Referencing the title of Rihanna's hit song, Cheers I'll Drink to That was not my intention when titling this entry. However, as you will see, the name is perfect. We’re a ‘Cheers I’ll Drink to That’ culture. In fact, we raise our glasses countless times throughout the day, taking in approximately 459 calories of liquid on a daily basis.
What is even less impressive is that many of the beverages that we ingest have little to no nutritional value at all. It’s scary to think that many brands have realized our high liquid influx and through marketing and public relations campaigns have fooled us into believing that what they sell is actually beneficial to our health. Well, since I can’t follow you around all day and point out what to drink and what to run from, I have compiled a brief "situational" list to assist you in making smart choices.
At the bar: Choose a pint of Guinness
Reason: A daily pint is thought to work as well as a low dose aspirin in preventing heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks. No, the more you drink will not hold greater benefits!
At dinner: Order a glass of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon
Reason: Chilean reds have a high percentage of flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that work as cancer preventatives.
At breakfast: Start your day off right with OJ
Reason: Drinking a single glass of fresh orange juice before breakfast will make your stomach feel full, helping you avoid overeating. It also contains powerful antioxidants that can protect your body from free-radicals which cause early aging, cancer, and heart disease.
All day long: Water. Water. Water.
Reason: We've all heard that "eight" is the magic number. However, I am going to raise the bar a little more: take in approximately half of your body weight in ounces a day. Yes, I said half of your body weight. So, if you're 100 pounds that's 50 ounces of water. It may seem like a lot, but it truly isn't. You'll be boosting your metabolism and if it's cold, your body will work harder to warm it up. You will also be more energized, as it transports nutrients and oxygen into cells and moisturizes the air in your lungs.
Under the Weather: Reach for some peppermint tea
Reason: From helping to loosen phlegm and break up coughs when colds arise to decreasing the pain associated with cramping, peppermint tea is a natural healer. It will soothe an upset stomach and relieve heartburn. Women deal with a lot of daily stress with work and family and even the oft-uncomfortable monthly "friend". So, the next time that nature has you down, reach for some muscle relaxing tea and let your body loosen up on life's strong hold.