Has the definition of a healthy drink changed or have we been drinking unhealthy "water" all along? VitaminWater has been recently getting bad media over high sugar content.
...sales of vitamin-enhanced waters, after a brief boom, have slipped in favor of more slimmed-down, "natural" waters. Sales of the top-selling bottled water, Vitaminwater, criticized for its sugar content and health claims (Coca-Cola settled a deceptive-advertising lawsuit last year), have fallen 4 percent since 2010, to about $1.4 billion, and are now down 17 percent from their 2008 peak.
John Robbins, Esq., PhD., M.D. says in his Mat Hoffman Post article, "the product is basically sugar-water, to which about a penny’s worth of synthetic vitamins have been added. And the amount of sugar is not trivial. A bottle of vitaminwater contains 33 grams of sugar, making it more akin to a soft drink than to a healthy beverage."
In addition to sugars, artificial color dyes are not the best either.
“The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens … Another dye, Red 3, has been acknowledged for years by the Food and Drug Administration to be a carcinogen, yet is still in the food supply.”
- CSPI reported
Altitude sickness can certainly take its toll on people in rapid ascents, such as in our backyard, the Rocky Mountains.
The culprit, lack of oxygen. At 8,000 feet, the atmosphere contains half the oxygen than air at sea level. So whether flying into Colorado at a mile high, skiing a mountain somewhere in the world or even from flying. CNN quotes "Certain people may experience a mild form of altitude sickness when they fly, similar to what mountain climbers get."
Two natural ingredients shown to help with altitude sickness is Glutathione and L-Glutamine.
How Glutathione Helps Altitude Sickness
How L-Glutamine Helps Altitude Sickness
Well I take that back. Alcohol may be the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions liver.
I bet there's a few things you didn't know outside of alcohol detox. To find out watch the short video below done by Business Insider.
2. Flowing Through Blood
After alcohol is absorbed it makes its way into the bloodstream. The circulatory system is fast, leading you to have a buzzed or drunk feeling. When alcohol is taken in faster than being released, BAC goes up. A breathalyzer tests the blood alcohol level coming from your lungs.
3. Liver's Work
Your liver starts to kick in to detoxify and metabolize the alcohol, which the efficiency doing so depends on how much you consumed, nutrition, heredity, etc. Two enzymes are involved in breaking down alcohol—alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH).
4. Result of Toxins
First alcohol is metabolized into acetaldehyde and then acetate, which then can easily be eliminated. However acetaldehyde, a highly toxic carcinogen, is a major culprit of hangovers. Your liver, stomach lining, and brain are not a fan, thus some of the feelings of nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and headaches.
5. Effects on Body
Although the bulk of alcohol metabolism is done in the liver, small amounts metabolizes in the pancreas, brain and gastrointestinal tract. This exposes those tissues to acetaldehyde’s damaging effects.
6. Pee Break
In an effort to aid the liver, the kidneys out the bladder, hence the reason for many pee breaks in a night. This is also what can make you dehydrated.
7. Brain Waves
Neurotransmitters in the brain, glutamate and GABA, are messed with by alcohol. This of course ties in with emotions, actions, and motor skills.