9. Pomegranate Juice
8. Beetroot Juice
7. Cranberry Juice
6. Ginger Tea
5. Hot Chocolate
4. Lemon Juice Water
3. Hibiscus Tea
2. Orange Juice
1. Green Tea
What we drink has the same effect on our health as what we eat. Throw away soft drink bottles. They don’t help with a healthy lifestyle. There are many healthy and affordable alternatives. After studying the recommendations of nutritionists and various Health Institutes, we offer you the top 10 healthiest drinks for health, weight loss and great mood.
Did you also think of water first thing when you read the title of this article? Even if not, know this: water is one of the healthiest drinks of the world. It has no calories, is important for digestion, and is essential for the absorption of vitamins B and C. In addition, water helps in detoxification of the body and is a very important component of the blood. Scientists have no single estimate of how much water the average person needs each day. Instead, the American Institute of Medicine has set an adequate daily intake of 15 cups for men and 11 cups for women. Note that this is not a strict requirement, but a recommendation. For most people, about 80% of this amount of water is in beverages; the rest is in food.
- Pomegranate Juice
This delicious drink is made from the fruit of the pomegranate, rich in sugars, fiber, tannins, various minerals and vitamin C. Pomegranate juice is recommended for people with low blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. This drink is a powerful antioxidant, similar to red wine and green tea. A study published in Clinical Nutrition looked at pomegranate juice consumption in patients with carotid artery stenosis. This is the name given to the narrowing of either of the two key arteries at the front of the neck through which blood from the heart travels to the brain. Participants who drank pomegranate juice reduced their blood pressure by more than 12 percent and had a 30 percent reduction in atherosclerotic plaques. Participants who did not drink the juice had a 9 percent increase in atherosclerotic plaques. Before you buy juice, make sure it is sugar-free.
- Beet Juice
It is not the most popular of healthy drinks, but its taste is more than compensated by the properties of beet juice. It not only lowers blood pressure, but also increases stamina and blood flow to the brain in adults. Beet juice is high in calcium, iron, and magnesium. It is difficult to find beet juice in stores, so it is better to make it at home.
- Cranberry Juice
It is a prevention of kidney stones and urinary tract infections. It also protects against various types of cancer and heart disease. Cranberry juice is rich in antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress. It also contains vitamin C and salicylic acid. Suppose you consume 253 grams or a cup of unsweetened cranberry juice daily. Here is what it contains: 116.4 calories; 5.1 mg of sodium; 30.9 g of carbohydrates; 8 g of potassium; a natural “set” of vitamins (C, B, PP and K); 3 g of fiber; 1 gram of protein; large amounts of minerals (magnesium, iron, phosphorus, calcium, etc.). The drink is healthier if it is unsweetened or is pure cranberry juice without the addition of other drinks.
- Ginger tea
Ginger is a natural remedy for many stomach problems. Not only is it effective in preventing upset stomachs, but it also provides relief from motion sickness, upset stomachs and nausea associated with pregnancy. To make ginger tea tastier and healthier, you can add a few drops of honey to it.
- Hot Chocolate
To the delight of the sweet tooth, we’ve included the world’s healthiest beverages in our list of delicious hot chocolate. One of the best ways to cope with muscle cramps is to drink a cup of hot chocolate. And all because it has a very high content of magnesium – 282 mg per 100 grams of drink. Hot chocolate is one of the home remedies for colds. To do this, you need to add to it cinnamon and a small pinch of red pepper, as well as honey to taste. In addition, hot chocolate is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, as well as potassium, phosphorus and calcium. And a cup of this invigorating drink also makes life more cheerful for a while, thanks to the fact that cocoa beans contain phenylethylamine. In the brain, it affects emotions and moods and increases mental focus.
- Water and lemon juice
Drinking a glass of lemon water on an empty stomach in the morning is very good for your body. It not only helps your digestion, but also cleanses your liver. Nutritionists recommend adding at least half a lemon (sliced, with peel) to 250-300 ml of water. It is best to add lemon to warm water. Although vitamin C is not thermostable – that is, it can disintegrate when it reaches a certain temperature – even boiling temperatures are not high enough to negate the benefits of lemon. Nevertheless, warm water is ideal because it is easier to drink in large quantities. However, people who have problems with their teeth should not drink water with lemon juice, because its regular consumption can thin the enamel of the teeth. You should also avoid this drink for those who have a lot of iron in their blood, because lemon can increase the body’s ability to absorb iron.
- Hibiscus tea
In 2010, Nutrition Journal published an extensive study on the total antioxidant content of more than 3,100 foods, beverages, spices, herbs and supplements used worldwide. This study included 283 beverages. It was found that of all the beverages included, hibiscus tea contained the most antioxidants. One unusual way to make this ruby herbal tea even healthier and tastier is to make a variation of the classic Mexican drink called Agua Fresca. It is traditionally made with watermelon, lime and sugar. The flavonoids in watermelon have an anti-inflammatory effect and reduce muscle soreness after exercise. Watermelon is also rich in citrulline, which is metabolized to arginine, an essential amino acid. Consumption of citrulline helps improve symptoms of erectile dysfunction in men.
- Orange juice
This drink contains vitamin C and quercetin, a flavonoid that inhibits the production of histamine and serotonin (two major substances that cause allergy symptoms), and also eliminates swelling and itching. However, orange juice itself is not a universal remedy for seasonal allergies. It is only a supplement to the medications that an allergologist will prescribe.
- Green tea
It is probably the healthiest hot beverage in the world. Green tea speeds up metabolism, protects skin from UV damage, reduces inflammation and keeps teeth and gums healthy. According to a Japanese study, drinking two cups of green tea a day reduces the risk of age-related cognitive decline by 50 percent. And there are virtually no calories in green tea without sugar (no more than 5 in 100 ml of drink). All other things being equal, if you drink 1-2 cups of green tea daily instead of one can of soda, for a year, you will save your body more than 50,000 calories that could be deposited as fat. The biggest benefit of green tea is its high content of catechins, antioxidants that can help prevent the damaging effects of oxidation on your body’s cells, which is the cause of many cancers. They can also help fight inflammation, a condition closely linked to heart disease and diabetes, and improve immune function, according to researchers at Pennsylvania State University.