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We are fortunate to live in a nation with so many options of clothes to wear, channels to watch, places to live, and beverages to drink. So with so many options, it’s key to choose wisely. And for good health, choosing a healthier beverage over a sugary, carbonated one can mean good news to your wallet, your teeth, metabolism, and even your mood. We have some healthy alternatives to soda right here.
Water is life. It’s crucial for survival — it’s the base of all your body fluids, like blood and digestive juices, it helps nutrients from your food get absorbed and be transported, and it helps eliminate waste. Even becoming mildly dehydrated (when you lose as little as 1 percent to 2 percent of your body weight) can seriously impact your body’s ability to function. How much water do you need? It’s commonly said that you should drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day to stay healthy, but this is really just a rule of thumb, as so many factors (weather, age, activity level, health) affect how much water your body needs.
Mint Tea eases cramps and helps ward off indigestion. Mint is an antispasmodic, so it can relax muscles, which combats stiffness and aches. It also believed to aid in digestion by promoting the movement of food through the digestive tract.
Green tea has emerged as a major natural player in fighting diseases like heart disease and cancer and helping with weight loss. Many people sip it religiously everyday in the hopes that it will make them healthier. Some of the conditions green tea is supposed to help include: Cancer, Rheumatoid arthritis, High cholesterol levels, Heart disease, Impaired immune function, Obesity and High blood sugar levels.
Soy Milk lowers risk of heart disease. Soy milk contains soluble fiber and soy protein, which lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and triglycerides, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. If you’re drinking it instead of cow’s milk, buy soy milk fortified with calcium and vitamins A and D. One caveat: Soy contains phytoestrogens, which may be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about drinking soy milk if you have a family history of the disease or have had it yourself.
There are lots of other beverages that you might integrate into your daily diet to see positive health benefits. As always, talk to your physician and/or nutritionist before making drastic changes to your diet. Getting a balanced diet that is rich with vitamins and nutrients is important.