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Healthy Drinks

Posted on 27 September 2012

Below are some healthy drinks that I drink regularly...=)

Coconut Water

Obviously drinking fresh coconut water straight out of a freshly opened coconut which has just been picked or fallen off a Coconut Palm Tree is best – so refreshing! However, letís be realistic, this is not always possible! lol

If you buy coconut water from the supermarket or health food store make sure it doesnít contain any added sugar and/or preservatives! I stick to the plain flavour as well which has nothing added to it.

Health Benefits: Coconut water is a superfood filled with minerals, vitamins, amino acids, natural sugars, enzymes and natural growth hormones. Some of the beneficial minerals are sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sulphur, with trace amounts of many others. Coconut water has an alkalizing effect on the body, this helps to counteract and balance the effects of acidifying foods which are common in western diets. Coconut water has a low calorie count and contains no fat and helps lower high blood pressure and enhances your immune function. It can also help fight off an active UTI. Coconut water has gained international acclaim as a superior rehydration sports drink for oral rehydration compared to commercial sports drinks which are high in sugar, typically in the form of high fructose corn syrup, chemical colourings and flavourings, along with other potentially harmful ingredients. Coconut water has been reported to dissolve kidney stones and also prevent kidney stones from forming.

Ginger Tea

1 Tablespoon of freshly grated ginger root

Boiling Water

You can make ginger tea as strong or weak as you like. I make mine with a minimum of 1 Tablespoon of freshly grated ginger root.

I was lucky enough to receive a lovely teapot a few years back as a Christmas present which has an infuser in it to hold the grated ginger root. If you donít have a teapot with an infuser then donít worry =) Put the boiling water and grated ginger root in a teapot or saucepan and leave it for 5 mins or so, then pour the ginger tea through a sieve (while holding the sieve over your cup) to catch the ginger....be creative lol

Health Benefits: Ginger is a medicinal herb. Ginger tea aids in digestion and it is very soothing (great for people with Crohnís, Colitis, IBS). Ginger is used to treat motion sickness and nausea. It helps alleviate congestion and minimizes mucous, even helping asthmatics. Ginger is also an excellent natural anti-inflammatory. Daily ginger consumption helps sooth daily arthritis pain as well other chronic aches and pains.


Green Tea

There are too many goodthings to write about Green Tea! So hereís just a few.....

Health Benefits: Green tea helps reduce the inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), gastritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. It is loaded with antioxidants and has been known to Fight high blood pressure & cardiovascular disease, lower Cholesterol, improve Joint Pain and aid arthritis and weight loss.


Water

Of course we canít forget about Normal plain water. Except donít drink the water from the tap because itís full of all sorts of crap! (such as Fluoride, Chlorine and other nasty metals which harm your body!) It is DEFINITELY worth investing in a water filter which filters out these things.

Despite what a lot of us have been told Fluoride is NOT good for us!

Note: I also like to add a teaspoon of Maqui powder to filtered water sometimes for a tasty berry drink which is FULL of antioxidants! =) Yum!


Lemon Water

Lemon is alkalizing to the body. While lemon water may be taken at any time of the day, many people swear by the amazing benefits of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning. Your body is literally on a fast while you are asleep and is in a mild state of dehydration when you wake up. What do you do? Just add 1 or 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice to a glass of warm water. Sometimes I cut a bit of lemon off and put it in the water but I only do that if it is an organic lemon because you donít want any pesticides that has been sprayed on a non organic lemon in your drink!

Health Benefits: Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. Lemon water has excellent digestive properties and can ease heartburn, bloating and other digestion problems. Lemon water cleanses and stimulates the liver and kidneys. Lemons are also high in vitamin C and potassium so it is great for your immune system and helps to control high blood pressure.


Freshly Squeezed Fruit Juice or Juicing (with a Juicer)

Freshly squeezed Juice: If you are going to drink Juice donít drink the stuff in the supermarket. Why? Because itís not good for you. They are just full of added bad sugar and preservatives! If you want a healthy juice drink then freshly squeeze it yourself. It doesnít take that long and you get all the beneficial live enzymes, vitamins and nutrients from the fruit.

Juicing (using a juicer): is the method of extracting juice, and only juice, from fruits or vegetables. All of the pulp and fibre is removed, which allows the nutrients to assimilate very quickly into your body and bloodstream – this gives your immune system an immediate boost and feeds your cells quick, healing nutrition.

When you juice, you can drink the nutrients of a lot of fruits/vegetables in one glass, since the pulp/fibre is left behind. Your digestive system gets a break because there are no solids to break down.

