There is no doubt that soft drinks and energy drinks are not a good option if we want to quench our thirst without water, but are there healthy alternatives?
In an article by writer Annie Hayes on the American netdoctor site, nutritionist Jenny Logan sheds light on a number of delicious drinks that can replace drinking water, and reviews their nutritional composition and health benefits, namely:
1- Green tea
Green tea is one of the best healthy drinks ever, as it offers us a lot of benefits, such as boosting brain function and lowering blood sugar levels.
And Jenny Logan asserts that green tea is rich in polyphenol antioxidants, which stimulate the metabolism and help burn fat.
But there are many factors that affect the antioxidants in green tea, such as the type of tea leaves and the temperature of the water, as it is recommended to use warm water and leave the tea in the cup for two to 3 minutes.
2- Beetroot juice
Beetroot juice is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, such as manganese, potassium, and vitamin C, in addition to many antioxidants and plant compounds.
“Beetroot contains nitrates that convert into nitric oxide in the body, which helps dilate blood vessels. This has proven beneficial for those with high blood pressure, and athletes looking to improve physical performance,” Logan asserts.
3- Water with lemon
Many people make sure to start their day with a cup of warm water with lemon. Despite the lack of scientific research on the benefits of this drink, what it contains is undoubtedly beneficial to the body, as lemon is a good source of vitamin C.
4- Cranberry juice
Unsweetened cranberry juice contains lots of vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin E and C, and several phytonutrients that make it a great anti-inflammatory.
According to a study, consuming 3 cups of cranberry juice per day significantly raised the level of beneficial cholesterol in the blood, which reduces the risk of heart disease. Logan adds that this drink is good for the urinary tract, and many women use it to prevent cystitis.
5- Coconut water
Coconut water has a sweet and savory taste and is rich in healthy antioxidants. Logan explains that coconut water contains many different types of ions, such as sodium, potassium and magnesium.
6- Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice contains more antioxidants than most other fruit juices, namely punicalagins and punicic acid, which are two of the most effective.
7- Black coffee
There are many health benefits of black coffee, as it contains high levels of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients, including vitamin B2 (B2), vitamin B3 (B3), vitamin B5 (B5), manganese, potassium and magnesium.
Logan says that “coffee contains caffeine, which enhances physical and mental strength, and research has indicated that black coffee can stimulate the fat burning process and reduce the risk of cognitive decline.”
Studies have shown that frequent coffee drinkers are at a lower risk of many serious diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
8- Peppermint tea
Peppermint leaves contain many essential oils, such as menthol and menthol (menthone), as well as micronutrients and plant compounds that promote heart health, calm the nervous system and help reduce gas, bloating, and indigestion.
Logan says, “Peppermint tea is a refreshing natural drink that is free of caffeine and calories. It helps calm the digestive system and gives you a fresh breath.”
9- Hot chocolate
If the chocolate is made from 100% cocoa and mixed with warm milk, it ranks as a healthy, beneficial beverage, Logan says, as it contains antioxidants known as “polyphenols”, which can boost heart health.
10- Ginger tea
Logan says that “ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, and it is beneficial for anyone suffering from nausea and vomiting.” Ginger contains many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, calcium and phosphorous, and it also contains very high levels of antioxidants.
11- Tomato juice
One cup of tomato juice can provide you with your daily vitamin C needs, and more than a fifth of your vitamin A needs. And tomatoes contain a high percentage of lycopene, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants and infections.
12- Soaked vegetables and fruits
Why not try mixing the filtered water with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs? Peppermint, cucumber, mango, ginger, strawberry and basil make a great combination.
Logan assures that soaking cucumbers and mint in water makes them taste better, contributes to hydrating the body, and gives a sense of satiety that helps get rid of snacks.