OK, so we’re going to throw water out of the list before we even start. Why? Because everyone knows that it’s healthy – so that would just be a waste of a place in our ‘top 7’ list.
So if you want to ditch the sodas for something a little better for you, then check out the list below. We can guarantee you’ll feel better if you make the change…
1. Green Tea
Being lauded as the healthiest beverage on the planet isn’t an accolade that should be handed out lightly. But is it really as good for you as folks would have you believe?
The answer is a loud and hearty, YES! And here are the reasons why.
It’s packed with the good stuff that can protect against carcinogens, help guard against heart disease, lower the likelihood of dementia in old age, and also reduce the risk of osteoporosis and tooth decay. Phew! That’s some ass-kicking beverage, don’t you agree.
Oh, and if you’re wanting to lose weight and get/or stay fit, it also increases fat burning and helps improve your physical performance.
But it tastes bad, we hear you cry. Well, if you really can’t train your taste buds to enjoy it, why not try a black and green tea blend – that way you can get all the benefits of the green, whilst still enjoying the taste of your lovely warm cuppa!
2. Hot Chocolate
Three cheers for chocolate making it onto the list. But hold on, you can’t simply head out and purchase a fat laden hot choc embellished with marshmallows, sprinkles, and a whole load of sugar.
What you need for a healthy hot chocolate is to make it yourself, using raw cocoa powder. And if it doesn’t quite hit your sweetness level, use a bit of almond milk, honey, or maple syrup to up the ante.
Hot chocolate made in such a way is great for lowering the risk of heart and cardiovascular problems. And it’s absolutely fabulous at increasing mood levels. In addition – and this one’s for the ladies – it’s well known that hot chocolate is proven to help with pain relief during your monthly cycle.
The health benefits of chocolate are well studied. Just remember that less is more, as it does pack on a few calories if you take it to the extreme.
3. Cranberry Juice
Good old cranberry juice. It’s well known that it can help with urinary tract health. But did you know that it has a whole host of other health benefits as well? It can assist in sustaining good cardiovascular health, can prevent tooth decay, help prevent cancers, ward against respiratory infections, help prevent kidney stones, and is a great asset if you’re looking to ditch a few extra pounds.
And that’s just for starters. Just make sure it’s the pure stuff, and not packed with sugar. And yes, that means that vodka-cranberry juice alcopops don’t have the same effect…
4. Low Fat Milk
A real guardian against osteoporosis as you age, low fat milk also helps stabilize blood sugar and curb cravings. The high calcium levels are also beginning to be proven to help with weight loss, as it’s now believed that they stop the body from storing fat. Not just a healthy drink for kids anymore – it’s time adults took note…
5. Ginger Tea
Ginger is one of the healthiest spices in the world. Not only does it promote healthy digestion, but it fights against cancer, helps prevent Alzheimer’s, aids weight loss, boosts the absorption of nutrients, relieves tired muscles, stabilizes blood sugar levels, improves circulation, and helps in the preventions of minor ailments.
And drinking ginger tea is pretty damn yummy too.
6. Lemon Juice
OK, so you have to mix it with water, but lemon juice has plethora of health benefits. The high levels of vitamin C boost your immune system. In addition, lemon juice helps stabilize the body’s pH levels, it’s great for cleansing your bowel, and it’s a super food for your liver.
Sure, it’s bitter. But simply sweeten your drink with a little honey. A great morning ‘get up and go’ tonic that you can easily include in your health regime.
7. Beet Juice
Beet juice is a podium winner when it comes to healthy drinks. Drinking it regularly can help lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, has anti-cancer properties, and helps de-tox the body.
In addition, it’s great for increasing your stamina, so is an excellent pre-workout drink. It’s also rich in vitamin C, and various other nutrients. And in our world of digestive issues, it’s a great provider of fiber.
The only downside is that it’s a little hard to get hold of, so you might need to make your own at home.