Well, moving along we’re going to talk about
beverages now. The most important beverage being water. And most of you have heard of
the eight by eight recommendation. Eight glasses of eight ounces of water per day. That’s pretty
much a rough guide. How much water you drink really depends on a lot of things. For example
the climate. The temperature outside. Your activity level. Your diet. Those are all things
that determine how much water you should be drinking. There’s a few opportune times to
drink water. One would be in the morning when you get up to cleanse and wake up your digestion,
help with your elimination. Another good time would be between meals. Between breakfast
and lunch and between lunch and dinner. So when it’s getting close to meal time that
should be your cue to drink a glass of water. Don’t rely on sodas to satisfy your thirst.
We want you to cut down on your sugar consumption. So if you’re hydrated, you’re drinking enough
water then maybe you’ll be satisfied with just a little something sweet. So that’s the
deal on water. Other healthy beverages. It’s been said if we run out of water probably
the next healthy beverage we’d be drinking is wine. Wine of course is a part of the Mediterranean
diet. Which is one of the healthiest most scientifically documented diets in the world.
But again, moderation. And the official recommendation for wine would be one glass per day for women
and two for men. And we don’t want to go over that. And usually your taste will tell you
how much wine to drink per day. If it doesn’t taste very good maybe you should put it down.
So wine particularly with food. You want to have the alcohol with the food. And the benefits
of course. Wine, in moderation, is an anti inflammatory. Part of the healthy Mediterranean
diet. We have seen some studies in people that drink wine in moderation have a lower
risk of Alzheimer’s disease. And of course very good for the heart. Thins the blood.
It’s anti-inflammatory. Other healthy beverages, of course high on my list would be tea. Particularly
green tea contains all those polyphenols. A kind of antioxidant. We need the antioxidants
to scavenge an unstable molecule called free radicals. Kind of soak up free radicals. Free
radicals contribute to aging and deterioration. So that’s why we need the antioxidants like
you find in green tea and of course in fruit juices. I would suggest you dilute your juices.
Otherwise you might be getting a little too much sugar there. Soy milk, almond milk. I
know some people have allergies to soy in which case you might want to try something
like oat milk. When comparing these, I would choose the ones that have the lowest amount
of sugar so read the label. And the sports drinks, typical sports drinks like the one
they advertise on t.v. all the time. You probably know the one I’m talking about. Those are
recommended for electrolytes. Minerals that we lose during perspiration. Heavy perspiration.
Problem is with some of those advertised ones they don’t have the correct sodium potassium
balance. So I would go to the health food store and ask for one of the health food store
brands of the sports electrolytes drinks with the proper proportion of sodium and potassium.
That’s the deal on beverages.