We’ve known for years that we need to drink more water. But we also know that water isn’t the only liquid that has great nutritional benefits. Here are just a few that you should consider adding to your diet.

1. Bone Broth

Bone broth made from chicken in a glass jar, with carrots, onions, and celery root in the background

Bone marrow contains lots of iron and fatty acids, while bones in general are rich in calcium, magnesium, and lots of other vitamins. Broth, which is made by brewing bones and connective tissues, is a great source of gelatin, which can break down into collagen, which is beneficial for the joints, preventing bone loss, and improving skin.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar

Warning: don’t drink this straight, it’s rough. Reported benefits of apple cider vinegar include helping to maintain blood sugar levels, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, improving weight loss, and easing heartburn and indigestion. Because it has a pretty strong taste, it’s best to add apple cider vinegar to things you already eat or drink. You can add 1-2 tablespoons to a glass of water and drink it straight, or you mix it into salad dressings. Be careful not to have too much, as it can cause indigestion, tooth decay, and digestive problems.

3. Green Tea

Thought coffee was the only good source of caffeine? Think again. Green tea is another great source of natural caffeine, and that’s not it’s only health benefit. It has also been associated with lower risks of heart disease, increased metabolism, stabilized blood sugar levels and stronger bones.

4. Soy Milk

Remember when soy milk was one of those weird things you could never get at coffee shops? We’re so glad it’s now everywhere. It’s a great source of protein, calcium, iron, and B12, and has been shown to help with weight loss, heart health, and eye health. Add it to cereal, overnight oats, or coffee.

5. Kefir

This weird fermented milk drink is similar to yogurt, but has a slightly more sour taste, somewhat like buttermilk. It’s a great source of protein, calcium and probiotic bacteria, which can help with digestion. To add it to your diet, mix it into smoothies, or opt for flavored varieties which help to mask it’s natural tartness.

Have you tried any of these? Which are your favorites?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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