Remember the old saying ‘’You are what you eat’’? Well, the same goes for what you drink. When we think of nutrition and diet, many of us would not think of the effect liquids would have on our bodies. Turns out, they can have an enormous effect on our body and our health.
This week, during national arthritis week, we want to focus on the best drinks for arthritis and how they can help you.
So, pop the kettle on, sit back and enjoy because a cup of tea is just what the doctor ordered.
The Best Drinks For Arthritis:
Water is amazing at keeping you hydrated and is vital for flushing out toxins in the body. Thereby helping to fight against inflammation from arthritis. Drinking the right amount of water can keep your joints lubricated.
The best practice would be to start your day with a glass of water because a lot of us wake up a little dehydrated. Try to drink up to 8 glasses of water per day to keep on top of everything.
Tea is one of the best beverages for those living with arthritis because of its many health benefits. Green, black and white teas are pack full of anti-inflammatory polyphenols (compounds found in plants).
Green tea is generally the most beneficial because of its active ingredient (a polyphenol known as epigallocatechin 3-gallate EGCG for short). The EGCG in green tea is known to be near 100 times stronger in antioxidant activity than vitamin C or E.
Having a cup of tea pairs nicely with the Uccello Kettle. Especially if you are living with arthritis. Thanks to our kettle’s easy tilt-to-pour action you will never have to worry about lifting a hot heavy kettle with weak wrists or stiff fingers again.
Coffee is also known to have some antioxidant polyphenols too. This means that a cup of coffee can help your body fight what’s known as ”free radicals” in the body. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells in our bodies.
We wouldn’t recommend any to drink more than 1 or 2 cups of coffee a day. Remember, moderation is key.
Juices/smoothies that are high in antioxidants and vitamin C can help reduce free radicals in the body too and this can go towards helping fight inflammation from arthritis too. Why not try juices such as:
There are a number of dietitians that would prefer smoothies over juices because you would use the whole of the fruit and therefore have more fiber in your diet. For us, we say to each their own.
If you or someone you know is living with arthritis and are looking for mobility aids in the kitchen to help make life that little bit easier. Check out the Uccello Kettle – the ideal kettle for arthritic hands.
For more information or support on living with arthritis, please feel free to visit the arthritis Ireland website.