Drinks that have health benefits? You’ve probably clicked on this hoping that there will be some secret health drink that can solve all of your problems. Sadly, there isn’t! There are no shortcuts when it comes to your health, so don’t expect to drink something and instantly improve your wellbeing. These drinks offer you some healthy alternatives to some of the less healthy options out there – I’m looking at you Coca Cola! They will all provide you with some benefits, but don’t expect them to work miracles. If you consistently drink them every day and stay away from bad drinks, then you will gradually see improvements in different areas of your health. But don’t forget to stay active and eat well too!
Some of the drinks on this list can be bought pre-made, but others can be created at home. Therefore, this throws up a great little family activity to try if everyone is bored in the house. Check out all of the healthy drink ideas right here:
Green tea is one of the best drinks out there, as it has lots of nutrients and things that are great for your body. One of the main things is called polyphenols, which is believed to have cancer-prevention properties. It can also give you an extra boost of blood sugar, which provides some much-needed energy. As such, it can sometimes be a great drink to have after a run or a workout when your blood sugar might be very low. You can easily buy green tea in bag form from your local supermarket, or you can buy the loose leaf version – this tends to be more flavoursome!
Yep, milk is genuinely a really healthy drink to have every single day. The only caveat is that you should buy the reduced-fat version of it. Whole milk may taste slightly better, but it comes with lots of extra fat that can tip it into the unhealthy section. Of course, the main reason to drink milk is for the calcium it provides your body. Calcium is an essential mineral that helps bones grow big and strong. Milk also contains a decent chunk of protein, which helps muscles grow and can be great if you’re recovering after a workout. It’s highly recommended that you give milk to your kids every day as it will help them grow. If you’re vegan, then soy milk is probably the next best in terms of nutrients, or you can use any other plant-based milk that’s been fortified with extra calcium. The one thing you’ll miss out on is protein, but that shouldn’t be an issue for the average human.
One of the brightest and most exciting drinks to look at – and not a bad one to taste either. This is a great fruit juice to have now and then if you want to give your body a boost. You see, pomegranates are full of antioxidants. This means that it can help protect the cells in your body from being damaged, preventing lots of inflammatory diseases. Like all fruit, it also contains a large concentration of vitamin C to give your immune system a nice boost. As such, it’s the perfect drink to have during a pandemic! You can buy it already made in cartons, or you can get your hands on some pomegranates and make it yourself.
One word of caution – and this goes for all fruit juices – limit your intake to 150ml per day. While fruit juices are good for you, they should be consumed in moderation due to the amount of sugar packed inside. I know it’s natural sugars, but when fruit gets blended or juiced, the sugar is released, and the fibre gets removed. I won’t go into too much detail, but this basically means that fruit juice provides your body with way more sugar than whole fruits do. So, stick to your limit to maintain good health!
Believe it or not, but coffee is genuinely considered one of the healthiest drinks around. It just gets a bad reputation because of all the caffeine inside. In truth, caffeine can be good for you as it provides an energy boost and increased focus. The main problem health experts have with coffee is that people drink too much of it! If you limit your intake to a cup a day, it will benefit your health. If possible, you can increase the healthiness by getting a coffee machine that lets you grind the beans yourself. This ensures that only 100% coffee beans are in your drink! As far as health benefits go, coffee can also help you burn fat, while it contains plenty of antioxidants as well.
In addition to limiting your caffeine intake, don’t add much to it. A splash of milk is all you need – coffee turns really unhealthy when people start adding syrups, cream, etc.
If you’ve ever tried coconut water, then you’re either cringing or licking your lips. It’s a polarising drink because it tastes either delicious or disgusting – depending on who you ask. If you like the taste, then have a glass in the morning to keep you hydrated after waking up. Coconut water is chocked full of potassium, which is so good for your circulatory system. Without getting too technical, this mineral helps keep your heart healthy and prevents high or low blood pressure. So, it’s pretty darn important, and coconut water is probably the best source of it. If you hate the taste, then you can always add this to smoothies or mix it with some juice.
Any type of fruit smoothie is very good for you – when drunk in moderation! This goes back to what I said before about limiting yourself to 150ml per day. The problem many people have is they assume that drinking multiple smoothies per day is amazing for them. Sure, you’re packing your body full of vitamins and nutrients, but you’re also packing it full of sugar.
Anyway, there are loads of great smoothie recipes out there (check out the ones above for some inspiration), and you can play around with them as much as you like. Be sure to add whole fruits to the blender and avoid adding extra sugar to it. Usually, you just need water or ice to mix it all up. This is also a brilliant way of getting some extra fruit into you and your kid’s diets.
It goes without saying that water is the number one health drink out there. If you were to think of your body as a car, then water is like oil. It helps so many different bodily functions occur, and you would literally die without it. Drink around 2-3 litres per day, and you will remain fully-hydrated and totally functional. Often, if you feel tired or lethargic, then it could be because you’re slightly dehydrated and need more water.
As a pro tip, buy a reusable bottle that you can keep filling up with water. This will help you drink more every day, and you can add chopped up pieces of fruit to it to infuse the water with a nicer taste. The great thing about this is that you haven’t blended the fruit up, so the 150ml limit doesn’t apply!
So, there you go; drinks that have health benefits – the best drinks for your health and wellbeing. Try adding some of these into your diet if you want to gradually see some health benefits. Get your kids to drink them too, instead of other drinks like fizzy pop, sugar-filled juices, and so on.
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