One of the interesting things about health and wellness is that it involves not only what you do, but what you consume. And sometimes, some of the most surprising beverages can contribute to your overall wellness. Have you considered the hearty benefits of milk? Or what about chlorophyll and healthy soda? Let’s get into all of this, and more, with some of the latest study findings and news from around the web.
Growing up, I was always taught that calcium-rich milk was good for my bones, and thus it was the staple beverage at our family dinners. Interestingly, a recent study found that the benefits of milk extend beyond your skeleton; drinking milk can also decrease your chances of heart disease. An article that describes the study, found here, summarized the findings that “milk drinkers also have lower levels of cholesterol, which can cause blockages in the arteries and lead to a heart attack or stroke. Overall, those drinking milk each day slashed their risk of coronary heart disease by 14 percent. … [The] authors based their conclusions on health information from almost two million people in the United States and United Kingdom. Those with a mutation enabling them to consume large quantities of milk were less prone to cardiovascular illnesses.”
If you’re not a dairy-drinker for whatever reason, we’re not leaving you out of this one. There are plenty of benefits to drinking plant-based milk alternatives — these drinks “tend to have fewer calories, less fat (except for coconut-based milk), more water content (for better hydration), less protein (except soy). Some are fortified with other vitamins and nutrients.” Check out more on plant-based nutrients here.
Did You Say Chlorophyll?
When asked about chlorophyll, most of us would think of plants. Yes, chlorophyll is responsible for giving plants their green color, and it works with sunlight to help plants get their nutrients. However, chlorophyll also comes with numerous health benefits as well. According to Healthline, drinking liquid chlorophyll promotes skin healing, builds your blood, detoxifies your body, promotes weight loss and acts as a natural deodorant.
I’ve given up on soda, believing that syrup-filled sugary carbonation simply has no place in my body self-care routine (seriously, I’d encourage red wine over soda any day!) However, trendy new beverages, called “functional pop,” are putting a positive spin on soda. Some of these sodas benefit digestive health, while others promote muscle growth and exercise recovery and brain and immune system health. Check out more details on these healthy new beverages here.
For more on healthy beverages, check out our previous Wellness Wednesday detailing the benefits of coffee and tea. And when in doubt, always drink water: about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) for men and about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) for women everyday.
Inspiration. Looking to start your day with a little motivation? Check out the story of Eddie Kaufholz, who, after spending most of his life on the couch, trained and ran not only a 5k, but a half marathon at 39 years old.
15-Minute Blast. Has the Eddie Kaufholz story encouraged you to add a little bit more movement into your day? Check out this quick, 15-minute cardio workout that’s perfect for when your body needs to move.
Inherited Kindness. A recent study, of which more can be read about here, found that bonobos, our “lesser-studied ape relatives,” are inclined to share their food, suggesting that we may have inherited our own tendencies towards kindness and generosity from these creatures.