When you think about what is most healthy beverage for the body, perhaps you will immediately answer water. But actually, there are several other types of beverages who are also very beneficial for health.
"Some drinks have tremendous health benefits, from eliminating minor ailments such as indigestion to minimize the risk of osteoporosis," said Dan Nadeau, M.D., medical director of Exeter Hospital HealthReach Diabetes, Endocrinology and Nutrition Center in Exeter, New Hampshire. Here are eight kinds of healthy drink that you need to make your favorite drink.
Benefits: Helps reduce risk of osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease. Green tea is rich in flavonoids and polyphenols, natural antioxidants that may protect cells from carcinogens (cancer causing substances) and inhibit tumor growth by helping to neutralize free radicals in the body.
Benefits: Relieves cramps and helps ward off indigestion. "Mint is an antispasmodic, so it can relax the muscles, which combat stiffness and pain," said Susan Lark, M.D., author of The Chemistry of Success (Bay Books, 1999).
It also aids digestion by promoting the movement of food through the digestive tract.
Benefits: Helps to reduce osteoporosis. Low-fat dairy foods have components in the form of healthy carbohydrates, protein and less fat is absorbed slowly by the body so you full longer, says Molly Pelzer, R.D., nutrition consultant in Tipton, Iowa.
Low-fat milk also helps stabilize blood sugar and is one source of calcium.
Calories: 120/230 ml
Benefits: Reduces risk of heart disease. Soy milk contains soluble fiber and soy protein, which can reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Calories: 81/230 ml
Benefit: Improves mood and may help protect us against heart disease. The chocolate increases the production of serotonin, which is responsible for regulating mood.
Low levels of serotonin allegedly closely associated with depression. Cocoa is also rich in polyphenols, plant antioxidants helps to protect cells against oxidative damage which can reduce levels of HDL or good cholesterol in the body.
Calories: 195/230 ml for homemade chocolate drinks; 115 to drink from a mixture of cocoa powder.
Low-sodium tomato juice
Benefits: Reduces risk of various cancers. Processed tomato products rich in antioxidants likopene may help reduce the risk of lung, stomach, pancreas, colon, esophagus, mouth, breast and cervical cancer.
Calories: 31/177 ml
Benefits: Helps prevent gum disease. Research shows that the anti-bacterial properties in cranberry juice can fight off urinary tract infections, may also reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
Benefits: Can ward off cataracts, cancer and birth defects and boost immunity.
Oranges are a source of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that can protect us against various diseases including cataracts and lung cancer. ,
Calories: 115/230 ml