November 17, 2015
Healthy Drinks that Wellness Experts Enjoy!
Water is great and all, and boy, do our bodies just love when were getting enough of it. Everything functions a little better when were well-hydrated! Wellness experts are always telling us: DRINK MORE WATER. But what do they sip on when they're not pounding down water bottles full of H2O? Well, we will tell you...
Healthy Hydrating Drinks that Wellness Experts Love
Matcha, a traditional Chinese drink, is a stone-ground powder made of green tea leaves. This drink is loved by health experts because it is full of antioxidants, boosts metabolism, detoxifies the body, and much more. It's particularly high in an antioxidant called catechin polyphenol, which has been linked to decreased cancer risks, as well as lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It is a great coffee substitute as it provides a slow release of energy rather than a quick spike. Matcha can be enjoyed hot or cold, but be sure to add in a packet of True Lemon for even more antioxidant power.
Turmeric and Lemon Elixir
Turmeric, a spice featured prominently in Indian cuisine, has been shown to have many health benefits. Not only is it an anti-inflammatory, but turmeric is filled with antioxidants, and also has antibacterial properties. Adding a little True Lemon to this drink helps to balance alkaline levels of the body and cleanse the liver. Try this simple recipe first thing in the morning - the cayenne will help boost your metabolism, and the ginger will provide extra support in absorption of all the nutrients! In a large mug, add 1 packet True Lemon, 2 dashes of turmeric, some fresh shredded ginger, and a pinch of cayenne. Fill the mug with hot water, stir, and enjoy!
The opposite of your sweet morning coffee, this drink may seem more like soup rather than something you sip from a mug. It is made in a similar way to regular broth or stock (made with animal bones), but it is simmered for a longer period of time to extract the gelatin from collagen-rich joints and release minerals. Health nuts love bone broth, as it is not only a great source of protein, but the minerals support naturally-occurring chemicals within the body, and the gelatin helps support skin and digestive health. You may have to dare a loved one to try a hot mug of bone broth with you (at least until you get used to it), but until then it's a great addition to soups and stocks.
A body that is well hydrated glows through skin. A big reason why aloe water is touted as a miracle skin-elixir is due to its hydrating qualities, but also the antioxidant content, anti-inflammatory properties, and the way it detoxifies and aids in digestion. Give this recipe a try: Fill a glass half-full with aloe vera juice. Add 1 packet True Lime, 1 teaspoon of honey, and stir well. Fill the rest of the glass with water, stir again, and enjoy.
For a long time, fat was the enemy in weight gain and cardiovascular health. But as it turns out, that just isn't true. Now, wellness experts are adding something to their coffee that you may be shocked to hear about: butter! Popularized by Dave Asprey, Bulletproof Coffee is said to be rich, creamy, and add a huge boost of energy to get you through your day. It also provides your body with healthy fats - the best source of energy for your cells. Starting your day with this buttery coffee drink can not only be satisfying as breakfast, but the fat will slow the absorption of caffeine helping you feel more focused all throughout your day. Providing your body with good fats can even help your cells to be more efficient in burning fat, leading to weight loss.
There is no miracle health drink that will reverse the effects of a greasy cheeseburger-a-day diet. Experts recommend regular exercise, and a diet filled with plenty of vegetables and real, unprocessed foods to accompany these beverages.
If anything, these drinks will help support (and enhance) an already healthy lifestyle!
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