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Reason of the Season #2

Bancha tea in a Otani style ceramic tea cup.

Bancha tea in a Otani style ceramic tea cup.

How have you been doing?

It’s a bit warm for this time of the year, but even so the mercury continues on a steady drop. Have you all managed to keep from catching cold this autumn?

Actually, the common cold is actually said to be the root of many other illnesses. So if you do happen to catch cold, it’s important that you kick it off as soon as possible. If you do catch cold, make sure to keep your body warm, maintain a steady intake of vitamins, eat easily digestible food and get plenty of sleep.

It’s also important that you get plenty of liquids. However, there are many options as to what you can take. Some popular suggestions are drinks such as Pocari Sweat (ポカリスエット) made by Tokushima’s very own Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, a nationally renowned corporation, and Aquarius (アクアエリアス). Both of these drinks make it easy for the body to increase intake of fluid without putting much pressure on the body. They tend to contain a lot of sugar, though, so in times where you need to drink a lot, you might find you get are getting too much sugar. In these cases you should try to drink the ‘calorie off’ (カロリーオフ) variants, or dilute them with a little water before drinking.

And now for some simple recipes you can use when you are feeling down to look after yourself and take care of your body.

Daikon Drink
Here’s a good drink to make when your throat hurts or you have a headache, using extract from a daikon radish.

  1. Thinly slice a fresh daikon.
  2. Put the slices into a container and add honey until the slices are covered.
  3. If the container has a lid, seal it, or use plastic wrap instead if there is no lid.
  4. Place the container in the fridge for around two to three hours until the daikon extract appears. It is also possible to leave it overnight.
  5. Once you have the extract, drink as desired. You can drink it as is, or even add a little hot water to make it easier to drink.

This special drink is actually quite popular with a lot of famous singers who need to take care of their voices before a performance. And remember, the fresher the daikon, the more powerful an effect it will have.

Another option is to grate a daikon and add the juice of a lemon or sudachi. Drink this and it works to counter the effects of a hangover, or when you are feeling tired and want a boost of energy.

※ Also, it is said that if you drink bancha tea (番茶) quite often, it is more difficult to get a headache. In Tokushima you can get a type of bancha called awa bancha (阿波番茶). It has a taste that might seem a little strange at first to some, but once you get used to it, it is very tasty. Give it a go!

Next –

Ginger Drink
Here’s a drink for when you want to warm up your body a little. It’s a little bit like miso soup.

  1. Thinly grate some fresh ginger, and add honey, sliced spring onions, and then add a little miso and hot water. You can adjust the flavour to your own tastes, but one sip and you will start to feel warm all over.

Once you drink, make sure you get to sleep right away afterwards so you can maintain the warm feeling and feel relaxed while you go to sleep. However, you may sweat a little more than usual so keep a change of clothes at the ready just in case.

Also, if you make a lot of it at once, you can break it up over several sittings and the effect can be prolonged. In any case, it’s a simple recipe that uses all-natural ingredients. Give it a try!

Well, it tends to get very cold around the end of year and New Year period, and you probably have a lot of office parties coming up as well. So take care of yourself, stay warm and have a happy end of year!

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One response »

  1. Thanks for the great info. It’s gotten really cold in the last few days, so I can use your ‘body warmer’ recipes! And, nice picture.

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