In my last post, I talked about the reasons why we need to drink up. It goes deeper than just keeping hydrated. Drinking liquids can help your body in so many ways. Today, I’m going to go a little deeper and explore some of the favorite beverages when it comes to health benefits.
Keep in mind, that this is in no way an exhaustive list. Just in the tea category alone I could probably list dozens of more drinks! This is just a basic list; a starting place. Hopefully it will give you some great reasons to drink up!

Great Drinks to Include in Your Daily Liquid Intake

Water

We can’t start a post on drinks without first mentioning the timeless classic: water. Water might not seem like it has much to offer but it really can help your body in many ways. From hydration to flushing toxins out to improving digestion and complexion, water has a lot to offer.

Tea

I really couldn’t decide how to list teas, there are just so many and each one has it’s own benefits. Tea is so much more than just a nice way to warm up on a cool day; teas are medicinal! As I mentioned, there are many teas out there (and by teas I’m not talking about the fun flavored stuff in stores; I’m talking about good true leaf teas whether that be black, green, red, or, herbal) I can’t list them all, although it’s tempting but I’ll share a few of my favorites. Red raspberry leaf is one of my favorites as it’s a great tea for women, Dandelion leaf tea is amazing for detoxing the liver, water retention, and anemia, Nettle tea is wonderful for seasonal allergies and is high in vitamin k, and Chamomile is a great relaxer and sleeping aid.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Thankfully you do not need to drink Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) straight to reap it’s benefits. It is most often diluted in water although the ratio will depend on preference; some like to dilute ACV in a full cup of water, others prefer to dilute it in more of a shot glass amount. Either way, ACV can help your body in many ways. It’s great for heartburn despite seeming counterproductive, it can help lower blood sugar which is great is you are diabetic or if you’ve just had a bunch of sweets, and can even help you loose weight.

Herbs and Spices

Much like teas, there are many herbs and spices that make great beverages. There is only a slight difference that makes these not actual teas (lack of tea leaves) and instead they are technically tisanes. Some of my favorites are Thyme for congestion and coughing, Turmeric is great for inflammation, Ginger is wonderful for nausea, Cinnamon is great for digestion and circulation, and Fennel relieves gas, and Elderberry is a favorite for preventing and treating the flu.

Water Kefir

This is an interesting drink. One of the known fermented drinks, water kefir is made by adding kefir grains to water and sugar (don’t worry the sugar gets consumed by the kefir grains). Water kefir can provide probiotics to your gut and can help cleanse your body.

Milk Kefir

Much like water kefir, milk kefir is made my fermenting milk with milk kefir grains (there is a difference between water and milk grains). This then produces a drink that tastes a bit like yogurt. Milk kefir is full of probiotics like all fermented foods which is great for improving gut flora, boost immune system, and a whole bunch of other benefits.

Kombucha

Once again we find another fermented beverage that is full of probiotics which helps our guts. Kombucha also helps detoxify the body and can boost immunity. Kombucha is a bit like kefir as it needs to ferment but instead of using grains, Kombucha relies on a SCOBY (which stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast).

This post is a part of the Going Natural – One Month at a Time. Check out the full info post to learn how you can make natural changes each month so that you are living more naturally by the end of the year!

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