Health drinks form an important part of nutrition and aid our bodily functions. What are the best health drinks available for you and me?
Here is an important fact. Our body and its entire system, including our immune system, depend on water. That’s right, good old-fashioned water! For instance, water helps in regulating body temperature and carries nutrients to every cell in our body. That is a very important role, don’t you agree? So we need to consistently drink fluids esp. water to help our body function at its best.
But through perspiration and elimination of wastes, our body is constantly losing water daily. So when you are feeling thirsty, this is already an indication that you are mildly dehydrated. And dehydration can cause you to feel fatigue and pose a threat to your urinary tract. So in hot weather or when you are physically active, drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Water is still the best thirst quencher ever!
Health Drink Tips on Water
The best way to monitor if your water intake is enough or whether you need more water is to monitor your urine. Pale yellow urine is a good sign that you’re getting plenty of fluids. But don’t judge your urine color within the first few hours after taking vitamin supplements. Some of these vitamins causes your urine to turn into bright yellow.
To keep your body’s water levels steady, spread your water intake through out the day.
Drink past the point of feeling that your thirst is quenched so you can really replenish lost fluids.
Due to scary news about contaminated water, you can drink bottled or filtered water. The important thing is to drink enough.
Tea has now been known to have quite a number of health benefits. Some of these include supporting the immune system; help prevent tooth decay and reducing the risk of cancer. What makes tea such a healthy drink is due to catechins. These are related to antioxidants which help prevent cell damage by free radicals. Furthermore, the fact that tea has no kilojoules increased its reputation as a healthy beverage.
All “real” tea as opposed to herbal tea is made from Camellia sinensis plant. How those leaves are processed determines the type of tea. Take green tea for example. It is made by steaming or barely heating the leaves as soon as it has been picked. Black tea on the other hand is dried and fermented, darkening the leaves. Oolong tea is partially fermented to a point between black and green. Fermentation destroys the catechins found in tea so amongst the three types, the green tea offers the best benefits because it has not been fermented.
Health Drink Tips on Tea
Bring fresh and cold water to boil and remove from the heat and let cool for two minutes. Use one tea bag and brew for four minutes. Serve immediately in a china cup. Do not drink while it is super hot. Too hot beverages appears to increase the risk of oesophageal cancer.
To keep teas potent and fresh tasting, store tea in airtight containers and place in a cool, dry place (not in the refrigerator please). Many teas are packed and stored in metal tins that close tightly for optimal storage.
Four cups of green tea a day help lower total cholesterol levels and raising HDL or good cholesterol. It may lessen the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Whether prepared from tea bags or in the traditional manner using powder, green tea is a very healthy brew. It’s time to drink green tea!
FRUIT AND VEGETABLE JUICE
We all know we need to digest a lot of fruits and vegetables to have healthy functioning bodies. If we can’t eat all the fruits and vegetables we need to eat, we can actually make them into a fruit juice and drink it up. I find this to be so much easier. There are also a lot of combination of fruits and veggies that one can make. So it makes everything exciting and fun.
Health Drink Tips on Fruit Juices
- Prepare juice in moderate quantities since they should be consumed immediately. If you store them in the fridge, they will lose their healthy properties.
- Drink your fruit juice before you eat breakfast.
There are still other health drinks available like yogurt and soy drinks. The most important thing to remember is to avoid drinks that are full of sugar content like soda or cola or powdered juice drinks. If you are concerned about your health, take a closer look at your eating and drinking habits. Carefully choosing what you ingest in your body goes a long way to health and wellness.