Before you get ready to throw your blender at us, we love a good green smoothie as much as you do. Only if that green smoothie you’re drinking is packed full of kale, spinach, avocado, berries, chia seeds and more, then give it to your kids, your significant other, and drink up.
It’s a great way for them (and you) to get bio-available phytonutrients, antioxidants, and polyphenols they would probably pass up if it was served to them in the form of a crunchy raw kale salad.
Even doctors and naturopaths agree that the more nutrient dense your diet is with delicious alkalizing greens like kale, collard, Swiss chard, and spinach, the greater your longevity.
But here’s the thing, most green smoothies aren’t packed with at least 75% of the super greens needed that will help keep your cells humming.
In fact, the majority of them contain high GI (glycemic index) fruits that cause your blood sugar to surge, and most are simply raw dessert in a mason jar.
Save your dessert smoothies as a healthy indulgence not a daily meal.
The simple fact is that you don’t need to drink a 10 to 18 ounce green smoothie the minute you wake up.
It’s much better for you to oil pull with coconut oil, drink a tall glass of lemon water, and take vitamin C, B12, D, probiotics. If you want to flick the switch on your blender go for it, but we’d much rather you eat your greens instead of drinking them.
10 Best Drinks for Your Health + A Bonus Surprise
Did you know…you are 75% water?
Water makes up approximately 75% of your muscles and brain. It’s 83% of your blood and 22% of your bones. We are literally water, yet we don’t give this life-sustaining fluid enough credit for our health and well-being.
Water is one of the best drinks for your health. It helps your body absorb nutrients. It also removes waste, protects and cushions vital organs and joints, moistens oxygen for breathing, and helps convert food into energy. The bottom line is that it all starts with water.
Here’s our list of the top 10 best drinks for your health that will give you the most hydration. Plus we will give you an extra special drink we know you’ll love!
1) Lemon water – By squeezing freshly cut lemon into a glass of room temperature distilled water, you fuel up with electrolytes.
Lemons contain potassium, calcium, and magnesium for complete electrolyte replenishment. Plus, the benefits of lemons include being a natural immune system booster and liver detoxifier.
2) Rosemary tea – This one is a personal favorite. My dad use to make me rosemary tea at night before bed as a sort of, “now calm down and go to sleep,” treat. He’d walk outside with his pocketknife and cut off a stalk or two of fresh rosemary drop into boiling water and in 3-4 minutes, we’d have our nighttime drink.
One of the benefits of rosemary is that it contains carnosic acid, which helps protect against macular degeneration. It also elevates the blood compound cineole to help boost memory and retention.
3) Kombucha – I just enjoy saying that word, don’t you? Kombucha is an ancient Chinese health elixir and a fantastic way to maintain good gut flora.
It’s a dairy-free probiotic that contains several healing compounds: a pain-reliever, an anti-arthritic, anti-spasmodic, a liver-protective, and several anti-bacterial compounds. The amounts of these compounds vary in batches since production methods differ. Be sure to check out the sugar content when purchasing kombucha, since it fluctuates from brand to brand. The less the better!
4) Coconut milk – You know by now how much we love coconut! With just 3 grams of sugar per 100 grams coconut milk makes an excellent substitute for creamer in your morning coffee.
It’s packed with immune boosting lauric acid and your medium-chain fatty acids that your body uses immediately for fuel. The benefits of coconut milk just keep on giving. Coconut milk also contains zinc, selenium, sulfur, boron, and magnesium, which helps calm your nerves and keeps your blood pressure regulated.
When buying canned coconut milk make sure, the lining is BPA free and it doesn’t contain carrageenan. Carrageenan is a food additive that is not digestible and does not have any nutritional value.
5) Turmeric tea – Why not take the edge off frazzled nerves and create a calm relaxed feeling without any prescription drug side effects? Turmeric also increases your levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) that is necessary for brain health and the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Discover our delicious turmeric tea recipe for yourself and make a cup today.
