One of the purposes of exercise is to increase the body’s circulation so it can absorb nutrients and release toxins more efficiently. Drinking sufficient water helps this process along by also helping to deliver nutrients and wash toxins away!
Drinking beverages that contain harmful chemicals contradicts this process!
To name a few: regular and diet sodas, sugar-sweetened (especially high-fructose corn syrup) fruit punches, teas, coffees, sports drinks, and energy drinks. Many of these drinks also contain various other unhealthy additives.
Besides the sugar content, brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is found in some citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks. Its main ingredient is bromine, a toxic chemical linked to birth defects, schizophrenia, hearing loss, and organ damage. Bromine can also compete with iodine, an essential mineral, especially necessary for a healthy thyroid. Brominated vegetable oil has been removed in many countries for these health concerns.
Why is it used? To keep the ingredients in these types of drinks mixed together. In my opinion, that’s not a good enough reason to risk our health!
Drink water! Eat fresh fruits and vegetables that contain both water and nature’s electrolytes! Add fresh lemon or lime juice to your water, and if you like it sweet, a little stevia or raw honey can provide that! Give your body what it needs and it will perform better and longer!
You may not realize the subtle impact that unhealthy ingredients are having on your body until their accumulation over time gets your attention in the form of a health problem. Always read the ingredients! Know what you’re putting into your body!
Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Coach
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1 Cor. 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.