If your health drinks of choice are those colorful vitamin waters and sport drinks, you will want to read this and pass it on, especially to anyone concerned about consuming more alkaline foods. Look at the ingredients in most commercially advertised sport drinks and vitamin waters, and you will quickly see they are far from being healthy drinks.
Next time you are shopping for health drinks or alkaline foods, here are a few things to avoid:
Phosphoric Acid is just what it says it is – acid. This is a definition of phosphoric acid: "A clear colorless liquid used in fertilizers, detergents, pharmaceuticals and food flavoring, irritating to the skin and eyes and moderately toxic if ingested." When your diet is supposed to be 80% alkaline foods and only 20% acid forming foods for proper pH balance, this really puts you upside down quickly.
High Fructose Corn Syrup – This is concentrated sugar that contributes to weight gain and abnormal blood sugar levels, which can also lead to diabetes. Excess sugars have no place in health drinks, and you certainly will not find processed sugar in any alkaline foods.
Artificial Flavors – We call them Excito-toxins! When artificial flavorings are in health drinks, they begin to avoid sugary juices, soft drinks and candy. These artificial substances will interfere with your pH balance and force you to consume more alkaline foods to neutralize the acid from the toxins in your blood.
Artificial Sweeteners – These are so unnecessary in health drinks today. In addition to the acid forming properties of artificial sweeteners, nutritionists express concerns about their effects on the human body. Many consumers now believe that artificial sweeteners may play a factor in diseases of the brain, such as Alzheimer's. That is one reason why big corporations are beginning to market health drinks and other products containing Stevia, an all natural sweetener that is actually beneficial.
Isolated Vitamins – When isolated, processed, heated, liquefied and bottled, vitamins and minerals break down before your body can use them. You need vitamins and minerals from whole foods, not from so called health drinks that are really bottled, heated, highly processed waters with colorful dyes and artificial ingredients.
Someone showed me a well-known sport drink the other day and I could not believe the ingredients! This tropical mango flavored health drink didnt mention mango anywhere in the ingredients, but let's take a look at what it did list, along with some things to think about when going health drinks:
- Sucrose Syrup (this is sugar)
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (more sugar) – A total of 56 gms of sugar
- Phosphoric Acid (the opposite of alkaline foods)
- Glycerol ester of wood rosin (acid forming)
- Modified Food Starch (how was it modified?)
- Natural and Artificial Flavors (your guess is as good as mine)
- Yellow 6, Yellow 5 and Red 40 (artificial dyes)
Another bottle of this not so healthy drink says "Particularly Formulated for Tiger Woods" with the same ingredients, but blue dye instead of yellow. I guess that secret blue stuff is what makes Tiger play so well. In fact, experts could argue that Tiger's recent knee problems are because of too many acid forming foods and not enough alkaline foods in his diet. Many medical and health specialists now believe that an acid / alkaline imbalance can contribute to weak bones and damaged joints.
When shopping for a good health drink, here are some important considerations to keep in mind.
- Is it pasteurized or otherwise heated in the bottling process? If so then the enzymes have been destroyed and the nutrients will not easily be absorbed by the body.
- Does it give you chlorophyll from plants to help your cells absorb more oxygen?
- Does it provide natural antioxidants to destroy free radicals? Natural antioxidants are essential for anti-aging.
- Is it made with whole food ingredients like real fruit or other alkaline foods?
Now, let's take a different look at health drinks on the market today that are not advertised with flashy TV ads or filled with colorful dyes: Here are some of the characteristics of these truly healthy drinks:
- Processed at low temperatures.
- Contain live enzymes from whole alkaline foods.
- Include chlorophyll from plants for enhanced osygen intake.
- The complex structures of the whole food ingredients are fully intact.
- They're loaded with natural antioxidants to combat free radicals.
Does your health drink do that? Not if you bought it in a convenience store or the health food store at the mall.