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What’s Better than Alcohol to Unwind?

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The next time you need a drink for stress relief, try a matcha tea latte or hibiscus tea instead.

Matcha has an earthy-grassy taste and is delicious as a mildly sweet latte. It has more antioxidants than green tea and it stimulates alpha-waves (the same brain state we have when meditating). It may help prevent cancer, protect your heart, and liver and promote weight loss, as well.

Hibiscus tea, on the other hand, tastes like fruit punch and is refreshing over ice. It has possibly more antioxidants than any other beverage (those help protect against cancer), plus it reduces blood pressure just as effectively as a statin drug! It also helps reduce bad cholesterol, and could help your heart, liver and have weight management benefits.

Matcha Latte Recipe: Add a tsp or two of matcha powder to a few tbs of hot water and whisk until smooth. Add a tsp or two of white sugar and a cup of either hot or cold milk (my favorite milk to use is almond). Add a touch of vanilla extract if you wish.

Health info from Dr. Michael Greger’s How Not to Die.

Heather Salazar

Heather Salazar, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy, artist, and certified yoga teacher. She has been teaching philosophy, yoga, and meditation in university classes and at colleges since 2007. Her philosophical research focuses on the intersections of metaethics and philosophy of mind in Eastern and Western traditions and in particular on conceptions of the self and their impact on moral obligations. Her publications include _The Philosophy of Spirituality_, “Descartes’ and Patanjali’s Conceptions of the Self” (Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion 2011), "Why Are You Standing on My Yoga Mat?!" in _Yoga - Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Body and Mind_ and “Kantian Business Ethics” in Business in Ethical Focus. She is currently under contract for a monograph which assesses and contributes to neo-Kantian ethical constructivism: _Creating a Shared Morality_ and is co-editing _Mind Over Matter_.

In her art, Salazar specializes in photography, figurative charcoals and monotypes, as well as vivid oil paintings of landscapes and objects of meditation. Salazar’s art is deeply impacted by her philosophical research in philosophy. Her art graces the covers philosophy books such as _The Philosophy of Spirituality_ and all of the books in the series _Introduction to Philosophy__ (Rebus).