What are the benefits of health drinks?
Does it really exist? Wellness drinks that make us healthy? Or at least more beautiful? Or is this just a marketing stunt by the food industry? We take a closer look at the currently mega-popular health drinks with promising names such as detox drinks or infusion water and show which of them do more than just quench thirst and which do not.
Let’s start with the good news: Yes, they really do exist: health drinks for more beautiful skin. Holistic nutritionist and economist Ursula Schöller explains: “Our body consists of about 65 percent water, so it’s only logical that drinking enough is very, very important. For effective cellular work, our body needs water and nutrients in the form of minerals, trace elements, vitamins and amino acids.” The better the cells in the organism are hydrated, the better it is for the cells in the skin. They become plump with moisture. This tightens the appearance of the skin.
No go for diet drinks!
However, there is a warning against so-called diet drinks. The Framingham Heart Study with around 4000 participants shows that diet sodas and soft drinks containing sweeteners have a similar negative effect on health as their sugar-containing counterparts. Among other things, they promote tooth decay, diabetes, increase the risk of stroke and dementia, and put a strain on the cardiovascular system.
“Our studies show an association between higher consumption of diet drinks and brain atrophy, including decreased brain volume and memory function,” explains Matthew Pase of Boston University School of Medicine. “We found that people who consumed diet drinks every day increased their risk of stroke and dementia by up to three times,” he adds.
Detox and cell boosting with health drinks
Instead of expensive detox drinks, you can rely on herbal teas. Nettles, but also dandelion, yarrow, horsetail herb, calendula, walnut leaves, chicory, birch leaves, licorice, cardamom provide enrichment with phyto-nutrients that boost cell metabolism. The herbs are available in pharmacies or well-stocked drugstore or organic markets. There are also ready-made, great tea mixtures in the trade, which are offered for the regulation of the acid-base balance.
The advantage of the teas lies in the boiling of the water. This increases the cellular permeability of the water. And thus the minerals get into the cell better than with tap or mineral water.
Vital Drink: Ginger Tea
Pour about 10 to 15 slices of finely chopped ginger with 1.5 liters of freshly boiled water. Add the juice of a lemon to taste and sweeten (honey or agave syrup). Ginger has a stimulating, antibacterial and antiviral effect due to its secondary plant compounds. It is also effective against nausea or pain and, like all herbal teas, can be drunk cold.
Wellness Drinks – only pretty for the eye?
Here, a liter of water is pimped with cucumber slices, apple slices, raspberries, fruit pieces or herbs. Of course, this looks great and smells delicious. But the Ernährungs-Expertin entzaubert: “The portion of considerable mineral materials is unfortunately very small thereby.” However, she says, they are helpful in reaching the ideal drinking quantity of two to three liters of unsweetened beverages a day, because they perhaps encourage people to drink a little more than “boring water.”
But Ursula Schöller immediately provides suggestions for water mixtures with a certain MORE of necessary plant substances (antioxidants and micronutrients):
Health drinks are sour
1 liter of water with 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and half an apple cut into wedges and 2-3 orange slices. “This is very alkaline and contains important enzymes that our metabolism and intestines need so badly,” Ursula Schöller knows. Also good is water with Aronia juice. This combination provides antioxidants in abundance. An effective micronutrient supplier that can be spiced up with a little fruit.
A Vital Drink: Chia Water!
Mix one to two tablespoons of chia seeds with the juice of one lemon (covers about 40% of vitamin C needs) and 1.5 liters of water (boiled and cooled). Ursula Schöller: “Chia seeds are rich in minerals and omega 3 fatty acids, which we urgently need. It performs an important protective function in the cell and does valuable repair work.”
Text: Bettina Sewald
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