With all the trends of specialty waters, sodas, juices, shakes, etc it can be confusing what is actually good for you without a lot of research. My personal preference is water – for every meal, ha, ha! I’m not a fan of milk because of the texture and taste. I even eat cereal dry which I know is weird! I occasionally drink juice because I try to limit sugar and sometimes drink herbal tea (my favorite is peppermint). We’re going on a staycation to the beach later this week. We’ll only be about an hour from our house but it’ll be nice to relax! Thanks, Maurine for guest posting today!
5 Drinks that Actually Are Good for You
By: Maurine Anderson
There seems to be a lot of misconception in the nutrition world as to which drinks are actually healthy for you. Fruit juice, for example, is commonly deemed a healthy drink option that counts towards your daily intake of fruits and vegetables, yet many health experts are quick to point out that fruit juice contains little fiber and is full of sugar. According to multiple studies, in fact, fruit juice seems to have many of the same effects on the body that soft drinks do.
So what drinks are healthy, then? Here is a look at five drinks that truly are beneficial to your health.
Water, of course, tops this list. Water offers so many health benefits that it would be impossible to name them all in this post. For the skin, for example, water helps bring nutrients to skin cells, maintains skin elasticity, staves off wrinkles, and combats disorders like psoriasis and eczema. For the heart, staying hydrated helps the heart pump blood through blood vessels and reduces risk of heart attack. This article, meanwhile, points out that water also promotes stronger teeth, as it flushes sugars from the mouth, cuts down on sugary drink consumption, and may even contain fluoride if it comes from the tap. Long story short, water is vital to helping every aspect of your body function efficiently on a daily basis.
In addition to all of these health benefits, it doesn’t hurt that water is the most affordable thing you could be drinking. If you don’t like the taste of your tap water, you can always invest in a water filter pitcher or a water filter for your faucet. You might also consider installing a water softener as this article suggests, since hard minerals can alter the taste of your tap water. Try infusing your water with lemon juice or fruit for added flavor and health benefits!
Tea is another immensely healthy drink option. For starters, as this article mentions, drinking herbal tea or green tea is a great way to increase your daily water intake if you have trouble getting in 64 ounces of water each day. In addition, depending on the particular ingredients of the tea, it will offer a myriad of health benefits on top of proper hydration. Chamomile tea, for example, has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-ulcer, antispasmodic, and astringent properties thanks to the dried chamomile flower it contains. Açai berry tea, meanwhile, can boost energy levels, improve mental sharpness, regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, and enhance nutrient absorption. Tea, in general, has been linked to a variety of health benefits, including a stronger immune system, a healthier digestive system, lower risk of heart attack and stroke, and even reduced risk of cancer.
Note: One thing to keep in mind here is that too much caffeine can have negative effects on the body. So in this case, when it comes to caffeinated teas, you can have too much of a good thing. In addition, adding sugar to your tea will, of course, essentially negate many of the benefits you get from the tea.
Setting aside the fact that some people are lactose intolerant and therefore cannot digest milk properly, milk is another healthy drink option that is rich in nutrients. It is an excellent source of calcium, which is known to promote strong and healthy bones and teeth. It is also often fortified with vitamin D, which regulates calcium and phosphorus absorption and is hard to find in other foods.
Raw Coconut Water
Ever tried unsweetened and unflavored coconut water? Coconut water is rich in electrolytes, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium. Many health-focused athletes are starting to opt for coconut water to replace fluids after a run, instead of sugary and acidic sports drinks. It’s also a good source of fiber, which promotes better digestion. When selecting coconut water, just be sure that it’s raw and not pasteurized—the pasteurization process boils away many of the nutrients found naturally in coconut water.
100% Fruit or Vegetable Juice (When Enjoyed Properly)
Don’t get the impression that they cannot be part of a healthy diet. Pomegranate juice, for example, is packed with antioxidants that can prevent inflammation and reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. Orange juice is rich in vitamin C that neutralizes free radicals and promotes cell repair. Beet juice, meanwhile, can lower blood pressure, increase stamina, and improve blood flow to the brain. Just be sure when selecting juice that there are no added sugars and that it is indeed 100 percent juice—and be sure to enjoy it along with plenty of water throughout the day. It can also be a good idea to dilute the juice that you drink with some water.