When you think of leading a healthy lifestyle, drinking ample liquids is hopefully at the top of your mind. From managing weight to keeping your kidneys healthy, ensuring you’re staying hydrated is key, and some of your favorite beverages offer their own host of additional health benefits.
Below, you’ll see we examined the science behind five everyday beverages that could be tacking years onto your life—yes, as in helping you live longer—and you may not even know it. After, be sure to read The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now!
Coffee lovers, it’s time to rejoice. That morning cup of java could be giving your heart some extra love. According to the findings of a recent analysis published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure, sipping on just one 8-ounce cup of coffee each day was associated with a decreased risk of heart failure. The key? It has to be caffeinated.
Not to mention, one of the studies included in this larger study revealed that people who drank two cups of coffee each day had a 30% lower risk of heart failure. Of course, there is such a thing as overdoing your coffee consumption. One new study suggests that drinking six or more cups of coffee each day can increase the number of lipids (fats) in your blood and significantly increase your risk of heart disease.
Bottom line: Aim to drink 1-2 cups of coffee per day to feel energized and potentially reap heart health benefits.
For more, check out 15 Facts About Coffee You Never Knew.
When you fire up the ole kettle on the stove to make yourself some green tea, do you do it because you want a warm and calming beverage to enjoy, or do you do it to lower your cholesterol? Wait, what?
Over time, if LDL builds up in your artery walls (in the form of plaque) this can cause a form of heart disease called atherosclerosis. And, if the artery becomes blocked from plaque buildup, this could even lead to stroke or heart attack.
Bottom line: Incorporating more green tea into your diet may not only help you unwind after a stressful day, but it may also help you improve your heart health.
If you haven’t started sipping on yerba mate yet, now is the time. The caffeinated, herbal tea is made from steeping both twigs and leaves of the llex paraguariensis plant. The tea is largely produced in Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina, however, there are several brands in U.S. supermarkets that sell yerba mate. Each cup boasts about 85 milligrams of caffeine, which is nearly equivalent to what a cup of coffee offers.
Similar to green tea, yerba…