The Healthiest Drinks for Your Body
There are a lot of drinks on the market that claim to replenish your body after exercising or build up your immune system or give you all the vitamins of a full serving of veggies. But if you read the labels of some of those supposedly healthy drinks, you may be disturbed by the high amounts of sugar, artificial flavoring and artificial colorings they contain. So what are the best drinks to keep your body in top health? Here’s a quenching rundown:
Water, Water, Water
Water is the most essential fluid to drink every day, and really is the only drink a healthy adult actually needs. Every system in the human body depends on water to function. Water flushes toxins from our organs, keeps our nose, throat and ear tissues moist and carries vital nutrients to our cells. Though quantities vary due to size and activity levels, on average, men should drink about 13 cups of beverages a day and women should drink around 9 cups. The majority of those beverages should be water. Make certain your water is as healthy and refreshing as possible by using a water filter to remove toxins your local water treatment plant leaves behind.
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It may be trendy at the moment, but pomegranates have long been enjoyed for their healthy benefits. Pure pomegranate juice, not sugared or diluted juices, are rich with antioxidants that may help prevent some types of cancer, heart disease and inflammation. If the taste of pure juice is too strong for you, mix it with plain water to find the flavor level you enjoy.
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Not everyone is familiar with kefir, but they should be. Kefir is a yogurt-like drink made from fermented milk. It provides a healthy dose of calcium, magnesium, protein, vitamin B12 and probiotics for healthy digestion and a strong immune system.
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With zero calories and a load of antioxidants, hot or iced green tea is healthy and refreshing. According to Shape, a study concluded that on a cellular level, tea drinkers actually have a younger biological age than people who don’t drink tea. But stay away from bottled green tea beverages that are loaded with sugar.
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In a moderate portion, a homemade smoothie is packed with vitamins, minerals and protein. In a too-big portion, smoothies are also packed with calories so keep your serving the same as an average serving of juice, about six ounces. Add berries for vitamin C, half of a banana for potassium and sweetness, and non-fat, unsweetened yogurt or kefir and blend for a quick breakfast or post-workout snack.
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It’s easy to reach for a bottled drink when you’re feeling parched or want a quick boost of energy, especially with so much advertising trying to convince you those kinds of drinks are healthy. But reaching for a glass of water is much healthier in the long run, and much less expensive. Of course no one wants to drink water all the time; alternating servings of water with good-for-you options like green tea, kefir and pomegranate juice will satisfy your need for variety while still providing your body with all the healthy fluids it needs.