The 10 Healthy Drinks You’re Not Drinking…And Why You Should Start!
Sure, water is the smartest drink out there, but if you're craving something more, these 10 healthy drinks will give you a boost of nutrition.
With so many drinks filled with empty calories on supermarket shelves, it can be hard to find options that also come with vitamin and minerals. But fear not, there are plenty of nutritious ways to quench your thirst if you’re in the mood for something other than plain or infused water.
Green tea has been hailed for its health benefits in Asian countries for centuries; only recently did Americans get the memo. Green tea contains a high level of polyphenols which are believed to prevent certain types of cancer like breast cancer and prostate cancer. Studies suggest it can also help reduce sharp increases in blood sugar after a meal, which can be especially beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes. Give this warm and soothing lemon thyme green tea a try.
All natural pomegranate juice is one of the most nutritious beverages on supermarket shelves. This vibrant fruit juice is packed with antioxidants which help protect cells from damage and decrease inflammation, which may help relieve some types of arthritis. It’s also rich in immune-boosting vitamin C to help fight off colds.
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Beets are a powerful source of folic acid, magnesium and nitrates. Our bodies convert nitrates into nitric oxide, which helps lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. Some studies suggest it can also help increase stamina during exercise.
Thought lemons were just a garnish? Think again. Lemon juice is a surprisingly powerful immune booster. Just 2 tablespoons stirred into a glass of water adds 14mg vitamin C. Another bonus? You’ll probably drink more lemon water than plain water because it tastes better–one more way to help stay hydrated. Find out if starting your day with lemon water lives up to the hype.
This elixir is the hottest drink in every wellness junkie’s refrigerator. Fizzy and fermented, kombucha is packed with probiotics, like other healthy fermented foods, that promote healthy bacteria in the gut. These bacteria help to aid in digestion, and help in the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
The flavor of this tropical water is a bit controversial. Some people love it, and some hate it. But there’s no debating the fact that drinking it can hydrate the body and provide a surprising amount of potassium. Potassium plays an important role in maintaining a healthy heartbeat and regulating blood pressure.
Who knew dessert could be nutritious? We’ve all heard about the health benefits of cocoa, but the antioxidant-rich drink is even more beneficial when mixed with milk, which is high in calcium and usually fortified with vitamin D. Find a new favorite hot chocolate recipe!
This tangy juice is packed with antioxidants that can help prevent cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer, and promotes a healthy urinary tract. Cranberry juice is tart on its own, so it’s combined with sugar or other, sweeter fruit juices. Look for varieties that are 100% juice.
Thought red wine was only good for kicking back and relaxing? Think again. Studies suggest that moderate amounts of any alcohol can help increase HDL (good cholesterol) and prevent artery damage. Resveratrol is an antioxidant specifically found in red wine that might have even more health benefits like helping to decrease LDL (bad cholesterol) and prevent blood clots. Try a glass a day or switch things up with a warming glass of mulled red wine.
Possibly the most ubiquitous juice on the market, orange juice is nutrition-packed. Everybody knows it’s a great source of vitamin C, but most people don’t know that it’s also a good source of potassium and thiamin plus calcium and vitamin D if it’s fortified. If you find fizz refreshing, try it in an orange juice spritzer.