That being said, one area that many people go wrong with regards to their health is their diet. More specifically what they drink. All too often you see people begin to improve their meals by eating less junk food and processed food for more in-season, straight from the farm, loaded with vitamins, mineral and anti-oxidants food, however they still drink that sweet tea, sugar loaded coffee, alcoholic beverage, soda or sports drink. These items can quickly sabotage your weight loss efforts because of their negative effects on your liver, kidneys, pancreas and other vital organs. Listed below are the worst beverage options that need to be avoided followed by healthy options that will help to keep you on track with your health recovery program.
- WATER – you need to drink one thing and one thing only to be healthy: PLAIN WATER. Recently a research article came out that showed that many popular brands of bottled water contain actual pieces of plastic floating in the water, meaning that with every sip, you are also consuming plastic. Obviously this is not good for you. When it comes to water sources, triple filtered, reverse osmosis, alkaline water served in a glass container is best. Spring water straight from the source (Cold Springs Church near Concord has a free spring tap) followed by well water is second best. However, if these sources of water are located near farms or industrial plants that spray toxic chemicals on the land, these can leach into the water supply. Faucet water is near the bottom of my list.
- SUGAR SWEETENED BEVERAGES – these beverages are the number 1 problem. Items like soda & fruit juices like commercial apple and orange juice have been shown to be major contributors to obesity and other related health conditions. If you must have a soda or juice look for naturally sweetened sodas like Zevia, Bai or Coconut water and water down your juices 1/2 to 3/4 water to 1/2 to 1/4 juice.
- ARTIFICIAL SWEETNERS – I am 100% against the use of these sugar substitutes, unless you want to kill ants. These have been proven time and time again to be deleterious to your health. Use sweeteners like Stevia to add to your beverage instead.
- COFFEE – This one is still up in the air. Many studies have shown coffee to have a positive effect on your health because of the antioxidant benefit, however coffee is never going to be a source of good nutrition. Add in the cream and sugar and you may as well have had a Mountain Dew (seriously though, don’t drink that). If you prefer coffee, limit yourself to no more than 1 cup twice per day and make it an organic blend, not a commercial blend that could be loaded with mycotoxins.
- JUICING – This is a great way to get a nutrient packed healthy beverage every day, however if you load it up with high sugar foods like fruits, beets and carrots you may end up with a drink that has more sugar than it does nutrition. Stick to a vegetable based juice with lots of greens and fats like spinach, kale, avocado, etc.
- ALCOHOL – This is where I know I am going to lose you. Taking away a person’s alcohol is like taking a sucker from a child. The amount of antioxidants that you get from drinking alcohol is miniscule compared to eating a healthy diet. Also, the brain and liver do not function well under the influence of alcohol. If you must have a drink, go for an organic wine or dark beer and keep it to one beverage per day.
At Stanly Wellness Center, we are eager and ready to help you and your families achieve the best health possible. If you are looking for help with your health or you know of someone who is suffering with poor health, call the office of Stanly Wellness Center at 980-355-7600 and schedule a FREE 15-minute consultation with Dr. Patrick Ess to see how he can help. Dr. Ess will not waste your time or money. He will let you know if he can help you, and if he can’t, who in the community can.
Our office specializes in nutrition, detoxification and neurological correction. You can also refer to our website at www.AskDrPatrick.com for more information. We accept most major health insurances including BCBS, Aetna, Humana, UHC, Medicaid and Medicare.
Stanly Wellness Center is located right on Main St (24/27) in Locust and is situated next door to the Locust Post Office and the Dollar General across the street from the Wells Fargo Bank.