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Make your own healthy drinks

HealthBy Sunday World
Make your own healthy drinks

You don’t need to splash out on expensive juicers to create healthy drinks at home. We all know juicing is one of the best ways to provide our body with essential nutrients, but it can be an expensive way to stay in shape. While there are plenty of impressive looking machines and readymade juices available to buy, whipping up your own brews can be just as beneficial.

There’s nothing better than plain old water for your body. Experts recommend that sipping around two to three litres of H20 each day will keep you happy and hydrated. Maintaining a regular water intake will help to purify, detox and cleanse your skin and organs, with some people even claiming it acts as a brain booster. We realise it can be pretty boring having to drink so much of the stuff throughout the day, so consider adding a slice of lemon or cucumber to your glass for an infusion of flavour.

If you don’t mind a bit of texture in your drink, then you could also try mashing some ripe fruit up and adding to a cup of milk or yoghurt. You will have more success with soft fruits such as mangoes, bananas and raspberries. Simply crush the fruit in a bowl using a fork until you are happy with the consistency. These mixtures will be packed with antioxidants and taste delicious too.

Green tea is also on our list of super easy, super healthy drinks. Perfect for a cold winter’s day, the concoction is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. The drink has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression, and the leaves are believed to be richer in antioxidants than other types of tea. So why not sit back and sip on a cup smug in the knowledge that you are treating your body to B vitamins, naturally occurring folic acid, manganese, potassium and magnesium.

Creating your own fresh juices is quick and easy too. Squeezing a couple of ripe oranges into a glass takes just a few moments and will give your body a real boost. Orange juice can improve circulation, reduce signs of ageing, detox the body and boost cellular repair. Best of all, by making it yourself you know you are drinking something which is 100 per cent natural and free from preservatives and additives.

Finally, almond milk and coconut milk or water are great at providing must-have nutrients. You can either pick them up readymade at your nearest supermarket, or have a go at making your own if you have a blender. If you want a really fresh alternative, look out for ripe coconuts while you are food shopping, then slice the top off and stick in a straw!

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