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What’s the first thing you do after waking up? As you stumble blearily to the kitchen, do you grab a drink? What you drink might say a lot about you. But exactly what statement are you making, and what does it mean for your health? Here are six of the most common early-morning drinks, and how they affect your health and lifestyle.
Over half of American adults drink coffee every morning. If you’re a coffee drinker, it probably means that you live by a routine, and you need to be on your game every day. Did you know that coffee has been shown to have some significant health benefits? For example, it can cut your risk of diabetes in half because it has an ingredient in it that cuts blood sugar. Excessive coffee drinking, on the other hand, can be harmful, and exceeding the daily recommended allowance (400 mg, or roughly 4 cups of coffee) for caffeine puts unnecessary strain on your heart. When touting the health benefits of coffee, remember that all things are best in moderation, and take note of what you’re adding into your coffee. Morning frappuccinos loaded with cream and sugar are never going to be a health food.
Breakfast tea is a way of life in England, but if you live anywhere else, it might seem like an odd concept. If you’re a tea drinker anyway in the mornings, you may be someone who likes your rituals and patterns. Brewing up some tea can add a soothing and methodical pace to your morning. What we usually call “breakfast tea” is usually black tea without any additives. One of the benefits of tea in the morning is its high flavonoid content, which can help prevent cancer and arterial disease.
Ah, the stuff of life. If you’re a water-drinker in the morning, you probably like to keep things simple. You don’t need a special treat, you just want to stay healthy. Drinking water first things in the morning is one of the best things you can do to keep your body running well. For one thing, most of us become dehydrated in the night, and it can make our bodies feel more sluggish than they should. Water helps get your cells working, your bodily systems moving, and make you feel more energized. Water can also boost your metabolism first thing in the morning. Water is full of good stuff for your body, and unlike other morning drinks, always free of any additional sugars and toxins that can neutralize the health benefits.
Even if your favorite morning drink isn’t water, it’s highly recommended that you incorporate more water into your day. If you need to be convinced, check out this article.
Love to start your day with a smoothie? You’re probably a physically active and socially proactive person, especially if you love to boost your smoothies with protein powder, or matcha tea.
Smoothies are often full of fruits, vegetables, and all of their antioxidants and micronutrients. Many people love morning smoothies because they can get the bulk of vitamins and nutrients they need for the whole day in one go.
Smoothies are a popular option for health-conscious people who are on the run. Smoothies are great for you to quickly whip up, grab and go. Some people even bundle smoothie ingredients in individual freezer bags so that they’re ready to go first thing in the morning. However, before you assume that smoothies are the fountain of youth, double-check how much added sugar you’re slipping in. Many smoothies, especially at chain stores, are loaded with extra sugar.
5: Orange Juice
Morning orange-juice drinkers are usually healthy breakfast-eaters. Not necessarily because orange juice itself is so good for you, but because it probably means that you’re taking time for a full meal before rushing out the door. Orange juice often accompanies a sit-down breakfast meal. Orange juice drinkers are traditionalists, and like to take their time in the morning. But, check how much sugar is in the juice you drink each morning before considering yourself healthy. That being said, some studies have found that lemon water and citrus in the morning before meals can help settle the stomach.
6: Chocolate milk
Good morning! You’re one of three things: (1) You’re really bad at mornings and so you need a treat to get yourself out of bed, (2) you just had a big workout, or (3) you’re 5 years old. Possibly all of the above. This isn’t a very common drink in the morning, but I thought I’d add it because it does actually have some significant benefits, especially if you are an athlete. If not, then the extra calories aren’t a great start to your day. BUT, if you have just been working your muscles hard, chocolate milk is a great answer for tired muscles, since the calcium, protein, and carbs help the muscles to repair and rebuild.