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Healthy Beverages for the Active Lifestyle

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Introduction

We all have heard it before. Healthy eating and exercise is the key to good health, but what is often overlooked is healthy drinking. One of the least popular and most important drinks is water. The human body and the brain is mostly water. Since many biological functions are dependant on water, it is reasonable to assume a few glasses a day will be helpful to your health and well being. If you don't care for the taste of water, there is a variety of options to add flavor to water. It is possible to have great taste and drink healthy too. Also, when you choose not to drink water, try to find a drink that is rich in vitamins, minerals and is low in sugar content. When you think of beverages such as soda, sports drinks and mochas, most people don't realize the fat content in these drinks. For example, a mocha could have over 480 calories in one drink. So it is in your best interest to switch to healthier drinks; by making the switch, you will reduce your calorie intake and start losing weight. The bottom line is, think about what you are drinking.

PepperMint Lemon Water

For those of you who don't care for plain water, there is a way to get all the benefits of water with a bit of flavor. You will need a pitcher of water, some peppermint and a lemon. Place the Peppermint in bottom of a pitcher, and slice lemon into semi thick slices. Use a long spoon to mash the lemon and peppermint in bottom of pitcher. When finished this will make a low fat sugar-free beverage, that is very healthy and refreshing. Please remember, thirst is often misinterpreted as hunger. If you want to hydrate your body and help control hunger, drinking water is the most effective way to do this.

  • Elliottamazing.com - Information on cranberry health benefits
  • LiveStrong.com - Additional information on benefits of cranberry



Cranberry Juice

One of the best drinks is Cranberry Juice; this drink has been used for a number of years as a way to fight unitary track infections. Also, pure cranberry juice has high concentrations of antioxidants. When selecting cranberry juice, make sure you are purchasing pure cranberry juice not cranberry cocktail; Cranberry cocktail has a high sugar concentration that renders the anti-oxident properties less effective; so look for one that is hundred percent juice. It has been said pure cranberry juice is sour tasting; if this is a problem try mixing it with sparkling water.

It you are looking for a way to detoxify your body, try going on a  cranberry juice diet for two or three days. Basically, it would be a juice only diet for that period of time. This will help to detoxify your body, in addition to other previously mentioned health benefits.

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  • ScienceDaily.com - Benefits of Apple Juice on neurotransmitter in human brain.
  • Good Relaxation - Benefits of Apple juice

Apple Juice

Apple Juice has vitamin C and A. In addition, apples are believed to be a good source of soluble fiber; soluble fiber is believed to help prevent cholesterol build up in blood vessels. Apple juice is a very effective cleanser making it necessary for the health of the human body. Also, drinking apple juice is believed to help flush out the kidneys and liver, and is believed to help with arthritis. Next time you hear the old saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", there is a lot of truth to that statement.

To get the most benefits from apple juice, please read the label and choose only 100% apple juice. If you don't choose 100 percent juice, you will be drinking a lot of sugar; this could lead to weight gain and possible increase risk of diabetes.


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Green Tea

Is there any drink that has more health benefits than Green tea? First used in China as long as 4000 years ago, this beverage is a tried and true health drink with proven medicinal benefits to treat many aliments.

Green Tea is full of antioxidants, and it has many health benefits including blood pressure, weight loss, and it helps to lower the risk of diabetes. In addition, this drink is also believe to help lower bad cholesterol. Research at a Canadian University has revealed the possibility that green tea could help to reduce prostate cancer. Lastly,it has a compound known as theanine. This substance is believed to help stimulate alpha brain waves, and to calm the body.



Red Wine

Research has shown the health benefits of red wine are good; While white wines offer some heart healthy benefits, it doesn't have the same benefits as that of red wine when drunk in moderation.

A glass of red wine is heart healthy, and it lowers the risk of heart attack in middle aged population, and there is evidence that red wine taken in moderation raises HDL's(good cholesterol) and lowers LDL's(bad cholesterol). Studies have shown red wine is a good source of antioxidants. So go ahead have a glass of red wine; just remember moderation is the key to healthy drinking.


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Milk

The benefits of milk to the human body include healthy skin, strong immune system, prevention of illnesses such as hypertension, obesity and dental decay. In addition, the nutrients found in milk are necessary for prevention of chronic ailments.

Milk is one of the best sources of calcium, and it promotes strong bones and teeth. It is known for it vitamin content, and it is believed that regular consumption of low fat milk can help to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Other benefits included its ability to re hydrate the body because of its water content. Milk is an excellent drink for all ages; if you are lactose intolerant there is lactose free milk if you want fat reduced milk, there is  two percent, and skim milk.


