Yes, your favorite soft drinks and milk teas are absolutely delicious! But aside from the fact that they are expensive, they are also a threat to your health. On this list, we will show you cheap drinks that are often ignored by many but can highly help you to have a stronger immunity system.
A combination of lemon juice, water, and honey. Simple but beneficial. A single cup of lemonade has enough Vitamin C to cover your daily requirement. A regular intake of Vitamin C makes our body function effectively and keeps our cells healthy. Unlike soft drinks, lemonade is a hydrating drink. Proper hydration allows our bodies to regulate body temperature.
Both lemon and honey are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals.
Preparing 1 pitcher of lemonade only costs less than 50 pesos or less than a US dollar.
2. Coconut Water
Coconut water is naturally refreshing and has a sweet, nutty taste. It is gut-friendly as it enhances nutrient absorption. It helps to strengthen the immune system by destroying microbes that cause urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, gum disease, and the infections that cause flu, infectious illnesses, and typhoid. Coconut water is also popular with athletes because it is a super hydrating drink and contains electrolytes! Some studies show it is more effective at replacing lost fluids than a commercial sports drink.
1 liter of coconut water costs about 100 pesos or about 2 US dollars.
3. Herbal Tea
Herbal tea is a comforting and delicious drink that also gives a number of health benefits. Teas often come packed with antioxidants and nutrients. Ginger tea or salabat for example contains gingerol a key phytonutrient that has an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effect which, when drunk as a tea, may help support a healthy microbiome. While green tea contains catechin which are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and provide other benefits.
The price depends on your choice of herbal tea. Some may be priced higher while some are really cheap. Just like when you prepare a 1-liter ginger tea or salabat, it will only cost you around 50 pesos or 1 US dollar.
4. Probiotic Drink
Good health and proper nutrition begin with our digestive system. In fact, 70% of our overall immune cells lie there! This is where probiotic drinks such as Yakult are most beneficial. Yakult contains Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) which is scientifically proven to prevent digestive disorders such as diarrhea and constipation; help build immunity and reduce the risk of infections. Another good probiotic drinks are yogurt drinks.
One pack (5 bottles) of Yakult only cost about 50 pesos or 1 US dollar.
5. Warm Water
The cheapest yet the most essential drink is the plain old warm water. Nothing works like a cup of warm water in flushing toxins out of the body. It also helps digestion of food easier and gives major relief when you have health issues like constipation, acidity, cough, and cold. Moreover, warm water is also good for the skin! It helps in slowing down the process of aging by repairing skin cells and increasing elasticity. Drinking warm water improves blood circulation to the skin making it glow.
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Featured image by Marco Verch.