Drinking your Way into Being Healthy
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No alcohol involved, sorry. There are some incredible drinks out there with the most extraordinary benefits and properties. Here we are showing you some of them, along with what they can help you with in order to become healthier. They are all easy, tasty drinks and teas that can boost your health and protect you from several problems and diseases. It is a pleasant and easy way to step up your drinking game, since we all need to keep hydrated, mixing these drinks in between glasses of water can make everything less boring.
In this case, water is too mainstream, we want you to explore further and in healthy options that can really improve your health and well-being for good. Keeping these drinks in your daily life in the long-run will bring you lots and lots of benefits. They prevent diseases, combat conditions, kill bacteria, stop inflammation, and all can help you with your weight loss journey, which is always a plus. Get your bladder ready and enjoy a bit of diversity when hydration is the topic. Drink up!
This is the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is full of nutrients and antioxidants that have extremely powerful effects on our bodies. From weight loss, to lowering cancer risks, green tea is loaded with the best of the best benefits out there. This ancient drink that originated in China can keep our bodies healthier as well as younger. So grab a cup and let’s see what this one has to offer.
Bioactive compounds that improve overall health: some teas lose this through the process, but not green tea. The bioactive compounds that are present in the leaves stay there until the end, and they contain high portions of important nutrients. For example, it is loaded with antioxidants like polyphenols, cathechins and flavonoids. These antioxidants protect cells and molecules from damage, reducing our aging process as well as immunologic diseases.
Fat burning and physical performance: green tea has been linked with increasing fat burning and accelerating your metabolism at the same time. It is also a powerful diuretic, it will help you shed loads of toxins and cleanse your body faster. In addition, caffeine has been shown to improve physical performance because it mobilizes fatty acids from fat tissues and makes them available as a source of energy.
Brain function: aside from the caffeine contained in green tea that keeps you awake and energized, it also improves your brain function. Caffeine stimulates your brain, and since it has less caffeine than in a cup of coffee, you will not have the effects that too much caffeine causes. This healthy amount blocks a neurotransmitter called Adenosine, and this way, it increases neurons and concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. This will improve your mood, reflexes, memory and reflexes.
Aside from caffeine, green tea contains the amino-acid L-theanine, which has anti-anxiety effects. It will level up your production of dopamine and alpha waves in your brain. Combined with caffeine, it has synergistic effects and is a powerful combo to improve your brain function.
Lowers risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease: okay, so green tea improves your brain function, but not only that. It helps your brain to not grow old and therefore reduces the risk of both Alzheimer and Parkinson. Both are the first and second most common neurodegenerative diseases, and several studies show that the amount of cathechin contained in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons, it protects brain cells from dying and it restores damaged brain cells causing it to lower your risks of getting either one of the diseases.
Lowers cancer risks: one of the world’s leading causes of death, cancer is caused by the uncontrolled growth of cells. And we know so far that oxidative damage contributes to the development of the disease and antioxidants have a protective effect. With that being said, green tea is loaded in antioxidants and therefore it can help to reduce your risks of having the disease. Several studies show that people who drink green tea have a significant decrease in getting several types of cancer.
Lowers risks of type II Diabetes: this disease has reached epidemic proportions and it is only growing larger. Green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels. A Japanese study found that people who drank green tea daily had a 42% lower risk of developing type II diabetes.
Lowers risks of cardiovascular disease: studies showed that green tea could improve some of the main risk factor for heart disease and stroke, which are the biggest causes of death in the world. It improves total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Scientists state that green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, which helps to keep them relaxed and able to balance blood pressure. Green tea may also protect against the primary cause of heart attack, the formation of clots. From benefiting on the risk factor, green tea drinkers have a 31 percent lower risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Kills bacteria: compounds in green tea have the power to kill bacteria, which means it can do wonders for your dental health as well as lowering infection risks. It can stop a number of viruses of spreading through your body as well as reducing bad breath!
Skincare: green tea is great for your skin, it helps with wrinkles and is anti-aging because of all of the powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Drinking it will make your skin glow, but you can also add green tea as an ingredient to your regular facemask. It helps irritated skin and is a great toner for your skin.
Weight loss: since green tea can boost your metabolism, it will obviously help you lose weight. Various studies show a link between drinking green tea and decreasing body fat. Since obesity is becoming a global epidemic, it is good to sip on this drink to make sure you can keep a healthy weight and stay clear from this problem.
Depression: L-theanine, the amino-acid that is naturally in green tea leaves provides a relaxing and tranquilizing effect, and so it can help you battle some tough moments of depression. It can be of great benefit to give a little extra energy while free from stress.
