caffeine intake, hot lemon water will help. Add a slice or two of lemon to some hot water. Honey can sweeten the beverage if desired. Lemon is high in vitamin C without adding a lot of calories like beverages that contain milk or cream will do. She can do the same with slices of oranges, too.
Turmeric can help with inflammation. Many people have developed a taste for a hot beverage that is a mix of almond milk or regular milk with turmeric, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger. Some even add a pinch of cayenne.
To make it, mix a cup of whatever milk is desired with half a teaspoon of ground turmeric and a quarter teaspoon of other desired spices. Heat until it’s almost boiling. Add honey to taste and serve.
All of these will help your mom stay hydrated without relying on cup after cup of coffee. If your mom struggles to stay hydrated, you can also enlist the help of elder care services. Caregivers can bring her beverages throughout the day and make sure she’s getting plenty to drink. Call an elder care service to learn more about the meal and drink preparation and other helpful home care services.
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