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Healthy Drinks That Do A Body Good

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Honestly, there’s no real secret to guaranteed longevity, no magic elixir or special potions. There are, however, ways to manage our lifestyles and possibly curtail health risks that would actually shorten our life span. A healthy food diet and exercise are obviously necessary in helping to prolong life to a degree but so is what we drink. We know sodas, sugar-sweetened juices, and sports drinks are not the best choices, so what are?

Water

Nothing beats the satisfaction of a glass of ice-cold water on a hot summer day. More importantly, H2O is essential for survival. Dehydration will lead to all sorts of complications including death. Water helps the body eliminate toxins, boosts metabolism, maintain normal blood pressure, and transports nutrients. Our bodies are made up of 50% to 70% water which lubricates and cushions joints, maintains normal temperature, and helps protect our spinal cords. As an added bonus, studies have shown that mineral water elevates bone health and benefits digestion.

Black Coffee

A cup of strong black coffee without the sugar sounds good enough but let us consider the coffee beans alone. The average java drinker starts their day perhaps not knowing that coffee beans are chock full of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other anti-inflammatory agents which may lower chronic disease risk. A 2018 study in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases discovered that regular coffee consumption is linked to reduced risks for stroke, congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, and cardiovascular death.

Black Tea

Unlike green tea, black tea retains its flavor for several years, with Earl Grey or Irish Breakfast being the most familiar blends. Also, do not underestimate the benefits of black tea. Research has shown that black tea reduces blood sugar levels, improves cholesterol, helps decrease blood pressure, and maintains a healthy gut.

Green Tea

Millions of people keep a supply of green tea in their cupboards and for good reason. This particular tea is high in antioxidant properties that prevent diseases by fighting free radicals, enhancing cell division, and regulating cholesterol. A 2013 study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that green tea may significantly reduce fasting blood sugar levels thereby helping to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.

Hibiscus Tea

Rich in vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants, hibiscus tea is recognized for speeding up metabolism, control of hypertension, and improving liver health. Since it has diuretic properties, drinking the tea may help with constipation. Moreover, it tastes great hot or cold.

Homemade Smoothies

While fresh fruits do contain a small amount of natural sugar, they, along with vegetables and nuts contain tons of nutrients. Plus, smoothies are not only tasty but filling as well.

Milk Thistle Tea

This herbal tea, which is often suggested for help in liver treatments including cirrhosis, contains silymarin. A study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology directly links the ingredient to repairing liver cells and protection against liver damage. Some weight loss specialists also recommend the tea since it can stimulate metabolism and suppress the appetite.

-Sharon Oliver

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