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Yesterday we discussed four unhealthy drinks that you should minimise or avoid. Today we cover four healthy beverages. Experiment to find the best ways to incorporate them into your daily routine:
Green tea is a potent source of healthy antioxidants that can inhibit cancer cell activity, and help boost immunity. Replace your morning coffee with a cup of tea for a healthier wake-up.
Cranberry juice. Cranberries are a rich source of vitamin C, and contain a substance that hinders the attachment of bacteria to bladder walls, which can help prevent urinary tract infections. Instead of acranberry juice cocktail, opt for unsweetened cranberry juice concentrate and dilute with water or sparkling water. Diluted blueberry juice is a healthy choice as well.
Red wine. The antioxidant activity of red wine has been linked to heart health benefits, reduced stress, and even preserving memory. If you enjoy an occasional drink, limit your intake to one to two glasses a day. If you don’t drink, don’t start – there are other ways to get antioxidants in your diet, including fresh whole fruits and vegetables.
Pure, filtered water. Staying well hydrated is essential to optimal health and overall functioning. Sip water throughout the day, and in the warmer months, be sure to drink water before and after exercising to avoid dehydration.