Beverage Choices and Why You Should Drink Them!
With nearly 50% of the population consuming 2 or more sodas a day, it is no wonder why our nation is getting more unhealthy by the day. Far too many people drink soda like it is water, not knowing the negative effect it is having on their body. If you are serious about changing your health, one of the first things you need to do is look at what beverages you are putting in your body.
Below, I go over 7 different beverages that are great to have when trying to get fit. Water should always be your number one beverage choice, but the others are also ones to consider:
Water should always be your number one beverage choice. If you don’t like water, learn to like it. Try adding in some fresh lemon or lime juice for a bit of flavor. The benefits of water are endless. Put simply: you need it to survive and stay healthy, so drink up!
How much to drink: Everyday. Number one beverage choice.
Often (3-5 times per week.)
2. Black Coffee.
My morning coffee is something I greatly look forward to having but it is definitely not a necessity. I am not dependent on coffee, and you shouldn’t be either. If you use coffee to function or “get you through the day,” you should try to wean off of it. Drink coffee for enjoyment purposes and in moderation, not as a weight loss or energy supplement.
How much to drink: In moderation. 1-2 cups a day is fine.
3. Hot Tea.
Tea is something I want to start drinking more of because of the benefits it brings. Teas are loaded with antioxidants, can help boost your immune system, can aid in weight loss, increases metabolism, and more. My current favorites are green tea and ginger teas.
How much to drink: 1-2 cups a day.
4. Kombucha Tea.
Kombucha tea is something I like to enjoy a few times per week. It is a bit pricey but definitely worth it. There is a long list of benefits including:
- Improves digestion
- Is loaded with probiotics
- Boosts energy
- High in antioxidants
- Lowers glucose levels (prevents blood sugar spikes)
How much to drink: A few times per week will work great!
Sporadically (1-3 times per week)
5. Coconut Water.
I would like to drink more of this, but once again this is another pricey item. Coconut water is filled with great nutrients and is the perfect thirst quencher. Benefits include:
- Can aid in weight loss
- Contains electrolytes that our bodies need (potassium, magnesium, sodium, phosphate, and calcium)
- Aids in digestion
- Fights sicknesses
- Boosts metabolism
Coconut water is definitely something you have to get used to drinking. The best times to drink it are during and/or after workouts or to rehydrate.
How much to drink: When needed. After or during workouts is best.
6. Coconut Milk.
A great substitute for regular milk, and something I enjoy putting in my post workout shake. Coconuts are one of the best foods on the planet. They are loaded with healthy fats and bring multiple health benefits. Coconut milk is also great for making whipped cream. Here is the recipe if you want to try for yourself!
How much to drink: After workouts or added to coffee or tea.
7. Almond Milk.
Almond milk contains lots of nutrients and is another drink I like having in a post workout shake. I do not like almond milk by itself, but it works well when mixed with some whey protein and cinnamon!
How much to drink: After workouts.
If you cut out the sodas, fruit juices, milk, sports drinks, etc. and start focusing on the beverage choices above, you will start to see results near immediately. Focus on drinking water, then add in the other options when needed. If you do that, I can guarantee you will start feeling better and looking better in no time!
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