Healthy Drinks and Beverages
My Top Six Recommendations

There are many healthy beverages, but which is the best? Here I profile my top six healthy drinks!



Have you tried looking for healthy beverages at your local convenience store? Good luck!

These days, unhealthy beverages like sodas and energy drinks dominate store shelves. They tend to be loaded down with sugar. Usually, they are also chock full of empty calories and devoid of actual nutrients.

Why ingest unnecessary calories, artificial flavors and artificial colors? There are better choices available!

Healthy Drink #1:
Green Tea

Green tea is not only delicious, it is also amazingly good for you.

The powerful antioxidants and amino acids in green tea have been shown to help you burn fat, exercise longer, concentrate more effectively and fight off illness.

Studies have also shown that it can help improve cardiovascular health and fight inflammation. It may even protect against some types of cancer.

For more about the health benefits and scientific evidence, read

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Healthy Drink #2:
Oolong Tea

Green tea may have the most health-promoting antioxidants, but oolong tea is a close second.

Some studies have shown that oolong tea promotes weight loss by increasing metabolism and decreasing fat absorption.

Other studies indicate that it promotes heart health and may help control diabetes and eczema.

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In addition to the health benefits, oolong tea has a more robust, aromatic flavor than green tea. It is also more gentle on stomach, therefore a better choice for drinking with meals.

Roasted oolong tea is excellent for the winter months. It really warms you up!

Healthy Drink #3:
Raw Honey

No, I am definitely not suggesting that you drink raw honey straight from the jar! Raw honey has some important health benefits that you should not overlook.

For example, it is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, comparable to many fruits and vegetables. Honey is also high in antioxidants, complex sugars, complex carbohydrates and beneficial amino acids.

What does all of this mean to you? It means that honey may help you to:

  • Exercise longer and harder. 

  • Sleep better at night.

  • Digest your food more easily.

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How should you drink raw honey? The options are endless.

You could add a tablespoon or two to a bottle of fresh water, perhaps with a little bit of lemon juice. Or you can drink it with apple cider vinegar.

If you have trouble sleeping, a glass of warm milk sweetened with honey is a soothing way to unwind. Of course, you could also use it to sweeten your favorite type of tea.

The choice is yours!

Healthy Drink #4:
Raw Fruit Juice

Fruits and vegetables are good for you.

Many people think this means that fruit juice is just as good for you as real fruit, but if you are buying juice from the store that is usually not the case.

Most commercial fruit juices have been pasteurized using heat.

While this does kill bacteria and make the juice less prone to spoilage, it also destroys many of the valuable nutrients, enzymes and phytochemicals found in raw fruits and veggies.

Many commercial fruit juices also come spiked with high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and artificial colors.

The solution?

Make your own fruit and vegetable juices using a juicer!

A good juicer takes out all of the beneficial vitamins, enzymes and phytochemicals from fruit, leaving behind only the indigestible pulp.

Since most people do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, fruit juicing can be a great way to get more of these nutritious foods into your diet.

Some people also juice fruits and vegetables as part of a detox program. There are even different juice “regimens” used to treat specific problems.

If you want to make your own fruit juices at home, it helps to spring for a quality juicer.

Quality juicers extract more juice from the fruit pulp, which saves you money in the long run.

Healthy Drink #5:
Water

One of the best ways to quench your thirst, especially if you work outside and need to rehydrate yourself frequently, is to just drink plain water.

According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 60 percent of the human body is made up of water, and every system in your body needs it to function.

Unlike sugary drinks, water hydrates you without loading your body down with calories and sugar.

It is also caffeine free, so it is a good way to stay hydrated after you have met your caffeine quota for the day.

What if you simply do not like the taste of plain water?

Try using a bottle with a built-in filter to remove the off flavors that are common in tap water.

For flavor, you could also add a few slices of your favorite fruit, or perhaps a spring of some refreshing herbs, like mint or lemon balm.

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References

CBS News. Pomegranate Ranked Healthiest Fruit Juice. July 5, 2008 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/05/earlyshow/health/main4234811.shtml.

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