Do you crave colas – diet or regular? Do you know someone who does – they are usually fidgety trying to resist grabbing another cola mid-afternoon at work when their blood sugar drops.
You and I know that drinking water all day is the solution to maintaining your weight and good health, but do you get the “water belly” or procrastinate when you drink only water?
Here are some cool tips for adding healthy flavor to your water … they really DO stop the cola cravings … and they curb your appetite and keep your blood sugar from crashing between meals.
Juice Your Cubes
Add your favorite goodies to ice cubes. Make a tray of cubes using fresh limes, lemons, blueberries, or any of your favorite fruits.
You can cut up the fruit or juice it (and add the seeds, rind and pulp, too), and pour into an ice tray. Freeze and then add the cubes to a glass of water for an all-natural flavored water – calorie free, artificial sweetener free, and caffeine free.
Cube Your Coffee
I like a cup or two of organic coffee in the mornings, but I typically have some coffee left over in my French Press. I pour the leftover coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze it.
Drop a cube or two into your morning smoothie for a choco-mocha flavor. You can also put the coffee cubes into a glass of your milk of choice for in an afternoon cup of iced coffee.
If you like iced coffee, add these cubes for a double-mocha. This works great mid-afternoon in the office.
Electrolytes are minerals in your body that carry an electric charge, and when they excrete, they’re found in your blood, urine and sweat. They are vital to your body function because they keep your body in balance.
Electrolytes are necessary for:
- healthy nerve and muscle function
- maintaining your pH balance
- keeping your body hydrated
- regulating energy production through blood sugar balance
Your body loses water and electrolytes, particularly sodium, when you sweat, when you don’t drink enough water daily, drink colas in place of water, or if you do not restore the electrolyte nutrients you may be low in, such as:
It’s important to replace these nutrients as they evaporate from your body.
Avoid Sports Drinks
I DO NOT recommend spending your money on sport’s drinks. Most of them contain additives that are unnecessary and have no nutritional value, and they either have processed, refined sugars or toxic artificial sweeteners in the plastic bottles.
So, I recommend avoiding electrolyte-enriched sports drinks when you need to replace needed electrolytes. Drink water instead, and add electrolytes.
There are various powdered electrolytes available, but make sure they are made with pure cane sugar. I highly recommend an electrolyte called Liquid IV – it does contain pure cane sugar and dextrose, but remember that your body needs pure sugar to produce energy from glucose, also called glycogen.
We have been gaslighted about sugar over the past few decades at the hands of sugar-free marketers, and because processed, refined sugars now saturate processed foods. Remember that pure sugar is necessary for healthy energy production.
So, don’t be afraid of products containing pure cane sugar.
Glucose is the primary storage form of glucose in your body. Glycogen is made and stored in the cells of your liver and muscles that are hydrated with water.
There is no reason to spend your money on flavored waters with food additives and artificial sweeteners when you can add natural sugars from fruit and electrolytes for hydration and energy.
Teach your kids to appreciate drinking pure water above all other drinks, and don’t let them complain that “water is just so plain and tasteless.”
Have some fun with this. You’ll save a bunch of money NOT buying colas, too!
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