This recipe was inspired by a conversation between longevity expert, Dr David Sinclair, and Shawn Stevenson of The Model Health Show podcast. Shawn Stevenson is a fitness and nutrition expert who used food as medicine to cure his "incurable" spinal disease and went on to launch The Model Health Show to inspire others to use food to solve their own health challenges. In this episode, Dr Sinclair talks about what we can eat to increase our lifespan and our healthspan, including the benefits of eating dark plants, such as blueberries. This is because, when plants are stressed, they make xenohormetic molecules that help them survive and turn on their longevity genes. So a stressed plant will make colored molecules to protect themselves from UV and dehydration. And when we eat them, they trigger our own body's defenses and we can get the benefits for our longevity genes too.
UTENSILS YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 small pot
- 1 potato masher
- 1 small strainer that can fit inside a cup
INGREDIENTS PER GLASS:
- 1/2 cup of brewed naturally sweet red tea (which we call black tea in the West), such as Golden Thread Dian Hong
- 1 handful of blueberries
- 1 sprig of lavender
- 1/2 teaspoon of honey
- ice cubes
1. Combine the blueberries, tea liquor, and honey in the pot and boil over a high heat.
2. When blueberries have softened, crush them with the potato masher.
3. Add the lavender to the pot and reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Place strainer over a cup and strain blueberry liquid into it, then add mineral water and ice cubes and stir a little.