One of the healthiest drinks on the planet! It contains an incredible combination of vitamin B and C, micronutrients and phytohormones that are just perfect for your overall health. Of course this wonder is available in its natural form in abundance in tropical countries, so if you do not have access to an actual coconut, be mindful of the coconut water you are buying and avoid the sugary, sweetened, processed ones. The most naturally organic, the better. Coconut water is packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, etc. Plus, it is a great alternative to just regular water.
Digestion: if you have digestive problems, coconut water may be a solution or a source of relief. It contains high levels of fiber and that aids in preventing indigestion and acid reflux.
Hydration: forget sports energy drinks, coconut water is way more efficient at keeping you hydrated for longer. Coconut water replaces all the mineral-rich fluids our bodies lose when we workout and it is much healthier than those sugary drinks. It is in the name, coconut water is 95 percent water, so drink up!
Low in calories: it is not exactly calorie-free like good old plain H2O, however it has only 43 calories per serving (240g). Coconut water is a great replacement for any sugary drinks and it can help you reach your weight loss goals.
Weight Loss: there is almost no fat content in coconut water, so you can consume it as much as you want without the fear of loading up on extra pounds. Coconut water also suppresses appetite and makes you feel fuller because of its rich nature.
Nutrient-packed: no other drink compares to coconut water. It contains the five essential electrolytes that our bodies have and need: calcium, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and sodium. This combination will boost your health like nothing else.
Reduces blood pressure: in different cases, blood pressure can be caused by a disproportionate level of electrolytes in the body. Since coconut water contains a supply of each one of them, it serves as a balancing feature. It is recommended to start the day with coconut water to create this balance of electrolytes in the body.
Skincare: acne, irritation, blemishes, spots, you name it and coconut water will reduce it. It clears up and tones the skin. While it also moisturizes the skin from the inside, drinking coconut water eliminates loads of oil which benefits your skin.
Antioxidants: coconut water has large amounts of antioxidants which will prevent damage to our bodies. Consuming coconut water will provide you with enough antioxidants to fight all the free radicals that try to damage your health.
Compatible with human blood: this might seem strange, but coconut water can be used in emergencies to hydrate quickly the human body intravenously. This drink has saved many lives in third world countries.
Cranberry juice has so many benefits it is hard to keep track of them all. Cranberries grow in the hills of North America, where Native Americans used them for hundreds of years, either for their taste and color, or for their incredible medicinal powers. It might be not so well known for its healthy side but this juice’s benefits range from helping with kidney stones, cancer, heart disease, urinary tract infection, stomach disorders, diabetes and much more.
Heart benefits: the flavonoids present in cranberries can help to decrease the risk of having hear problems, such as heart attack and stroke, as well as keeping your health up. In a study by the American Chemical Society, it was shown that drinking three glasses of cranberry juice every day can raise your good cholesterol levels by around 121 percent. Pretty impressive.
Prevents urinary tract infections: it will prevent and relieve a urinary tract infection. They happen when certain micro-organisms in the urine tact exceed the regular amount, causing an infection. Cranberry juice contains proanthocyanidins, and they are what helps to stop bacteria from hanging around your bladder. If bacteria cannot multiply, the bladder will eventually flush them out of your body and goodbye infections! The juice will also make your urine more acidic, which creates an environment that no bacteria can live in.
Weight loss: be mindful of how much cranberry juice you are consuming. Of course ditching cola drinks and replacing it with cranberry juice is a lot healthier, but keep in mind that cranberry juice does have a lot of sugar. Finding a juice without added sugar will make a perfect substitute for sugary drinks along with helping you with weight loss. You might want to start your day with it as an antioxidant boost.
Prevents cancer: here, the proanthocyanidins are acting again. Studies have shown that they inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Flavonoids have also shown to reduce the risk of developing cancer cells, and cranberries are rich on those as well. An impressive study at Cornell University found that cranberry extract could kill off cancer cells in hours, when it was tested of human breast cancer cells. Go get those berries!
Immunity booster: cranberry juice can help avoid colds and flus as well as helping you through them if you catch one. Antioxidants called polyphenols protect our bodies against free radicals, and because of all the antioxidants present in these berries, they are a great home remedy to fight a cold.
Dental Care: do not let the acidity fool you into thinking cranberry juice is bad for your teeth. The same way that the long-named proanthocyanidins aid to prevent urinary trac infections by stopping bacteria growth, it does the same for your oral health.
Vitamin C: cranberry juice has really high levels of vitamin C, which is an important antioxidant. Aside from being vital for immunity and neutralizing free radicals, it improves you collagen production and can even improve your mood!
