Most sports drinks are extremely unhealthy!
For example, regular Gatorade contains: Water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natural grape flavor with other natural flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, red 40, Blue 1. (This is from a picture of the grape flavored Gatorade label).
**Artificial colors, flavors, and chemicals. NO THANKS!
Here are some natural, healthy alternatives…
Coconut water: contains electrolytes and replenishes them naturally. If you don’t like the taste of coconut water, try some of the combinations below.
- 3 cups coconut water
- 1 cup purified water
- 1 freshly squeezed lime
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp real maple syrup
- optional- fresh mint
- 8 ounces purified water
- 1/8 tsp Himalayan or another type of sea salt (which is high in minerals)
- 1 fresh squeezed lemon
- 1 fresh squeezed orange
- 2 tbsp real honey
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries)
- ½ banana
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 4 tbsp real honey
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- ½ cup ice cubes
- 3 cups purified water or coconut water
Blackstrap Molasses has many healing properties- see below. It is a great thing to add into your daily dietary regimen. Take 1-2 tbsp daily. Take it straight or dilute in water. I like the brand shown below.
Good for hair – One serving (two tablespoons) of blackstrap contains approximately 14 percent of our RDI of copper, an important trace mineral whose peptides help rebuild the skin structure that supports healthy hair. Consequently, long-term consumption of blackstrap has been linked to improved hair quality, hair regrowth in men and even a restoration of your hair’s original color!
Safe sweetener for diabetics – Unlike refined sugar, blackstrap molasses has a moderate glycemic load of 55. This makes it a good sugar substitute for diabetics and individuals who are seeking to avoid blood sugar spikes. Moreover, one serving of blackstrap contains no fat and only 32 calories, making it suitable for a weight loss diet.
Laxative qualities – Blackstrap is a natural stool softener that can improve the regularity and quality of your bowel movements.
Rich in iron – Two tablespoons of blackstrap contain 13.2 percent of our RDI of iron, which our bodies need to carry oxygen to our blood cells. People who are anemic (including pregnant women) will greatly benefit from consuming 1-2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses per day.
High in calcium and magnesium – Blackstrap molasses contains a mineral profile that has been optimized by nature for superior absorption. For example, two tablespoons of blackstrap contains 11.7 percent of our RDI of calcium and 7.3 percent of our RDI of magnesium. This calcium-magnesium ratio is ideal, since our bodies need large quantities of magnesium to help absorb similarly large quantities of calcium. Both of these minerals aid the growth and development of bones, making blackstrap a good safeguard against osteoporosis and other bone diseases.
Additional mineral content – Two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses also contains 18 percent of our RDI of manganese (which helps produce energy from proteins and carbohydrates), 9.7 percent of our RDI of potassium (which plays an important role in nerve transmission and muscle contraction), 5 percent of our RDI of vitamin B6 (which aids brain and skin development) and 3.4 percent of our RDI of selenium, an important antioxidant.
Commercial water distribution systems are often loaded with chlorine, disinfection by-products, fluoride, and many other toxins. Find a good water purifier (like the Burkey with additional fluoride filters- http://www.berkeyfilters.com/)
You can also go to findaspring.com to get naturally purified water.
Here is a great website for “chemical free” cleaning products.
Vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide work great!
Can’t afford organic or don’t have access to many organic foods?
Check out this website to avoid the dirty dozen (the 12 most pesticide laden fruits and vegetables)
* Drink only purified spring water. I recommend a Burkey water purifyer.
* Don’t cook on teflon coated pans or in aluminum. Cook with stainless steel pots and pans.
* Don’t heat oils to a higher heat that what’s recommended on the label. (Avacado, walnut, and coconut oils can be heated to medium high heat without denaturing the oil. Olive oil should not be heated much and is why it’s used on things like salad)
* Minimize the use of plastic. Never heat food in plastic. Use glass instead.
*Minimize or eliminate the use of microwaves. The radiation from microwaves diminishes the health properties of food.
Layer 4-5 paper towels evenly through your lettuce to absorb excess moisture. This will extend the life by another week or so and keep it from getting slimy.
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