Water Rules, but These Beverage May Surprise You
You will rarely hear anyone advising you to forgo water for other drinks. I’m also not giving that advice. It would be very wrong.
What I do recommend is for you to benefit from other good-for-you drinks as well. Water is undeniably essential to our very survival. Its numerous benefits have been backed by science and research. It is an invaluable component in fighting diseases and aiding weight loss. From personal experience, I can tell you that water works wonders in boosting my mood and energy. And I bet many can relate! But water does not supply the body with antioxidants, and it lacks specific nutritional benefits.
1. Green Tea
In the article “4 Drinks That Are Healthier Than Water (Or Close To It!)”, Prevention Magazine suggests Green Tea. This nutritional powerhouse has shown promise in improving a range of health issues, such as lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure, stabilizing blood sugar (important for managing diabetes), and even destroying cancer cells. Green tea may also protect the brain: Research suggests it can help block the formation of the nerve plaques linked to Alzheimer’s disease while promoting activity in the area of the brain responsible for memory.
Best Fit Life TIP: Some green teas can be strong, so you don’t care for the taste, you can add it to smoothies and green juice, or try the milder white teas for starters.
2. Coconut Water
In the same article, Prevention Magazine recommends coconut water. A rich source of sodium, potassium and magnesium (the body’s natural electrolytes), coconut water can have the same hydrating and muscle-restoring effects as a sports drink—minus the sugar. Just keep in mind there’s about 60 calories per 12-oz serving. And check labels: Some brands are adding lots of sugar and artificial flavorings to the mix, says Stoler. “I suggest buying coconut water that’s unsweetened and adding fruit or other natural sweeteners to taste,” she says.
Best Fit Life TIP: Make a satisfying, filling and muscle nourishing drink by shaking some whey powder with coconut water in a shaker bottle. We also use coconut water for our green smoothies and our fruit smoothies, as you will see further below.
3. Bone Broth
Nourished Kitchen swears by the benefits of bone broth through its article entitled “Bone Broth, Broths and Stocks”. Bone broths are extraordinarily rich in protein, and can be a source of minerals as well. Glycine supports the body’s detoxification process and is used in the synthesis of hemoglobin, bile salts and other naturally-occurring chemicals within the body. Glycine also supports digestion and the secretion of gastric acids. Proline, especially when paired with vitamin C, supports good skin health. Bone broths are also rich in gelatin which may support skin health.
4. Fresh Blended Grapefruit with Pomegranate Smoothie with Green Tea
High in vitamin C and potassium may ward off cataracts, cancers, and birth defects and boost immunity. An excellent source of vitamin C, this is also a potent antioxidant that may protect against a variety of diseases including cataracts (a clouding of the eye’s lens that can lead to blindness) and lung cancer. Vitamin C may prevent oxidative damage that can cause cells to become cancerous, and it improves immune-cell functioning, enabling your body to fight off infections more efficiently. And it’s a good source of folate, which protects against neural-tube defects in fetuses. To get the extra benefit of bone protection, try some calcium-fortified orange juice.
Best Fit Life TIP: Drinking fruit juices is not advisable because of the high sugar content. However, the occasional blended fruit smoothie can be great. The difference is you’re not extracting the pulp, but rather blending it all together. Then it’s advisable to “chew” your smoothie as your drink it.
This Grapefruit Pomegranate Smoothie includes green tea and coconut water for a healthy vitamin C, power packed antioxidant beverage. The perfect fall and winter smoothie for nutritional reinforcements to fight for you during the cold and flu season.
5. Tea and Coffee
Good news, if you love coffee or tea. Tea and coffee have been selected in the Healthy Beverage Guidelines by Harvard School of Public Health. Drunk plain, they are calorie-free beverages brimming with antioxidants, flavonoids, and other biologically active substances that may be good for health. Up to three or four cups of coffee or tea a day appear to be fine. Green tea, especially the strong variety served in Japan, has received attention for its potential role in protecting against heart disease, while coffee may help protect against type 2 diabetes. Just remember… hold the sugar.
Best Fit Life TIP: For a healthy and satisfying way to shift from sweet coffee with milk to something better for your brain and your body, try our bulletproof coffee.
4 Drinks That Are Healthier Than Water (Or Close To It!), Prevention Magazine
The 8 Healthiest Drinks, Fitness Magazine
Bone Broth, Mercola.com
Bone Broth, Broths and Stocks, Nourished Kitchen
Grapefruit Pomegranate Green Tea Smoothie, MyTrainerFitness.com
Healthy Beverage Guidelines, Harvard School of Public Health
How to Make Bone Broth 101, by Craig Fear, Fearless Eating
Beef Bone Broth From Grass Fed Cows, Slowly Simmered 24 Hours, 17.6 Oz, (1 Pack), by Bone Broths Co.
Bone Broth Chicken with Ginger, Organic 8 fl oz, by Pacific Natural Foods
Coconut Water, we typically buy the Zico 33oz size. Whichever brand you choose, just be sure it’s 100% pure coconut water, no sugar added.
Naked Whey Protein Powder, on Amazon
Shaker Bottle 20oz, we use these for protein powder drinks with coconut water or almond milk, and also for making homemade salad dressings
Warrior Whey, by Defense Nutrition