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Getting off Coffee & Pop with Healthy Beverages

Choosing Healthy Beverages 

Want to reduce or stop coffee?

 

Focus on drinking pure water each day

Calculate your daily requirements:divide your weight in pounds by 2. This number represents the number of ounces of water to be consumed daily.For example, a person weighing 150 pounds would need to drink 75 ounces of water.Herbal tea counts in your total water intake but for every cup of caffeine, add 1 cup of additional water.

According to Dr. Haas in his book, Staying Healthy with Nutrition

  • 12 cups of water per day are needed for proper hydration
  • This water comes from three sources:

1.food we eat (provides 4 cups of water)

2.liquids we drink

3.the body’s metabolism of food produces water (provides 1 cup of water).

A large majority of Americans are dehydrated according to Wirthlin Worldwide, a market research company:

  • 20% of Americans drink no water at all
  • 42% drink 2 cups or less per day.

We consume beverages like coffee, soda and alcohol that act as diuretics and make us more dehydrated.

For every cup of coffee, soda or alcohol that we consume we must consume an additional cup or two of water to offset the dehydration caused by these beverages.

Dehydration is associated with a number of conditions:

 

  • Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue
  • Dry mouth, Dry skin
  • Dry eyes and cataracts
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Bladder infections and kidney stones
  • Constipation, colitis
  • Depression
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Depression
  • Heart burn
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Lupus
  • MultipleSclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy

Filtered water

According to the non-profit research organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) based in Washington, D.C., “tap water in 42 states is contaminated with more than 140 unregulated chemicals that lack safety standards.” This is in addition to 119 “regulated” chemicals.

The best water to drink is water you filter at home with a system like Aquasana. This affordable system removes the toxic chemicals but leaves minerals intact.

Make your own flavored water

Add fresh lemon or lime juice and stevia.

microsoft-strawberriesRecipe for Strawberry Lemonade.

Brew green tea or herbal tea and pour over ice.

Try coconut water with no additives. This is the best natural sports drink available.

Coffee substitutes

Green tea has less caffeine but more health benefits (more antioxidants, turns up fat-burning, alkalinizing, reduces lipids) than acidic coffee.

Dandy Blend is a great tasting coffee alternative or try Teeccino to reduce or eliminate coffee.

500mg of L-Tyrosine in the morning may help while getting off caffeine.

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