We Are What We Drink

The wonder that is the human body, the simply amazing fact that it is about 60% water. Not so surprisingly, you absolutely cannot survive without drinking liquid, with water being the best thing to drink. Fluids in your body are responsible for digestion absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. If you’re low on fluids, your brain immediately triggers the body’s thirst mechanism. And you should listen! Did you know that experts believe that over 70% of the people in Europe are dehydrated. In other words, the body loses more fluids than they take in.

Many people believe that water can help with diets and controlling calories. True, only in as far as substituting it for high calorie beverages. Also, many foods with a high-water content tend to look larger. Water does help to keep your skin looking good, because skin needs a lot of water to function properly as a protective barrier. Unfortunately, drinking excess water does not remove existing wrinkles.

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And After Water?

Understandably, we all thirst for other drinks apart from just water. So, what are the other healthiest drinks? Well, straight after water, flavored sparkling water. Some varieties are fortified with prebiotics, which can help fuel the good bacteria in your gut. Their job is to support your immune system and restore the balance within your body. What about a nice glass of Kombucha? Originating in Northeast China around 220 B.C. and prized for its healing properties. It’s a fermented drink made with water, tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Full of healthy microbes which support digestion, rids your body of toxins and boosts your energy.

Surprising Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is another drink that’s good for you, loaded with antioxidants which have many other health benefits apart from hydration. That includes helping to prevent cell damage and even fighting cancer. Green tea also contains the compound EGCG, according to research its unique properties can help treat many diseases. It’s a key ingredient that gives this drink its medicinal properties. It may even help improve the functioning of the brain and help you live longer. In studies carried out in Japan, people drinking green tea were significantly less likely to die from heart disease, cancer and other illnesses.

Hydrated and Nourished

Prefer a fruity veggie mix? Then there’s nothing better than a self-made smoothie. Combining your favorite fruit and vegetables, while ensuring that your body gets all the protein, fat and fiber it needs. Keeping you both hydrated and nourished. Another very popular and healthy tea: hibiscus tea, made with the leaves of the hibiscus flower. Tangy and refreshing, rich in antioxidants like vitamin C. This beverage helps support your immune system, warding off disease. According to one study, just drinking a cup a day can lower blood pressure.

Packaging That Keeps the Goodness In

Rather fashionable at this moment, especially with fitness fanatics: coconut water. It’s full of natural vitamins and minerals, containing electrolytes like potassium, sodium and magnesium. For the uninitiated, electrolytes refers to minerals dissolved in the body’s fluids, keeping the amount of water in your body balanced. Coconut water is seen as a kind of post-workout boost. A less trendy drink: good old low-fat and fat-free milk. Nutritionally complete and one of the best sources of calcium, which your body needs to support bone health. It contains 13 key nutrients (almost all you need), including vitamin A, B vitamins, phosphorous, potassium and vitamin K.

All these healthy and wonderful drinks need to be packaged to keep all the goodness in for as long as possible. The way to do that is not necessarily as you might first expect. For example, plastic and carton are not the best materials to use and generally not sustainable either.The best packaging material is something humankind has been using for thousands of years. Glass. Sustainable, recyclable and reusable, what could be more beautiful? All glasses are not equal, some are better for preserving natural ingredients for longer than others. Better even than any plastic or carton packaging. If you want the best of the best, it’s best to choose MIRON’s violet glass. The perfect balance of old techniques and new technology. This patented “biophotonic” glass keeps harmful light rays out (natural light) and allows beneficial rays (infrared and ultraviolet) in. It’s eye-catching for a store display and at home, a real objet d’art.