Today’s Tip is about lemon juice and tea. I often take lemon juice in my tea, and my tendency was to brush my teeth right afterward, as my teeth are very sensitive. Then I wondered about it and I read online that brushing your teeth right after consuming something acidic (that also includes oranges and grapefruit) can damage your softened enamel.
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From what I’ve read it’s best to wait an hour before brushing your teeth (some sources say thirty minutes) and use a toothpaste with more fluoride.
My problem is that lemon juice, in lemonades or tea, sets my teeth “on edge,” making them so sensitive that I can hardly chew for hours afterward. Incidentally, I noticed that lime juice doesn’t do that! At least for me. I don’t know yet why that happens. But the lesson about that, so far, is that you should pay attention to your body and if something doesn’t work, try something else that just might. I like to get my vitamin C from food because fizzy tablets come with sweeteners that change my appetite. I only take some with magnesium (affiliate link) (which seem to be fine in that respect), so I was bummed that I couldn’t have lemonades when going out. But then at home I tried lime juice in my tea, the same lime juice I use in two favorite recipes of mine (guacamole and Thai soup), and I was fine with it.
Since you’re here, might I impress upon you how healthy rooibos tea is? This kind of South African tea is a passion of mine, both for its taste and for its health benefits. It has notes of vanilla and caramel, and even though it contains vitamin C, it’s not astringent in taste like hibiscus tea (which has more vitamin C, which is helpful in cold seasons, but beware of interactions with medicines, since hibiscus tea lowers high blood pressure—for more foods that do that, see this post, but remember to ask your doctors about changes in your diet).
Back to rooibos tea (pronounced ROY-boss), it’s worth mentioning that I saw a documentary on TV a while ago which showed that rooibos tea killed cancer cells in petri dishes—which is not to say that anyone should ever attempt to treat cancer this way, but only that you should consider drinking it for its antioxidants in order to help prevent cancer.
A caffeine-free tea, rooibos may also help with insomnia and stress. In fact, rooibos tea contains two very rare flavonoids—aspalathin and nothofagin—which help lower cortisol levels. According to a paper on Research Gate, aspalathin is actually found in nature only in rooibos tea!
Browsing tea products on Amazon I found an organic rooibos chai from Numi I got really excited about, as every now and then, for lack of the right products, I am making chai tea at home myself—and it’s such a delight!
To a happier, healthier life,
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