You probably know that water is the healthiest thing to drink. But you’re not limited to the plain stuff when it comes to healthy beverages. Check out the list below for other drinks that can give your body a boost.
Some people say green tea is better for you than any other type of tea. But if you enjoy tea of any kind, you already have a head start! This beverage contains antioxidants that slow down aging and help repair your cells. To get the full benefits of tea, drink it plain with no added sugar or cream. If the caffeine in tea bothers you, you can always opt for the decaffeinated versions.
Studies have shown that a cup of black coffee a day can do wonders for your metabolism, your heart, and your brain. Like tea, it is loaded with antioxidants that can help fight aging and support cell repair. Adding sugar and cream detracts from these benefits, so it is worth the time to taste-test different beans and roasts. Don’t just settle for any ole cup of joe!
The juicebox you may have enjoyed in grade school is probably just sugar water and artificial flavoring. But if you make your own juice from vegetables like kale, spinach, swiss chard, celery, or cucumbers, you’re getting a nutrient-dense, low-sugar elixir. While it doesn’t have beneficial fiber, it does pack a punch when it comes to vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Make sure you’re not only drinking juice, though. Eating fruits and vegetables on top of drinking green juice will get you the fiber your intestines need to function at optimal levels.
Beer or Wine
In moderation, beer and wine can be healthy. Studies have shown that one nightly drink can be good for your cardiovascular health. Red wine and beer do have some nutritional value, but researchers think that the benefits actually come from the alcohol itself.
Some people think that they need to drink neon-colored sports drinks after a workout to replenish electrolytes. But it would turn out that the best post-gym drink is actually milk or, if you’re lactose intolerant, coconut water. Both beverages are natural sources of electrolytes. Milk even has natural sugars that your cells use to repair themselves. As with the other drinks on this list, drinking plain milk or plain coconut water (with no added sugar) is the best option.