DRINKS

DRINKS:

What you drink is as important as what you eat. Some people aim to Eat Well but overlook the importance of hydration. Staying adequately hydrated is absolutely essential for good health. Being hydrated will boost your energy, keep you alert, help you lose weight and improve your overall bodily functions for (eg:  healthy digestion).

Unless you have your own access to a mountain spring then I suggest that you get a water filter. Tap water is safe to drink but can contain chloride, fluoride, traces of heavy metals( like mercury), nitrates, pesticides and hormones these things we should try to avoid.If your buying bottled water I recommend buying glass over plastic bottles because plastics leach chemicals into the water( and even more if left in direct sunlight).

Try not to drink while you eat as this dilutes digestive enzymes causing food to take longer to digest, leading to fermentation and bloating. Ayurvedic practice suggests that you avoid cold drinks while eating. Try warm drinks like Roobois tea instead.

It will have been hard not to notice the boom in coconut water in the last few years. Often referred to as the ‘fluid of life’ coconut water contains naturally occurring essential electrolytes in almost the same profile as the human body. I don’t drink it as a water substitute as it contains natural sugars. However I do use it as an energy boost in place of coffee and as a pre or post workout drink. Be sure to drink only pure coconut water and not the flavoured sugar-loaded varieties masquerading as health drinks.

Herbal teas are naturally caffeine free and come in a great variety of flavours. You can make your own infusions with fresh herbs and spices( eg: lemon and ginger in the morning for a cleansing boost). Antioxidant rich green tea is a boost of caffeine if you feel tired. Matcha green tea is especially good this type of green tea has been found to contain lots more antioxidants of standard green tea, alongside a ‘feel good’ amino acid derivative called L-Theanine with a plethora of health benefits.

Juices are a great way to get goodness of vegetables into fussy eaters while smoothies are a clever way to sneak plenty of raw greens¬† into your diet. Always rotate your produce for your smoothies and juices. This keeps them different so you don’t get bored and it varies the nutrients. If you’re not used to drinking homemade smoothies and juices start out with a higher ratio of fruit to vegetables and gradually decrease the fruit intake as your taste buds adjust. Remember it’s always best to eat ripe fruit and to thoroughly wash and peel non organic produce.

Avoid ice cold drinks and drinking too quickly. Remember to taste and savour these liquid foods so not to shock your system.