We’ve all heard it: drink more water! You’re not drinking enough water! Water, water, water! Well, guess what? There are ways to stay hydrated and enjoy what you are drinking at the same time. Believe it or not, there are drinks that are healthier than plain water, and much less boring! Here is a list of 5 healthy drinks other than water.
1. Coconut Water
Coconut water comes from the insides of young, green coconuts. It is a natural source of hydration, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten, dairy and lactose-free. Coconut water contains naturally occurring potassium and other healthy electrolytes. We lose electrolytes when we sweat, and sweating without replacing those vital nutrients is dangerous and unhealthy. Sports drinks provide some electrolytes but also contain chemical colors, preservatives and sugars. Coconut water comes in flavors, too; as with anything, read the label! With healthy beverages, organic is always best; free from artificial ingredients, pesticides and usually comes in earth-friendly eco packaging.
Kombucha is a type of live food – a yeast that has medicinal properties when brewed as a tea. It originated in Eastern Asia and is often mixed with other black tea and sometimes sugar. Kombucha is said to relieve fatigue, improve memory, treat rheumatism/joint pain and arthritis and boost the immune system. In some parts of the world Kombucha is concentrated and applied directly on the skin to relieve pain. There is a small amount of naturally occurring caffeine in the tea but overall Kombucha is a very healthy beverage.
3. Goji Juice
The Goji berry is grown all over the world and is considered one of the world’s most potent superfoods. Goji juice contains vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, even protein and fiber! It is also rich in micronutrients and phytochemicals, 11 essential minerals, 18 amino acids, alpha-linoleic acids, beta-sitosterol – all of which occur naturally in this fruit. Organically grown berries are healthier and better for the environment, so check your labels! Once ounce of Goji berries (dried or fresh) or 8 ounces of Goji juice equal one 95 calorie serving.
4. Carrot Juice
We all know carrots are healthy and packed full of nutrients and vitamins, including antioxidants. The antioxidants found in carrot juice protect against heart disease and aids in the repair of cell damage. Rich in vitamin A, carrot juice supports eye health also. This healthy drink can be made at home in a juicer. To get the most fiber and vitamins out of the carrots, wash but don’t peel them before juicing. Add water if you want a thinner juice, as carrot juice in its natural form is a bit thick. 1 cup of carrot juice contains 94 calories, 2 grams of protein and is considered equal to a single serving of vegetables. According to leading nutritionists, we need at least 2.5 cups of veggies every day. 1 cup of carrot juice contains 2,256 mcg of vitamin A, which is higher than the recommended daily allowance! Regular juicing, including juicing diets are very healthy, indeed.
5. Green Tea
Green tea is a calorie-free, hydrating drink and is recommended often as a replacement for drinking plain water, up to 8 cups a day. A cup is 99.5% water, so drinking green tea is an excellent alternative to water and of all the different drinks that are healthy, this one is the most hydrating. Green tea also contains alkaloids and antioxidants, as well as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamins E, B, C, K and H! Drinking green tea provides the daily-recommended amounts of minerals also: manganese, chromium, zinc and selenium. Green tea is the best-known source for EGCG (epigallocathechin-3-gallate) which is the strongest and most potent antioxidant available. Antioxidants are important as we age, since antioxidants prohibit and prevent the oxidation of vital molecules in the body. As far as anti-aging products go, natural is always best and green tea may be the best weapon against signs of aging in existence. There is some naturally occurring caffeine in green tea, but compared to other teas it contains the least amount. If you are serious about getting healthy, green tea is by far the healthiest drink you could consume. Adding a bit of milk and/or sugar does not diminish the health benefits found in green tea.
It’s a fact; we need water. Staying hydrated is vital for our bodies, including heart health, brain function, muscle health, and kidney and liver function. A well-hydrated body looks and performs better. Drinking plain water all day is just so boring, monotonous, and downright depressing. The 5 drinks listed above not only provide you with plenty of water every day; they are also extremely healthy drinks. Vitamins, minerals, fiber and even protein can be found in these drinks that are easy to prepare or readily available in most grocery markets. Break free from plain water and have one of these healthy beverages instead!