The best sip forward: What you drink plays an important role in maintaining your health.
What we drink has a huge impact on our health and body weight – we fail to realize the number of calories, sugar and chemicals that are present in our drink that we use to quench our thirst. Every sip counts towards a good health. Are you keeping fit with every sip?
What we drink makes for a substantial amount of calories, in fact it adds up to more than what we eat. According to a study in Canada, beverages account for almost 20% of the calories consumed by children! Every time one reaches for a soda, sports drink, fruit juice or other beverage, they consume calories derived entirely from sugar. Most of these sugary beverages contain the equivalent of 11-12 teaspoons of sugar per bottle. Would you ever put 12 teaspoons of sugar in your coffee or on your cereal? Of all the steps that you can take to improve your health, dumping unhealthy sugary drinks from your diet offers the single greatest return for your efforts.
We list down the top healthy drinks that contribute to a better health and better well-being!
Green tea is a rich source of antioxidant. Green tea has many anti-cancer and cardio-protective properties. It is believed that green tea can help with arthritis and can keep your teeth healthy by combating oral bacteria. Aim for 3-4 cups per day.
Coffee can reduce the risk from many diseases, including type 2 diabetes, liver disease and Parkinson’s disease, makes you more alert and enhances your workout. Recommended intake is a maximum of 450 milligrams per day or approximately four 1 cup (8 ounce) servings.
Sports drinks can’t match the vitamins and minerals and protein that you find in chocolate milk.
Tomatoes are the richest source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been associated with a reduced risk of lung and stomach cancer, as well as pancreatic, colorectal, esophageal, oral, breast and cervical cancers.
The antibacterial properties present in cranberry juice that fight off urinary tract infections may also protect against periodontal disease. Look for 100% juice varieties and limit to 6-8 ounces per day.
Orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant which improves immune-cell functioning, enabling your body to fight off infections more efficiently. Benefits may also include warding off cataracts as well as prevention of lung cancer.
Lemon water can be a digestive aid, improve liver function and prevent colds and flu. Drinking lemon water has an alkalizing effect on the body which helps you to fight off cold and flu germs, which instead thrive in an acidic environment due to excess stress and unhealthy foods and lifestyle.
Coconut water contains many nutrients including vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. Excellent for post exercise fluid and electrolyte replenishment. Offers a more natural source of sugars than sports drinks.
These are top drinks to keep well this time around! Stay tuned to our blog for more!
Blog based on article by Healthy Living Magazine