"The Vitamin Water Deception - exposes truth behind this non-healthy beverage"
Check out this short (5 minute) video, especially if you’re a consumer of Vitamin Water.
Back to Basics: Water Vs. Juice
With temperatures reaching extreme record highs in Philly today, I thought it would be best to dedicate this week’s Back to Basics post to hydration — and the importance of going back to basics and drinking water instead of juice/soda (especially for kids!).
Although some might find it hard to believe, even 100% fruit juice, with no sugar added, is just as bad as drinking a can of soda. Some doctors are now saying that if you’re going to be drinking (or giving your kid) a cup of juice, you (or your child) will be taking in just as much sugar and calories as drinking soda. (Although the slight nutrition that comes from fruit juice vs. soda is obviously better, especially if your juice doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup in the ingredients, as soda does). But even still, the large amount of sugar in fruit juice outweighs any small amount of nutritional value that fruit juices have. These sugars will not only cause tooth decay and increase calorie intake, but will also further dehydrate the body.
According to Dr. David Ludwig, a pediatric obesity expert at Children’s Hospital Boston, "what is needed to replace fluid loss and satisfy thirst is the same beverage we’ve been drinking for millions of years, and that’s water." — and I agree! The use of fruit juice, soda, and other sugar-water beverages as thirst quenchers has only become popular more recently, in the mid to late 1900’s. Before then, the primary thirst quenching drink was water, and milk was used for added nutritional value.
Water is the absolute only drink that will truly hydrate your body and quench thirst. Not to mention, the only “fruit juice” with higher nutritional value is fresh-pressed juice (not processed, store-bought juice boxes and such). If you are pressing juice yourself with a juice press and storing the juice yourself, then I’d consider juice (in that form) a more healthy, flavorful beverage in moderation. However, due to its natural sugar content & lack of fiber (since the rest of the fruit is usually discarded), stick to eating fruit whole, and drinking water!
Go Back to Basics and stick with water as a primary beverage. Kick the soda and juice habit…ASAP!
http://www.hookedonjuice.com/ — click this link to get some real facts about fruit juice, and to also visit other websites regarding the unhealthiness of fruit juice (and soda).
"Juice as Bad as Soda, Docs Say - CBS NEWS" — News article regarding this issue.
Water: More valuable than gold = (H2O > Au)
March 22nd World Water Day!
In respect of the most valuable resource we have, this post will be dedicated to the importance of saving fresh water resources.
Life, in any form, would not exist without water. Take just a minute to think about how much water is used on a daily basis, not only by you personally, but by each and every household and business within your community alone. Think about how much of an inconvenience it would be to not have the convenience of water in your daily life (aside from the fact that you’d die of dehydration). You can live without food for about a month, but your body can’t survive without water. It’s our most valuable resource, yet living here in America, we take it for granted. Not to mention, our fresh water supply is limited. If not within our lifetime, there’s a great chance that at this rate, future generations will experience a deficiency in fresh water due to our wastefulness, pollution, and because the fresh water supply is simply not as abundant as we all believe. It’s true, we will run out of fresh water.
After watching the documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars, I’ve been obsessing over water even more than usual. Bottled water, running water, fire hydrants, shower water, toilet water, polluted sewers…all of these things no longer only cross my mind for just a split second like they used to. Now, whenever I encounter them, I spend a good amount of time thinking about each of these things and how wasteful each is or can be, and how much of a crisis our wastefulness and ignorance is causing and will cause in the future. It’s something that’s been really getting to me.
Blue Gold focuses on the one thing on Earth that seems to be our most abundant resource: water. As the demands for fresh water continuously rise, pollution, major corporations, and financial institutions are limiting our global fresh water supply. These corporations and financial institutions are buying the land where bodies of fresh water are located, therefore, owning the fresh water source. And with fresh water being polluted by factories, businesses, and human beings, these sources are limited as it is. However, after being bought by corporations for control and financial gain, fresh water is even less available to the public.
The documentary continues to show that corporations are pumping a massive amount of water into plastic bottles, only to be sold at a ridiculous cost. Aside from that, the documentary reveals that although fresh water is replenished naturally through precipitation, and natural cycles of lakes, rivers, and streams, the pollution in these sources are damaging the nutrients and diminishing the healthiness of these bodies of water. Meanwhile, we are using up our non-polluted fresh water sources even faster than nature can keep up with. According to Blue Gold, we are pumping groundwater about 15 times as much as it can be naturally replenished. We pump way too much water out of the ground, and not nearly enough of it soaks back into the ground when it rains. In addition to drying up watersheds, over-pumping groundwater is damaging to the places/land on which we live. Mining groundwater causes land subsidence, as well as huge sinkholes in the Earth’s surface. This is when parts of the Earth’s surface literally sink in to form gigantic holes in the ground, or when specific areas of land physically decrease in elevation. These are just additional reasons why over-pumping is harmful. More importantly, our supply is extremely limited and vulnerable.
Although 70% of Earth’s surface is water, only about 2-3% of that water is fresh water. The rest of it being salt water. So why don’t we just take salt water from the oceans and use desalination processes to make it fresh and drinkable? Well, one problem with that is that desalination is extremely costly, and it’s something that only major financial institutions can actually afford. This only adds to the problem mentioned above regarding corporations, financial institutions, bottling water and water exportation. All of these things turn something that should be free and available publicly into a product that is sold to consumers in order for them to live. After all, it is a necessity.
If all of the water in the world is either polluted/unhealthy to drink, dried up, or owned by a major corporation or financial institution, that only leaves us with one option: buying water back. And when these institutions own the water they can charge as much as they want for this life necessity, and use up as much as the source as they’d like… ultimately eliminating the amount of water left on Earth. This is a global crisis that will unfortunately result in a war over water, just as wars today are being fought over oil. Corrupt governments and powerful corporations currently use, and will continue to use water to attain political and economical power.
Below is the trailer for Blue Gold. Watch the full length documentary and become informed on this important global crisis. This is something that will affect EVERYONE.
If nothing else, do your research, find out where your water is coming from & where it goes.
Watch Blue Gold (available on Netflix).
Watch The Story of Bottled Water.
And at the very least, conserve your water, and spread the word!
FLUORIDE IN TAP WATER
BusinessWeek (HealthDay News) — US government officials said Friday that the amount of fluoride in the nation’s drinking water should now be set at the lowest recommended level.
Food Consumer - A new study shows that exposure to fluoride may lower children’s intelligence. Fluoride is added to 70 percent of US public drinking water supplies.
**CLICK THOSE LINKS AND READ ABOUT THE WATER YOU DRINK. DO ADDITIONAL RESEARCH WHILE YOU’RE AT IT — GOOGLE: FLUORIDE IN WATER**