Healthy Eating Tips : Healthy Eating & Beverages

Well, moving along we’re going to talk about
beverages now. The most important beverage
being water. And most of you have heard of
the eight by eight recommendation. Eight glasses
of eight ounces of water per day. That’s pretty
much a rough guide. How much water you drink
really depends on a lot of things. For example
the climate. The temperature outside. Your
activity level. Your diet. Those are all things
that determine how much water you should be
drinking. There’s a few opportune times to
drink water. One would be in the morning when
you get up to cleanse and wake up your digestion,
help with your elimination. Another good time
would be between meals. Between breakfast
and lunch and between lunch and dinner. So
when it’s getting close to meal time that
should be your cue to drink a glass of water.
Don’t rely on sodas to satisfy your thirst.
We want you to cut down on your sugar consumption.
So if you’re hydrated, you’re drinking enough
water then maybe you’ll be satisfied with
just a little something sweet. So that’s the
deal on water. Other healthy beverages. It’s
been said if we run out of water probably
the next healthy beverage we’d be drinking
is wine. Wine of course is a part of the Mediterranean
diet. Which is one of the healthiest most
scientifically documented diets in the world.
But again, moderation. And the official recommendation
for wine would be one glass per day for women
and two for men. And we don’t want to go over
that. And usually your taste will tell you
how much wine to drink per day. If it doesn’t
taste very good maybe you should put it down.
So wine particularly with food. You want to
have the alcohol with the food. And the benefits
of course. Wine, in moderation, is an anti
inflammatory. Part of the healthy Mediterranean
diet. We have seen some studies in people
that drink wine in moderation have a lower
risk of Alzheimer’s disease. And of course
very good for the heart. Thins the blood.
It’s anti-inflammatory. Other healthy beverages,
of course high on my list would be tea. Particularly
green tea contains all those polyphenols.
A kind of antioxidant. We need the antioxidants
to scavenge an unstable molecule called free
radicals. Kind of soak up free radicals. Free
radicals contribute to aging and deterioration.
So that’s why we need the antioxidants like
you find in green tea and of course in fruit
juices. I would suggest you dilute your juices.
Otherwise you might be getting a little too
much sugar there. Soy milk, almond milk. I
know some people have allergies to soy in
which case you might want to try something
like oat milk. When comparing these, I would
choose the ones that have the lowest amount
of sugar so read the label. And the sports
drinks, typical sports drinks like the one
they advertise on t.v. all the time. You probably
know the one I’m talking about. Those are
recommended for electrolytes. Minerals that
we lose during perspiration. Heavy perspiration.
Problem is with some of those advertised ones
they don’t have the correct sodium potassium
balance. So I would go to the health food
store and ask for one of the health food store
brands of the sports electrolytes drinks with
the proper proportion of sodium and potassium.
That’s the deal on beverages.


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