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In recent years, healthy juice drinks have been paving their way into our everyday nutrition, although just a few years ago, the terms „juice cleanse“ or „natural juices“ weren’t a part of our vocabulary.
Every now and then, we all crave for a little flavor of sugary juices, for fizz the water can’t provide. Today, more than ever before, we are paying more attention to the beverages we consume. Those drinks that can trigger different health problems. What seems to be the truth? Should we avoid drinking coffee? Beer? Is there something more to these drinks?
Sodas, sugary drinks and calorie-packed drinks are still a number one cause of rising obesity, for instance. However, researches showed that the right beverages could have a positive impact on our health and (very often) weight loss. But which drinks?
What are the best beverages to include in a diet to support our body?
Luckily, there are drinks we consume every day that can sip our way to stronger immunity system, better mood, and stronger metabolism, while reducing the risks of many illnesses and health problems.
Read on; you will be surprised by some of the healthiest choices.
Beer for brain health
When consumed in moderation (meaning one or two a day maximum). Beer can protect bones, heart, kidneys and brain, even reducing the risks of cancer.
Surely, the key words are in moderation.
One research, published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition, discovered that derivate of hops called humulones (the compounds that give the beer crisp taste) could contribute to treatments of certain types of cancers, decrease and treat inflammation, and even contribute to weight loss.
Moreover, bittering acids are also praised for their health benefits. Researchers are hoping to discover new ways of treating diabetes.
Certainly, excessive consumption of beer, that is, alcohol, is not recommended, but humulones and their derivatives have certain health benefits. Therefore, while a beer or two can have various benefits, consuming more than two beers cause great damage to the liver, and calories in beer add up as well.
Wine for heart health
Along with beer, wine, although alcohol, can have protective properties and health benefits when it comes to heart health, when consumed in moderation.
The compound called resveratrol is shown to boost heart health, lower skin cancer risks and even contribute to burning fat. This compound, found in red wine, showed promise in fighting cavity as well.
Although one 5-ounce serving of wine has around 125 calories, the wine was never considered a weight loss drink. One study showed that a compound called piceatannol, blocks the growth of new fat cells in the body.
According to a research, this suggests that wine is now on the list of drinks that has potential to fight obesity as well. To conclude, consuming one serving of alcohol daily has many benefits to our health. However, the most important benefits of alcohol beverages comes from drinking in moderation.
Coffee for brain health, immunity and antioxidants
Coffee is the greatest source of antioxidants, although having lots of coffee is not recommended, other essential nutrients found in coffee are responsible for many health benefits.
First, due to antioxidants, coffee is a drink that protects immunity. Secondly, coffee is linked to lowering the risks of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, and it can help reduce the risks of oral cancer. Thirdly, caffeine is one of the natural substances that aid fat burning, and boosts metabolic rate.
A single cup of coffee contains Riboflavin (Vitamin B2 – 11% of the RDA), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5 – 6% of the RDA), Manganese and Potassium (3% of the RDA) and Magnesium and Niacin (B3 – 2% of the RDA).
Keep consumption of coffee up to 1 to 3 cups a day. This way, you will get all the benefits and avoid overdoing the caffeine.
Green Tea for hydration and metabolism
Green tea is a great alternative to coffee. A drink with very high amount of antioxidants that help hydrate the body and increase metabolism.
The antioxidants in green tea can help slow down the aging process, lower the risk for heart disease and certain cancers, enhance memory, improve concentration, and contribute to brain health. A rich concentration of flavonoids guard against heart disease by relaxing blood vessels. Green tea contains fluoride that protects teeth and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. With zero calories, green tea is the most powerful healthy drink.
Milk for bone health
Milk is a good source of protein, calcium and vitamin D, especially important for bone health.
Low-fat or fat-free milk curb cravings, because we absorb it slowly thus stay fuller for longer, while it also stabilizes blood sugar. As an ideal source of calcium, milk is needed for maximum absorption of calcium, thus help protect against osteoporosis. The calcium is a mineral that helps our body’s cells burn the fat faster — not holding on to it, which makes it easier to lose weight.
Whole milk, full-fat version, is high in calories and fat and measures at 147 calories per cup, while skim milk has 91. Although whole milk is creamy and delicious, the same benefits you can get with low-fat milk or fat-free milk.
Vegetable juices for essential vitamins
Vegetable juices are the best drinks to start your day, empowering our bodies with essential nutrients we need and boosting our immunity system. Apart from having a high water content necessary to keep our body hydrated, vegetable juices are rich in vitamins A and C.
Tomato juice, for instance, is high in lycopene, a compound linked with lowering risks of strokes. Decreasing the risk of diabetes and skin aging, and preventing age-related macular degenerations. Those who don’t consume enough fresh vegetables every day, vegetable juices are a great alternative to get vitamins and minerals into your diet.
Opt for fresh juices that are high in vitamins and contain far less sugar and fewer calories in comparison to those bought in stores. Whenever you can, choose whole vegetables to get fiber. However, choose vegetable juices if suits you better, because the most important thing is to consume the essential nutrients.
There is more to healthy changes to your diet than watching what you eat. There is undoubtedly more to healthy drinks than quenching your thirst.
The beverages we drink every day help us maintain optimum health. Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” can certainly refer to the healthy drinks. And remember, the keywords are in moderation.
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Last article update: 3/26/2019