We’ve compiled a list of the research-backed facts and proven life-changing benefits of shifting your diet to healthy drinks.
When it comes to our health we prefer facts and hands-on practical advice vs. fads based on pseudoscience and opinion. So read on if you are seeking tips on what not to drink, what to drink, and how much to drink.
What to drink and why
Pure Water And Healthy Drinks
Why water? Good question! Water is the main element in your blood. It supplies cells with oxygen and nutrients and carries waste out of the body.
Water regulates your internal body temperature through the process of sweat production and evaporation. It also lubricates your joints, cushions your vital organs, burns calories, and increases your metabolism.
Therefore, staying hydrated has a whole host of functions and benefits from brain health to weight loss. You can meet your daily water intake with herbal teas or upgrade a plain glass of water with fruit, vegetable, or herbal infusions like mint, ginger, or cucumber.
For a nutritious alternative to sugary sodas and energy drinks, try the refreshing fizz of freshly squeezed, sparkly lemon water, a potent vitamin C super drink that is a fantastic source of hydration, but also super easy and quick to prepare.
You can also make natural sodas using a SodaStream to turn still water into a fun sparkling treat. Water is also found in abundance in many superfoods like spinach, wheatgrass, and coconuts. Plus, by using water or ice in your smoothies you can easily meet your daily quota.
We have talked about the many benefits of healthy smoothies before, but do wish to restate here that smoothies, when made from fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, following a minimum 70/30 veggie to fruit ratio, are true super drinks.
They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Healthy smoothies are great sources of both water and fiber whose praises – including better hydration, digestion, and satiety – we’ve sung before.
Healthy smoothies are fun to make, rebuilding your appreciation for 100% natural and fresh ingredients. They even help you become a more conscious shopper as visiting your local farmer’s market or health food store is probably the best way to find fresh, pesticide-free, organic, locally sourced veggies and fruits.
Plus, healthy smoothies are a tasty and fantastic way to load up on greens, veggies, seeds, nuts, and other superfoods you may otherwise not include in your diet. If you could use a little guidance on how to build yourself some of the healthiest smoothies on earth in your very own kitchen, feel free to read on here.
Freshly-squeezed juices are a great alternative to sodas and unhealthy, sugary drinks – provided you follow the 70/30 veggie to fruit ratio and maintain some of the pulp which is rich in fiber.
Making fresh and natural juices out of organic vegetables and other superfoods is an easy way to take in a great portion of your daily recommended vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Healthy juices lead to powerful benefits including:
• anti-inflammatory compounds which help boost your immune system, in particular during the cold and flu season
• improved digestive functions thanks to healthy enzymes that make the gut work more effectively
• the ability to cleanse and aid your body in flushing out toxins
• the ability to lose weight as part of an overall low-calorie diet
Teas are healthy to drink powerhouses. Whether you go for black, oolong, or green teas, all made of the same Camellia Sinensis wonder plant, or for herbal teas such as chamomile and mint with their distinct medicinal virtues, teas are true super drinks that are not going to let you down.
Unlike sodas and soft drinks, teas are 100% calorie-free, just like water. So, if weight loss is your goal, this is a great solution. Recent studies have shown that as little as one to three cups of green tea per day can reduce both your risk of a stroke (by 35%) and your risk of a heart attack (by 20%).
One of the reasons why green teas have these powerful health effects is that they are great sources of antioxidants that prevent the cells and blood vessels from becoming rusty and old. And then, there are herbal teas such as the invigorating tulsi, the gut-soothing chamomile, or nausea-preventing ginger tea.
And, if you are trying to keep your caffeine intake in check, tea might just be your new best friend. While green and black teas actually contain only half as much caffeine as coffee, herbal teas are 100% caffeine-free.
Coffee has somehow garnered an unfair reputation, but the fears are largely unwarranted. Coffee is actually for most people safe and healthy to drink – in moderation. Studies suggest that depending on how strong they are around 3-4 cups (totaling a maximum of 300-400mg of caffeine) per day is safe to consume.
Coffee consumption is linked to longevity and reduced risk of disease, including Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, liver diseases, and others. Coffee is high in antioxidants and can be easily combined with other ingredients to make delicious superfood-based healthy drinks.
Unsweetened, plant-based milk made from hemp, coconut, and almond, for example, are a great alternative to dairy which for many is linked to digestive and other issues. Not only are they tasty in superfood smoothies, lattes, or as a splash in teas, but they are low-calorie and nutrient-rich.