If you’ve heard it once, you must have heard it a thousand times: Drink more water! One of the most important dietary changes you should make to support your weight loss goal is making a consistent effort to increase your fluid intake. But if you find yourself getting bored with water, you may be able to try one of these five healthy drinks to meet some of your fluid requirement while enjoying a bit more flavor in your day.
Green tea. Tea is mostly water, of course, but green tea can offer some important health benefits. It relieves indigestion, and some evidence suggests that it reduces the risk of cancer in the digestive system. Just remember not to add a ton of sugar or you will also add calories.
Peppermint tea. Peppermint tea can have a relaxing effect on your muscles, making it a great treatment for the minor muscle aches that can sometimes occur after exercise. Peppermint tea also encourages the movement of food through your digestive system, prevents indigestion, and soothes stomach cramps.
Soy milk. Soy milk is a great source of fiber and protein, so it may help to lower cholesterol levels and your risk of cardiovascular disease. And of course, it’s a great milk replacement for those of you who are lactose intolerant.
Tomato juice. Tomato juice is another great source of fiber, and it also contains lycopene which helps to reduce cholesterol levels. The vitamin C in tomato juice can also boost your immune system and help your body absorb iron, so it’s a terrific drink for those of you who struggle with low iron levels.
Orange juice. Orange juice is another great source of vitamin C. You can even purchase orange juice that is fortified with calcium, so that you can prevent osteoporosis without gulping down milk.
Of course, keep in mind that some of these options (the juices, in particular) also contain calories and carbohydrates. Not all will be suitable for your dietary restrictions so if you are following a medically prescribed diet, make sure you consult with your physician before adding any of these drinks to your daily routine. Most of your fluid intake should still be water, but these options do have health benefits and can prevent boredom with your weight loss diet.