  • ScienceDaily.com - Benefits of Cocoa in diet
  • WebMD.com - Additional Cocoa benefits

Cocoa

Research has shown evidence that chocolate may be good for you; Scientists reported preliminary evidence that cocoa and other chocolates may keep high blood pressure down, your blood flowing, and your heart healthy.

However, many people like to eat the processed form of chocolate with all the non nutritious ingredients such as sugar, corn syrup and milk fats; usually in a candy bar, the actual cocoa content is less than 25 percent.To mix your own healthy reduced sugar beverage, try mixing pure cocoa with low fat milk. So go on enjoy your chocolate, just do it in moderation.



Smoothies

The best type of smoothie is a nutrient dense drink; a good smoothie needs to have a small amount of fat. Simply blending a few fruits with ice and milk doesn't cut it; there is almost no fat to help the body absorb nutrients a body needs. A healthy smoothie contains wheat germ, egg yolks, and other nutrient-dense foods.

What I really Like about smoothies is the versatility and variety of ingredients you can mix in with your various concoctions. You can select a variety of ingredients such as orange juice, carrot juice, tomato juice, flax seeds, wheat germ, or even cocoa powder. Just remember to go easy on the sugar going into your personal selections and Enjoy!!.


Coconut Water

Many travelers to the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and various Pacific Island have enjoyed a drink called coconut water. Coconut water is among the purest liquids on this planet. Coconut water is full of electrolytes and potassium; it has many nutrients that the body needs.

This drink has been used for years as a nutritious refreshing drink. It has the nutrition found in milk with out the cholesterol, and it has the nutritional benefits of orange juice with out the calories. In addition, it is full of vitamins, and it has only 5mg of natural sugars compared to 10 plus man made sugars found in many sports drinks.

If you are looking for a refreshing drink that is nutritious,helps to detoxifies the body, and is isotonic, this may be the way to go.



Carrot Juice

Carrot juice has many helpful benefits it is often called a miracle juice. Many people suffering from various ailments have found carrot juice improved their health. In addition, many people have found it to be good insurance for good health. This juice is not too sweet and not too sour, and it makes a good base to mix with other juices.If you are looking for a juice that is full of vitamins and antioxidants, and will protect and nourish your skin this is for you.

  • DailyNaturalRemedies.com - Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice
  • Aloe Benefits - Information on Aloe Vera Benefits

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has been around for hundreds of years; aloe contains lots of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids; In addition it contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial substances too. Looking for a nutrition filled drink grab a glass of Aloe Vera Juice today.

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Comments

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on August 24, 2011:

@jamiesweeney - Thanks for your feedback :)

jamiesweeney from Philadelphia, PA on August 24, 2011:

Great advice!

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on July 06, 2011:

@stilton cheese - Thank you, I am glad you like this article :)

stilton cheese on July 01, 2011:

This is a good feedback and I love the food article.

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on March 27, 2011:

@fucsia - Thanks for your feedback on this article. Water is still an excellent choice.

fucsia on March 27, 2011:

Good tips! but I prefer always... the water!

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on March 25, 2011:

@crystolite - Thanks for your comments :)

Emma from Houston TX on March 22, 2011:

Useful hub and i must confess that i like many of the fruits in list especially apple.I will try this tips one day.

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 28, 2011:

@Mike Fuller - I am glad you saw a few beverages you like. Thanks for your comments :)

Mike Fuller from Indiana on February 18, 2011:

Great hub, I will try some of these as I am looking to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 17, 2011:

@Amy at XING Iced Tea - Thanks for your comments and for the invitation. I will check out the website you mentioned.

Amy at XING Iced Tea on February 17, 2011:

Cheers for acknowledging green tea in this list! A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition as recent as June of 2000 noted that green tea contains polyphenols, including epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which are powerful antioxidants that have been shown to lower cholesterol, decrease cancer risk and men who drink green tea have demonstrated a lower incidence of prostate cancer.

Plus, iced green tea is delicious! Have you tried XINGtea? They make green and black teas flavored naturally and sweetened with honey and pure cane sugar. Check it out at www.xingicedtea.com

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on January 30, 2011:

@recettes de perte de poids - Thanks for your comments and visit to my profile.

recettes de perte de poids on January 30, 2011:

Great info, Thanks for sharing

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on January 12, 2011:

@Javi - Thanks for your comments and your visit to my profile.

Javi on January 10, 2011:

Definitely, smoothies are my favourite healthy beverage. Thanks for your info.

