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Healthy Drinks to Love

Updated on April 30, 2016

We all know what both the doctors and the fitness experts say - hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. All day long, our bodies require that we hydrate, our organs crave it. Of course, the best choice is water though most of us choose less beneficial drinks instead. There are healthy alternatives to coffee and soda. Nothing takes the place of water (try flavored or use ice for more satisfying water consumption) but many drinks are a great addition to nutritional health and taste great too.


1) CRANBERRY JUICE - Everyone, especially women, should drink cranberry juice. It is a particularly good choice for avoiding urinary track infections. It is loaded with powerful antioxidants and includes Vitamin C, Vitamin A, dietary fiber, and beta carotene. It is a refreshing summer drink.

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-cranberry-juice.html


2) TEA - A cup of tea a day does the body a world of good. Not only is it loaded with beneficial antoxidants, it has been shown that tea drinkers have lower blood pressure. Green tea has been touted as the healthiest tea, but all teas can help protect you from neart disease, cancer, stroke and more.

http://www.today.com/series/one-small-thing/top-10-health-benefits-drinking-tea-t81111


3) BEER - That's right, beer. In moderation, of course. Up to two beers a day for men and one for women has been shown to reduce the chances of stroke by 20%. Beer is rich in vitamin B6. It can help raise your HDL (good cholesterol) and decrease your chances of blood clots. Not only all that, beer can help you to relax. Who ever thought being healthy could be so good?

http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442463947


4) CARROT JUICE - With carrot juice, it's all about vitamin A. THe benefits of having enough vitamin A in your body are enormous. It strengthens your eyesight. It helps your eyes to focas and prevents night blindness. Carrot juice is also rich in calcium and is good for your bones and teeth. It helps you to resist infections. There are so many good reasons to include carrot juice in your diet that it is even recommended to women who are pregnant.

http://www.living-foods.com/articles/carrotjuice.html


5) MILK - Everyone knows that milk is good for you. It is the best source of calcium for our bodies. It promotes strong bones and helps prevent osteoporosis. It promotes healthy teeth and is a great choice for fluids because milk contains water molecules. People who drink milk instead of soda remain slimmer as milk is low in fat and high in vitamins.

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/health-benefits-of-milk.html


6) APPLE JUICE - Apples are the perfect food. Rich in vitamin C and A, this fruit really can keep the doctor away. It even helps prevent the common cold. Also rich in antioxidants, it assists in lowering bad cholesterol. When choosing an apple juice, look for 100% on the label. And it tastes so sweet and good.

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-juicing-apples-4858.html


7) HOT COCOA - It's sweet news - hot cocoa may contain more antioxidants than even tea. It has three times the amount of antioxidants as tea does. Who would have thought hot cocoa would be a health drink? Serve it with low fat milk or soy milk and get rid of the chocolate bars and you will be fighting cancer with style.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/11/031106051159.htm


8) ORANGE JUICE -One 8 oz. glass of orange juice supplies 100% of the daily value for vitamin C. Vitamin C, besides its powerful antioxidant content, helps maintain collagen in the body, a substance that helps repair body tissue. For ages, orange juice has been recommended by doctors to drink when you have a cold or flu symptoms.

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=37


9) RED WINE - Want a healthy heart? Drink one glass of red wine a day. Healthy Mediterranean diets always include a glass of red wine. It has been found that it lowers the risk of heart attack in middle-aged people by about 30-50%. Wow. Red wine has also been credited with preventing blood clots and fat build-up.

http://www.healthcastle.com/redwine-heart.shtml


10) TOMATO JUICE - Who doesn't like tomato juice? New medical research suggests that it may help prevent cancer. Lycopene, which is found in tomatoes, has had amazing effects when used in juice or concentrated form. It may also be beneficial for diabetes patients. Some studies have also found that tomato juice can lower markers for inflammation by 30%. Good stuff so drink up.

http://health-care.eu/health-benefits-of-raw-tomato-juice


Make Your Own Apple Juice

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      jim10 7 years ago from ma

