As things begin to heat up in Florida, you may find yourself reaching for a cold beverage more frequently in the coming months. Staying hydrated is key, but it’s important to remember that not all drinks meet the heart health standard by which you’re trying to live your life.
Here is a list of popular drinks and just how they may be impacting your heart:

Your heart pumps your blood through your body constantly, and that adds up to the equivalent thousands of gallons of blood each day. When your body is dehydrated your heart is forced to work harder than normal. The amount of water you consume should increase when you are highly physically active or spending a lot of time outdoors in the heat. In addition to keeping your heart healthy, staying hydrated is good for your skin, mood, and essential for healthy weight loss.

Don’t buy into the hype that store-bought juices are the key to getting your daily vitamins and minerals. While juiced fruit does contain healthy elements, most store-bought juices are packed with sugar and other flavorings. And as delicious as that cranberry juice cocktail might be, all of that added sugar increases your risk of heart disease.

For many people, tea is a great substitute for coffee. It has a variety of pleasant flavors and it doesn’t need to be loaded up with milk and sugar to be enjoyable. Many people find that drinking a cup of tea makes them feel calm and relaxed which can be great for your heart health. But, make sure that you’re keeping an eye on your caffeine intake. You might be surprised to find out how much caffeine you’re drinking in tea each day.

It seems like new research comes out all the time discussing the heart health benefits of consuming red wine which contains a substance called Resveratrol. But don’t get too excited about studies like this. The truth is, many Americans consume much more red wine than could possibly be beneficial. Over-consumption of wine (or other forms of alcohol) can raise your blood pressure, and the increased caloric intake can lead to obesity and diabetes.

Most drinks are fine when consumed in moderation. However, as you begin to make a concerted effort to change your diet and lifestyle in order to protect your heart health, it’s critical that you consider how the beverages in your fridge are adding to or detracting from your overall wellness. Your body needs water – not juice, or tea, or soda, but water – to survive. Do yourself a favor and begin swapping out one beverage a day for a glass of water, you’ll feel the difference! If you have more questions about maintaining your heart health, contact us today.