15 Really Healthy Drinks To Make & Enjoy

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If you’re looking for a little pick-me-up, hot toddy or a really refreshing tonic, this is a great collection of healing beverages to choose from.

These are all seriously healthy drinks to make for yourself and family, and are loaded with a variety of healing nutrients and antioxidants.

Indeed if you were to drink just one of them each day, you’d be well on your way to a much healthier and more nourished life-style!  Let’s take a look…

15 Really Healthy Drinks To Make For Yourself

1 Turmeric Tea

Of all the healthy drinks to make, turmeric tea has to be a one of the most nourishing of all!  And that’s because turmeric contains the compound curcumin, a super-powerful anti-inflammatory with tonnes of scientific studies demonstrating its healing effect.  Including many anti-cancer benefits [1].

When you make a proper turmeric tea, you need to use a healthy source of fat (such as coconut oil or organic butter) and a good sprinkling of black pepper to make the curcumin as bioavailable as possible [1a].

2 Green Tea

Green tea is one of my 12 most powerful superfoods and for very good reason!
It contains well-researched antioxidant polyphenols such as epicatechin and epigallocatechin gallate.

These have shown marked immune-boosting and cancer-fighting benefits, against a whole variety of different cancers, including colon, lung, prostate, breast and skin cancer [2].

And their anti-inflammatory power also makes them fab for anti-aging, neuroprotection and reducing oxidative damage to cells [2a].

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3 Nettle Tea

A good nettle tea can be healing to the liver, digestion, circulation, urinary tract, immune and nervous systems.  Nettle is also a wonderful hormone-balancer and is one of the best plants for thyroid health.

Its flavonoids, lignans, sterols and good levels of magnesium also make it great as an antihistamine, metabolism booster and reliever of muscle cramps.

4 Dandelion Tea

Dandelion tea is another of the best healthy drinks to make, because it contains loads of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, as well as anti-microbial and anti-cancer compounds.  It’s also well-known as a super-detoxer and cleanser of the liver, providing support and protection for hepatic cells.

Learn how to brew your own organic dandelion tea to get the freshest ingredients and best possible benefits.

5 Holy Basil (Tulsi) Tea

The ancient herb known as tulsi is a powerful adaptogen and can be protective of the body against physical, chemical, psychological and metabolic stresses.

It also has broad spectrum anti-microbial activity, detoxifying abilities and mood-calming effects  In fact, a fresh tulsi tea recipe is so good for relaxation, that it sometimes goes by the name ‘liquid yoga’ [5].

6 Kefir

Every healthy lifestyle should contain plenty of probiotic-rich foods and kefir is definitely one at the top of that list!  It’s one of the the easiest healthy drinks to make for yourself, you just need to invest in a spoonful of kefir grains and then you’re away.

With a good drink of daily kefir, you’ll help keep your gut microbiome topped up – healing your gut, improving your digestion and boosting your immune function.

7 Kombucha

Kombucha is another fermented drink, rich in good bacteria, which is great as part of any gut-healing diet.  It’s different from kefir because it’s made from fermented tea and sugar, so provides an alternative set of nutrients, friendly yeasts and bacterial species.

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8  Coconut Water

Coconut water is a fantastic source of electrolytes and therefore great for rehydration.  It contains particularly high levels of potassium, but also magnesium, manganese, sodium and calcium. 

It’s also a good source of vitamins B & C and some interesting compounds called cytokinins, which appear to have some anti-cancer benefits [8].

In fact, coconut water can be a wonderfully cool and refreshing base for some of the best summer drinks recipes.

9 Liquid Dark Chocolate

Proper raw dark chocolate has so many health benefits, because it’s packed with around 400 different antioxidant compounds.  So when you make a drink out of it, you give yourself a really rich and decadent healing treat.

Be sure to use only the strongest dark chocolate you can tolerate (at least 72% if poss), to get the maximum health benefits and the lowest levels of sugar.

Use my delicious healing hot chocolate recipe or gently melt your favourite raw dark chocolate into a little nut milk, to get started.

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10 Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera is an incredibly soothing juice when taken internally.  It’s particularly fantastic for digestive health and constipation, stimulating peristalsis, mucus production and water content within the gut.

It has anti-ulcer and antacid properties, and can be calming for inflammatory gut conditions like Crohn’s, IBS and colitis.  It’s also been found to be great as a general anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever [10].

11 Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice is of course well-known as one of the best natural cystitis treatments, because its proanthocyanidins help to prevent growth of bacteria in the bladder [11][11a].

It also contains lots of other healing nutrients including tons of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, iron, salicylic acid, plus antioxidants like resveratrol, pterostilbene and piceatannol.

12 Blueberry Juice

Blueberries are a superfood from heaven, not only scrumptious but super-healing as well!  Their juice contains powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are especially good for boosting immunity and fighting infection. They’re also loaded with vitamin C and the key mineral manganese.

Whip yourself up a healing berry smoothie to get the full benefits of blueberry’s juice and fibre.

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13 Lemon Water

A simple lemon water is one of the most cleansing drinks for your digestive system, especially if drunk hot in the morning, as your first drink of the day.

All that fresh vitamin C is also great for immune support, collagen-production and keeping your complexion bright and clear.  And what’s more, just one lemon can provide about 50% of your entire daily vitamin C intake, which is bonkers!

14 Parsley Juice

Yes humble parsley juice sneaks into my list of healthy drinks to make, because it contains a really important flavonoid called apigenin and also excellent levels of vitamin B9 (folate).
Together these nutrients work as powerful anti-inflammatories in the body, helping to lower levels of inflammatory compounds like homocysteine and fight chronic disease.

15 Green Vegetable Juice

There’s so many wonderful fresh, green vegetable juices you can make, I had to include it in my list of healthy drinks!  Dark green leafies like kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage and rocket contain large amounts of vitamins (especially vitamin K and folate), minerals, carotenoids and other healing antioxidants.

Combine them all together, or select your favourites to make juices and green smoothies which are extra cleansing and refreshing.

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Can you recommend any fab healthy drinks to make, or have especially good recipes to share?  Pop them in the comments so I can try them out for myself x

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