It sure would be interesting if we were to eliminate from our diets those drinks that cause the most weight gain, and contribute to excess calorie consumption or directly influence water retention. Even though a lot of people do indeed drink the two liters of water a day, recommended by the World Health Organization, only a small percentage of those people drink pure water. The excess sugar and calories consumed in beverages affect both our figure, and our health.
Flavored drinks, sugar sweetened beverages, fruit juices, sweetened infusions, alcoholic drinks, soda, and so many others, are what we so often drink to accompany our food, as well as a source of hydration to beat the heat, and to prevent dehydration. But do we really know how and why these drinks affect us so much?
Alcohol and obesity go hand-in-hand for so many reasons. In the first place, they are huge sources of calories that our liver has to work extremely hard at processing. Excessive alcohol consumption also damages this organ, and while the liver is burning off our alcohol, it can’t burn the other fats we’ve consumed.
Let’s also talk about how alcohol frequently increases our appetite, rather than satiating it. Our hunger directly converts it into our figure’s worst enemy. Keep in mind as well, that alcohol is considered a mild drug, as it creates sufficient addiction. We have to take great efforts to keep our consumption at a moderate level; a good example is drinking a glass of wine with dinner, or having a glass of beer with friends occasionally.
“Refreshments” or sodas
Sweetened beverages are also another principal cause of obesity. Any soft drink contains added sugars, which normally come from the cheapest and lowest quality genetically modified corn syrup. They also receive a noticeable glucose injection in order to create addiction, causing extremely elevated levels of sugar sweetener.
Light drinks also have certain contraindications, which are frequently sweetened with aspartame, considered to be extremely harmful to health. Best case scenario would be to not add any sugars to your diet, or to sweeten things naturally with stevia, like Cocacola in Argentina is beginning to do. This, however, doesn’t completely eliminate sugar, but simply reduces it.
Not only do they add harmful artificial sweeteners, but they also create excessive sodium in the body, which causes water retention. This does absolutely no good for our weight, and is also puts a lot of stress on the kidneys and liver, if drank regularly.
There is nothing healthier, tastier, or that provides more energy than a rich, natural fruit juice. It’s even better if it is organic, and hasn’t been treated with chemicals or industrial pesticides. If you decide to buy these types of juices, make sure they have the organic seal that guarantees to maintain all its properties throughout harvest, extraction, and storage.
Industrial juices not only retain very little fruit, but are also made with flavor additives, and unhealthy coloring agents. They can also contain low quality added sugars. For all these reasons, it is best to do your own juicing at home, with the highest quality of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The best drinks
We can recommend, without a shadow of a doubt, that the best way to cure thirst is with pure water. The ideal would be to drink fresh mineral water from the Alps and tall Sierras, which is usually available for a reasonable price at stores and vending machines.
The best drinks for health are teas and herbal teas, freshly squeeze fruit and vegetable juices, vegetable milk from oats, rice, or almonds, along with other roasted grains dissolved in water, like coffee or barley.