You Are What You Drink

When it comes to the liquids you put into your body, you have many options. Soda, juices, milk, water, and others.

We’ll discuss a few of the ingredients that may be inside those drinks.caf-drinks-part3

Caffeine

Let’s think about what we drink during the day. Are you consuming too much coffee? Caffeine has long been used to curb the appetite, but there are some issues with too much caffeine. First, it’s a diuretic. So if you are consuming too much coffee and not enough water your cells might look like raisins instead of plump grapes. Too much coffee will encourage acidic tissues and we’re trying to stay more alkaline now!

In addition, coffee is contraindicated (meaning it should be used sparingly) with cardiovascular disorders or disease, stomach ulcers, seizures, insomnia, anxiety, inflammation of the intestines, impaired kidney function, or elevated liver enzymes. Some of these negative consequences of caffeine consumption may be combated by using the products of a CBD oil company. However, you could still try to cut out some of the caffeine.

How much caffeine are you consuming? In small amounts, caffeine may be helpful – in small amounts – that’s 20 to 200 mg. daily. Large doses (over 200 mg) can begin to produce negative effects including anxiety, insomnia, headaches, aortic stiffness, and decreased bone density. How much caffeine are you consuming each day?

If you’d like a quick caffeinated pick-me-up from plant sources, versus a synthetic form from a laboratory, try NSP’s Solstic Energy. Each serving has 60 mg. of plant caffeine derived from guarana seed, green tea leaves, and Korean ginseng root. Simply mix in water and enjoy the citrus blend taste of pineapple, lemon, and mandarin orange!

Sugar

Get the sugar out!sweetner

The American Heart Association suggests we get as little sugar in our diet as possible and sets the limit on sugar consumption to no more than 24 grams for women and 36 grams for men. Keep in mind, for women 24 grams is 2 tablespoons of sugar (100 calories) and for men that 36 grams of sugar equates to 3 tablespoons (150 calories). That sure seems like an awful lot, doesn’t it? Take a look at the number of grams of sugar in this bottle of soda: 27 grams of sugar is over 2 tablespoons. How difficult would it be for you to go without sugar this week? Read the labels carefully and determine how much sugar you may be consuming without realizing it.

Artificial sugars.
Because of all the added calories from sugar in foods, dieters sometimes opt to eat and drink low calories or zero calorie products. A study published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine in 2010 suggested the rise in obesity coincides with the increase use of artificial sweeteners. In a large cohort study in Texas, 3682 adults were followed over an eight-year period. Drinkers of artificially sweetened beverages had consistently higher BMIs (body mass indexes.) Also reported was that the sweet taste of artificial sweeteners actually enhanced appetites!

This is important in controlling your cravings. So make sure to check your foods and beverages this week for these appetite inducing artificial sweeteners: saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame K (potassium), and neotame.

Oh, and by the way, NSP has safe sweeteners, such as xylitol and stevia. Both have an extremely low glycemic load, and xylitol can be used cup for cup to replace refined sugar! One note to make is that xylitol inhibits the growth of yeast so don’t use it in recipes where you want the dough to rise.

Alcohol

Alcohol is also a diuretic (increases the passage of urine.) Something you might not be aware of is this: every gram of alcohol has 7 calories. This makes it even more energy-dense than carbohydrates and proteins, which have just 4 calories per gram. The only food that tops alcohol is fat, with 9 calories in every gram. So, whether you’ve got a fake id online or are of age, be careful when buying and consuming alcohol when on your diet. Empty nutrition and high calories might curtail achieving your goals.

Waterwater

Let’s also make sure we are drinking enough water, while we are on the topic of beverages. You need to consume about 1/2 of an ounce for every pound you weigh. Thus, a 200-pound person should drink 100 ounces of water daily. There are 32 ounces in a quart, so the daily intake would be close to 3 quarts (although let’s limit it to one gallon unless you are working out and perspiring profusely.)

Herbal teas also count as water. If you’re bored with water and it needs a little flavor, drop a tea bag into your water and leave it for the day. To ensure that you have the cleanest drinking water possible, you might be interested in looking at installing a whole house water filter. There are many filters around, however, looking at reviews (such as the ones found on https://waterfilterway.com/best-whole-house-water-filter-reviews/ for example) can be a good idea to help you choose which one will be best for your home. This could make your water taste nicer, encouraging you to drink more.

Approximately how many ounces of water do I need daily?

Body weight divided by 2 = oz.

Another way to enjoy water is to leave a couple of slices of cucumbers in your container for the day. You can add variety by using one thin slice of an orange the next day, one sliced strawberry the next, a small piece of watermelon or cantaloupe; in fact, strawberry and cucumber skin are an all-time favorite. Don’t forget about liquid chlorophyll in your water — its spearmint flavor is so refreshing!

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