5 Drink’s That Can Boost Your Health
Sugary juices, sodas, and other calorie loaded drinks are often considered as the prominent cause for the rise in obesity rates in the United States. However, research shows that if you pick the right beverages in your diet, then they can shower a positive impact on your health and to your weight loss.
Green tea is often known for its health benefits. However black tea, coffee, red wine, and even beer can do good to you if used in moderation. And of course -plain water is the best beverage. Read further to know more about the best beverage for your health.
Water for Hydration
If you prefer nothing else, then it’s important to drink plenty of water. Our bodies are made up of (90%) mostly water. It protects your bones, joints, and organs. It also helps our bodies to digest food and remove the waste, keeping us well hydrated. “Water is by far the best way to get fluids in our diet,” tells Janet Colson, Ph.D., RD, a nutrition professor at Middle Tennessee State University. “It’s practically free and contains no calories or artificial sweeteners or flavoring. Actually, if we all only drank water as our beverages, we would be much healthier. We don’t need any of the other beverage options.”
A lot of people are confused about how much should be gulped. Laura Catalusci, the certified health education specialist in New York, suggests that water comes from other places too besides your tap. “The Institute of Medicine recommends having an adequate intake of about 9 to 13 cups of water a day,” says Catalusci. “It’s important to remember that many other fluids and watery foods count toward that recommendation, too.”
Milk for Bone Health
Cow’s milk is considered controversial in some aspects. Although many, including the federal government, suggest fat-free or low-fat milk because of its goodness to bone health, especially in growing children. “It’s a good source of protein, calcium, and vitamin D,” says Colson. “It’s great for people who are not lactose-intolerant or allergic to the protein in milk.”
For vegans or those who are lactose intolerant, dairy-free milk, like soy or almond, are also wonderful choices. There are many dairy-free kinds of milk that are lower in calories in comparison to cow’s milk. They are supplemented with vitamin D and calcium and other essential nutrients as well.
Vegetable Juice for Vitamins
If you love drinking juice to kick start your day, then tomato juice and other vegetable juice can do wonders in comparison to the traditional OJ. Besides being rich in water content, they are also rich in a number of nutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin A, and lycopene. Also, they are not rich in sugar content which is certainly the negative point of a number of fruit juices, particularly if weight loss is one of your goals.
“Vegetable and tomato juice are quick ways to get extra minerals and vitamins into your diet. Especially if you do not eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables every day,” says Catalusci. “However, they are often high in sodium, so be sure to read the nutrition facts label.” Opt for fresh juicing, or prefer low-sodium varieties with less than 140 mg of sodium per serving.
Black Tea for Disease Prevention
If you like the taste of tea, Jessica Jane, the certified sports nutritionist and the National Association of Sports Nutrition, suggests that black tea, whether iced or hot, offer the same health benefits as the coffee does. Black tea provides a slight metabolic boost, and lots of antioxidants, as well. She also warns that having more than a cup every day may dehydrate you, and you will need to drink more water to compensate the loss.
Green Tea for Antioxidants
“Green tea is a wonderful alternative,” says Jane. “It will help hydrate the body and is very high in antioxidants. It also helps to increase the metabolism.” Years of intensive studies on green tea have revealed that it has a lot of health benefits, with its antioxidants as a neutralizing agent to those that cause aging. It also lowers the risk for heart disease and other certain cancers.
Green tea also enhances a slight metabolic boost, contrary to the popular belief, it doesn’t boost your metabolism so much that it helps in weight-loss.
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