Drinks are just as important as food in a healthy diet. When we speak of foods, we include both food and drink, hence the need for this alkaline beverages list.
The most important thing is to include all beverages as well as food when you plan your diet. Many drinks have very low energy values, but they should still be added to your total food and drink intake. Though these will not significantly affect your calorie count, they may well contain other nutrients that can affect your health. Study food labels and my alkaline beverages list below, to avoid drinks high in sugar or sodium.
Staying hydrated is crucial to good health, but there is no fixed amount for fluid intake. Your personal requirements will depend on the weather, and the amount of activity you are engaged in. A good starting point is eight glasses (12oz) per day. All drinks can contribute to this total, but at least half should be plain water. The latest nutrition advice, summarized from Harvard, recommends:
- At least half of daily fluid should be water. More is fine, up to 100% of all fluids.
- About one-third (or about three to four cups) can come from unsweetened coffee or tea.
- Up to one-fifth (or about two 8-ounce glasses) can be low-fat milk. Milk is a good source of calcium, so if you replace this with water, be sure to get calcium from food.
- A small glass (about 4 ounces) of 100% fruit juice.
- Avoid zero diet drinks made with artificial sweeteners, and drinks sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.
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