Certainly water is important for keeping you healthy and hydrated. But it’s just one of many beverage choices offering health benefits. According to a report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, a variety of beverages and foods is well suited to satisfy the different fluid requirements of people of all ages and activity levels, in different climates and states of health. The many flavor options certainly make it more enjoyable to drink all that we need each day, approximately 9 to 13 cups for adults.
Citrus Tea Punch
Tea itself offers significant health benefits because of its antioxidant compounds, but you can double the antioxidant benefits by stirring in some orange juice. Keep a pitcher at poolside all summer long.
Strawberry Agua Fresca
Agua fresca is a refreshing, fruit-infused drink that is served throughout Mexico. Drinking a fruity water-based drink is a great way to stay hydrated in the summer while getting some extra vitamins.
Think pink when it comes to lemonade and add pureed raspberries to the lemonade concentrate. Raspberries offer fiber and vitamin C, and are a rich source of cancer-fighting antioxidants. And if you toss in a few mint sprigs, you get even more antioxidant action.
Blackberry-Mango Breakfast Shake
Start your day with a shake that’s packed with protein, fiber and vitamin C. You’ll have energy for the morning and a head start in fighting heart disease with the nutrients in blackberries, mangos, orange juice and tofu.