Javi

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on October 23, 2010:

@DjBryle - Thank you for your comments and your visit too :)

DjBryle from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) on October 23, 2010:

Thanks for sharing this very healthful hub! I love it! See you around! =)

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on August 21, 2010:

@gr82bme - Thanks for the follow and for your comments too :)

gr82bme from USA on August 21, 2010:

Cool mom. Nice hub. Well done. Thank you for the great recipes. When my kids were growing up I never had soda in the house and they were rarely sick.

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on July 17, 2010:

@sameerk - I am glad you liked it, thanks for your feedback.

sameerk from India on July 17, 2010:

Thanks for the info and very nice hub

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on July 10, 2010:

@Micky Dee - I am glad you enjoyed reading my article, Thank you.

Micky Dee on July 10, 2010:

Great advice here Coolmon. We need anti-oxidants more and more with our environment getting worse. Thanks for another great Coolmon hub!

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on June 24, 2010:

@jennshealthstore - I like many of the drinks on this list. Tea is one of my favorites too. Thanks for your feedback on this article.

Jennifer Maldonado from West Palm Beach on June 23, 2010:

Great Article. I love green tea and cranberry juice. I did not know you could drink aloe. Very interesting.

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on May 25, 2010:

@Mike Chronos - Thank you for your thoughts and comments.

Mike Chronos on May 25, 2010:

Coffee in moderation is also an excellent beverage to help improve circulation and brain function. You can find some great organic blends at ChronosCoffee.com.

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on May 03, 2010:

@habee - Thanks for your comments :)

Holle Abee from Georgia on May 03, 2010:

I like diet Hawaiian punch - 5 calories and lots of vitamin C!

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on April 27, 2010:

@katiem2 - I like the green tea and the coconut water myself; Thank you for your comments, and it is nice to hear from you again :)

Katie McMurray from Westerville on April 27, 2010:

Coolmon, OH I LOVE this HUB, Healthy Beverages are exactly what I like, I can't believe what some people drink...sodas UGH! My favorite is GREEN Tea, I love it hot, cold, left set out over night I don't care if it's green and it's tea I'm there! LOVE this HUB Call it a Rate Up and Must Read! thanks and peace :)

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on April 25, 2010:

@Larry Stanley - Thank you for the information, I will check it out.

Larry Stanley on April 24, 2010:

If you dislike drinking plain water, try Syfo Naturally-Flavored Sparkling Waters. They have three or four flavors I think, I really like the tangerine-orange. They contain no sugars or artificial sweeteners and use water purified through reverse osmosis. It's really delicious and healthy. My wife drinks it all the time because she also doesn't like to drink plain water. You can learn more about Syfo at www.syfobeverages.com -- I think you may be able to order online.

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on March 19, 2010:

@betherann - Yes most sound good to me too; thank you for your comments :)

Beth Morey from Montana on March 19, 2010:

These are great recommendations! I really dislike drinking plain water, so I have to "sneak" it in. My favorite ways are to include in smoothies and to drink lots of tea. I'll have to try the peppermint lemon concoction -- it sounds delicious!

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 25, 2010:

@fits4life - Thank you for your feedback; I am glad you liked the videos :)

Cherri Brown-Jett from Richmond on February 25, 2010:

I enjoyed this article. In our society there are more people looking for a magic pill to take or chasing weight loss programs, when we have natural nutrition they could try. I love the videos.

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 22, 2010:

@cristina327 - Thanks for following me, and for your kinds words.

Cristine Santander from Manila on February 22, 2010:

Great hub Coolmon2009. Thank you for sharing this great wealth of information. I find it very helpful for my health.

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 20, 2010:

@Sage Williams - Thank you for your kind words, and I hope your "Living well Health Master Blender" works out for you :)

Sage Williams on February 20, 2010:

Great job, on this hub. I am all into healthy life style and healthy drinks. I have a hard time with water, simply because I don't really like to drink it. So your suggestion with the lemon and peppermint will definitely be worth trying.

I love green tea, one of my favorites and recently bought the living well health master blender. I just throw everything in and voila I have a really terrific smoothie.

