The Thirst is Real: 5 Healthy Drinks You Should Be Drinking Besides Water

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Even if you’re not a fitness guru, you have heard all of the wonderful benefits of drinking water. Yes. Water is crucial for living a healthy lifestyle. However, sometimes you get bored with drinking basic H2O. Here are 5 other healthy drink alternatives that you should be incorporating into your lifestyle:

1. Green Tea

Green tea is filled with antioxidants and properties that do wonders for the body. These include regulating diabetes, protecting against heart disease clots, reducing the risk of esophageal cancer, and maintaining a healthy weight. It can even help your skin by preventing aging. Plus, if you need a caffeine boost, it is a much better option than coffee.

2. Cranberry Juice

Most people are familiar with its properties of relieving urinary tract infections (UTI), but cranberry juice can do much more.  According to studies, cranberry juice helps to inhibit certain strains of Haemophilus influenza. This strain is a common cause of ear and respiratory infections in children.  Research also shows that it can prevent tooth cavities. Drink up and you will have a better dental check-up.

3. Hot Chocolate

Yes, your favorite wintertime sweet treat has made the list. However, there is one condition. You have to make your own.  It’s very simple. All you have to do is use raw cocoa powder and add almond milk and honey for taste. Using raw cocoa powder gives you the full health benefit of magnesium. One of the best ways to ease the pain of menstrual cramps is to drink beverages with a high magnesium content. Cocoa does the trick.

4. Kale Juice

This might not be the tastiest beverage options. Nonetheless, kale is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. From bone health to regulating bowel movements, the nutritional properties of kale are endless.  Kale is amongst the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. It is rich in vitamin A, C, and K. These vitamins are helpful for healthy skin, immunity, vision, and neurological functioning.

5. Chocolate Milk

Low-fat chocolate milk can be a sweet but wholesome drink option. Chocolate milk is beneficial for muscle recovery after workouts. It also is useful for replenishing fluids and electrolytes after an intense sweat session.
 
Although none of these drink options can replace water, they can all be a great supplement to leading a healthy lifestyle. Which drink are you going to try? Let us know in the comments below.

Abisola “Abby” Adeyemo is a Nigerian-American writer. The college freshman, who graduated from high school as the Valedictorian of her class, is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. On her blog, she writes on a montage of topics such as teen issues and natural hair. Writing for her does not stop there. The 18-year old has also written over 50 songs and a book called Afrocentric. Her dream career is to be a news anchor for an entertainment news station such as E News. Thus, she looks up to female journalists such as Guiliana Rancic and Oprah Winfrey. PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT is her first journalistic opportunity. With this in mind, she is extremely grateful and excited for the journey ahead.