Seven Best Thirst Quenchers


  • By Robin Westen

    Did you know that water makes up more than half of our body weight? Every cell, tissue and organ in our body needs to stay hydrated to function correctly. When the weather is really hot, or when we exercise, crucial fluids leave our body even faster. Feeling thirsty is a signal telling us to replace liquids and keep our body balanced. Here are your best thirst quenching choices:


    Most natural and by far the favorite thirst quencher –- ever. Plus, it’s a good diet aid. Often we mistake thirst for hunger and a glass of no-calorie water can fill you up. That’s not all. One of the lesser known benefits of drinking water is that it helps keep your joints strong, healthy and lubricated.
  • Milk At every stage, but especially as we age, calcium is an important mineral and milk has plenty of it. A glass of milk will not only return liquid to your body and satisfy your thirst, but it’s beneficial for your teeth and bones. Milk contains protein, which helps to rebuild muscles. If you’re lactose intolerant look for dairy substitutes that still contain calcium.
  • OJ You know how great a glass of ice cold orange juice feels on a hot day? Not only is it tasty but it will give a bump in immune boosting vitamin C. An essential vitamin that can’t be synthesized by the human body, C is an important antioxidant, a substance that protects us against the harmful effects of free radicals, the molecules that may cause tissue damage and early aging.
  • Apple Juice Not just for toddlers, organic apple juice is a good way to satisfy your thirst and give you health benefits. It’s rich in “phytonutrients,” which are believed to have powerful antioxidant effects linked to a lowered risk for many chronic and age-related ailments including reducing the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and asthma, as well as protecting against brain cell damage.
  • Watermelon Made mostly of water, this fruit’s juice can give you a low-calorie taste treat. Plus, watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, promotes healthy teeth and gums; as well as vitamin B6, which helps brain function and aids in converting protein to energy.
  • Iced Tea It’s not only a terrific thirst quencher, but iced tea can also instantly cool you down. This beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. The reason that green tea has more health benefits attached to it than black tea is due to the processing. Green tea avoids the fermentation process. As a result, it retains a maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols, the substances that give green tea its many benefits.
  • Beer Saved the best for last! Beer satisfies thirst and contains high levels of silicon, which is linked to bone health. In a 2009 study at Tufts University and other centers, older men and women who swigged one or two drinks daily had higher bone density, with the greatest benefits found in those who favored beer or wine. But take note: downing more than two drinks was linked to increased risk for fractures.

    Robin Westen is ThirdAge's Medical Director. Check for her daily updates. Her latest book, co-authored with Dr. Alyssa Dweck, is "V is for Vagina."