We all know how important water is for our bodies seeing our bodies are made of up to 60% water. It’s totally understandable that most people don’t want to only drink water day and night, it doesn’t have a flavor! Although there are ways to make your water flavorful, like adding fruits, citrus essential oils, or water additives, it’s always nice to have other drink options. Here are some great alternatives that will still give your body something in return rather than soda or other extra sugary drinks.
One drink alternative that many people enjoy is green tea. Green tea has lots of antioxidants to help your immune system fight diseases and protect your body. Although green tea is a great source of this, please be sure to look at possible side effects of green tea before you suddenly decide to make it your new favorite drink. In high amounts or brewed too strongly it can cause negative side effects like headaches, difficulty sleeping and more. Other teas to look into include white tea, ginger and turmeric tea, or peppermint tea. Keep in mind that tea is not something that should be drank too often. It is a perfect drink to replace a cup of your water up to once a day to improve energy and overall body health.
2) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can also be used as an alternative drink to water. It can promote weight loss and help keep blood sugar maintained. It is best to use a tablespoon or two mixed in with water, please be sure to do this as apple cider vinegar is high in acid like orange juice or soda. Due to it’s high acidity please be cautious with how often you intake apple cider vinegar drinks as it can damage your teeth or upset your stomach in large amounts or constant use.
One of my personal favorites is to make simple, light smoothie. For example you can use your favorite fruit with some of your choice of milk. For added protein include a nut butter, greek yogurt, or protein powder. Adding a dash of cinnamon counts as bonus points due to its great taste, source of antioxidants, it has the ability to help regulate blood sugar, and gives you that little energy boost you may need at some point in your day! This is also something that can be totally changed up to your personal taste preferences and is perfect to go with your mid day snack.
This last one you may be excited, yet surprised to hear can actually be good for you. Coffee is actually good for you in limited amounts due to the fact in can help your body process glucose easier, can help fight future cognitive declines, contains antioxidants, can lessen your risk of type 2 diabetes, and even help prevent heart failure. A lot of us may agree though that coffee definitely tastes better at least a little bit sweeter. One alternative sweetener rather than pure sugar you could use is honey. Honey also contains antioxidants that are great for your body while sweetening your morning coffee! For those that like it extra sweet may want to add some half and half, or a small amount of creamer. Although coffee can be good for you in some ways do keep in mind that coffee can raise blood pressure and induce anxiety. If you already know you have anxiety or show symptoms of anxiety please be careful how much coffee you intake.
So know that you have learned how many alternatives there are to soda you have the power to start your journey in beginning your version of your healthier life. For starters, you could start replacing some of your s pads or other sugary beverages with some of these drinks. Some of these drinks are still sweet but with natural sugars that are much healthier for your body! Good luck on your journey, just remember YOU are in control, and I believe in you. YOU GOT THIS! Have a wonderful day friend!