What if we told you there’s a beverage that can boost physical performance, impact your energy levels and brain function, help alleviate and prevent headaches, aid in digestion, and potentially help with weight loss and weight management? Sounds too good to be true, right? It’s water—and it’s not. Drinking more water is the easiest way to improve your overall health. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces every day—at a minimum. Of course, that’s easier said than done if you just don’t care for the taste.
Unfortunately, sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading sources of added sugar in the American diet, according to the Center of Disease Control. The most common culprits run the gamut: soda, bottled smoothies, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened waters, and coffee and tea.
If you’re trying to optimize your health, focus on ways to make your lifestyle more holistic—fine-tuning bits and pieces rather than fixating on elimination (i.e. cutting carbs). Small but meaningful changes can help you achieve your weight loss or health goals in a way that’s sustainable.
Here are five of the healthiest water alternatives on the market right now.
Jordan Mazur, M.S., R.D., is the coordinator of nutrition and team sports dietitian for the San Francisco 49ers