I Drink to Your Health!

I’ll bet you $1,000 bucks you don’t really think about the drink.  When you wake up in the morning and you roll, stiff lower backed, out of bed, are you thinking about your first beverage or are you thinking about how tired you are and how stiff your back is!  I hope no one reading this is dealing with plantar faciatis because I know from experience that that’s ALL you can think about!  (Please read my next post which is all about foam rolling and  getting rid of such pains)

Anyhoo, if you want the short list of what the 4 healthiest drinks are and why, here they are:

  1. Pure, Filtered Water – Staying well hydrated is essential to optimal health and overall functioning. There’s a book called Your Body’s Many Cries for Water : Don’t Treat Thirst with Medications, that opened my eyes to the importance of water and the body’s need for hydration.  Sip water throughout the day, and in the warmer months, be sure to drink water before and after exercising to avoid dehydration.
  2. Green Tea – My beverage of choice, green tea is a potent source of catechins – healthy antioxidants which can inhibit cancer cell activity and help boost immunity. After my morning cup of black coffee I’m all over green tea, hot or cold.
  3. Cranberry Juice – Cranberries are a rich source of vitamin C and contain a substance that hinders the attachment of bacteria to bladder walls, which can help prevent urinary tract infections. Instead of cranberry juice cocktail, opt for unsweetened cranberry juice concentrate and dilute with water or sparkling water. Blueberry juice works as well.  Fantastic!
  4. Red Wine – You’ve got to love these studies: The antioxidant activity of red wine has been linked to heart health benefits, reduced stress, and even preserving memory. If you enjoy an occasional drink, limit your intake to 1-2 glasses a day. If you don’t drink, don’t start – there are other ways to get antioxidants in your diet, including fresh whole fruits and vegetables.

So what do you think?  Can you replace some diet sodas and corn syrup juices for any of these 4 beverages?  Remember, our overall health doesn’t equate to just solid foods and exercise.  It is influenced grandly on our beverage choices.  I actually think that this is the best place to start.  Drink up!

In Health,

Polly Pitchford, your motivational speaker with a thirst for vitality!


Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Polly, I always say water is nature’s wine….although I enjoy my wine too! I’ve tried well over 7-10  variety’s of green tea, but haven’t fallen in love yet and still grab my coffee. Find the green tea upsets my stomach – is this just a phase?

    • I’m a coffee drinker in the a.m. and decaf green tea drinker in the p.m.  Can’t give up the Joe!  Have you tried brewing iced green tea with a fresh mint leaf?  Mint settles the stomach.  Otherwise, just keep guzzling the water!

  2. Polly. You really are raising my awareness on so many levels. I do love my water. Drink TONS of it during the day and am verysprouts to report that I had a diet soda in months. Thank you for the reminder about the green tea. I havent made that a habit YET. But thanks to your and your fabulous blog reminders, I’m making some awesome changes!! Thank you!

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