From television commercials to the menus at your favourite restaurants, we’re bombarded with artificially sweetened drinks.
It’s common knowledge that fizzy drinks and sugary drinks can wreak havoc on your body and completely jeopardise your weight loss goals.
The good news is, there are a ton of healthy weight loss drinks out there which can help you take one step towards your weight loss goals, rather than two steps back.
Not only are these drinks super good for you, but they also add some flavour (no pun intended) to your diet so you don’t get bored and revert back to the sodas.
So let’s get straight into it. Here are my top 12 healthy weight loss drinks which should add to your diet if you’re serious about losing weight!
1. Blueberry Juice
Blueberries are a fantastic food/juice to add to your diet because along with tasting absolutely delicious, they’re also the highest in antioxidants compared to any other fruit.
Blueberries are great for improving our glucose levels and reducing our blood cholesterol, which subsequently decreases our risk of cardiovascular diseases later in life.
Blueberries are high in anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant that is extremely effective at strengthening the immune system and preventing all kinds of horrible infections.
Blueberries are also high in iron and vitamin C. This also improved your hair and skin, along with keeping our gums healthy.
Just a handful of blueberries each day can give our bodies enough fibre to keep our bodies in great shape!
2. Coconut Water
Coconut water is the clear liquid which you’ll find in a young, green coconut. It’s healthier than mature coconut milk, which doesn’t contain as many nutrients.
Coconut water is one of the most beneficial weight loss drinks, due to the fact that it contains a ton of different vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals!
The main nutrient in coconut water is potassium. It contains 600mg per serving which makes it a high electrolyte drink. For this reason, it has actually been used in emergency situations as IV hydration!
Other benefits of coconut water include lowered blood pressure, increased weight loss, higher energy levels, reduced cholesterol and a decrease in cellulite!
It’s a safe, healthy weight loss drink which the majority of people should reap the benefits of. The only people who should steer clear are people with kidney disease, as potassium can cause those people health risks.
3. Parsley Juice
We all know of parsley, right? It’s that little herb which restaurants always seem to put on top of your spaghetti in order to make it look pretty. Pointless, I know…
But – parsley is a Mediterranean herb which actually has a ton of health benefits. The high amount of flavonoids, known as apigenin make it an extremely strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb (and we all know how dangerous inflammation can be).
An easy way to take in a good amount of parsley is just to juice it or stick it into one of your smoothies. Drinking parsley juice can actually decrease the risk of several types of cancer, such as breast, skin and prostate cancer.
It also offers protection against various other conditions and diseases such as asthma, diabetes, atherosclerosis and even more.
Not such a pointless little herb, after all!
4. Dandelion Tea
Dandelion tea is, without a doubt, one of the most healthy weight loss drinks you can possibly consume!
Dandelions are all over the place, and you’ll see them all over the grass throughout most of the year. They actually help improve the health of the soil by restoring it of depleted minerals.
They can have a pretty awesome effect on your body, too. It’s often used for arthritis, gastric headaches and skin ailments – not to mention that it has a detoxifying effect on the liver.
Due to its high inulin content, it’s also a great food source for restoring all the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut (read more about the importance of gut health here).
5. Lemon Water
Lemons are useful for more than just smell and flavour!
There are a plethora of benefits to be gained from this yellow fruit. Along with making your water taste good, it can also help skin conditions, improve your hair and actually add years to your life!
The main benefit which lemons are known for is the fact that they contain a massive amount of vitamin C – with one lemon offering more than half of your entire daily vitamin C needs.
6. Turmeric Tea
Turmeric is a commonly-used cooking spice which actually has lots of lesser-known benefits. Curcumin is one of the main active ingredients of turmeric and it offers a load of health benefits.
It’s often combined with bromelain or black pepper to help increase its absorption and anti-inflammatory properties.
It has been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian medicine as an anti-cancer agent, but it also protects people against a variety of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis, along with helping to heal sprains and wounds.
7. Plant-Based Milk
Many people are aware that dairy products aren’t really a good choice when it comes to our health, and they’re even worse when it comes to weight loss. If you prefer to consume healthier weight loss drinks, plant-based beverages such as almond, hemp or rice milk might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Almond milk has a ton of vitamin E, while hemp milk contains a significant amount of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Rice milk, while offering plenty of health benefits, is higher in carbohydrates so it may be unsuitable for those with diabetes.
I would recommend you find a non-dairy milk alternative which has a good amount of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12. Make sure they’re unsweetened or reduced in sugar.
8. Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera gel has been used for years in all kinds of beauty and skin products, however, most people aren’t aware of all the other amazing health benefits it can provide.
It has been used for a long time in order to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis, constipation, diabetes, ulcers and headaches. One of the main ingredients, aloe-emodin, has been proven to have anti-cancer properties, too!
Add some aloe vera to your water, along with a little lemon juice, and you’ll have yourself a healthy weight loss drink!
9. Green Tea
Green tea is what everybody’s raving about at the moment, especially in weight loss circles – and rightly so!
It contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, making it one of the healthiest weight loss drinks you can possibly consume. These antioxidants help the body fight free radicals, which are small compounds which damage your DNA and can lead to serious diseases.
Research has also suggested that free radicals can contribute to the ageing process, along with several medical conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
If you’re like my partner, Ryan, and you don’t like the taste of green tea, you can go ahead and take a green tea extract supplement. These are the ones he uses and they do the trick!
10. Watermelon Juice
Watermelon contains some of the most powerful antioxidants. No other fruit is quite as thirst-quenching and hydrating as the watermelon. It contains a good amount of vitamin C and vitamin A, due to its high concentration of beta-carotene.
It also contains a potent carotene antioxidant called lycopene, which helps reduce the risk of prostate cancer. In fact, it actually contains more lycopene than any other known fruit or vegetable!
11. Stinging Nettle Tea
This is a weird one, huh?! I’m sure you can agree with me when I say that touching a stinging nettle is incredibly unpleasant! However, believe it or not, the stinging nettle is actually a powerhouse when it comes to health benefits.
The stinging nettle acts as a liver tonic and rejuvenator. It has great positive effects on circulation, the immune system, respiratory system, digestive tract and endocrine system.
It also contains loads of magnesium, which could be the reason it’s so effective at reducing leg cramps and menstrual cramps!
12. Green Vegetable Smoothies
You simply can’t go wrong with a green vegetable smoothie. They’re some of the most healthy weight loss drinks ever!
Green leafy vegetables are extremely nutritious, offering you a massive amount of vitamins A, C, E and K. They also contain large amounts of antioxidants called carotenoids, which protect against cell damage and help prevent the body from developing various types of cancer.
They also contain high amounts of calcium, fibre, iron, magnesium and potassium. What’s also great is that they contain very little carbohydrates, cholesterol and sodium.
The large amounts of vitamin K make green vegetables useful for helping prevent inflammation and they also protect your bones against osteoporosis.
Studies have shown that eating three servings of green leafy vegetables per week can help lower the risk of certain types of cancer such as skin, breast and stomach cancer. However, I would recommend you eat more than three servings per week!
And that’s it!
Hopefully, this article has given you some healthier beverage alternatives than the typical fruit juices and sodas which are rammed down our throats every day!
Implementing some of these healthy weight loss drinks into your diet will offer incredible benefits for not only your weight loss goals but also your overall health.
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