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Drink plenty of water

September 7th 2011

eau-vieWater is an indispensable nutrient for all our vital processes. It makes up 60 to 70% of our body weight, and we lose more than 2 liters (or 2 kilos) per day, only in order to ensure our basal metabolism.

The food that we eat, especially fruits and vegetables, takes care of 1/5 of all our needs. The remaining 4/5 must therefore be directly drunk in the form of liquid.

Remember to drink at least 8 glasses of liquid a day.

Drinking green tea for good health

August 27th 2011

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on August 27, 2011.

Although green tea has been part of traditional Chinese medicine for over 4,000 years, it is only in the past two decades that this thirst-quenching and invigorating beverage has become a fad in the West.

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A non-alcoholic beer called spruce beer

August 20th 2011

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on August 20, 2011.

Contrary to what its name suggests, spruce beer is a fir-flavoured, non-alcoholic fizzy drink. Native Americans were already brewing a coniferous decoction that they thought had medicinal properties, when Jacques Cartier borrowed the recipe from them in 1536 to treat his sailors who were suffering from a mysterious disease. This was, in all likelihood, scurvy, a disease resulting from a vitamin C deficiency.

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Kick start your day with a cappuccino

August 13th 2011

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on August 13, 2011.

Cappuccino is made from espresso, hot milk and a topping of steamed-milk foam. It gets its name from the Capuchin monks, known as Cappuccino in Italian, because of the colour of their habit and also because of its hood of foamed milk.

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‘Tis an aromatic herbal tea!

August 6th 2011

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on August 6, 2011.

In the days of yore, plants were used to strengthen, heal and cure people long before medicines appeared on the scene. The word tisane originates from the Greek ptisanĕ, which was a brew made from ground barley. It includes any drink obtained from soaking or brewing or infusing flowers, leaves, stalks or roots in hot or cold water.

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And Noah planted a vineyard

July 30th 2011

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on July 30, 2011.

Recent archaeological evidence shows that the earliest known production of wine took place in Armenia around 6000 years ago. An undeniably fascinating discovery, if we believe that Noah, the biblical Patriarch planted a vineyard on Mount Ararat after the flood, in a place that is not too far off from these archaeological digs.

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Cider, proud competitor of beer and wine

July 23rd 2011

ciderOriginally published in the Journal de Montréal on July 23, 2011.

Cider obtained from fermented apple juice is one of the oldest known alcoholic beverages in the world. Hippocrates, the Greek physician was already extolling its benefits in the 4th century BC. But cider really only took off after the cider press made its appearance in the Middle Ages. Thanks to its affordability – due to the strides made in the cultivation of apple trees – cider quickly became a popular beverage, to the point of rivalling beer and wine in France around the 13th century.

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