7 Healthy Drinks Other Than Water

With so many drinks filled with empty calories on supermarket shelves, it can be hard to find options that also come with vitamin and minerals. But fear not, there are plenty of nutritious ways to quench your thirst if you’re in the mood for something other than plain or infused water.

1. Green Tea

Green tea has been hailed for its health benefits in Asian countries for centuries; only recently did Americans get the memo. Green tea contains a high level of polyphenols which are believed to prevent certain types of cancer like breast cancer and prostate cancer. Studies suggest it can also help reduce sharp increases in blood sugar after a meal, which can be especially beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes.

2. Pomegranate Juice

All natural pomegranate juice is one of the most nutritious beverages on supermarket shelves. This vibrant fruit juice is packed with antioxidants which help protect cells from damage and decrease inflammation, which may help relieve some types of arthritis. It’s also rich in immune-boosting vitamin C to help fight off colds.

3. Beet Juice

Beets are a powerful source of folic acid, magnesium and nitrates. Our bodies convert nitrates into nitric oxide, which helps lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. Some studies suggest it can also help increase stamina during exercise.

4. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a surprisingly powerful immune booster. Just 2 tablespoons stirred into a glass of water adds 14mg vitamin C. Another bonus? You’ll probably drink more lemon water than plain water because it tastes better–one more way to help stay hydrated.

5. Kombucha

This elixir is the hottest drink in every wellness junkie’s refrigerator. Fizzy and fermented, kombucha is packed with probiotics, like other healthy fermented foods, that promote healthy bacteria in the gut. These bacteria help to aid in digestion, and help in the absorption of vitamins and minerals.

6. Coconut Water

The flavor of this tropical water is a bit controversial. Some people love it, and some hate it. But there’s no debating the fact that drinking it can hydrate the body and provide a surprising amount of potassium. Potassium plays an important role in maintaining a healthy heartbeat and regulating blood pressure.

7. Orange Juice

Everybody knows it’s a great source of vitamin C, but most people don’t know that it’s also a good source of potassium and thiamin plus calcium and vitamin D if it’s fortified.