Today, it’s easy to get swept up in the hype revolving the latest health foods and trends. Acai berries, protein shakes, quinoa. How can you be sure that these superfoods are really worth your while? While the science is still out on several foods, it can be helpful to look at foods that have been historically prevalent as leaders in the nutritional world. Check out the following drinks that work to improve the functions of our bodies naturally.
If you’re a fan of smoothies, kefir is an excellent substitute on busy mornings. The word Kefir comes from the Turkish word, keif, meaning ‘good feeling.’ Made using a fermented milk product this frothy drink is reminiscent of yogurt.
Secret Ingredient: Probiotics
What are probiotics? Probiotics are helpful bacteria that work to improve the flora of your gut. Over time, when we consume antibiotics in the form of medicine, meat, or sanitized lotion, the bacteria in our gut dies. This is incredibly damaging and weakens our ability to absorb food and ward off future colds and disease.
But, by eating and drinking foods rich with probiotics, like kefir, we’re able to cultivate a healthier ecosystem. And when your gut is in optimal health, your entire body benefits! You’ll weigh less, sleep more, even feel happier!
Kombucha is a fermented drink, rich in probiotics. This slightly fizzy drink has a faint vinegar taste that can be sweetened using juice or spices.
Just like in the case of kefir, drink Kombucha will help improve your gut’s health and will strengthen your immune system. Try drinking a glass of Kombucha after dinner for a refreshing treat.
A Special Brew: Kombucha is made by adding bacteria and sugar to black or green tea. As this mixture ferments, a large colony of bacteria blooms to the top of the container. Brewers can use this blob, that often resembles a mushroom, to create additional batches.
Health experts warn that home brewing may produce a version that isn’t as safe as a commercially processed version. To ease into the Kombucha world, try to find bottles in your local grocery or health store.
One cup of Matcha has 130 times more antioxidants than a cup of traditional green tea! The powers of this super-charged drink are vast. It’ll boost your metabolism and immune system. It’s rich in fiber, vitamins, and chlorophyll. And some studies link the tea to an improved mood and outlook on life.
The true power in Matcha is the work of the tea’s antioxidants. Matcha contains a high level of catechins, a type of potent antioxidant that’s a front runner in any anti-cancer diet. Take note! Matcha has powerful detox properties so consume the drink slowly and in small quantities.
With all health diets, it’s important to understand the risks that each drink carries. Talk with a nutritionist if you suffer from existing conditions or if you are curious to learn more about each beverage. Optimal health starts with your decision to fuel your body correctly. Why not begin the rewarding process today?