We all know drinking water is good for our health. This week’s guest blogger Geri Zatcoff reveals that all waters are not created equal!
Vitamin Water. Sounds healthy doesn’t it? While deceptively marketed as a healthful alternative to soda, in actuality it is no better than soda. We choose it because we know soda is bad and fruit juice has too much sugar, right?
Well, guess again. Vitamin Water has 32 grams of sugar. Look carefully at the number of servings. The number of grams of refined sugar, in this case fructose, is per serving. PER SERVING…not for the whole bottle.
Watch this eye-opening video: Vitamin Water Deception
Health Consequences of Too Much Fructose
There are serious health consequences with the consumption of too much fructose including but not limited to:
- fatty liver,
- elevated cholesterol and triglycerides
- increased risk for high blood pressure
- increased risk for gout
That’s just a few. There are more! Yes, it occurs naturally in fruit and when gotten in whole fruit, is okay for most of us. If you have blood sugar issues or need to drop a few pounds, you might consider limiting your fructose intake as well as other refined sugars.
Truth be told, there is one benefit of Vitamin Water over soda. It isn’t carbonated. All carbonated beverages are acidic, even those fabulous sparkling mineral waters from across the pond. What makes them acidic? The stuff that makes the bubbles, carbon dioxide or Co2. Too much tissue acidity is related to most degenerative diseases including cancer.
Your Beverage of Choice
What should you drink? Well, water should be your beverage of choice 90% of the time. The recommendation for daily water consumption is half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you need a minimum of 75 ounces of water per day. More if you exercise or it’s hot outside. Hard to do if water is not your beverage of choice.
When To Drink is Important
Turns out it’s best if we limit our intake of liquids during meals. Drinking during meals dilutes the digestive juices, prolongs digestion and may cause stomach distress. Four ounces is the recommended intake of fluids during meals. I know….we’ll have to work on hydration outside of meals!
What Kind of Water is Best?
Turns out that water is not just water. And it’s a hot topic these days. To learn more what type of water is best contact Geri at www.zatcoffwellness.com .