The best drinks for women's health
Women had previously been afraid to drink soy milk because there were rumors that it could harm those at risk for breast cancer. But there have been multiple studies showing that there is not only no associated risk, but soy milk can actually reduce the recurrence of breast cancer in survivors.
“A cup of tea is packed with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, which are beneficial for the body,” Dr. Verma tells us. Who knew this classic simple pleasure was also a great health drink? But tea drinking, according to an article published in the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, can actually lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
More: Tea can be difficult to brew, so check out this beginner’s guide.
Increasing your consumption of kale and other dark leafy greens (like collards, spinach and mustard greens) may help make your body unwelcoming to cancer cells.
More: Green smoothies don’t have to taste overly healthy or bitter. Try one of these kale smoothies you actually want to drink instead.
Flax seed smoothie
According to a study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, flax seed may actually improve cardiovascular health. Try grinding it finely and incorporating it into a smoothie.
Almonds are packed with good fats—and replacing bad fats with good fats in your diet may help you lower your blood cholesterol levels, which is ultimately good for your heart.
More: Homemade almond milk is actually easy to make, plus it’s incredibly fresh tasting.
A 5-ounce glass of red wine
There is substantial evidence to suggest that a truly moderate amount of any alcohol may be good for your heart, whether it's beer, liquor or wine. Other studies, however, have shown that red wine is packed with exceptionally good antioxidants.
More: There are a few different health benefits of drinking red wine.
Fresh tomato juice
Tomatoes are full of lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown to actually stop cancer cell growth.
“I recommend whole juicing and making your own smoothies,” Dr. Verma tells us. “Add vegetables and fruits that reflect the colors of the rainbow. The deeper and richer the color, the more plethoric are antioxidants and nutrients.”
On the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s list of foods that are good for your bones? Bananas. Really up your game by throwing spinach and strawberries in there for great bone-density building power.
More: Try one of these protein-packed smoothies to help you get healthy.