I recently received an email from a reader who asked if it was acceptable to drink Crystal Light and other flavored and artificially sweetened waters to get your water quota each day. The short answer is NO.
Before I launch into a rant, I want to ask why people feel the need to flavor their water in the first place. Water is not boring, it’s not a waste of your time, it shouldn’t have to be dressed up to entice you to drink it. Water is water. Your body is at least 70% water and you need to replenish it constantly; not drinking water for 2 days can be fatal. Case closed.
OK, I’m not that mean…you can add lemon juice, cucumber slices, stevia, apple cider vinegar…any number of natural flavors.
Don’t succumb to the marketing ploys to make you feel you need to drink “sexy” waters. Number one: they are spiked with synthetic sweeteners. Number 2: they are expensive. The worst one is aspartame. When you read “diet” in a food or beverage product, it’s usually aspartame-sweetened. The subterfuge begins by making people believe that by using “diet” products they are doing something good for their health. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As I wrote in my Death by Modern Medicine eBook, aspartame is composed of one molecule of aspartic acid, one molecule of phenylalanine and one molecule of methanol (free methyl alcohol). That’s 33% free methyl alcohol, a poison that can cause blindness. And two free amino acids that are potent brain neurotransmitters that shouldn’t be taken in the free form. When aspartame breaks down in the body it forms the following metabolites: Formaldehyde, a class A carcinogen, diketopiperazine (DKP) a brain tumor agent, and formic acid (ant sting poison).
I’m also often asked to comment on the new vitamin waters. I do believe that homeopathy works but I must tell you that the amount of some of the vitamins in these waters is definitely so low you could call it homeopathic. Or in this case it’s actually homeopathetic! These companies are relying on the pubic’s gullibility that they can get enough vitamins in processed water to make a difference in their health. The only thing that’s going to work is the placebo effect.
Me? I just stick with plain, filtered water! I use an Athena alkaline water filter and the water tastes great. You can check it out on my Resources page under Recommended Supplements and Products.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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