Drink healthy – the facts

What you drink with meals and in between can make a big difference to your health. Energy drinks, sugary fizzy pop and fruit drinks should be handled with care, but there’s a world of healthy alternatives to try. Come on, let’s do this!

Fluid is essential
Our body needs us to give it a good supply of water. Drinking fluids is essential for loads of bodily processes, like regulating our temperature and taking nutrients to our vital organs.

Tea, coffee and squash are good too
The best drink of all is water but tea, coffee and no-added-sugar squash can all help you stay hydrated, and the odd homemade milkshake or smoothie can provide you with nutrients as well as hydration too. Make sure to choose semi-skimmed or skimmed milk and get into the habit of not adding sugar.

Feeling hungry? You could be thirsty
Sometimes we feel hungry when we’re actually thirsty, so if it’s not time for a meal try having a healthy drink before you reach for a snack. This could make it easier for you to control your weight.

Can count as one of your five-a-day
Smoothies and juices made from fruit and veg can count towards your five-a-day. But keep your daily portion of juice to 150ml so you don’t overload on the sugars from juice.

It helps you concentrate
Staying hydrated with healthy drinks helps your body cope with its daily demands to concentrate on your work and feel at your best. So be kind to your body and reach for your glass!

Water is free
Healthy drinks can save you money. Water costs next to nothing, and a bottle of no-added-sugar squash goes a lot further than a bottle of cola.


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