Image by *MarS via FlickrWhat we drink is as important as what we eat. On average 25% of our "eating" is in done in liquid form, more so during the summer months. Drinks can assist with our health and help build immunity to colds and flu, may prevent some cancer, can influence our moods, protect our kidneys, and help us lose weight.
Lemon for your KidneysUsually when you think of kidney and urinary protection you think of cranberry juice...but 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice mixed with 2 quarts of cold water and honey to taste, drunk daily can combat the formation of kidney stones. Lemon juice is a citrate which binds to calcium in the urine and prevents salts from crystallizing into painful kidney stones. This lemonade also tempts you to drink more, which hydrates your system. Limonene, a powerful phytochemical, found in the juice and rind (zest) of lemon may help prevent several types of cancers.
Green Tea boosts your MetabolismAdd a few drops of green tea extract to your water. Green tea offers increased prevention from several cancers and Alzheimer's, and blasts fat too. A study put out by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows dieters who drank water with green tea extract lost an additional 2.5 pounds and 8% body fat than those who only watched caloric intake. Green tea helps regulate blood glucose levels thus preventing the storage of fat. Its high polyphenol content also helps cut the risk of heart disease, while a Portuguese study indicated that 90% of their subjects lowered their LDL count after just 4 weeks of drinking green tea daily.
Flax Oil fights Heart DiseaseAdding a tablespoon of flax see oil to orange juice seems to cause a decrease in the inflammation that leads to heart disease. Flax is a sterol and is rich in Omega 3 acids which fight cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It adds a subtle nutty flavor, and can be used in other foods as well. Increasing your Omega 3 intake also seems to decrease your desire for fatty foods thus possibly helping to prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Sage for the BrainSteep a teaspoon of dried sage in a cup of hot water. Sage tea tends to calm anxiety, boost memory, and protect against Alzheimer's. It can improve alertness for up to 4 hours, and it contains a compound that blocks enzymes that destroy neurotransmitters critical to brain functions. Sage also seems to decrease weight gain by mobilizing fat from cells to muscles where it is used for energy.
Chocolate Whey Protein Powder Adds Years and MuscleOne scoop of Chocolate Whey Protein Shakes for Women mixed with milk is a key to preventing blood sugar spikes and dips that trigger the body to crave sweets. The more protein in your diet, the leaner you will be according to a Canadian study. People who added an extra 20 grams of protein to their diets had the thinnest waistlines. Whey protein can add years to your life; studies have linked quality whey to a decrease in certain cancers, reduced blood pressure, and increased immunity. Of course I would recommend you looking for the best protein shakes for women.
Apple Cider Vinegar lowers Blood Pressure and Weight
Finally, adding apple cider vinegar (with some honey to taste) to your water can actually neutralize an acidic system. Apple cider vinegar contains pectin, a fiber known to help reduce bad cholesterol and regulate blood pressure; as well as potassium that helps with hair loss, weak finger nails, brittle teeth, and sinusitis. It is also loaded with the free radical warrior: beta carotene. It is said that apple cider vinegar assists with weight loss as it breaks down fats, and promotes a healthy and youthful appearance.
Consider your next drink...is it helping your health? If not, try alternatives that promote your health and well being.
Be healthy, be safe, take your women vitamins and be blessed, Kersten