Just as food is important for aging gracefully, what we drink also plays a major role in the health of our cells and organs. Here are some of the best beverages to drink on a regular basis for optimal health and vitality.
We tend to forget to drink enough water, especially in the colder months. Then we start complaining of headaches, digestive problems, not being able to focus, fatigue and exhaustion. These symptoms may simply mean that you are dehydrated. Make sure you bring a large bottle of water with you
wherever you go, it may be tedious at first, but when you get used to it, you’ll be glad you have it with you, as you will feel the difference.
Drinking the juice of one or two lemons or limes per day is enough to get your daily nutritional value of vitamin C. This essential vitamin is crucial for the immune system and DNA health as well as younger skin with fewer wrinkles.
Cranberries contain flavonoids that help prevent inflammation. Cranberry juice is known for treating urinary tract infections, preventing tooth decay, and improving blood circulation.
Drinking one cup of caffeinated coffee on a daily basis may lower the risk of skin cancer. It also helps protect against type-2 diabetes, heart rhythm problems, and dementia. In addition, it boosts your energy level and helps keep you focused and alert.
Those who drink generous proportions of cocoa enjoy a healthier functioning of blood vessels thanks to the flavanols found in cocoa and healthy blood vessels lower risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and dementia.
In a surprising turn of events, it’s been proven that there is in fact, no connection between chocolate and skin problems. On an even brighter note, some types of cocoa may be considered as food for your skin.
Cocoa contains a type of flavonoid called epicatechin (so do tea and red wine). Epicatechin is vital for keeping your skin healthy since it increases blood flow to the skin, along with a good dose of oxygen supply and nutrients.
Choose quality 100% pure cocoa, not instant cocoa products.
The nitrates naturally found in beets are essential for boosting blood flow to the brain, thus reducing the risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases.
Nitrates help keep blood vessels strong and resilient, which increases the flow of blood throughout the body. Other vegetables that contain natural nitrates are cabbage and radishes.
Soymilk contains isoflavones, which help sustain collagen in the skin and prevent the breakdown of collagen, which is a natural part of the aging process, thus preventing the skin from sagging and losing its youthful texture. MILK
Starting as early as in our thirties, we start to lose up to 1% of our lean muscle mass on a yearly basis. Since the amino acids found in proteins are what essentially make up our muscles, especially one known as leucine, we need to focus on getting enough of it to maintain our muscle mass, and milk does just that.
Since milk contains whey protein, which is one of the best-known sources of amino acids out there, it’s crucial that we get a lot of it. Other foods that contain leucine are Greek yogurt, lean meat, soy, whey protein powder, and fish.
Your best choice in milk is grass-fed or organic viruses the conventional options because when the milk comes from cows that graze on grass instead of being fed grains by farmers, their milk will have more omega-3s and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which promotes bone mass, reduces body fat, and promotes immune system health.
It’s a well-known fact that orange juice is brimming with vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that protects the body against numerous diseases and inflammations.
Vitamin C also helps keep your skin looking vibrant and fresh. Always juice your own, or choose 100% pure fresh squeezed and not sugary juice drinks.
Limit your intake, as juice is high in calories, and drink it in the morning so you can take the day to burn off those calories.
Green tea is great for maintaining healthy cells and protecting them against damage and stress. Packed with flavonoids, green tea helps protect against disease and block DNA damage associated with other toxic chemicals that cause destruction in the body.
It also contains theanine, which is an amino acid that helps keep you calm, focused, and less stressed. Several studies have found that pure green tea also promotes weight loss.
Always choose 100% pure green tea and not bottled green tea drinks that may contain sugar and preservatives.
Many studies have been carried out on the health benefits of moderate amounts of red wine since it contains resveratrol, a compound that may help slow down the aging process and prevent heart disease.
In addition, alcohol intake in general and in moderation may protect against diabetes, memory loss linked to aging and heart disease.
Please note that the American Heart Association does not advise anyone to start drinking for heart benefits.
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