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Three Healthy Drinks You Need To Try

Three Healthy Drinks You Need To Try

From daytime to bedtime, we list three recipes that promote gut health and boost immunity

A diet full of nutrient-rich ingredients can work wonders when it comes to helping you look and feel your best. We have listed three naturally-good-for-you drinks that come packed with powerful ingredients, disease-fighting antioxidants and immunity boosters. They are doctor-approved, full of flavor and great options when it’s time to break your fast.

BEAT THE MORNING SLUMP

A nutritious and delicious way to break your fast, this elevated lemonade recipe supports your gut and immune system and lowers inflammation. It takes less than five minutes and if you want extra fiber, add more spinach.

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What do you need?

  • Two cups of organic baby spinach

  • One teaspoon of turmeric powder

  • Half inch of a ginger piece

  • Five sprigs of cilantro

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • One cup of stevia lemonade

  • Ice

How do you make it?

  • Add all ingredients to the blender except the lemonade

  • Mix it well

  • Add one teaspoon of the concentrate to one cup of lemonade, and mix

What are the benefits?

  • Baby spinach: This leafy green has incredible amounts of nutrients, including high levels of vitamin A, C and K, as well as iron, magnesium, manganese and vitamin B2.

  • Turmeric: A seasoning that goes above and beyond its job, it has powerful antioxidants and its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties calm skin conditions and aid in fighting diseases.

  • Ginger: Both in root and powdered forms, this spice helps soothe upset stomachs and nausea. It is also great to boost immunity.

  • Cilantro: A versatile culinary herb, it helps balance blood sugar levels and is chock-full of antioxidants. Research shows that it can also help ease anxiety and thus, is a natural way to find relief.

  • Lemon: High in vitamin C, lemons also have many other benefits—think heart and digestive health, weight control and immunity booster.

CLEAN YOUR GUT

Do you suffer from gut inflammation? A nutrient-rich smoothie can help soothe a tense stomach and boost immunity. This recipe is quick and easy, and can be customized to include as many gut-healing ingredients as you want.

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What do you need?

  • One medium kiwi, peeled

  • Half cup baby spinach

  • Half cup baby kale leaves

  • Half avocado, peeled

  • Half cup pineapple pieces

  • One to two teaspoons chia seeds

  • Ice

How do you make it?

  • Add all ingredients to the blender

  • Blend till it turns into a creamy texture

  • Slowly add about two tablespoons of water until you achieve the desired consistency

What are the benefits?

  • Kiwi: This fruit is a good source of vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. It is an excellent choice if you’re looking for natural ways to help lower high blood pressure levels.

  • Kale leaves: Termed as the ‘queen of greens’, kale is known for its high nutrition and vitamin content. It is rich in vitamins K, A and C, iron, calcium and is great for anti-inflammation.

  • Avocado: A breakfast indulgence, this fruit is rich in healthy fats, has anti-inflammatory properties, regulates blood pressure, is good for the heart, improves digestion and is a powerhouse of nutrients.

  • Pineapple: Commonly consumed in a tropical beverage, pineapple has a concentrated dose of various nutrients—vitamins B6 and C, fiber, potassium, magnesium and manganese. It contains disease-fighting antioxidants and enzymes that help ease digestion.

  • Chia seeds: They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, iron, calcium and antioxidants. They contain high levels of protein—a 28-gram, or 1-ounce, serving of the seeds contains 5.6 grams of protein.

KILL YOUR CRAVINGS

If you’re fighting with cravings for the sweet things in life, sipping a chai can gently put them at bay. A blend of herbs and spices, chai is known to be a great anti-inflammatory drink, which promotes immune and metabolic health. It’s healthy, it’s ritualistic and it’s delicious.

What do you need?

  • One cinnamon stick

  • Four cardamom pods

  • Three black pepper corns

  • ¼ teaspoon of ginger

  • One to two teaspoons of loose tea leaves

  • One teaspoon of stevia (optional)

How do you make it?

  • Lightly crush all spices in a mortar and pestle—this will open the spices and make for a stronger infusion

  • Add the spices to a saucepan with water and ginger

  • Let it simmer for 15 minutes

  • Add the tea leaves and almond or coconut milk

  • Add stevia and strain

What are the benefits?

  • Cinnamon: A spice commonly used in medieval times to treat cough, arthritis and sore throats, it helps treat fungal infections, reduces inflammation and lowers blood sugar levels.

  • Cardamom: Rooted in the Indian culture, cardamom has high antioxidant and diuretic properties that may lower blood pressure levels. It is rich in compounds that help reduce inflammation.

  • Black pepper: It is one of the most used spices in the world. Rich in a potent antioxidant called piperine, it helps prevent free radical damage to your cells. It is also known to be anti-inflammatory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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