You Are What You Drink

I realize this is old news for most of you, but a recent local news report brought home to me just how many people just don’t get it. Okay, we all know (or should know) how important it is to maintain an alkaline body for not only for peak metabolic performance, but also as an aid to “discourage” (FDA compliant, he-he) the onset of disease. It goes without saying that maintaining proper hydration is one of the key elements in this. Body weight divided by half equal’s optimum water intake daily in ounces.

I live in the Tampa Bay area and our news stations were elated to announce that Tampa Bay was just selected as the “Most Caffeinated City” in the U.S.!

While they were quite proud of this “distinction”, I found it appalling. Congratulations to San Bernardino, CA, the least caffeinated city in America. The number one beverage helping us earn this award you ask? Move over Starbucks, it was none other than our old friend Red Bull.

Let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of this any why it is such a problem. First off beverages that contain caffeine do provide a very short lived increase in energy, but at a dire cost. Not only do they stimulate fluid loss and promote dehydration, they are extremely acidic. Remembering that the pH scale runs from 0.0 (most acidic) to 14.0 (most alkaline) with 7.0 being neutral. Listed below are the pH levels of some of America’s favorite beverages:

Distilled Water: 7.0 (we’ll discuss why this is not your best choice)

Beer: 4.5

Coffee: 4.0

Red Bull: 3.3

Full Throttle: 2.9

Gatorade: 2.9

Lipton Iced Tea: 2.8

Amp Energy Drink: 2.7

Powerade: 2.6

Soda: 2.0

Keeping in mind that for each drop of one point on the pH scale it means that the item is TEN TIMES as acidic as the previous level. What does this mean to you? For you soda drinkers, that means with soda having a pH of 2.0, your soda is 100,000 times more acidic than something with a neutral pH of 7.0! Over a period of time this has a devastating effect on your internal organs, and your overall health, both physical and emotional. As for distilled water, it is a good idea to steer clear of it as much as possible. (Unless you’re doing some type of cleanse) The distillation process makes the water very chemically “aggressive”, leaching important alkaline minerals such as calcium and magnesium from your body, not to mention leaching chemicals from the plastic containers they are shipped in. Spring water is a better choice, but take the time to investigate the brand you are drinking source and if it is 100% spring water.

You and you alone have the choice every time you put something in your body. Take care of the body you’re walking around in, it’s the only one you’re getting!

Source by Larry Schoonover

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