What seems like a grandma recipe, can actually boost your health in many ways. This root has high levels of vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals and its benefits are various and well documented. It is used as treatment for some common conditions and you might want to drink a cup a day to have more of its incredible properties.
Relieve nausea: this is one of the most known benefits of the tea. Just drinking a cup of ginger tea before travelling will help to prevent nausea associated with motion sickness. If you do not drink it before but feel sick, drinking ginger tea even after you start feeling sick can help to alleviate the symptoms.
Stomach performance: ginger tea improves digestion by increasing the absorption of food in your system. It can help prevent bloating or belching after having a fuller meal. In some cases, ginger tea seems to have an impact on people’s appetites, so it is worth a try to have a cup before meals and see how this works for you.
Reduces inflammation: green tea has many anti-inflammatory properties which are well known. It makes a great natural, home remedy to keep around for your muscles and joint pain. Drinking ginger tea will help reduce these types of inflammation and make you able to move more comfortably.
Respiratory problems: drinking ginger tea can help relieve congestion. Whether if it is because of a cold or an environmental allergy of the season, ginger does aid in respiratory symptoms and helps to open up and fight congestion.
Improves blood circulation: amino acids, vitamins and minerals present in ginger tea can help to improve and restore blood circulation, which helps to lower the risks of having cardiovascular problems. Since ginger will stop fat from being stores in the arteries, it helps to prevent heart attack and stroke.
Relieves menstrual discomfort: ladies, ginger tea has this one saved for us. Aside from drinking it to reduce discomfort, soaking a towel in warm ginger tea and placing it in your lower abdomen when having cramps can help relieve the pain and relax your muscles. But still drink the tea!
Strong immunity: this is basic knowledge of ginger tea, it is the one that fights the colds and the flu. It contains really high levels of antioxidants and therefore it can prevent a number of diseases and boost up your immunity!
Relieves stress: you might not know about this, but ginger tea has calming properties that can help you lower your stress and tension in your body.
Prevents cancer: studies have shown that ginger tea can help treating certain types of cancer, including ovarian cancer. If you are fighting this battle, try to add some ginger tea to your everyday life, and if you are not, be smart and add ginger tea as well to prevent this from happening.
Weight loss: ginger acts as a fat burner. It can play a significant role on the way to losing weight. Ginger tea helps to make sure that the weight you are losing is fat, and not water weight or muscle. Drinking a few cups of ginger tea will also make you feel fuller which makes you eat less and reduce snacking in between meals.
Tired muscles: ginger tea can help your muscles recover after a workout. This means you will recover faster and therefore, be able to be more active without the painful side effects. And of course, increasing muscle mass means that you will lose fat and burn calories faster.
Glucose levels: ginger tea can help to manage blood glucose levels balanced, as an Australian study showed. Glucose levels have a direct impact on weight loss and weight gain, or on how much energy you have (or do not have) throughout your day. Avoid a mid-afternoon sugar crash by adding ginger to your lunch, drink a glass of ginger tea after lunch and stay focused for the afternoon to follow. This is a natural and healthy remedy to keep you energized.
Absorbing nutrients: on the weight loss journey, making sure you ingest the necessary amount of nutrients is essential. Drinking ginger tea can help you absorb more nutrients, faster. Which means you will get better results, quickly and with the same amount of effort.
Reduces Arthritis: ginger tea in an anti-inflammatory root and it can combat inflammation and diseases that derive from inflammation. Arthritis is one of them, and it can even have a characteristic of pain relief in the ingestion of ginger tea and it can be a substitute for pills and medicines.
Headaches and migraines: ginger tea has a major effect of headaches. Try substituting your regular painkiller for a cup of ginger tea if a headache hits you. In the case of migraines, there are no cures so far, but drinking ginger tea can help prevent migraine crisis. So if you suffer from this terrible condition, you might want to try to incorporate at least a cup every day, and document your results.
These, somewhat, miraculous drinks are easy to find, accessible and easy to incorporate into your everyday life. Make the best use of them, for they are filled with such incredible properties they can really make a difference in your health and well-being. The common thread in all of them is weight loss, so keep them in mind if you are striving for that. If you are striving for a healthy lifestyle, by now you know that these are some of the best options out there.
Make sure to include them in your routine, taste them, try them out, fit them into your schedule and your thermos or water bottle and bring these amazing beverages around with you. Enjoy all their powerful properties and benefits, boost your immune system and your body and rejoice over all the incredible effects that these natural drinks have to offer. Pinkies up, it is time to drink.