Thanks so much for the wonderful recipes and tips,

Sage

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 19, 2010:

@snoopy055 - I hope you like the carrot juice based drinks; thank you for your comments

snoopy055 on February 19, 2010:

I like all of your suggested drinks, my favorite still remains to be anything with carrot juice though. I will be trying the 3 recipes mentioned in the movie. Thanks

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 18, 2010:

@shareitt - You are correct; thank you for sharing and for stopping by :)

shareitt on February 18, 2010:

Lemon is a great kicker for many drinks, and don't forget the limes...they add a great tang to any drink and do less damage to the teeth. Thanks for the information :)

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 18, 2010:

@rawliving - You hit the nail on the head with your comment about alkalizing your drinking water; so much of the water in this country is acidic. I am not a research scientist, but I have heard aliments such as cancer can't live and thrive in an alkaline saturated body. I also heard alkalizing your food and drinks is one of the healthful things you can do for your body, and for the elimination of many types of illnesses. As additional information I have heard food and drinks such as Watermelon, Orange Juice, Potatoes, Mineral Water and Chocolate are all alkaline(In general most fruits and vegetables are). Lastly, thank you for your suggestion on the carrot, cucumber, apple and ginger sounds good I will have to try it; Thanks for taking time to comment on this hub :)

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 18, 2010:

@stricktlydating - Thank you for your kind words :)

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 18, 2010:

@hypnodude - When you point out something that I seemed to have been missed you are helping; It shows you are interested in what I write Thank You again :)

Lynne Duncan on February 18, 2010:

Great advice. Water especially. That is what I mostly drink - alkalizing to detox my body along with 2 glasses of freshly juiced fruit and vegetables a day. One of my favorite drinks is carrot, cucumber, apple and a touch of ginger (great for cleansing the system).

StrictlyQuotes from Australia on February 18, 2010:

These are great! Thanks!

Andrew from Italy on February 18, 2010:

Lol, glad to be of help. :):)

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 17, 2010:

@dahoglund - Didn't know cranberries are grown in Wisconsin; Thanks for you comments, and nice to hear from you again.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on February 17, 2010:

Very useful information. Cranberries are a major crop here in Wisconsin, so I should try mor cranberry juice and help out the local economy

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 17, 2010:

@hypnodude - Thank you for your comments, but I didn't forget the Beer, I choose to leave it off my list; Basically, I don't care for its taste, and this hub was already long enough. But I thank you for pointing that out, you are correct it can be nutritious long as its drank in moderation; I thank you for taking time to give me your feedback :)

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 17, 2010:

@dali48 - Thank you for the summary, and I thank you for your comments :)

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 17, 2010:

@Greenheart - I will have to try that; thanks for your comments

Andrew from Italy on February 17, 2010:

You have many good informations, but you've forgotten that also beer is rich in antioxidants. :)

I like many of these drinks, and some of them are really new to me; I like especially the first one, as in its simplicity it's perfect. Very interesting hub, well done Coolmon. :)

Greenheart from Cambridge on February 16, 2010:

Thanks Coolmon for your hub.

Smoothies are great.

And if you have a juicer,carrot,apple and ginger

is a real invigorator!

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 16, 2010:

@prettydarkhorse - Sounds like you take care of yourself; thank you for the kind words :)

prettydarkhorse from US on February 16, 2010:

I drink all of these, but seldom coconut and milk because I have lactose intolerance cool, this a very cool hub, I like this one, thumbs up, Maita

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 16, 2010:

@Anamika S - Thank you for your comments, and for stopping by.

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on February 16, 2010:

I love all of those. Thanks for sharing!

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 16, 2010:

@Cleanclover - I understand what you mean; when i was writing this article, the picture of the three drinks made me thirsty. Thank you for your comments.

Cleanclover from Piece of land! on February 16, 2010:

I love juices and your hub has a variety of them. Apple juice is my favourite. Thank you for this hub. You made me thirsty lol

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 16, 2010:

@Truth From Truth - Yes the lemon mint water does look refreshing; Thank you for your feedback

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 16, 2010:

@Mystique1957 - That is interesting thought green tea could be purchased anywhere. Sounds like you take care of yourself thanks for stopping by again :)

Truth From Truth from Michigan on February 15, 2010:

Great suggestions, I really enjoy cranberry juice myself. I will have to try the mint lemon water. Thanks.

Mystique1957 from Caracas-Venezuela on February 15, 2010:

I am a Green Tea lover! It`s a pity I can`t find it here in my country, as they are heavy coffee drinkers. Water, I drink every day, and I love water. I also drink carrot-orange juice, and now flavored tea because I can`t find the true green tea!

Good hub!

Thumbs up!

warm regards and blessings,

Al

Coolmon2009 (author) from Texas, USA on February 15, 2010:

@sord87 - Thanks for your feedback and stopping by

sord87 on February 15, 2010:

Apple juice would be enough for me!good content!