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Issue #22-- To Drink or Not to Drink ... Soft Drinks, That Is!
May 04, 2005

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May 4, 2005 Issue #022


1) To Drink or Not to Drink ... Soft Drinks, That Is!
2) Healthy Recipe of the Month
3) Your Healthy Eating Support Group Tip
4) Healthy Products and Services

To Drink or Not to Drink ... Soft Drinks, That Is!

Soft drinks are the beverage of choice for many American families. It is not uncommon to see kids drinking cokes and other diet and non-diet soft drinks. In fact, soft drinks are included in kids meals at most fast food restaurants. Americans seem to have a love affair with soft drinks. When they want something to drink, they reach for a soda. Families think nothing of giving soft drinks even to toddlers.

Whatís wrong with this?

Soft drinks:

  • are high in phosphoric acid. Excessive consumption causes phosphorous levels in the blood to rise and calcium levels to drop. Phosphorous is an essential mineral, but it must be kept in balance with calcium and magnesium. If calcium levels in the blood drop, the body draws calcium from the bones to maintain blood calcium levels. This leads to easily fractured bones in children and osteoporosis in adults.

  • are high in sugar or artificial sweeteners. Sugar provides no nutritional value and robs the body of essential nutrients in the process of being digested. Artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame, are associated with a whole host of health problems and should NEVER be given to children.

  • cause sugar and alcohol cravings.

  • contain caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant. It affects the adrenal glands, liver, blood sugar, stomach and the nervous system. The adverse effects of caffeine to the nervous system are the most damaging in children. Regular use of caffeine can lead to serious diseases, including birth defects, osteoporosis, mental disorders and cancer.

  • are a major contributing factor to degenerative disease, which is rampant in the U.S.
Healthy beverage choices:
  • Filtered or purified Water, fluoride free

  • Alkaline water

  • Real fruit juice diluted one part juice to three to five parts water

  • Lemonade made from real lemons, good water and sweetened with stevia

  • Herbal teas, caffeine free
Remember your body is about 75% water and you need to replace the water your body loses through daily living. Ideally, you should drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day. So, if you weigh 128 pounds, you should drink 64 ounces of water daily.

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your comments or questions about this discussion. I cannot answer each question individually, but I will attempt to address questions in the next newsletter.

Healthy Recipe of the Month

Cultured Milk Smoothie

1 1/4 cups whole milk buttermilk, kefir or yogurt
1 ripe banana or 1 cup fresh or frozen berries
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 egg yolks
3-4 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey or 1/4 tsp. stevia powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract (omit with berries)
pinch of nutmeg (omit with berries)

Place banana or berries in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and process until well blended.

This recipe was used with permission, from Nourishing Traditions
Other books written or recommended by Sally Fallon.

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Healthy Products and Services

The 2004 Edition of FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not lists 800 food additives classified according to safety, whether they may cause allergic reactions and if they are GRAS Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA. New to this edition is information on how to identify genetically modified produce in the grocery store. It's a handy pocket-sized book that you can carry with you when you shop to help you read food labels and make sure the food you're buying has only healthy ingredients. It will help you choose healthy foods when you shop and keep harmful chemicals out of the food you feed your family.

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Healthy Eating Coaching
If you would like personal, one-on-one help to get yourself eating healthfully, I offer healthy eating coaching/nutritional consulting services by telephone. The first session is free. You just have to pay for the call.

To schedule your no charge evaluation, send me an e-mail with NO CHARGE EVALUATION in the subject line. Tell me what your concerns are, what times you are available, and what time zone you're in. I will send you an e-mail with your appointment date and time, and the phone number for you to call.

Written by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Your Personal Online Healthy Eating Coach
(c) copyright 2004

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