Power potions: 5 drinks to maintain a healthy diet

Here are five drinks you should definitely incorporate into your healthcare regime

Sara Alam August 11, 2016

KARACHI: In pursuit of a healthy diet, most of us focus only on the food we eat. We completely overlook the fact that what we drink makes a huge difference on our weight loss as well. In fact, your liquid intake can be a game changer for health and detox as it is the key to a variety of nutrients that boost metabolism.

So next time you’re starting a diet, why not supplement it with some delicious and healthy juice mixes? Here are five drinks you should definitely incorporate into your healthcare regime. We guarantee not just the taste but their results as well. Happy sipping!

1. Mint, melon and lemon slush

A mixture of mint and melons, with a tinge of lemon, makes for the ideal summer remedy. Mint has rosmarinic acid which works as an anti-oxidant, protecting skin cells from damage. Melon hydrates your body and promotes smooth digestion while the lemon improves enzyme function.

2. Tomatoes, apples and apple cider vinegar

Tomatoes, apples and just a few drops of apple cider vinegar cleanse the body and can also make you feel full. The folic acid in tomatoes helps provide a smooth flow of nutrients and blood to the brain. Apple cider vinegar has acetic acid which sheds carbs and the fibre in apples helps cut down weight.

3. Grewia asiatica (Falsa) and ginger

A combination of ginger and our favourite falsay will give you true detox bliss. The latter are rich in vitamins and iron which help to eradicate substances that contaminate our body. Ginger, on the other hand, contains anti-bacterial agents known to stimulate faster digestion.

4. Cucumber, avocado, grapes and bottle gourd (Lauki)

When cucumber, grapes, bottle gourd and avocado fuse, they make a delightful green drink. Cucumbers have anti-ageing capabilities while avocados contain lurtein and zeaxanthin which help minimise tissue damage. Grapes contain anti-oxidants that protect the body from diseases and reduce constipation. Bottle gourd contains high amounts of water and dietary fibre which are popular amongst those looking to lose weight.

5. Grape fruits, apples and black pepper

Grape fruits and apples, garnished with black pepper give the ultimate healthy experience. According to a study, grape fruits help in the formation of collagen which is the main support system of the skin. They also contain ursolic acid, which lowers the risk of obesity. Apples help in digestion, while black pepper  break down fat cells.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2016.

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