Let’s face it: Maintaining good hair, skin, and nails has just as much, if not more, to do with what you put in your body than what you put on it. But forget choking down unappetizing green juices and wheatgrass shotswhy bother with those when you can indulge in beauty-boosting beverages you’ll actually want to drink? Whether it’s matcha in the morning or a shot of tequila in the evening (seriously!), we promise you’ll look forward to working these eight beverages into your diet, and reaping the benefits just the same.
It isn’t just a hippie fad, that’s for surethe probiotics in kombucha offer myriad benefits, particularly as it relates to digestive health and the body’s pH balance, which are key factors in maintaining clear, healthy skin. Like most tea-based beverages, it’s packed with countless antioxidant, but because the drink is fermented, the antioxidant load is much larger and more potent than standard teas.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is similar to kombucha in that its healthful properties, namely good bacteria, come from the fermentation process. Its main active compound, acetic acid, is an antimicrobial, which helps to kill bad bacteria in the body. You can mix it with water to take it internally or even dilute it and use it as a topical toner.
When ingested, medicinal aloe has similar benefits to those it has as a topical treatmentit encourages healing, reduces inflammation, and also serves to hydrate, which is pretty much the trifecta for better skin. The high vitamin C content helps to maintain the health of bones and teeth, while the soft, pulpy texture makes it palatable and easy to digest.
A beauty-boosting beverage that definitely never gets old: The star players in red wine are the polyphenols, which are the high-potency antioxidants found primarily in the skin and seeds of grapes, which is why red wine has so many more anti-aging benefits than grape juice. A glass or two of red wine reduces stress, helps you get better sleep thanks to melatonin, regulates blood sugar, and even strengthens your teeth. Moderation is key, of course, but this is one indulgence you don’t have to feel bad about.
Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
The original antioxidant-rich “super fruit,” cranberry juicediluted with water in its unsweetened natural form, not as cranberry juice cocktailtargets a number of health and beauty woes, and it’s especially beneficial for women’s health because it fights and helps to prevent common ailments like UTIs and yeast infections. It also combats tooth decay, and even contains salicylic acid, which we all know is one of the best ingredients for fighting acne. Bottom line: Cranberry juice is seriously underrated.
Green tea makes a great topical ingredient in toners and moisturizers, but drinking it is indeed the best way to get the full antioxidant benefits. If you’re the type of person who can’t stomach tons of water each day, green tea is also the perfect healthy replacement for hydration with a kick. The EGCG in green tea in particular more so than other teas works to fight inflammation and reduce stress, both of which are key for maintaining healthy skin and hair.
No, we’re not messing with you. Tequila is one of the few alcoholic beverages that actually isn’t terrible for you. The agave-based drink aids the digestive process because it makes it easier for your body to absorb calcium, which helps to regulates the healthy bacteria in your stomach which results in better skin and a healthier body overall. It also lowers blood sugar and is proven to dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow.
Established green tea fans, meet matcha. If you find it tastes much stronger than its diluted counterpart, that’s because it is: Matcha consists of the entire tea leaf, not just the brewed water, and it’s equivalent to nearly 10 glasses of standard green tea when it comes to nutritional value. It’s an “antioxidant powerhouse” that encourages relaxation, boosts energy, and helps to reduce toxins in the body courtesy of chlorophyll, a powerful antioxidant. It’s also deliciousif you’re partial to green tea, you may find that you like matcha even better. It’s particularly satisfying as a latte with steamed whole milk or soy milk.
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