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VitaminWater: Being Compared to Sugary Sodas, Not As Healthy As You May Think

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


How Two Natural Ingredients Can Prevent Altitude Sickness

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

  • Glutathione appears to be quickly depleted at altitude quickly making the body susceptible to the many forms of damage it normally can protect you from.
  • Many of the symptoms of altitude sickness appear to be related to free radical activity and a number of studies have used antioxidants to decrease the effects.  Glutathione is considered the body's master antioxidant.  
  • A study monitoring humans on an Everest Expedition found that daily doses of vitamin C, E and Alpha Lipoic Acid reduced the effects of altitude.  Glutathione actually has the ability to regenerate other antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E.

How L-Glutamine Helps Altitude Sickness

  • Rats fed doses of Glutamine  (human equivalent to 2-3 grams a day) were 4.5 times as resistant to hypoxia than non-treated rats.  Also more resistant to cold and were able to gain weight at high altitudes.
  • Under certain conditions of physical stress (high altitude) the body isn't able to manufacture this amino acid in adequate amounts to keep up.
  • Glutamine helps replenish the glutathione levels, which means these two ingredients work synergistically.



Cinco De Mayo Prickly Pear Margarita

Image credit Alta Mantsch

What better way to start Cinco De Mayo than with a Prickly Pear Lime Margarita! Good ingredients to make you feel good even if you had one too many.

Prickly pear is popular in Mexico for preventing hangovers, a folk remedy that proved effective in a Tulane University study. - Andrew Weil, M.D.

Although found in abundance in Mexico, prickly pear is native to the United States in lower elevation areas of the Rocky Mountains.

Get the recipe.
May 01, 2015


Posted in alcohol, detox, hangover, liver

12 Fact You May Not Know About Your Liver

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.

April 24, 2015


Posted in hangover cure, hangover remedy

Ancient Egyptian Hangover Remedy Discovered

It's not what you'd think.

In a 1,900-year-old text written in Greek, wearing a leafy necklace of Alexandrian chamaedaphne (danae racemosa) was revealed as a “drunken headache cure”.

Not exactly known for its medical properties, the plant was actually used in Greek and Roman times to crown distinguished  athletes, orators and poets.  Whether wearing leaves of the shrub around your neck was an effective hangover remedy or not is unknown.

The papyrus is part of half a million such documents found in the ancient Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus, now housed at Oxford University’s Sackler Library.

April 17, 2015


Posted in alcohol, body, brain, drinking

What Happens to Your Body and Brain When You Drink

1. Alcohol in Your Tummy
Alcohol goes down your throat to you stomach where about 20% is absorbed, and then the remaining 80% is absorbed into the small intestines.  

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.



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