As many businesses and industries struggle right now during the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol sales are at an all time high. The extreme worry and isolation is likely leading many people to increase their consumption of alcohol. Drinking has become a method of stress relief since it's something we can do at home to take the edge off.
However, alcohol changes levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, which can worsen anxiety. In fact, you may feel more anxious after the alcohol wears off. It also leads lower-quality sleep by blocking REM sleep, which is often considered the most restorative type of sleep. With less REM sleep, you’re likely to wake up feeling groggy and unfocused.
During this period of isolation and uncertainty, it’s more critical than ever to have habits that make us feel good, well-rested and clear-headed. Going alcohol-free for virtual catchups, games night or watching a movie doesn't need to be boring. You can have all the fizz and taste without the booze!
Here are 5 healthy non-alcoholic bubbly beverages to enjoy:
Sapsucker is organic, sparkling tree water. The subtle bubble and slightest hint of natural sweetness make it delicious, easy to drink and unexpectedly refreshing. All three flavours are plant-based and nutrient rich, powered by 46 naturally occurring minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. I always opt for Lemon or Lime, but if you're feeling fancy - add some frozen berries to the Original flavour!
Remedy is still made the old-school way: in small batches, long-aged brewed for 30 days. The result is the healthiest kombucha going around: it contains no sugar, naturally, and is chock-full of all the right stuff: live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants that are good for your gut and overall wellbeing. Not to mention, amazing flavours and absolutely delicious! The Raspberry Lemonade is my go-to.
Kite is a Nutritionist-formulated adaptogenic sparkling beverage that taste as good as they make you feel! Thoughtfully crafted with Moringa for nourishment, Green Tea, Tulsi, & Ashwagandha for function + Licorice for taste. It's made without the use of sugar, sweeteners, artificial colours or flavours.
4. La Croix
There are a lot of sparkling waters in the market, but La Croix is my personal favourite based on the flavour profiles and availability. There are so many unique flavour combinations, it's impossible to get bored. There are no sugars, sweeteners, or artificial ingredients. The new Limoncello flavour is amazing!
Grüvi's mission is simple - help others be healthy and stay social, one drink at a time. They sought to create a line of craft, non-alcoholic beers and wine that taste indulgent, without the alcohol. I think this brand is up to amazing things and you truly can enjoy the taste of your favourite craft beer or Prosecco without the alcohol.