Benefit of Fitness Water Worth the Cost / Calories?

Super Waters: Health or Hype?

Will these new waters actually get us to drink up?

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic – Expert Column
These days, bottled water is not necessarily simple H2O. Store shelves and vending machines are filled with plain and so-called “fitness waters,” chock full of vitamins, minerals, and herbal potions. Some super waters not only come with nutrient additions but contain soluble fiber, fruit essence, caffeine, and believe it or not, oxygen.

Drink Up

Everyone has heard the age-old advice to drink eight to ten glasses of water a day. More of us need to heed this sage advice to keep our bodies well hydrated and our energy level up. The problem is, we get bored with large volumes of plain water. Enter the age of fitness waters. Savvy marketers have picked up on the need for low-calorie beverages and have developed fitness waters to help us meet our fluid requirements. The real question is, are fitness waters any better than plain water? And the simple answer is, only if they help you drink up. Otherwise, plain water is just fine.

Most of the fitness waters are low in calories and pose little threat to the daily caloric intake or eating plan. If you enjoy drinking them and they help you meet your fluid needs, enjoy one or two per day. For best selection, read the label or check out the following chart of the most popular fitness waters on the market:

Fitness Waters

Product Name
Calories/8 ounce serving
Comments
Aquafina Essentials
40
4 flavors
Dasani NutriWater
20
4 flavors
e20 Energy Water
10 or 40
Elements Enhanced Water
40
4 flavors
Enhance
35-40
6 flavors
Fruit20 Plus
0
3 flavors
glaceau vitaminwater
50
14 flavors
Propel Fitness Water
10
6 flavors
Pulse
9-18
3 formulas, 8 flavors
Reebok Fitness Water
0 or 10
4 flavors, 1 natural
VitaRain
70
6 flavors

Coffee, Tea, or Fitness Water?

You can satisfy approximately half of your fluid requirements with beverages other than water, such as low-fat milk, coffee, caffeine-free tea, 100% juice, sports drinks, or sparkling water. Not only can drinking these beverages satisfy your fluid needs, so can water-rich foods and fluids such as soup, fruits, and vegetables. The additional benefit of eating water-rich foods is all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals they provide, which will not only quench thirst but also keep you feeling full. Consider these dieters’ dream foods!

  • Foods that melt at room temperature, such as gelatin, frozen yogurt, or low-calorie frozen novelty bars, contain plenty of fluids.
  • Broth-based vegetable soup is a winning combination, low in calories, chock full of nutrients, and very filling.
  • Fruits and vegetables can contribute up to 3-4 cups of fluid to your diet. Choose produce with high fluid content such as grapes, watermelon, grapefruit, orange, squash, broccoli, or eggplant.

Oh, you want to be kind to your wallet and get your fluids the good old-fashioned way, with plain drinking water? You can always consider these options to help you jazz up plain water and meet your fluid needs:

  • Create your own flavored water with the addition of fruit slices such as lemon, lime, or orange. They will all add great flavor with virtually no added calories.
  • Freeze chunks of fruit or citrus zest in ice cubes that you then use to flavor plain water.
  • A splash of cranberry or fruit juice and a wedge of lime to turn plain sparkling water into a delicious treat.
  • Make iced tea from a combination of flavorful teas such as mint, mango, or cherry.
  • Herbal teas are soothing and come in a variety of flavors without extra calories.
  • Flavored seltzer waters without added sugars are wonderfully refreshing water alternatives.
  • Try some homemade lemonade — low-sugar, of course!

Remember to limit your intake of caffeinated, artificially sweetened, and alcoholic beverages to fulfill your requirements as these beverages can rob your body of fluids and contribute to dehydration.

In the end, regardless of your choice of beverage, the most important thing is to drink up for good health!

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Drinking Water Essential and Make Sure It’s Pollution Free

Water: The most important ‘nutrient’ for health, vitality, longevity and fat loss

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 10:49 am | Updated: 11:50 am, Tue Aug 28, 2012.
By Paula Owens Special to AFN
Water is one of the most important nutrients and often overlooked for detoxification, losing body fat, and optimal health. Your body is approximately 70 percent water, your brain tissue approximately 75 percent water, and your blood is 83 percent water.

Many people are chronically dehydrated and consume a majority of their calories from sugary, caffeinated beverages. You can become dehydrated from an intense workout, excessive sweating, too much alcohol consumption, working outdoors in the heat, use of OTC drugs, when you’re sick (disease, diarrhea, vomiting), starvation, or just not consuming enough water.

Symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, poor concentration, headaches, low back pain, constipation, Charley horses and dry skin.
A few benefits of water are:
  • Helps lower elevated cholesterol
  • Weight maintenance aiding with fat loss
  • Eliminates waste and flushes out toxins
  • Central nervous system and brain function
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Transport nutrients
  • Lowers cortisol
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Lubricates your spine, bones, joints and muscles
  • Stimulates digestion
Before meals, enjoy a cup or two of water with the fresh juice from a lemon or lime. Doing so creates an alkaline environment and is helpful for digestion. In a study, those who drank two cups of water before each meal lost an average of 5 pounds more weight over a 12-week calorie controlled diet than those who followed the same diet but did not drink the water.

To avoid BPA and other chemicals from water in plastic bottles, store your water in a glass bottles. Better yet, consider installing a reverse osmosis water filtration system in your home to filter your water from impurities such as fluoride, contaminants, and chemicals.

Ten popular U.S. bottled water brands contain mixtures of 38 different pollutants, including bacteria, fertilizer, Tylenol and industrial chemicals, some at levels no better than tap water, according to laboratory tests recently conducted by Environmental Working Group (EWG).
The bottle water industry has also contributed to one of the biggest environmental problems facing the world today. Only one-fifth of the bottles produced by the industry are recycled. The remaining four-fifths pile up at landfills, litter our neighborhoods and foul our oceans.

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Kidney Stones in Kids Prevented With Hydration

Daily Checkup: Drinking water cuts youngsters’ risk of painful deposits

Summer is peak dehydration season, so now is a good time to make sure your kids are drinking enough water. Besides the familiar problems of irritability and heat exhaustion, dehydration can lead to the formation of kidney stones, even in children.

BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

WHO’S MOST AT RISK

Summer is peak dehydration season, so now is a good time to make sure your kids are drinking enough water. Besides the familiar problems of irritability and heat exhaustion, dehydration can lead to the formation of kidney stones, even in children

“Most people, adults and kids, just aren’t drinking enough water to properly process the minerals that are coursing through our body,” says Mount Sinai’s Dr. Grace Hyun.

“Kidney stones are salt deposits that form in the urinary tract when urine concentration is off balance, which in kids is usually due to dehydration,” says Hyun. In the last few decades, it has become increasingly common for kids to be diagnosed with kidney stones.

A body’s normal hydration can be disrupted in three ways. “The most common ways are the intake of too little liquid or too much salt,” says Hyun. “A minority of patients are born with a faulty mechanism for maintaining correct salt levels.”

The kidney stone is made of a combination of the minerals normally found in the blood. Despite the presence of  calcium, drinking milk is not a primary factor that leads to kidney stones.

When kids develop urological problems, whether urinary incontinence or kidney stones, the underlying cause is almost always that they aren’t drinking enough water. “It can be hard to get kids to drink water — so often they say, ‘Water doesn’t taste good,’?” says Hyun. “I know it’s a challenge for parents, so I recommend drinking water with every meal and not keeping any other beverages in the refrigerator.” To prevent urological problems, Hyun recommends drinking four to five glasses of water a day, which should lead to urination every two and a half to three hours.

ESSENTIALS – WATER

Some children form kidney stones due to an underlying cause they were born with. “If the stones are due to an inborn metabolic disorder, they could drink all the water in the world and still have kidney stones,” says Hyun. “In these cases kids need to receive medical treatment.”

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Kidney stones present themselves in the same way in children and adults. “The symptoms can be quite acute: flank pain, nausea, vomiting and sometimes blood in the urine,” says Hyun. “The classic kidney stone pain is a renal-colic pain that starts in the flank and radiates around to the lower abdomen — you can’t get into a comfortable position and it is very painful.” Usually doctors use ultrasound or a noncontrast CT scan for diagnosis.

It’s not the kidney stones themselves that cause pain. “It’s when the stone suddenly blocks the ureter or flow of urine, which causes a backup of pressure that patients feel real pain,” says Hyun. “It’s tougher to diagnose kidney stones in those kids who have vague abdominal pain — because lots of healthy kids have a nonspecific pain.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Get Informed. Start with the American Urological Association (www.urologyhealth.org) for user-friendly search engines and a toll-free hotline: 1-800-828-7866.

Eat Less Salt. “There’s a lot more salt in processed foods than in a home-cooked meal,” says Hyun, “Poorer diets and the obesity epidemic probably play a role in the increase we’re seeing in pediatric kidney stones.”

