Amazing Health Drinks
Some beverages are packed with more health benefits than you think. The good news is that you do not have to go to specialty stores or spend a fortune to get them. You can find healthy beverages right inside your fridge or pantry. You might even be consuming these drinks every day without knowing it. However, since they have become part of your daily routine, you might have overlooked how nutritious they actually are.
Here are some of your daily, healthy beverages:
Red wine. Drinking red wine lowers the risk of heart disease as it contains antioxidants that may help protect the lining of blood vessels in the heart. It can also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, colon cancer, cataract, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies also show consumption of red wine may be effective in reducing breast cancer risks among women and men. [Read The little known secret of red wine article]
Cranberry juice. Cranberries have antibacterial properties that fight urinary tract infections as well as gum diseases. Doctors say that cranberries contain materials that prevent bacteria from sticking to your gums. Cranberries are also high in dietary fibre, antioxidants and phytochemical nutrients that help protect you against heart disease and cancer. Many cranberry products in the market are labeled as cocktails, which are full of sugar. So make sure what you’re drinking is labeled 100% cranberry juice without preservatives.
Green tea. Green tea is a popular drink all over the world because it contains polyphenols and natural antioxidants that naturally fight off carcinogens (cancer-causing substances). It also stops tumour growth and blood clots, which cause heart attacks and strokes, by neutralising free radicals in the body. Green tea also contains flavonoid, which strengthens the bones and reduces the risk for osteoporosis, and fluoride, which fights off tooth decay. The best part about green tea is that it also has zero calories.
Echinacea drinks. Echinacea is a flowering plant that often comes in tea or juice forms in supermarkets. This drink contains several vitamins and minerals including iron, manganese, selenium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin B, which boosts your immune system by stimulating your white blood cells. It also has soothing properties to relieve those with sore throat or cough.
Chamomile tea. Chamomile is another flowering plant used to cure a number of health problems. Prepared either fresh or dry, chamomile can be used as a tea to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders, anxiety and panic attacks, muscle twitches, menstrual cramps, stomach flu and ulcers. This is possible because of the active ingredient present in chamomile known as bisabolol that has anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
Ginger tea. Ginger contains shogaols and gingerols that help in neutralising stomach acids. Thus, drinking ginger tea daily improves and soothes digestion. It can also solve common discomforts such as flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea. It is used as a remedy for flu, cold, headaches, and sore throat.
Orange juice. Orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C prevents oxidative damage to your cells (what causes your cells to be cancerous) and strengthens your immune system from infections. Orange juice is also a potent antioxidant that protects you from various diseases such as cataract and lung cancer. It contains folate which prevents birth defects from occurring.
Lemon juice. Lemon is another citrus fruit well known for its antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Thus, lemon juice is naturally rich in vitamin C and is essential in maintaining a strong immune system. Lemon juice also helps flush toxins out of the body, providing you with a great overall detox. Since lemons are acidic, raw lemon juice lowers the impact of any meal on your blood sugar levels. Avoid using refined sugar and use healthy and natural sweeteners like honey to maintain lemon’s effectiveness.
Soymilk. Soymilk contains soluble fibre and proteins that lower cholesterol levels and triglycerides (fats), reducing your risk of getting heart disease. It is a healthier alternative to cow’s milk; however, studies have shown that soy contains phytoestrogens, a component that increases the risk of breast cancer. If your family has a history of breast cancer, try to limit your consumption of soymilk.
Water. Water is the most common drink in any household and the most important for your health. Essentially, water makes up 60% of your body and helps ensure that all bodily functions work properly. Water flushes toxins out of your vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and maintains a moist environment for bodily tissues. Since you lose water every day through breathing, perspiration, urine and bowel movements, you need at least 3 litres or 13 cups (men) or 2.2 liters or 9 cups (women) of water a day.
These beverages are known to boost your overall health and well-being, but do not mistake them for miracle elixirs. Their effect still depends on how much and how frequent you consume them. Keep in mind that if there is such a thing as overeating, then there is definitely such a thing as over-drinking.