So....you got a little wasted at the office holiday party, you’ve been hitting the bar after your holiday shopping and New Year's Eve you drank a whole bottle of champagne. Your hangover feels permanent, your skin is breaking out and you put on seven pounds last month. Maybe it’s time for a Dry January and a little health kick. Here are 5 drinks that will make your Dry January a little bit juicier.
Kombucha is a fizzy black or green tea that has been fermented. An explosive trend in recent years, Kombucha can be found virtually everywhere, including most grocery and health food stores. The beverage is made by a variety of companies and the taste varies from sweet to vinegary, depending on the brand. Kombucha’s fermentation produces some alcohol but, don’t worry, it maxes out at around 1/10th the amount of alcohol in a beer and some non-alcoholic Kombuchas are now available. The major benefits of Kombucha come from its probiotic content. A 2014 study published in the journal Food Microbiology confirms that the “friendly” bacteria in Kombucha help with gut health. A healthy gut promotes proper digestion, robust immunity, and lowers signs of cellular inflammation.
2. Som Sleep
Switch up your glass of wine at night with a can of Som Sleep. Som is a drug-free and non habit-forming sleep drink. With sugar free options available and ingredients such as magnesium and L-theanine, Som Sleep helps you get the deep, restorative sleep you need to maximize the benefits of your Dry January. Som Sleep is available online and in various grocery stores. The drink tastes delicious and prepares you to fall into natural, healthy sleep in less than thirty minutes. Som Sleep leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to face the day in the morning. Prioritize sleep this January, as a good night's rest can give you increased energy, focus and will help lift your mood.
3. Wheatgrass Shots
Missing those shots of tequila after work? Trade them in for a shot more beneficial to your health: a wheatgrass shot. According to Healthline, wheatgrass shots are high in vitamins, antioxidants and low in calories. The drink can be bought, prepared from home or even grown. The potential of the drink is endless, as studies have linked it to aiding in weight loss, helping to prevent cancer, and alleviating inflammation. A shot of wheatgrass may taste strong and bitter, so consider mixing it with fruit and vegetables juices or a post-workout protein shake.
BCAAs (or branched-chain amino acids) are commonly sold in powder form to be mixed with water. Most BCAA supplements have a fruity taste and one tiny scoop is enough to have your water tasting amazing. Low in calories and high in health, according to HealthLine these amino acids increase muscle growth and decrease muscle soreness. The supplement is commonly used by athletes, so if one of your resolutions is to get back to the gym, BCAAs are for you!
5. Green Tea
A classic cup of green tea is the poster child of healthy drinks. With no calories and endless health benefits, green tea can help make your Dry January healthy. According to HealthLine, green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet! A strong claim, but studies have shown that green tea can improve your brain function, increase energy, and help burn fat. Green tea can also help lower your chances of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, in turn increasing your chances of living longer. Green tea can be served hot or iced and has a range of wonderful natural flavors, from grassy and floral to earthy and astringent. If you find yourself plugging your nose to get green tea down, you can steep the leaves for a less time or try a flavored version.
Dry January does not have to be boring! Invest in You this January and drink to your health in new and tasty ways. Your body will thank you! Happy New Year!