Drink Up! These DIY Drinks Will Help You Survive Every Situation

Everyone needs an occasional ‘pick me up’, especially when you’re feeling down and out, whether it’s because of work, stress, sleeplessness, or a tummy ache. While most people reach into the medicine cabinet or the bar for some quick relief, there are plenty of healthy drinks that can be way more effective than medications or alcohol, which will usually do more harm than good. In fact, a night of heavy drinking will also leave you with a bad hangover that requires a little ‘pick me up’. So here’s a list of natural drinks that will work wonders for almost any situation.

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Healthy Drinks For Everyday Ailments

1. Coconut Water For Dehydration

Dehydration can occur for a variety of reasons, from having poor water intake, to illness with vomiting and diarrhea. No matter the cause, rehydration is vital to prevent any complications. While drinking more water may seem like the most obvious solution, dehydration also involves a loss of minerals and imbalance in electrolyte levels. For this reason, oral rehydration solutions are more effective, but research now shows that fresh coconut water can be one of the best drinks to rehydrate, as it gives you the perfect carb-electrolyte balance.

2. Honey Ginger Tea For A Cough

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Honey ginger tea can work wonders for coughs, colds, and infections of the upper respiratory tract for various reasons, with studies showing that it can reduce mucus secretion and coughing, while it also has antimicrobial properties. Similarly, ginger’s pharmacological properties have been rigorously investigated and studies confirm that its benefits may be attributed to bioactive components like gingerol. So, in addition to increasing fluid intake the next time you have a cough or sore throat, also brew a cup of ginger tea with some honey.

3. Warm Milk For Insomnia

There are quite a few foods that can help you get better sleep at night, but one of our favorites is milk. Perhaps that’s why your mum gave you a glass of hot milk every night! Studies now show that warm milk can work as a powerful sleeping aid because it contains nutrients like tryptophan and B vitamins. Calcium in milk may also help promote sleep, as experts have found that calcium deficiencies are sometimes a cause for sleeplessness.

4. Coconut Milk For Oral Ulcers

Mouth sores and ulcers can be rather painful and incredibly annoying – after all, there’s nothing more frustrating than having to contend with searing pain when you bite into that pizza after having salivated over it for half an hour! While you will need to avoid crisp, crunchy, and spicy food for a bit longer, coconut milk can work as an effective remedy for sores or ulcers of the mouth. This can provide relief and facilitate healing, as studies have demonstrated antimicrobial properties in coconut oil that can even lower levels of streptococcus mutans, which cause dental decay!

5. Banana Spinach Smoothie For Hangovers

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The best way to avoid a hangover is to keep a check on your drinking, but sometimes that’s easier said than done! So, the next time you’re down with a nasty hangover, in addition to drinking more water, try to make yourself a banana-spinach smoothie. Bananas and spinach are rich in essential minerals to restore those depleted electrolyte levels from heavy drinking. The natural fruit sugars from bananas will also help restore fallen blood sugar levels.

6. Peppermint Tea For Bloating, Tummy Pain, & Diarrhea

No matter how tough you might be and how much street food you can devour, there’s no escaping the occasional bout of indigestion with painful tummy cramps, bloating, and possibly diarrhea. While you can’t be expected to give up those unhealthy food habits, there’s one herbal tea that you absolutely should add to your menu the next time you catch the stomach bug. Peppermint and spearmint, or pudina, as we call it, is highly recommended in traditional medicine like Ayurveda, but its efficacy has also been proven by modern science. Clinical trials and studies have shown that peppermint can even help relieve these gastric symptoms in patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, making it one of the best remedies for indigestion and bloating.

7. Cherry Juice For Muscle Pain

Muscle pain and cramps can be a huge annoyance when you’re trying to settle into a workout routine or train for a marathon, but there’s one drink that every athlete loves. Cherry juice will help soothe and reduce the risk of muscle cramps and pain because of its rich antioxidant content and nutritional value. Studies show that drinking cherry juice can reduce the severity of post-running muscle pain and fatigue, as it works like a natural anti-inflammatory.

The human body comes with no guarantees, so despite your best efforts, minor health problems may surface from time to time. In such situations, you can try one of these healthy drinks for quick relief.

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