Keeping It Simple in a World of WAY Too Many Beverage Choices
I hope you’ve been well. It is has been a bit longer than usual for me to post- I had a crazy amount of work last week. I had a deadline to turn something in, so I was up until 3 or 4:00 am every day! After turning it in Friday, I really needed some me time. :) Yesterday it was pouring here in NYC so all I did was go grocery shopping for my favorite foods, and I made food and watched movies with some friends. I watched Michael Jackson’s This Is It, which blew me away! What a spirit and an amazing talent. Despite some weirdness that happened, no one can deny how when he was performing he was such a channel for light, pure energy flowing through him. I think it might have to be one of the few DVDs I’ll actually buy!
Anyways, I was thinking about the ridiculous amount of beverage choices we have at our fingertips right now. Have you ever stood before the massive and imposing line of beverage choices at Wholefoods and felt overwhelmed? I know I do, regularly! I’ve been shopping for many of my clients for better beverage replacements, for not such great choices they were making previously- so I know how attached so many of us are to our beverages.
Here’s the thing: different beverages, like foods, are really different forms of stimulation. We are used to being stimulated by many different kinds of tastes, so we start to crave them. As we clean out our bodies with truly alkaline-forming foods, we will see that like our food choices, our beverage choices will start to simplify. We won’t need too many different things to drink. All those fancy new “health” drinks are loaded with citric acid (natural to fruit but added as a preservative to many drinks) as well as many other acids and preservatives. We’re just better off without them, probably giving some headache relief, allowing our bodies to rejuvenate!
The only beverages I consume are Green Drinks, filtered water, herbal tea (lots of roobius), coconut water, kombucha, and the occasional red wine.
Here’s why we should avoid the following beverages:
Diet sodas and regular sodas: Extremely acid-forming, with phosphoric and carbonic acid, etc. Demineralizes us. Artificial sweeteners (including Splenda, Aspartame, Saccharine, etc) are unnatural for our bodies to process and can cause numerous health problems, including harming our brain and nervous system. V8, Odwalla, Fresh Samantha, fruit juices, etc: If you pick up any kind of bottled or packaged fruit or vegetable drink at the grocery store….immediately put it down. Remember this: ANYTHING you find in a bottle or a package has been pasteurized. When fruit and vegetables are pasteurized the fruit becomes acidic and the entire beverage is DEAD. It has no more enzymes. I would sooner drink plain water than let any such type of beverage pass through my lips!!!!! I don’t care if it says “all natural” on the label- the fact is these drinks are simply not fresh. They are not acceptable. Canned drinks: They all must be avoided, as they are all exposed to aluminum and chemicals.
Drinks flavored with lots of agave or honey: I recently saw this Gorilla Life chlorophyll drink with honey that had 52 grams of sugar in a tiny bottle. You’re much better off getting the nutrients from just having chlorella tablets, like I talked about recently, or eating good food! Vitamin water or other fancy type energy drinks: I recently looked up the ingredient list for Vitamin Water’s Triple Antioxidant list and here it is:
Vapor distilled, deionized water and/or reverse osmosis water, crystalline fructose,citric acid, vegetable juice (color), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), natural flavor, berry and fruit extracts (acai, blueberry, pomegranate and apple), magnesium lactate (electrolyte), calcium lactate (electrolyte), monopotassium phosphate (electrolyte), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), cyanocobalamin (B12)
Notice that the first ingredient besides the water is fructose! Though it naturally occurs in fruit, we get fiber and natural vitamins and minerals when we eat fruit or drink Green Smoothies. When it is added into a beverage that is a serious issue. It can disrupt insulin levels, as well the hormone leptin, which regulates appetite.
I wouldn’t drink anything where I saw fructose added in as an ingredient. To top it off, the next ingredient on the list is citric acid.
There are so many other beverages there I would like to mention here, but I think that is a good start. Maybe I’ll do a second part to this post.