6) Fruit infused water – Eating a sweet ripe mango or kumquat is one thing, but drinking fruit juice is another. Did you know, an eight-ounce glass of white grape juice contains the same amount of sugar as four Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts?
There’s no fiber in juices like you find when you eat a piece of fruit. That means when consuming juices, that sugar is quickly absorbed directly into your blood stream leading to liver overload.
Dr. Robert Lustig, in his book “Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar,” he argues that it doesn’t matter whether the sugars you drink come from fruit juice, smoothies or fizzy drinks.
By infusing your water with fresh whole fruit, you get to taste that fruity goodness without the huge spike to your blood sugar. In addition, you’re drinking more water infused with antioxidants found in fruit this helps stop free radicals from damaging your cells and DNA. This is great especially if you don’t like the taste of plain water. Get our favorite 10 fruit infused water recipes.
7) Ginger tea – Just grab a knob of ginger and go! Ginger one of the most widely consumed spices in the world works on just about everything that ails you. It prevents infections, cures nausea and food poisoning, reduces joint pain, may prevent cancer, improves nutrient absorption, and even helps normalize blood flow and viscosity.
The most active compound found in ginger known as gingerol has potent anti-inflammatory effects and is especially effective if you suffer from osteoarthritis or rheumatism. The easiest way to make ginger tea is to grate a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger root and steep in boiled water for 5 minutes. Ginger tea in a flash!
8) Tulsi or Holy Basil tea – Commonly called “sacred” or “holy basil,” Tulsi is a principle herb of Ayurveda, India’s ancient holistic health system. It’s grown all over India and has been used for over thousands of years.
Tulsi tea health benefits include a non-toxic way to increase your resistance to stress, anxiety, and trauma and an excellent alternative to coffee.
Tulsi can also help improve your digestion and your immune system because of its adaptogen properties. An adaptogen adjusts to the needs of your body and provides the health benefits you need. Read on to find out how you can use tulsi tea daily.
9) Raw cacao hot chocolate – The Incas considered it the drink of gods, an association that gave rise to the scientific name of the cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao, from the Greek words theo (god) and broma (drink).
It may surprise you to discover that raw cacao contains nearly four times the antioxidant content of regular processed dark chocolate, 20 times more than blueberries, and 119 times more than bananas. Get the inside scoop on 21 amazing health benefits of cacao.
Make your own raw cacao hot chocolate for two:
- 2 cups nut milk (almond or cashew)
- 1 ½ tablespoons raw cacao
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon clove
- 1 tablespoon Lucuma, raw honey, or 2 pitted dates (optional)
Bring the milk to just under a boil, then add all ingredients to your blender, and blitz for one minute. Pour into two mugs and enjoy!
10) Clove tea – You’re probably most familiar with cloves in relation to winter meals and holiday desserts, typically paired with other spices such as cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg.
Did you know…the benefits of cloves are excellent for respiratory health issues, digestive problems, and natural pain relief? Find out how to treat pain, coughs, and colds with naturally antimicrobial and analgesic clove tea.
Bonus Healthy Drink: Champagne – One of our favorite alternative doctor’s, Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby, was interviewed by the BBC and is on record saying, “Champagne is good for you. It’s a whole food! There is nothing in the bottle but grapes and bubbles.”
It was a joke, of course. Still true, nonetheless. As a famous food expert with a knowledge of inflammatory foods, he points out that “that most people do very well with champagne and dry white wines.”
A study at Reading University in England, led by biochemistry professor Jeremy Spencer, found that champagne could boost your memory thanks to the compound in it called phenolic acid.
Prof. Spencer suggested that, “anyone over 40 would be wise to drink two or three glasses of bubbly a week.”
“This research is exciting because it illustrates for the first time that moderate consumption of champagne has the potential to influence cognitive functioning such as memory.”
He is now hoping to conduct a trial on about 50 or 60 people aged over 65 who will be asked to drink champagne for three years to study the effects of champagne on preventing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and boosting cognitive function.
We’ll toast to that!