Drink Enough Water. “WATER, WATER, WATER, AND IF YOU DRINK A GLASS OF ANOTHER LIQUID, THAT DOESN’T COUNT,” SAYS HYUN, “4-5 GLASSES OF WATER A DAY IS AN ACHIEVABLE GOAL.”

Recognize DehydrationThe rule of thumb for maintaining urological health is that everyone–men, women, and kids–should urinate every 2.5-3 hours. “Urine that’s bright yellow, dark, or has a strong odor is a sign of dehydration,” says Hyun.

Grace Hyun Grace Hyun is a pediatric urologist who treats children for problems ranging from congenital disorders to kidney stones. An assistant professor of urology and pediatrics, she performs over 300 surgeries a year.

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Harvard Study Finds Fluoride in Water May Lower IQ

Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ – Published in Federal Gov’t Journal

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2012 – 5:57 am

NEW YORK, July 24, 2012 – /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Harvard University researchers’ review of fluoride/brain studies concludes “our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment.” It was published online July 20 inEnvironmental Health Perspectives, a US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ journal (1), reports the NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF)

“The children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ than those who lived in low fluoride areas,” write Choi et al.

Further, the EPA says fluoride is a chemical “with substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”

Fluoride (fluosilicic acid) is added to US water supplies at approximately 1 part per million attempting to reduce tooth decay.

Water was the only fluoride source in the studies reviewed and was based on high water fluoride levels. However, they point out research by Ding (2011) suggested that low water fluoride levels had significant negative associations with children’s intelligence.

Choi et al. write, “Although fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in animal models and acute fluoride poisoning causes neurotoxicity in adults, very little is known of its effects on children’s neurodevelopment. They recommend more brain/fluoride research on children and at individual-level doses.

“It’s senseless to keep subjecting our children to this ongoing fluoridation experiment to satisfy the political agenda of special-interest groups,” says attorney Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President.  “Even if fluoridation reduced cavities, is tooth health more important than brain health? It’s time to put politics aside and stop artificial fluoridation everywhere,” says Beeber.

After reviewing fluoride toxicological data, the NRC reported in 2006, “It’s apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.”

Choi’s team writes, “Fluoride readily crosses the placenta. Fluoride exposure to the developing brain, which is much more susceptible to injury caused by toxicants than is the mature brain, may possibly lead to damage of a permanent nature.”

Fluoride accumulates in the body. Even low doses are harmful to babies, the thyroid, kidney patients and heavy water-drinkers. There are even doubts about fluoridation’s effectiveness (2). New York City Legislation is pending to stop fluoridation. Many communities have already stopped.

Infant formula when mixed with fluoridated water delivers 100-200 times more fluoride than breastmilk.(3)

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Increasing levels of nitrates in the water for some areas of California….

Do you have nitrates in your drinking water?

BY WATER QUALITY ASSOCIATION (WQA)
Drinking water contaminated with nitrates made national headlines recently when a University of California-Davis study predicted the presence of nitrates in drinking water will intensify in the years to come across California’s Salinas and Central valleys.

While the Davis’ study hones in on California’s nitrate problem, nitrates impact water quality across the United States.

What are nitrates?
Nitrates form when microorganisms break down fertilizers, decaying vegetation, manures and other organic materials. Principal sources of nitrate contamination include animal waste, fertilizers and septic tanks.

How are nitrates regulated?
Nitrates are regulated in the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. The law authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine safe levels of potentially harmful chemicals in drinking water. These levels are called Maximum Contaminant Level Goals (MCLG). The EPA sets the MCLG for nitrates at 10 parts per million (ppm).

Where are nitrates a problem?
Nitrate is a tasteless, colorless and odorless compound that homeowners cannot detect unless they have their water chemically analyzed. Municipalities are required to test water sources for nitrates annually and keep nitrates at safe levels. Homeowners with private wells should use a certified laboratory to test their water for nitrates and other contaminants on an annual basis.

Why is it important to regulate nitrate levels? 
Although nitrate is necessary for human and environmental health, high concentrations in drinking water can be harmful. Read more…

Loyola University eliminates the sale of bottled water on campus

Loyola University in Chicago is ridding its campus of bottled water.

School officials say bottled water will no longer be sold anywhere on campus starting in 2013.

A referendum was passed by students last week to phase out bottled water sales and reduce the university’s environmental footprint. Students launched a year-long campaign to eliminate bottled water sales and draw attention to water conservation.

Officials say the goal of the campaign was to address issues of local water privatization and fair access to water globally.

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