This is the time of year where it can be pretty difficult to avoid eating more than your body needs, and to not overdo it on the heavy, rich foods, but you can definitely help yourself by making sure you drink beverages that will aid your digestion and also lower your risk of a heart attack.
Drinking fluids might be the most important factor in the survival of human beings.
Water is the ideal beverage, with zero calories, which is why I carry around my aluminium container wherever I go. There’s no reason to buy bottled water, since tap water is often just as good, and it’s free. As for flavored water, that is mostly a total rip-off, and also unhealthy, since it can be very high in sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Everyone knows that water keeps you hydrated, which is important because every single cell in your body needs it in order to absorb nutrients and expel waste products. But drinking plenty of water also keeps your skin moisturized and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Consuming a good amount of H2O can help you lose weight because it suppresses your appetite, so you don’t eat as much. Very useful around Thanksgiving!
When it comes to tea, green is best. So while any tea is suggested to reduce the risk of stroke, some cancers and heart disease, green tea is better than most. That’s because although it is made from the same leaf as black tea,†it is not created in the same way. Green tea has more antioxidants than black tea and other teas because during the production process, its antioxidants arenít oxidized.
Green tea contains EGCG, which is an antioxidant, and can locate cancer cells and kill them without damaging healthy cells. Green tea also increases the amount of good cholesterol, while diminishing the amount of bad cholesterol. And it gets better! Researchers at the University of Geneva found that green tea increases metabolism, meaning that your body burns more calories per day. And it tastes great.
3. Fruit Juice
Whether you are choosing orange, pineapple, or grapefruit, be sure to select the juices that are 100% natural juice from the fruit, with no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Don’t be fooled by a big “All Natural” sign on the beverage container; check the nutritional label.
A small glass (4 ounces) of fruit juice makes up one serving, which is the recommended daily amount. By including a variety of fruit juices in your daily consumption, you’ll receive all kinds of nutrients like antioxidants, fiber and vitamins to help keep your body in tip-top condition.
Non-fat milk or soymilk are also healthy beverage alternatives, to help you digest that turkey and stuffing. If you opt for soymilk, look out for the calcium enriched version.
Non-fat milk is also commonly referred to as skim milk or fat free milk. These are all high in nutritional value and vitamin content. Non-fat milk actually does contain approximately 0.5% milk fat, but this is much less than what you’ll find in whole milk. The reduction of fat in skim milk creates more room for nutrients. It’s a common belief that whole milk contains more calcium than low fat milk but actually, fat-free milk may contain even more calcium than whole milk.
5. Black Coffee
As an avid coffee-lover, I have to include this one. Coffee has been labeled “heart healthy,” with good reason. Coffee is a great source of antioxidants because of its high caffeine content. It also promotes digestion, since it is a diuretic, and can improve athletic performance. Did you know that coffee has recently been labeled a “controlled” substance for athletes participating in the Olympic Games? Apparently large amounts of coffee provide unfair performance advantages.
A couple of points to note: most medical experts suggest two to three cups of coffee a day. Also, adding cream, sugar, or whole milk can turn your black coffee into a 500 calorie drink, which is no longer a healthy beverage.
So go ahead, enjoy the Thanksgiving treats, but don’t forget the healthy beverages.
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