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Jul 27

Top 5 Healthy Drinks- easy on the wallet too!

Welcome, and thanks for being here.

First, let me say that there doesn’t seem to be any real consensus on the order of healthy drinks except for the #1 best healthy drink:  water.  There is quite a bit of disagreement on milk, so I am leaving it off of my list.  I also want to point out that all of the drinks on this list can be made at home even though some of them can be purchased commercially.  In every case, it is better to make your own than to buy already prepared.  It’s also important to start with a good filtered water.

1.  Water water

It will be no surprise that water tops the list of healthy drinks.  We can’t live without it.  There are so many health benefits to drinking adequate water and so many problems that can arise out of not drinking enough.

2.  Green Tea green tea

Green tea has many health benefits. It has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review of many studies found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure.

It’s also good for the brain; your brain needs healthy blood vessels, too. In one Swiss study, MRIs revealed that people who drank green tea had greater activity in the working-memory area of their brains. Green tea has also been shown to help block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer’s  disease.

Studies on green tea’s impact on cancer have been mixed. But green tea is known to aid healthy cells in all stages of growth. There are some clues that green tea may help destroy cancer cells, but that research is still in its early stages, so you shouldn’t count on green tea to prevent cancer.

Tip:  Use water that is not boiling.  Water temperature between 160-170 degrees is better.  Also, adding lemon will help your body absorb the catechins, which are the antioxidants.

3.  Lemon Juice or Hot Water with Lemonhot water with lemon

This is so simple it’s not funny.  Slice up a lemon and squeeze it in a glass of water.  You don’t even have to squeeze it.  You could just add the slices to a pitcher of water and put it in your refrigerator.  If you like it hot, put a couple of slices in a cup of hot water and let it steep for a few minutes.  Voila!

4.  Ginger Tea

ginger tea

You might be starting to think that I’m a big fan of tea and that actually hasn’t been the case.  One of ginger’s greatest claims to fame is its ability to fight nausea, and drinking ginger tea may help settle your stomach when you feel ill. Multiple studies suggest that ginger helps relieve motion sickness and morning sickness, as well as nausea induced by chemotherapy or surgery, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.  Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and thus may help relieve muscle soreness after exercise.  Women who experience heavy menstrual cramps may find relief with ginger tea. Side effects are rare, but drinking too much ginger tea may cause unpleasant reactions such as oral irritation, heartburn or diarrhea.

To make ginger tea, simply steep 1-2 slices of fresh ginger root in hot water.

5.  Fresh Juices (preferably mostly vegetables) juice

This is where buying a juicer will really pay off.  It will save you tons of money in the long run, especially if you are someone who buys $5-$7 smoothies at commercial establishments.  You also might want to add in a protein powder for an extra boost.

Summary

It’s tough to pick the top 5 healthy drinks because there are so many healthy options out there.  If you can, you want to avoid the pre-made drinks and fix your own.  None of the above drinks take more than a few minutes to make, except if you’re juicing.  There are some really good juicers out there that make life easier for you.  I’ve heard good things about the Vitamix because it liquifies everything and is easy to clean.  Stay tuned for a review on juicers at a later date.

Also, this is by no means a complete list of healthy drinks and the top 5 is only my opinion at this date in time.  I reserve the right to change, modify, add, or rearrange the list as further research indicates.

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Alice

alice@loveyourhealthcoach.com

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