When your body is hydrated, it's able to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature, and keep your organs functioning properly. Water isn't the only thing that can keep you hydrated though, and if you're like me, you may be tired of just drinking water everyday. To keep you both hydrated and healthy, I've compiled a list of eight refreshing drinks (other than water) for you to try.
Green tea does contain caffeine, but it still has many health benefits. It works as an antioxidant to help flush toxins out of your body, and it also promotes fat burning and may increase your metabolism.
It's important not to drink too much green tea because it can lead to certain health complications. Don't drink more than two or three cups a day.
Making a smoothie at home reassures you that there are no artificial flavors, and you can be sure it's filled with all the nutrients you want and need. Blend together fresh fruits, greens, nuts, and/or vegetables.
Drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice is a good source of Vitamin C. It can help strengthen your immune system and may help reduce acid reflux and heartburn.
For vegans or those who are lactose-intolerant, soy or almond milk is a great alternative to regular milk; they're also rich in fiber and protein. Because both of these milks contain mixtures of water, they can help in keeping you hydrated.
Studies have shown that drinking black coffee can help reduce your risk of developing certain heart diseases. It's also rich in antioxidants, which means it can help to fight cell damage in your body.
It's important to drink coffee in moderation and drink no more than one to two cups daily.
Unlike green tea, hibiscus tea does not contain caffeine, but it does still work as an antioxidant. It may also help with digestion and aid in reducing blood pressure.
Aloe Vera juice is another drink that is rich with antioxidants and a good source of Vitamin C. It can help in detoxifying your gut and may also help reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Coconut water is low in calories and sodium but rich with potassium, sugar, and electrolytes so it can help with mild dehydration. When consumed in moderation, it may help lower blood pressure.
It's important to note that though coconut water does contain electrolytes like many sports drinks, it should not replace sports drinks. Coconut water does not adequately replenish what you've lost through the sweat of a heavy workout.