So sugar is a hot topic at the moment and we are all probably aware that we need to reduce our consumption. A recent study has shown a clear link between soft drinks, sweetened milk drinks and type II diabetes. If we look at the ‘think before you drink’ picture, Ribena has a similar sugar content to Irn Bru and Coke. So what can we drink instead?! Well the study was based on people replacing these drinks with water.
I commonly come across people in clinic who do not drink the required 2 liters of water per day, which is so vital for the body. Signs of dehydration or lack of water can include headaches, migranes, increased hunger, constipation, dizziness, mental fatigue and fainting, to name a few.
I drink water every day but sometimes it can be a bit bland and you can fancy something a bit more exciting. So I thought I would spend the week sharing some water ideas to give us all inspiration.
So here is Day 1’s delicious water recipe:
Antioxidant Booster 1 large handful of Blackberries 8 sage leaves Slightly crush the blackberries in a jug and add the sage leaves. Fill with water and leave in the fridge for a few hours so the flavours blend together before serving.
Health benefits of Blackberries: Blackberries are a superfood and get their great colour from powerful anthocyanin, which play a part in healthy memory function, anti-aging and reducing certain cancer risks. They are rich in the antioxidant compound phenolic acid and also pack a high dose of vitamin C, to boost the immune system.
Health benefits of Sage: Sage packs a good health punch too and has a high level of antioxidant activity, especially against oxidative stress in liver cells. It is a great memory booster and can be used to relieve some menopausal symptoms too.