The Best and Worst Water Enhancers
Marketing is the most effective way to popularize and sell products across the world. Beverage marketers have not been left out in marketing and selling their products. The most successful product they have convinced people to buy is the “diet water.”
Nowadays, you can buy small bottles of colored liquid that are claimed to contain vitamins and minerals. The little bottles are squeezed in the drinking water to add the vitamins and minerals. However, most of these squeezers are just chemical mixtures that have no water enhancing properties. Some of the enhancers will harm you instead of providing nutrients. In this post, we are going to look at an overview of the best and worst water enhancing squeezers in the market. Unfortunately, very few fall into the best category.
Best water enhancers
Skinnygirl water enhancer
This squeezer contains several preservatives that can be considered safe. It does not have weighting and antifreeze agents. It also contains vegetable juice to add color and stevia and cane sugar extracts to add sweetness. Therefore, you can drink this water enhancer.
This self-proclaimed water enhancer cannot make your drinking water healthier. However, it does not contain outstandingly dangerous chemicals that are present in several drink squeezers. We have not established if stevia extracts are safe or not with certainty. If you do not consider it dangerous, you can go ahead and use this water enhancer. One thing you can be sure of is that it does not have obvious dangerous ingredients.
Worst water enhancers
Crystal light liquid
This squeezer is alleged to contain zero calories and no sugar which makes it sound like a harmless water enhancer. However, on the list of the 12 ingredients used to make it, there is sucrose acetate isobutyrate, artificial sweetener Sucralose and thickening agents present in printing ink. Therefore, this enhancer is among the worst.
Mio liquid water enhancer
This enhancer contains propylene glycol which is a preservative, stabilizer and thickening agent that is also used as antifreeze in de-icing airplanes. The ingredient is also a plasticizer that is found in electronic cigarettes and is used to make polyester resins too.
The enhancer has thirteen ingredients and among them are ink thickener, sucrose acetate isobutyrate, and artificial sweetener sucralose, which are harmful additives.
Propel zero sport
The name to this enhancer is very convincing, and marketers will make it sound like a taste of heaven served in a bottle. However, the enhancer is nothing but a mixture of salt, citric acid and an antifreeze known as propylene glycol mixed with artificial coloring and small amounts of B vitamins.
Water – Do you have any bad habits?
In addition, you need to ensure that your body is adequately hydrated at all times. Several theories have been put across to govern the amount of water that is required by the body every day. Most of them are malicious. Below are five bad water-drinking habits.
1. You are drinking water more than you need
Going for several days without taking water can be problematic to your body. However, drinking eight glasses of water a day is to the highest, it is completely logical. Some recommendations concerning the amount of water to be taken are lame. For instance, back in 1945, a Food and Nutrition Board claimed without citing any clinical, study that we need two and a half liters of water daily. In 2011, the myth was debunked after an article was published in the British Medical Journal. It was noted that the claim had been propagated by Hydration for Health- a group that disseminated water. Clearly, the group advocated for more water so that they could sell more. A medical institute published a more specific recommendation that women should take 91 ounces and 120 for men. However, most important, they reported that thirst is the ultimate guide to the adequate amount of water to take for healthy people.
2. You are over avoiding caffeine
Caffeine is known to boost human metabolism, boost workout and raise the heart rate. You do not need to worry about coffee making your body wither. Recent research has indicated that 250 to 300 milligrams of coffee can increase urine output up to 3 hours after consumption. However, the same research shows that exercise can neutralize all these effects. Running within the first two hours after taking coffee will make you pee less. Blood is directed to the muscles and not to the kidneys, which leave urine output unaffected.
3. You do not count the water content in solid foods.
About 20 percent of the water we take comes from the solid foods we eat. Fruits and vegetables are the greatest contributions to the percentage. It is recommended to check the water that your body needs. A good way to keep your body hydrated is by taking vegetables and fruits. Examples of fruits and vegetables to take include cucumber, celery, lettuce, watermelons, tomatoes, green pepper, and grapefruits. They all have more than 90 per cent water. An added advantage for taking these fruits and vegetables is that they add healthy minerals and nutrients to the body.
4. You are taking excess water during workout sessions.
Scientist recommends application of the dictum “everything in moderation” to water. Drinking too much water can lower the sodium levels to dangerously low levels a condition known as symptomatic hyponatremia. Low level of sodium level can cause an imbalance that result in water entering the cells and causing them to swell.
Normally, huge amounts of water are needed to trigger hypernatremia, a condition called “water intoxication.” However, when you exercise a lot and sweat salt characterized by white streaks on the skin, it is dangerous to drink a lot of water at a faster pace. Drinks such as Gatorade can be helpful in sodium and electrolyte replenishing.
5. You are not pacing your water intake for your exercise
Experts advocate for the following:
• A day before intense exercise, drink a lot of water and nutrient rich fruits. Take two cups of any fluid on the morning of the exercise days to give your kidney sufficient time to process the liquids and allow you to pee. Thirty minutes to exercise, take 5 to 10 gulps of a sports drink.
• During the exercise, drink 16 oz for every pound lost.
• After exercise, for each pound that was lost during exercise, drink 24 oz. of fluid. However, if your body adds weight, it means you over hydrated, and you should reduce the amount of fluids taken before exercise in the subsequent heavy exercise sessions.