Hello readers! Aside from what we eat, what drinks go in our bodies are important as well! Are you drinking the best beverage out there?Water- Of course I had to start out with water since water is really a miracle beverage! According to the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2002, health benefits of drinking water includes cutting your risk of cardiovascular disease in half, helps aid in digestion and metabolism, and it keeps your skin looking good. Additionally, water dilutes the blood and reduces its viscosity, making it less susceptible of blood clotting.
- The Good in Water- not only does-or should- make up the majority of our body weight, it helps maintain the structure of large molecules, aids in regulation of body temperature, and acts as a lubricant and cushion. Also, water is the PERFECT beverage for quenching thirst and rehydrating your body. No matter what you drink, make sure water comes first!
- NO SUGAR! Please stay away flavored creams and creamers! They contain the hydrogenated vegetable oils that I warned about in my last blog (which have trace amounts of trans fat) and a list of other chemicals and syrups. Watch what you drink at Starbucks too. Just one drink could have enough sugar and calories in it to make it a dessert!
- Make your drink a smaller order
- Sweeten your own tea with lemons, honey, agave nectar, or more fruit instead of sugars and flavored syrups
- Ditch the whipped cream and extra syrups
Milk: Milk is considered to be natures perfect protein shake because of the protein it contains but did you know that it has all these other wonderful properties?
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- Muscles- Muscle tends to break down after exercise which is why workout machines such as yourself need to supply your body with the right kind of protein to help it recover. Milk contains proteins such as casein and whey plus contains minerals to help prevent muscle cramping. Drinking cows milk reduces your risk of bone disease and fractures and helps maintain bone density.
- Beauty in a Bottle- Milk contains proteins, lipids, calcium, Vitamin A,Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, biotin, and potassium. These all work together to help keep hair soft and shiny
- Soda- Besides containing obscene amounts of caffiene and sugar, sodas also contain a science lab of other ingredients-one of which is phosphoric acid. This flavor agent interferes with calcium, leading to lower bone density and rottens teeth.
- Juice- Juice, juice, juice. These sweet fruity beverages all claim that they are the best drink out there and hide behind 100% Vitamin C labels. Once the fruit (grape, apple, orange) this juice has been pasteurized, then there is little raw nutritional value left. Many juices out there on the market contain high fructose corn syrups, artificial dyes, and unnatural flavors. Even if the label says natural flavors, make sure you know what natural really means:
- Natural Ingredients: Companies add natural flavoring to make their products taste better. In short, they are created in a lab. Flavors can compensate for flavor loss during processing and substitute real ingredients to lower production costs and increase shelf stability.
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