In the summer we all want to drink, as well as at other times of the year. But in summer, drinks are consumed in larger quantities and with great pleasure. Yes, and television advertising encourages us: “don’t let yourself dry up”, “so refreshing”, “drink without stopping.” And we drink. Water, coffee, juices, tea, fruit drinks. Carbonated and non-carbonated, caffeinated and non-caffeinated, natural and from concentrates. We drink indiscriminately, because we want to drink. And at the same time, I also want drinks to be not only pleasant to taste, but also healthy.
Let’s take a look at the most popular drinks we buy to “keep ourselves dry.”
It’s no secret that juices are very good for health, and they also taste good and quench your thirst well. And juices from raw fresh fruits, berries and vegetables better than other drinks fill us with energy and many vital substances: vitamins, enzymes, microelements.
Useful properties of juices:
refresh on a hot day and quench thirst;
increase the body’s resistance to various diseases;
improve the activity of endocrine glands;
act as biostimulants and restorers for fatigue and various diseases;
have a general strengthening effect;
replenish the deficiency of microelements and minerals in the body.
Many juices have targeted beneficial effects. For example, apricot, grape, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, beetroot, plum, currant and apple juices will help remove heavy metal compounds from the body. And lingonberry, cranberry and rowan juices successfully fight against pathogenic bacteria.
According to their action, juices are divided into:
diuretic – apricot, watermelon, grape, pear, strawberry, carrot, celery and rosehip juice;
anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiseptic – pomegranate, onion, horseradish juice, garlic, apple;
choleretic – apricot, cabbage, peach, parsley and rosehip juice;
laxatives – beetroot, apricot, grape, potato, carrot, plum, melon juice;
fixing – pomegranate, cherry juice;
improving digestion – cabbage, carrot, beetroot, horseradish juice;
lowering blood pressure – grape, strawberry, tomato, black ashberry juice;
tonic – apricot, grape, strawberry, peach, tomato, cherry juice.
In fact, the action of each juice is multifaceted. For example, grape juice tones, kills bacteria, has a diuretic, laxative, diaphoretic, expectorant and tonic effect; increases muscle tone, especially the heart muscle, reduces blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. A tomato juice refreshes, quenches thirst, improves digestion, increases metabolism, improves heart function.
Did you know that more nutritional and biologically active substances are stored in juices with pulp than in transparent ones? Therefore, such juices are much more useful, and freshly squeezed juices within 10 minutes after preparation are the most valuable. Try it and see for yourself!
How to drink juice from concentrates?
Freshly made juices are often not available due to lack of time and money. Therefore, canned juices, which are very much on store shelves today, should not be abandoned.
Of course, such juices will not replace fresh ones, but their beneficial effect, albeit to a lesser extent, is preserved. For example, citrus juices quench thirst well, and also help cleanse blood vessels.
You can enhance the beneficial qualities of canned juice if you add at least a little freshly squeezed lemon juice (in citrus, fruit, vegetable), or carrot juice (in vegetable and apple), or apple juice (in fruit, vegetable) to it before drinking. Surely, even after the first sip you will feel the difference, and most importantly, the juice will become much healthier..
By their unhealthy effect on the body, these drinks are superior to coffee and tea. After all, it is Pepsi and Coca that contain a lot of terrible caffeine (only cholesterol can be worse). Given that caffeine depletes the body’s energy reserves, it is undesirable to abuse such drinks, to put it mildly.
Moreover, according to Bragg, a specialist in proper nutrition, drinks such as “cola” consist of toxic stimulants – caffeine, phosphoric acid, refined sugar, as well as soda, which irritates the digestive tract, kidneys and liver. As for the toxicity, one can argue, but they still cannot be called useful …
And one more thing: in the composition of Pepsi-Cola, Coca-Cola and similar drinks there is a pepsin-like substance (pepsin is an enzyme in gastric juice that breaks down proteins). If you drink such a drink on an empty stomach, then you can only guess how it will act on the mucous membrane and soft walls of the stomach and intestines.
Rememberthat children under 3 years old are forbidden to give Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola, and it is advisable for preschoolers and schoolchildren to limit the use of these drinks due to the fact that the caffeine contained in them has a strong stimulating effect on the weak children’s nervous system.
It is customary to call mineral waters of natural sources, with a high content of minerals and (or) having special healing properties.
Natural mineral drinking waters are underground waters of various chemical composition, and they are curative not only because of the inorganic mineral substances dissolved in them, but also because of the information that the water has absorbed while passing through the thickness of the earth.
Mineral waters are:
carbonic (Borjomi, Dilijan, Luzhanskaya No. 1, etc.);
sulfate (Batalinskaya, Ashgabat, Moscow, Ufa, etc.);
chloride (Minsk, Omsk, Tyumen, Druskininkai, etc.);
complex composition (Essentuki No. 4, 17, Novoizhevskaya, Smirnovskaya, etc.);
containing trace elements: iron, iodine, bromine, lithium;
radioactive, containing radium, radon;
Mineral water is not only a therapeutic and prophylactic remedy for many diseases (you can always find which ones on the label), but also just a drink that quenches thirst well. For better absorption of mineral water, it is advisable to drink slowly and in small sips.
Today in stores you can find mineral water of various types, both in glass bottles and in plastic packaging. So, recent studies have shown that mineral water contained in glass bottles can retain its properties for 1 year, and in plastic bottles it loses them after 3 months. And this, despite the fact that the shelf life of 1 year is indicated on plastic bottles. Therefore, it is better not to stock up on water in plastic packaging (and most of them) for the future, try to use it only for a short time, for example, when traveling.
And finally, a few tips:
How much is recommended to drink
In conditions of normal air temperature and with moderate physical exertion, it is recommended to drink 2-3 liters of fluid per day, including the water contained in the products.
Quenching thirst during a meal or immediately after it disrupts digestion!
For daily nutrition, it is recommended to take water or juices in the morning after waking up, 2-3 hours after eating, no later than 30 minutes before the next meal and in the evening before bedtime. In order to remember to take several sips of water during the day, keep it next to you on the table or in a conspicuous place. To replenish moisture in the body, especially during intense physical exertion with sweating, it is recommended to take a few sips before, during and after such loads.
In the morning before eating, it is advisable to drink a glass of clean water. Of course, you can drink any other liquid that is pleasant for you or eat a juicy fruit on an empty stomach, however, experience shows that fresh cool water is more favorable. Water can be replaced with infusions or decoctions of herbs, berries, fruits, juices (preferably with pulp, they cope better with toxins), sometimes wine or kvass. Cool drinks are more pleasant to drink in the summer, warm – in the winter. It is not recommended to drink fizzy drinks, coffee and black tea, which act as powerful diuretics and dehydrate the body. Preference should be given to liquids that have not gone through the boiling process (tea, decoction) and not manufactured industrially (canned compotes, juices from concentrates).
To quench your thirst, not only the quantity of water matters, but also its quality. Bread kvass, cold fruit decoction (fresh or dried), green tea, juices, mineral water, cranberry juice best quench thirst. In the hot season, maintaining the correct water regime is of great importance. In the morning it is useful to drink a relatively large amount of liquid. During the day, at the height of the heat, drinking should be limited.
Not only proper and rational nutrition is the key to our health. What we drink is no less important. After all, water is life, and full and healthy drinks are companions of a full life without diseases. So, let’s drink a glass of carrot (or some other juice) so that the advertising slogan that has stuck on our teeth sounds, for example, like this: “The new generation chooses … cranberry juice, apricot compote, tomato juice, kvass, green tea , mineral water, etc. “(underline as appropriate). After all, you see, in this form it is much more pleasant!