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The Best Thing to Drink in the Summer to Quench Your Thirst

June 15, 2012 By: Victor Brick

What is the best thing to drink in the summer to quench your thirst? Why, the same thing to drink anytime; good, old-fashioned water and what should be the source of your water? The easiest and most economical is tap water, but we all know that tap water is full of pollutants and chemicals. So, that would make the obvious choice bottled water, but bottled water is 40% tap water and much more expensive, not to mention, it is not recommended to drink out of a plastic bottle. So what is the answer? Filtered tap water.

Filtered tap water is easily accessible and inexpensive. You can filter tap water one of two ways. You can put a filter system on your kitchen tap or you can get a water pitcher like a Brita that filters the water for you. We do both. If you need to add a little flavor to your water you can add a slice of lemon or lime.

Want to add a little kick to your water? Try a sparkling water like Perrier. Again, if you need a little flavor, you can add lemon or lime. You can even add a touch of juice such as cranberry juice, but only a touch since juice is high in sugar.

You can also make unsweetened iced green tea from your filtered water and, again, add a touch of flavor with lemon or lime.  You can even use a natural sweetener such as Stevia to sweeten it. Avoid adding sugar, as sugar will draw fluid out of your system, as well as raise blood sugar levels and cause you to gain weight.

Finally, we all know that sodas are not a good thing to drink because of their high caloric, sugar and chemical content (even for low-cal soft drinks), but what about Vitamin Water? Well, just read the label. Vitamin Water can have as much as 33 grams of carbohydrates and 32 grams of sugar which is more than half the recommended sugar intake per day. In other words, Vitamin Water is nothing more than sugar water.

As we said, to quench your thirst in the summer time, or any time for that matter, there is no substitute for good, old-fashioned water.

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Posted by Victor Brick on June 15, 2012

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2 Responses to “The Best Thing to Drink in the Summer to Quench Your Thirst”

  1. Lou Fritz says:

    Hi Victor: I enjoy your fitness tips. I have a question concerning the most recent tip, namely beverages. I regularly drink beverages containing Splenda. I can’t really taste the difference between Splenda and sugar, and Splenda is “allegedly” a healthier alternative to sugar. Could you weigh in on this? Thanks!

  2. Victor Brick says:

    Splenda is an artifical sweetner that does, in fact, contain sugar in a chemically latered state that the body cannot absorb. Because it is chemcially engineered, it does some of the same dangers as other chemically produced foods. Quoting from an article from ivl.org, “Other health problems associated with an excessively high consumption of Splenda include enlargement of the liver, kidneys and bowel, a reduction in intestinal good bacteria and an increase in the pH level in the intestines. Researchers have also found that diabetic patients using Splenda showed a significant increase in glycosylated hemoglobin which is the vital marker used to assess glycemic control in patients.

    In the meantime, the safe, healthy answer to the artificial sweetener debate is to use “natural” sweeteners based on pure stevia, which has been used for over 400 years in some cultures without any adverse effects. This natural product is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar so only tiny amounts are needed to sweeten foods. It dissolves in drinks, can be used in baking and is consequently growing in popularity. Stevia is currently available from most major health food suppliers.”

    I use stevia.

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