Almost everyone knows that it is good to drink enough. It was often said that it is necessary to drink two liters of water per day. However, scientists have come back to this. Nutritionists are convinced that you need to get around one and a half to two liters of fluid a day, but that does not necessarily have to be water. You get part of your needed fluid through your diet and the rest you can supplement with different drinks. Which healthy drinks are you best able to drink to get enough fluid, without getting too many wrong substances? Doctors doctor gives you the top 5 of the healthiest drink!
Water, a super drink. Even though it is not necessarily necessary to drink eight glasses of water a day, water is the healthiest thirst quencher. It contains no sugars, fat, or color, fragrances or flavors. It is purely to supplement your moisture content, without adding extra nutrients. You probably get enough of it through your diet.
Drinking water boring? Enough choice! You can choose tap water or spring water, flat or sparkling and with or without flavor. You can easily add a flavor to your water by soaking pieces of fruit or vegetables (overnight) in the water bottle or jug. Lemon, strawberry or cucumber is often used for this. But you can of course season your water with any type of fruit or vegetable you want! This makes your water less 'boring' in taste, but it is still free of added sugars and artificial colors, flavors and fragrances. Super healthy and tasty! Fatigue solved by drinking water.
Also a good idea: spring water with a taste. By this we mean ready-sold bottles of (sparkling) water to which a subtle fruit flavor has been added. The ingredients list often states: Natural mineral water and natural fruit flavor.
Black and green tea are known not only to be low in calories and sugar, but also to have positive effects on your body. Tea reduces your blood pressure, your cholesterol and the risk of a stroke. People who drink a lot of tea also have diabetes type 2 less often. The Nutrition Center strongly advises people to drink three cups of black or green tea a day. Well without sugar of course. In addition, you can also choose herbal tea. Officially this is not real tea, because it does not come from the tea plant, but is an infusion of other plants. Think of rooibos, lemon balm or nettle. Herbal tea does not have the same health effects as black and green tea. Drinking water helps with losing some weight. Some herbal teas can even have a negative effect on your health if you drink too much. It is not wise to drink a lot of star mix, licorice, fennel and anise tea for a long time. These can increase blood pressure or contain certain plant toxins. But also herbal teas you can drink in moderation, as long as you alternate.
Coffee is also a healthy choice, even though it may not be as well-known because of the caffeine it contains. However, caffeine has a positive effect in small quantities; it improves your concentration and performance and dispels fatigue. Keep it up to 4 cups per day, otherwise the caffeine can have negative effects. It is sometimes thought that you just dehydrate from coffee, because caffeine causes moisture to leave your body faster. However, this only occurs with large amounts of caffeine. If you stick to the maximum amount, you will get more moisture through your coffee than you drift away. Furthermore, coffee contains the substance cafestol. This substance has a negative effect on your cholesterol. However, Cafestol can be perfectly filtered out of your coffee by a regular paper coffee filter. Unfiltered coffee (espresso, coffee from cups, push-coffee and cooking coffee) contains more cafestol than filter coffee and coffee from coffee pads. It is therefore better to drink less from unfiltered coffee, with a maximum of two to three cups per day. The Nutrition Center even completely discourages drinking coffee. So also for coffee, it is a good choice to supplement your moisture content, if you choose the right kind and you stick to the maximum daily amount.
Milk is good for every, right? Certainly! Skimmed milk, semi-skimmed milk and buttermilk fit perfectly in a healthy diet. Dairy products are an important source of protein, calcium and vitamin B12. Drink yogurt also falls into this category, but you have to make sure that no sugars are added. Added sugar (also from fruit) is less good for your health. You better just drink a glass of milk and eat a piece of fruit.