How many of your ‘five-a-day’ do you get?
If you answered three or under, then you’d have something in common with 66% of the UK adult population.
Although we’re all aware that eating sufficient amounts of fruit and vegetables is good for us, it can be challenging to fit in at least five portions a day. Well, unless you start drinking them instead of course!
I switched over to drinking the majority of my five-a-day, and I’ve not only managed to consume more fruit and vegetables – I’ve also felt better as a result.
In today’s piece, we delve into the world of healthy fruit juices and drinks and examine which are the creme de la creme.
If you’re looking to find out what the healthiest juice is then you’ve come to the right place!
Are you looking for the healthiest drinks in the world? Read on, my friend…
Both the juice and seeds of pomegranate have risen to prominence over the last several years – and it is no surprise why. According to the latest research, both elements of the fruit (although particularly the juice) are rich in health-promoting antioxidants, which may help to prevent many ailments, including some as severe as heart disease and cancer. So, if you want to improve your cardiovascular health, then a glass of pomegranate a day is undoubtedly advisable (provided it’s not laden with sugar of course!).
When I first started formulating this article, I planned only to include cold beverages, however, it soon became apparent that there were a couple of hot drinks that simply could not be left out – green tea being the first of them. Although green tea (and it’s purported health benefits) have been documented for donkey’s years, this is another example of a liquid refreshment that has too many pros to miss out on being included. Not only is each cup full of reinvigorating antioxidants, but there is also sufficient caffeine to perk you up on those afternoons where your body is trying to convince you that a nap would be a good idea!
Even though every man and his dog are aware of the health benefits of milk, it is certainly one health drink that seems to be missed off ‘health juice’ lists and compilations. Why? In recent years, milk has had a bad rap – verging on demonisation in some cases – but if we examine the cold, hard facts, then the benefits of milk are obvious. It is one of nature’s best sources of both Vitamin D and calcium (and many other micronutrients), as well as being high in protein. What more could you want from a health drink? Opting for the low-fat variety is a wise idea if you drink it regularly.
When I first read that beetroot juice was a ‘health’ drink I have to admit I was a little perplexed. Sure, a few slices of pickled beetroot tastes sumptuous on a cheese sandwich, but drinking the juice? Really?! Yes – really. Current studies have shown (on multiple occasions), that beetroot juice can decrease blood pressure, improve stamina levels and improve blood flow to the brain in the elderly (which impedes the progress of illnesses such as dementia). Being high in such minerals as calcium, magnesium and iron will also help to promote a healthy body too.
Whenever someone mentions lemon juice, the first thing I think of is covering pancakes in sugar and lemon juice; I definitely don’t think of it as a health food. However, lemon juice does have many strings to its bow where body health is concerned, so consuming it on a daily basis is highly recommended.
How does it help? Well, firstly, it has positive effects on the digestive system by improving digestion, improving liver function and increasing the production of bile. It also contains a solid hit of vitamin C. Half a lemon squeezed into a glass of water several times a day will have you running like clockwork!
Alongside avocado, kale is one purported ‘superfood’ that has picked up traction within the health community as being the holy grail of health foods. While its powers certainly do not extend beyond providing a healthy shot of micro and macronutrients, there is absolutely no doubt that kale is one of the most nutritious foods on this planet; and kale juice is no different. If you’re not a fan of eating vegetables then drinking them is always an option. Sure, it is pretty gross, but after a few gulps it’ll be all gone, and you’ll be full of vitality. Kale is the perfect choice of juice for this.
Ginger is by far and away one of my favourite cooking ingredients. It adds bite and a little bit of spice to any dish, and is also super healthy! One thing I hadn’t ever thought of doing, however, was using it to make ginger tea. I can honestly say I missed out for many years not having ginger tea in my life. It is not only delicious but extremely nourishing too. If you suffer from stomach issues, nausea or motion sickness, then a cup of refreshing ginger tea may help you to quell any aches and pain you’re experiencing. Try it!
If there’s one juice that I drink more than any other, it’s cranberry. Its crisp, tart flavour is something that my tastebuds absolutely adore. But it doesn’t just taste great – it also has many health benefits too. Not only will it help to improve kidney function, but it will help to fight infections and bacteria (particularly of the urinary tract variety); therefore, if you’re suffering from an ailment related to this area of your body then you’ll want to grab yourself a carton or two of this delightful red juice.
…and that’s your lot.
Do you enjoy any of the above beverages?
What would be on your list?
Let us know!
Thanks for reading.