Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vitamin Enhanced Water: Hydrate or Hype?

You hear it all the time. Drink plenty of water. Be sure and get your vitamins. Getting both in one fell swoop seems like the perfect solution, and on the surface, vitamin enhanced water seems like a dream come true. But when it comes to nutrition and overall wellness, these drinks fall short of what you can get from your faucet. 
Tap water doesn't contain vitamins, but it also doesn't contain sugars and artificial sweeteners. Most people don't really need the vitamins they get from enhanced waters. Getting vitamins from foods is best, but if you're falling short on your nutrition requirements a multivitamin is preferable to vitamin enhanced water.
Vitamin enhanced water is sold under a lot of names. Vitamin Water, from Glaceau is first to come to mind. SoBe Life Water is also popular, as is Propel, a product of Coca Cola which includes electrolytes. Normally, it takes an intense workout of an hour or more before extra electrolytes are necessary.

What is most important, for those who do drink vitamin enhanced waters is the purpose they expect them to fill. Generally, eight to ten glassed of water per day is the standard recommendation, and the best way to replenish is through plain old H2O without anything extra. If the tap water in your area doesn't taste right, a faucet or pitcher filter can help to make it taste more pure.

But those who don't like plain water often want to spruce things up, and many are reaching for vitamin enhanced waters to do it, which can put a lot of extra sugars or artificial sweeteners into their diet. If enhanced waters are meant to replace the original, they are not worth it. You spend a lot of extra money to load up on harmful sugar and chemicals for a relatively small benefit from whatever vitamins are included.
If you have to spruce up water, a bit of fruit juice or a slice of lemon, lime, or even cucumber are better choices than an enhanced water, and far less expensive.
But for some who are trying to lick the soda habit, enhanced waters is a better choice. Eight ounces of Coca Cola, for example contains 105 calories, the same amount of Vitamin Water has just 50. There are also low calorie or no calorie versions of both soda and enhanced waters, but most contain potentially harmful artificial sweeteners that have been found to increase cravings for high calorie foods.
If these "waters" are consumed, it should be in moderation, and the vitamins they do include shouldn't be counted on to replace healthy foods like fruits and vegetables which have numerous benefits beyond their vitamin content. Ultimately, drinking more regular water should be the goal, especially if you want to lose weight and improve your overall wellness.
While moving toward a healthier weight is always good, there can be challenges that can be addressed by a chiropractor. A person's center of gravity can change, and this can throw off the body's alignment. Not everyone thinks of seeing a chiropractor in order to help them deal with different weight fluctuations, but it can be an important part of the journey to wellness.

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