Vitamin water and alkaline water are part of a growing trend these days. As a society, we know that lifestyle changes are needed. Things like obesity, heart disease and cancer are affecting more and more people each year. For that reason, the popularity of health boosting drinks is growing. But before we invest hundreds to thousands of dollars in the next drink fad, do these supplemented beverages really have a pay-off?
What is Vitamin Water?
Let me start with vitamin water. Many of us hate eating fruits and vegetables so vitamin water seems like the next best bet. Here is the problem with vitamin water. First, the added vitamins and minerals are synthetic. This means they were made in a lab as opposed to grown in real foods. Although some doctors prefer consuming synthetic vitamins to eating refined foods. These ‘refined’ vitamins and minerals are in an artificial form and do not contain the full nutrient structure of their whole food counterparts. We must add to the equation that vitamin waters contain high levels of sweeteners. The first ingredient listed on the
What is Alkaline Water?
This fad arose from the growing concern that modern diets leave our bodies in a detrimental acidic state. The ideal pH of the body is about 7.2, meaning slightly alkaline. A bodily shift to an acidic pH becomes problematic on a cellular level. The liver, pancreas, heart, lungs and brain cannot function properly in an acidic environment. Alkaline water is made by altering the pH of water to above 7 to mimic the desired pH of the body. Does consuming alkaline water therefore alter the pH of the body? Unfortunately no. Some experts on the subject like alkaline water to snake oil. It seems like a good idea, but it doesn’t solve the internal problem. They also state that the only possible short term benefit of alkaline water is a slight temporary increase in bodily detoxification. Unfortunately this benefit is brief, only lasting for
Truth About Packaged Juices
High end fruit juice blends like ‘Naked Juice’ are another problematic category of products. These are often given the label “no added sugar” to appeal to health conscious customers. Here’s the thing though, fruit only has a small impact on blood sugar. This is because the fiber in fruit helps slow the surge of sugar into the body. Once the sugar has been separated from the fiber, it is perceived by the body very similarly to table sugar. One of these naked juices has about 26 grams of sugar per 8 ounce serving. A Coca Cola has about the same. While there are other reasons to choose juice over soda, juice isn’t as healthy as one might think.
Chamomile teas are great for blood sugar stabilization.
Coconut water is another healthy drink option. Coconut water is not a concocted “health beverage” like vitamin water or alkaline water. It is a naturally occurring product extracted from young coconuts. It is high in vitamins and minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants. Unlike vitamin water which provides synthetic nutrients, coconut water’s nutrients are in their natural state and are more likely to be properly metabolized by the body
So that is why I avoid vitamin water, alkaline water and other fad health drinks. They are all hyped and do very little good. If you really love the taste of one of these drinks, then go ahead and include them occasionally for fun. For the things we