It’s part 3 of 3 of my mini series of my 5 favourites things – so this blog post is on the liquids I consume daily (on most days). The following are such simple additions to your diet that can provide your body with so many nutrients and goodies to keep you fighting fit – an absolute must for me.
1. Raw honey
Technically its kinda runny so I’m considering this a liquid. Make sure to get the raw stuff though, not the heated stuff in bottles at stores, unless it states it is raw/cold spun, as this removes all of honeys natural antibacterial properties (otherwise it’s just wasting money!). Raw honey can be purchased from local keepers, health food stores, local markets (often cheap), or some larger supermarkets offer it also.
I am a honey addict, and for good reason; it has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties -making it a powerhouse for treating colds and flus. It’s a natural anti-oxidant source, it contains nutraceuticals (which help to neutralise free radicals in the body), it promotes good bacteria in the intestines, helps reduce pollen allergies (excellent if you can get local raw honey to get exposure to local pollens), aids sleep, and is nutritionally dense with enzymes and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and potassium. Yeah and it tastes delicious (this is one of my favourite ways to get it in with my other favourite superfood, turmeric!)
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Make sure to grab the good stuff: raw, unfiltered & with the ‘mother,’ as it has excellent anti-inflammatory, detoxing and healing properties (both when taken internally and applied externally), has a high probiotic content (from the ‘mother’) which helps improve your digestive health, and whilst it is acidic, when taken internally it has an alkalising effect on the body. Use it as a dressing, to cook with, add to sauces, or add 2 tablespoons of it to warm water in the morning to help boost your metabolism and flush out toxins.
I use this one every single day, and I buy in bulk online to save loads (I have 10 Litres in the garage…).
3. Coconut oil
Technically a liquid some of the time so it’s getting placed in this post – coconut oil solidifies when it is cold and it becomes liquid above 24 degrees. Now listen: Good fats do not make you fat (sugar makes you fat). The way in which coconut oil is metabolized in the body due to its Medium Chain Fatty Acid profile means that it actually boosts your metabolism and can help you lose fat. It is so versatile and is one of the few oils that is stable enough to use for cooking at high temperatures
Olive Oil is the other main fat (other than avocados, chia, nuts/seeds) I add to my diet – never cooking with it though as it is not stable when heated.
This is a hard one to sum up in brief but here goes: this delicious ancient (approx. been around for 2000 years) Chinese beverage is a fermented tea that goes fizzy (like soft drinks but good for you) and, don’t let this put you off, has some floaties in it. These floaties aka the “mother” are the best bits and they are made up of good bacteria and yeast to help your belly feel good. Kombuchas health benefits include but are not limited to: detoxification, cancer prevention, joint health, and it aids digestion and improves gut health.
Plus it tastes delicious, comes it lots of different flavours depending on the tea base and fruits added, and while it uses organic sugar in the ingredients this is mostly removed through the fermentation process.
Good old H2O. Versatile, refreshing, and a basic necessity for life – so it had to make the list. Water doesn’t have to be boring though – use it to make herbal teas (and allow to cool and drink later or as the base for smoothies) such as green tea (which helps to boost your metabolism, works as an, energy booster, weight loss promoter, protector against radiation damage, and a powerful antioxidant), white tea (same as green tea just harvested earlier and tastes sweeter), fruit teas, you can stir in superfood powders to make it even more beneficial for the body (like baobab, spirulina, moringa, acai, turmeric, cumin seeds, cayenne), add some lemon for the digestion and detoxing benefits (learn more in this post), or add some mint and cucumber and leave to infuse to make it even more refreshing, or drink it on its own.
Try not to go overboard though (yes it’s possible) – aim for between 2-3 litres or slightly more depending on your own needs such as age, gender, climate, activity level etc, as too much water can lead to mineral imbalances (learn more here).
And of course one extra sneaky mention here: Green Smoothies and Green Juices are a definite favourite daily addition to my diet – they are any easy way to get a load of veggies in, superfoods in, and a filling and easy meal or snack when you are on the go – make sure to not go overboard with the fruit and keep it to one piece of fruit to not get spikes in your blood sugar levels. There’s loads of recipes in this book here, this detox or this program.
What’s your favourite liquid/beverage – I want to know so tell me below.
Lots of love to you all.
Ps check out the first part of this series on spices and powders here (it also has a discount code for my favourite online organic supply shop), and my favourite foods here.