Summer Beverages to Hydrate and Reduce Inflammation

The summer heat can drain your body of valuable fluids.  Sodas, alcohol and other drinks like Gatorade are full of sugars which promote inflammation.  Here are some alternative, hydrating beverages  for you to try that will also reduce inflammation, aid digestion and provide probiotics.

Christine Hunt


 

5 of The Best Drinks For Your Health

by James Colquihoun

Lemon water.

As our bodies are made of up to 80% water, it’s critical that we get enough during the day to function properly! Water is a great foundation, but our top 5 drinks combine hydration with added health benefits!

1. Lemon Water

Waking up to a glass of warm water with fresh lemon aids digestion and supports natural detoxification by helping the bowel to flush out waste more efficiently. It also provides a gentle immune system boost with vitamin C, and helps to freshen your breath by acting as a natural antiseptic killing off bad bacteria in the mouth. Sayonara chemical-laden mouthwash!

2. Herbal Tea

Drinking herbs and spices in tea not only helps to cut down on caffeine, it boosts your nutrient intake! There are so many amazing herbs with all kinds of health benefits including antibacterial, antiviral, immune-strengthening, energy-boosting or calming properties. Many are rich sources of antioxidants fighting free radical damage in the body too! Each herb has unique health benefits but we love peppermint, lemongrass and ginger for settling the tummy; chamomile to calm, and lemon myrtle, spearmint, turmeric and cinnamon to ward off cold and flu symptoms. It’s medicine in a teacup!

Green juice3. Green Juice

A cold-pressed green juice is the quickest way you can load your body with easily absorbed nutrients that your body’s cells crave. Rich in phytonutrients that nourish your body, naturally energize, support detoxification and cleanse your body. It all comes down to what you put in the blend! Our general guide is 3-4 vegetables per 1 piece of fruit to make sure you’re not just getting a sugar rush. We love kale, cucumber, zucchini, celery, spinach, and broccoli thrown into our mixes!

4. Kombucha

A fermented tea beverage rich in probiotics. Consuming a delicious glass of kombucha each day comes with a myriad of benefits! The natural healthy bacteria in kombucha helps to aid digestion, fight candida overgrowth, manage bloating, and due to the gut-brain link, even improve mental clarity and help stabilize your mood! Add in turmeric or ginger for even more gut soothing, anti-inflammatory benefits!

5. Coconut Water

coconut waterCoconut water is nature’s natural rehydration drink. It’s an isotonic beverage providing the electrolytes calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium. Pure coconut water has no artificial additives or sweeteners and is low in naturally occurring sugars. It also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals including zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, manganese, boron, molybdenum, ascorbic acid and B-group vitamins! Perfect post-workout, or for rehydrating anytime of day!

 

Source of the article is here.


Which beverage will you try this week?  What other beverages do you drink that have health benefits?  Please share your comments below.

To your health!

 


 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

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