Properly hydrating our bodies with healthy drinks is an important component to healthy living. However, healthy drinks do not have to be boring, there are many drinks that are great tasting, full of healthy nutrients and provide us with our daily water requirement.
Our bodies are made up of two-thirds water and every day we lose and gain water through natural body responsibilities. Unfortunately, at the end of each day we end up short, approximately 1.5 litres (48 oz) and more if we sweat due to hot weather or exercise. Therefore, we must properly hydrate our bodies each day making up the difference and allowing our bodies to function properly.
Ideally, we should provide our bodies with healthy drinks that will provide proper hydration and are also filled with healthy nutrients. Our bodies will run more efficiently at preventing diseases and maintaining good health. Keep in mind that not all drinks are healthy; some are full of harmful chemicals and end up doing our bodies more harm. The following describes many different ways to get proper hydration with great tasting healthy drinks loaded with healthy nutrients.
Pure water is absolutely the best drink to properly hydrate our bodies; however, many of us find it boring and avoid drinking it. Here we spruce up plain water making it enjoyable without adding unnecessary sugar or harmful chemicals.
Herbal teas have become extremely popular with an overwhelming selection available; there is truly a flavour for every palate. Herbal teas are great for those individuals who enjoy warm liquids. Strive to choose mostly non-caffeinated varieties.
The jury is still out whether caffeinated drinks offer proper hydration or not; however, we do know that caffeine should at least be limited, so here are a few tips to remember when selecting caffeinated drinks.
Unfortunately sodas are not considered healthy drinks. They contain high amounts of caffeine, sugar and many harmful chemicals. Sodas are best avoided completely or limited to small amounts. There are many ways we can create a healthier version of soda. Select ingredients based on personal taste.
Energy drinks are full of harmful disease-causing ingredients and are best completely avoided. These energy drinks are becoming the focus of many studies showing how they lead to serious diseases. It's best to look for healthier versions that are fruit based with natural ingredients. Your local health food store is a great place to start.
Fruit and vegetable juices are healthy drinks that also contain many healthy nutrients. However, most store bought juice contains high amounts of sugar and/or salt and do not provide the best hydration. Here are some healthy tips to consider when craving fruit and vegetable juice.
Smoothies are another great way to get daily fruit and vegetable intake as well as proper hydration and healthy nutrients. If you add protein powder it can be a meal replacement drink and help us lose or maintain weight. Here are a few tips when creating smoothies.
Alcohol is a diuretic, for it causes the body to lose water as opposed to gaining it. Ideally, alcohol should be avoided completely or at least limited to small amounts. The following provides helpful tips when drinking alcohol.
Providing our bodies with proper hydration each day will allow our bodies to function efficiently and stay healthy. It’s most important we select healthy drinks that offer the best hydration with healthy nutrients. Our bodies will be thankful.
Cheers to healthy drinks and healthy living.
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