      Thanks for the great drink suggestions. I am hoping one of these days I will put the money aside for a juicer so I can have fresh juice all of the time. Well I've got the OJ, apple and the cranberry juice covered. I also drink lots of iced tea if that counts. I don't like tomato juice at all and I don't drink beer. Since I don't have a juicer it might be a little tricky for me to squeeze some carrots. But, I do really like Sobe's Orange Carrot drink.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Jim - I really do like carrot juice but it's quite expensive. I try to drink one glass of cranberry juice a day and yes, iced tea counts (though if you drink it sweet there's probably more sugar than is good for you). I really need to get a juicer too.

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      Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

      This is a very useful hub, thanks for sharing.

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      Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

      This is a very useful hub, thanks for sharing.

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      staranna 7 years ago

      drink iced tea without sugar its just simply delicious!!! and you do get used to it if you have previously acuired a taste to the southern sweetened kind believe me it is so refreshing!

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      staranna 7 years ago

      drink iced tea without sugar its just simply delicious!!! and you do get used to it if you have previously acuired a taste to the southern sweetened kind believe me it is so refreshing!

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      Eat Smart Age Smart 7 years ago

      Excellent article... I'm going to give a try to each and every juice you have shared over here. Keep up your good work.

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      Balinese 7 years ago from Ireland

      Great - love it - as i have passion about fruit and juice :)

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I like the beer part best (just kidding)

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      stranded07 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      A friend told me that green tea causes constipation. Is it true?

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Strand - Just like coffee, the caffeine in green tea can cause side effects but only if taken in large quantities.

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      Nisha shan 7 years ago

      This is a very useful and informative hub as it points out the importance of juices. Juices are essential for our body and they are easily assimilated. Thanks for listing them. Nice hub.

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      Leop 7 years ago

      Here we go again. Love this hub. Very useful and beneficial information on heathly drinks. Very nice. I am going to try some on the list that I did not know.

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      Caes 7 years ago

      Tomato Juice + Beer = One of my favorite drinks. Glad to see both are on here.(I don't exceed two a day!!)

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      ezzy1512 7 years ago

      You are great and very resourceful.

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      Mike Chronos 6 years ago

      Interesting that beer is on the list! Coffee is actually great for brain functioning and the circulatory system so maybe that should be on here too!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Mike, I love coffee so thanks for adding it.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Juice,Juice and more Juice...of all Kinds.Two cups of black coffee in the morning,Thanks for shareing Suziecat;)

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hi Mentalist - yes, juice is good but coffee is a good start.

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      AutumnLockwood 6 years ago from Northern California

      I've stopped drinking beer a few months back. Now I'm inspired to drink beer everyday. Thanks for the great tip. LOL. I must say this hub is one of the most informative.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hi Autumn - Don't drink too much beer :) - Thanks for reading.

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      J Sunhawk 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Following in the tradition of our 18th century forebears, I made hard apple cider once, and added cinnamon sticks while it aged.

      GOOOOOOOOD stuff! The ladies loved it.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      J Sunhawk - Sounds good especially now in the winter months. Thanks for stopping by.

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      ejazahmed2609 6 years ago from Abu Dahbi, UAE

      Very nice and informative hub. you have highlighted most delicious drinks and all the drinks have so many benefits. thanks.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hi ejaz - thanks for reading.

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      carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

      Great article, but I flunked the test. I drink water and wine. I have a lot of catching up to do. Nice job.

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      Koralee Phillips 5 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

      Thanks for sharing your hub, great tips for healthy drinks who knew beer and wine was good for you well in moderation of course.

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      carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

      yes, beer souonds very beneficial. And since I haven't had any since 2006; I think it's a very good idea right about now !!

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      diannamite 5 years ago

      love tomato juice,,,,it's hard to believe that something you love can be good for you

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      Tamara 4 years ago

      I love drinking my morning orange juice with two teaspoons of Barley Grass Powder in it. It looks a bit gross, but is super healthy for you, a great way to start the morning

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