There are many different juicing recipes you can find on the net. Knock yourself out!

When you juice, you can drink the nutrients of TONS of fruits/vegetables in one glass, since the pulp/fiber is left behind. Iíve made juice with 3 full heads of kale, which is way more than I could ever drink in a smoothie! Your digestive system gets a break because there are no solids to break down.

The stomach uses different enzymes for digesting both fruits and vegetables. When fruit is eaten, it should typically be eaten alone and on an empty stomach, because it digests faster than other foods. However, when mixing fruits and vegetables together (all of which takes a different amount of time to digest) can cause gas.

Note: (I forget the source of where I got this info from.....but hereís something to keep in mind) ...

"Okay, so we mentioned the whole enzyme thing in your tummy and how the body digests fruits differently from vegetables, but what we didn't talk about is the strong acid level in fruits...Because vegetables typically have far more protein, iron, calcium, antioxidants, complex B-vitamins and loads of other vitamins and minerals than most pieces of fruit, they tend to take longer to digest. Fruit, however, tends to have so much acid in it, that it literally breaks down and cuts the nutritional value of the vegetables (hence the gas...you've basically created some kind of chemistry experiment in your tummy). So you're actually getting a little less nutrients from the vegetables than you would if you were not to mix them.

In light of this shocking information...there is an exception to the rule! You might be ecstatic to learn that apples (which is a fruit and vegetable), bananas(which is a fruit and an herb) and carrots (which is a root and a vegetable) are exceptions to this rule. Apples and bananas can be combined with vegetable meals and juices/smoothies, and carrots, just like any other root can be mixed with fruit meals and juices/smoothies without it affecting the nutritional value.Ē


Smoothies

You need a blender to make smoothies. Iíve recently invested in a Vitamix (a type of blender) and it is worth every cent! Yes, it is damn expensive. But I use it every day so for me it is a worthwhile investment. It is so powerful it blends up everything with such ease =)

A smoothie is a blend of whole foods. They leave nothing behind – you drink the whole food. Nothing is removed (except for non-edible things, like the peel of a banana). Smoothies are generally more of a thick, creamy texture than juices.

Smoothies are more rich and filling than juices. However, while smoothies are easier on your digestion than solid foods, they are not as cleansing/detoxing as juices.

If you really feel your digestion needs a big cleansing break and you want to drink loads of nutrients at one time, go with juice.

If youíre looking to ease up on the intake of solid foods but still have "mealsĒ that incorporate all of the fibre, healthy fats etc – then go with smoothies.

I love green smoothies =)....

Green smoothies

Health Benefits:Green smoothies are alkalizing and are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Smoothies are high in fiber and allow your body to eliminate toxins. Green smoothies are rich with chlorophyll which some natural health experts say enhances the immune system, purifies the blood and rejuvenates the body. I know I always feel so good after drinking a green smoothie! =)

Hereís the combos that I like:

Start with a base of coconut water (you can use filtered water if you donít have coconut water)

Then choose either: kale, spinach or cos lettuce

Then add lemon (remove skin and seeds)

Then add either kiwi (peeled), banana (remove skin) or apple (whole)

Then I add a teaspoon of spirulina

...There are so many other types of smoothies you can make. I also really like making this smoothie combo for breakfast:

Apple, banana, pawpaw (papaya), coconut water, chia seeds, maqui powder (my husband adds coconut oil to his but I prefer to eat my coconut oil separately).


Note: I get plenty of nuts in my diet so I donít go out of my way to make nut milks like fresh almond milk etc. But they are also very healthy drinks =)


Hopefully this has given you some healthy drink ideas (rather than going for the unhealthy softdrinks/sodas - yes even diet softdrink/soda is bad for you). Why not go for a healthy option? Your tummy (and whole body) will thank you for it =)

Elizabeth x



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Comments (5)

Roger·05 December 2012 - 09:23amGreat information here. Thanks for sharing!


Elizabeth·19 October 2012 - 09:38pmThank you for your very kind words Ricy. I'm happy that people are reading what I've discovered to be very good for our health. Hope you try some of these healthy drinks =)


Ricy Mardona·19 October 2012 - 02:36pmI found this site on Google. It was excellent and very informative. As a first time visitor to your blog I am very impressed. I found a lot of informative stuff in your article. Thanks for posting.


Elizabeth·17 October 2012 - 08:24amThanks Judith, glad you enjoyed the read. Good luck with your health. =)


Judith Ann Mcdermott·16 October 2012 - 08:00pmI'm not an expert when it comes to this. Didn't even know this was possible. Useful read, appreciate your posting this.


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