It’s the middle of June, and that means for many parts of the United States, the weather is getting hotter and hotter! There are so many delicious cold drinks that are popular: beer, soda, lemonade, and more! However, when it comes to the journey to lower blood pressure naturally, it’s good to be mindful of how that refreshing cold drink might affect you! My goal is usually to avoid excessive sugar, caffeine and artificial ingredients. Oh how I miss a good bottle of Coca-Cola! BUT I want to prioritize my heart health on a daily basis. What can I drink other than cold water?
My personal favorite is barley tea! It’s very popular in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China. It can be served cold in the summer and hot in the winter.
Barley tea is a not a “tea” in the sense that it was brewed from tea leaves like green or black tea. It is brewed just from barley and contains no caffeine! Woohoo! Barley tea also has a lot of antioxidants that can potentially help protect you from heart attacks, cancer and other diseases.
In addition, it’s my personal preference to avoid caffeine, because I want to avoid the spike in blood pressure. In my journey to lower blood pressure naturally, it just doesn’t make sense to me to add a beverage that will elevate my blood pressure more.
You can buy barley tea bags on Amazon or from local Asian supermarkets, or if you’d rather just pick up a bottle of barley tea, and you’re in the United States, I’ll share one of my favorite products from Trader Joe’s:
Here it is! I hope you get the chance to try it. Please let me know how you like it! Oh and by the way, definitely put it in the refrigerator; it tastes best when very cold!
Categories: Food and Diet