Drinking enough liquids is at the top the list when it comes to having a healthy lifestyle. From managing your weight to keeping your organs healthy, staying hydrated is very important.
Below, you’ll see why four beverages in particular could add years onto your life—yes, they can help you live longer.
1 – Coffee
You morning coffee could be giving your heart some extra power. According to a recent analysis in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure, drinking one 8-ounce cup of coffee daily was linked with a lowered risk of heart failure. The one key? It must be caffeinated coffee.
Another study revealed that those who consumed two cups of coffee per day had 30% decreased risk of heart failure. But of course, you can overdo coffee consumption. One finding showed that drinking more than five cups of coffee in a day can greatly increase your risk of heart disease.
2 – Green Tea
Numerous studies over the past ten years show that green tea can give positive effects on heart health, especially by lowering your levels of LDL—which is the harmful cholesterol responsible for many negative health effects.
For example, if your LDL accumulates in your arteries (as plaque) this can even lead to something called atherosclerosis. If the artery becomes blocked from plaque buildup, this could lead to a heart attack or stroke.
3 – Yerba Mate
This caffeinated, herbal tea comes from steeping the llex paraguariensis plant. It is mostly produced in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, however, there are many brands inside American supermarkets. Each cup has around 85 milligrams of caffeine, which is almost what a cup of coffee gives.
This tea is similar to green tea, and its many health benefits includes lowering LDL levels, according to one 2009 study. More than that, yerba mate can also lower your blood sugar levels, which is especially helpful for those people with diabetes.
4 – Matcha
Matcha comes in two grades: culinary and ceremonial. Culinary is used for baking and Ceremonial is used for one-off drinking.
Matcha tea offers many benefits to your body. For one, drinking matcha might help reduce your risk of developing liver disease, according to one large analysis of 15 studies. The liver is a key organ for detoxification and aging. Matcha also provides a high amount of antioxidants.