We all know how important it is to stay hydrated during the working day. It aids concentration, wards off headaches and ensures that you get the best results for your team. There are plenty of different drinks that people sip on throughout the day and on their lunch break, but what are the benefits of each?
The new buzz in the world of health and wellbeing. Kombucha is a fermented, sweetened green or black tea that people are guzzling down for its supposed health benefits. The drink has been being consumed for thousands of years and contains lots of antioxidants, making it ideal for those keen to benefits from a ‘cleanse’. Amazingly, it is thought that sipping on this drink can help to protect against type 2 diabetes and heart disease; do you need any more reason to start drinking it.
When your energy is declining, sometimes reaching for a coffee is the only option. Coffee has been linked to increased metabolic activity, meaning sipping on it throughout the day could help you to burn off your lunch and snacks (along with exercise of course). Drinking coffee can also be incredibly social, especially if other people in your company enjoy it too. Be sure to offer up drinks and your employees will definitely return the favour!
When you’re really thirsty, nothing is as satisfying as a glass of ice-cold water. It’s great for quenching thirst and can also help to flush body waste, regulate body temperature and maintain blood pressure. If you want to boost your usual glass of h20, even more, add in some sliced lemon, which is a great source of vitamin c and will help to freshen your breath.
If you’re having a stressful day, why not reach for a mug of herbal tea? With many being known for inducing relaxation and calming stress and anxiety. They can also help to boost your immune system and are really good for skin health. Some examples of herbal tea include chamomile, ginger, hibiscus, and peppermint, with each kind boasting a variety of different properties and benefits:
Packed full of antioxidants that can help to lower the risks associated with serious diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
If you’re ill or feel sick ginger tea is a great choice for settling your stomach and it can also help to reduce inflammation and improve blood circulation.
If you are frequently stressed at work and worry about how this is impacting your health, you may be best to sip on some hibiscus tea, known for lowering blood pressure.
Known for its calming properties and can help to alleviate stress while promoting a sense of calm. It can also aid with weight loss and may help to improve digestion.
DRINKS TO AVOID (AND WHY)
Now you know the drinks that you should be sipping on during the tea break, it’s time to consider the beverages that you may be best to avoid altogether:
We all know that sugar-laden fizzy drinks aren’t good for our health, but what are the real drawbacks of reaching for them during your lunch break? Well, research has suggested that fizzy drinks actually alter the protein levels in our brains which can lead to hyperactivity. Though you need energy when you have a long afternoon ahead of you, that kind might not be beneficial. Drinks with large amounts of sugar can also lead to spikes in your blood sugar, but everything that goes up must come down!
Lots of people reach for energy drinks when they are flagging during a long day but there are actually a multitude of reasons that you should avoid sipping on energy drinks. They may come in appealing flavours and packages, but that doesn’t mean they are good for you. In fact, the high levels of caffeine that the drinks contain can lead to high blood pressure and heart rate. Other ingredients in the drinks can cause abnormal heart rhythms, which in some people can lead to increased anxiety.
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