What To Drink And How Much For Optimal Health And Wellness
Many of us don’t pay enough attention to what and how much we drink. We may think that as long as we stay away from sugary drinks, sodas, and energy beverages, we are doing enough. But drinking the right amount and the right type of liquids is key for optimal health and wellness. Let’s explore what to drink and how much for optimal health.
Water should be your go-to for hydration throughout the day, with no added ingredients. Drinking water helps flush out toxins from our body, keeps our cells functioning properly, helps regulate temperature, nourishes skin tissue and joints, protects organs and tissues, dissolves minerals and nutrients to make them accessible to our body (i.e., calcium in milk), lubricate the intestines, etc. To determine how much water you should drink on a daily basis – multiply your body weight by 0.5 to get an estimate of how many ounces you need per day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs you should aim for 75 oz or 2 liters of water per day.
Tea is also an excellent choice when thinking about what to drink during your day. Tea contains antioxidants that can help reduce free radicals in the body which damage DNA over time leading to chronic illnesses like cancer or heart disease. Tea can also aid in digestion, help maintain blood pressure levels, improve brain function, reduce stress levels, etc… Unlike coffee tea does not increase cortisol levels so it can be a good source of caffeine without the adverse effects associated with coffee consumption (anxiety & insomnia). Aim for 2-3 cups per day including herbal teas like chamomile or peppermint that do not contain caffeine but still provide calming effects due to other compounds such as terpene compounds found in peppermint tea leaves.
Coconut water is a clear liquid harvested from young coconuts before they ripen completely that has become increasingly popular over the years because of its many nutritional benefits such as – high electrolyte content (potassium) which can help replenish electrolytes after exercise; low sugar content; low-calorie content; high antioxidant content, etc… Coconut water can also be used topically on skin irritations due its anti-inflammatory properties making it a great option if you have sensitive skin or are prone allergies, etc… Aim for 1-2 glasses per day but always check nutrition labels before buying coconut water because some varieties contain added sugar or other artificial sweeteners!
Conclusion: When considering what liquids are best for optimal health there are several options available depending on individual needs! Water is essential for basic hydration purposes but tea and coconut water both offer additional benefits such as antioxidants which can help reduce inflammation in the body & balance blood pressure levels! Aim for 2-3 cups of tea & 1-2 glasses of coconut water per day depending on individual needs & always check nutrition labels before purchasing products with added ingredients! Ultimately finding what works best for each person’s health goals & lifestyle is key when determining which fluids their bodies need most!