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    Vitamin Waters: The Unhealthy Truth

    By Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE, LifeScript Nutrition Expert

    Today’s waters are touted as vitamin-enriched super-drinks. So what’s the truth? Can they improve your health? We separate the facts from phony pitches. Plus, test your beverage IQ with our quiz…

    Burn calories! Have more energy! Boost memory! Water can change your life… according to their manufacturers. It’s a claim that has gotten Coca-Cola – maker of Glaceau Vitaminwater – into hot, er, water. The company was sued for deceptive marketing practices about its popular line of fortified waters, though Coca-Cola has dismissed the claims as an "opportunistic PR stunt."

    And that’s just one type of water. Others are supposedly enhanced with fiber, protein, caffeine and mood-boosting herbs.

    Do any work? Get the skinny below:

    Health and Mood-Boosting Waters


    Glaceau Vitaminwater


    The product:
    Glaceau Vitaminwater, a Coca-Cola product, is a non-carbonated beverage that comes in 15 flavors, from the exotic acai berry and guava to the everyday lemon and orange. Each flavor is designed with various amounts of vitamins and minerals and other additions, such as lutein, caffeine and guarana to meet one of many specific needs. You’ll find water made to help you focus, to relax, to energize and to tune-up your immune system or keep your joints healthy. A 20-ounce bottle gives you 125 calories. Much of that is from added sugar.

    The truth:
    Much of the research is weak, so you’re more likely to enjoy the taste of these beverages than you are to feel energized, focused or relaxed. Before consuming any food or beverage with herbs and unusual ingredients, read the labels. Some ingredients interact with medications. Others should be avoided during pregnancy. And some, such as guarana and kola, have caffeine.


    Diet Waters


    Special K2O Protein Water


    The product:
    This 50-calorie, 16-ounce drink is sweetened with sugar and artificial sweetener and contains 5 grams of fiber and protein. That’s a little more than the protein in a half-ounce of turkey. It also comes in a powdered version – Special K2O Protein Water Mix – that you add to a 16.9-ounce bottle of water. It has the same amount of protein and fiber for 20 fewer calories.

    The truth: Many nutritionists agree that the combination of protein and fiber increases the feeling of being full, but both are readily available in a healthy diet. Lean meats, dairy, beans and nuts are good sources of protein; fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains are high in fiber. Many of these foods are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which diet waters lack. So why drink what you can eat – and enjoy more – for maximum nutrition?

    Skinny Water


    The product:
    Skinny Water contains artificial sweeteners and two ingredients – Super CitriMax and ChromeMate – which, the manufacturer alleges, will help you drop pounds. Drinking any of these four fruit-flavored beverages 30 to 60 minutes before a meal will curb your appetite.

    The truth: Skinny Water’s weight-loss effect has not been tested, but two small studies using the same active ingredients suggested some benefit. But a larger study found no difference in the weight lost by dieters taking one of the ingredients, compared to those given no diet aid.

    Crystal Light Metabolism

    The product:
    Each powder packet contains green tea antioxidants and 50 mg of caffeine designed to mix with water in a 16.9-ounce bottle. The drink gives you a short-term metabolic boost if you drink three full bottles daily, according to the Kraft Website. (But the packaging states that the drink is not a weight-loss product.) Three bottles gives you just 30 calories.

    The truth:
    A few studies have evaluated green tea extract for its purported metabolic and weight-loss effects. Results have been mixed. There have also been some reports of liver toxicity from green tea extract.

    Vitamin/Mineral-Enhanced Waters


    Propel Fitness Water


    The product:
    Propel, from makers of Gatorade, is a lightly flavored, non-carbonated beverage that comes in seven fruit flavors, including kiwi, strawberry and melon. Gatorade was developed for athletes needing to replace fluid and electrolytes lost in sweat, Propel is enhanced with B vitamins. Another product – Propel with Calcium – offers a way to boost your intake of this bone-building mineral. You’ll get 20% Daily Value (DV) of calcium as well as some B vitamins in a 16.9-ounce bottle.

    The truth:
    You don’t lose vitamins through sweat, so Propel doesn’t function as a sports drink. And some people find that its flavor helps them stay hydrated because it encourages more fluid intake. But that could be said of any flavored beverage, with or without vitamins.

    Calcium is one of several nutrients that adults and children aren’t getting enough of, according to the 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Propel with Calcium offers a way to boost your intake of this bone-building mineral; you’ll get 20% Daily Value (DV) of calcium as well as some B vitamins in a 16.9-ounce bottle. Is it better – or equivalent – to getting calcium as part of a healthy diet? No. But calcium-enriched products can help fill the gap.

    Fiber-Enhanced Water


    Aquafina Alive Satisfy and All-Bran Fiber Drink Mix


    The products:
    Offered in peach-mango flavor, Aquafina Alive Satisfy contains 10 calories and three grams of fiber, or 10% of your DV, in 8 ounces. The 20-calorie All-Bran Fiber Drink Mix, which comes in tea and lemonade flavors, packs 10 grams of fiber when mixed into a 16.9-ounce bottle of water.

    The truth:
    Studies have linked high fiber intake to reduced rates of heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes. What’s more, fiber fills you up so you’ll eat less and lose weight. It also helps regulate bowel movements. Ideally, though, fiber should come from naturally fiber-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains, which also contain the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals your body needs.

    Nutrition experts recommend a daily minimum of 21 to 25 grams of fiber for women and 30 to 38 grams for men, depending on age and calorie intake. So if your diet is low in fiber, give fiber-enhanced water a try.

    Fiber-Enhanced Water


    Aquafina Alive Satisfy and All-Bran Fiber Drink Mix


    The products:
    Offered in peach-mango flavor, Aquafina Alive Satisfy contains 10 calories and three grams of fiber, or 10% of your DV, in 8 ounces.
    The 20-calorie All-Bran Fiber Drink Mix, which comes in tea and lemonade flavors, packs 10 grams of fiber when mixed into a 16.9-ounce bottle of water.

    The truth:
    Studies have linked high fiber intake to reduced rates of heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes. What’s more, fiber fills you up so you’ll eat less and lose weight. It also helps regulate bowel movements. Ideally, though, fiber should come from naturally fiber-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains, which also contain the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals your body needs.
    Nutrition experts recommend a daily minimum of 21 to 25 grams of fiber for women and 30 to 38 grams for men, depending on age and calorie intake. So if your diet is low in fiber, give fiber-enhanced water a try.

    Flavored Waters


    If the only enhancement you’re looking for is flavor, you’ll find plenty of calorie-free choices. For an inexpensive and natural option, squeeze some fresh lemon or lime into your glass or bottle, or add a cucumber slice. For some bubbly refreshment with few calories, splash a little cranberry or pomegranate juice into club soda.

    You’ll find endless choices in the grocery stores:
    - Clearly Sparkling
    - Aquafina Sparkling Carbonated Water Beverage
    - Fruit2O
    - Nestle Pure Life
    - Aquafina Flavor Splash

    All are calorie-free. Just be aware that they are sweetened with sugar substitutes.

    Waters for Kids


    Crayola Color Coolerz and Minute Maid Fruit Falls for Kids


    The products:
    Colorful Crayola Color Coolerz beverages for kids are packaged in 8-ounce bottles in colors to match the flavors: strawberry, grape, berry and lemon-lime. The drinks contain zero calories, no more than 10 mg of sodium and are infused with vitamins B and C. They’re sweetened with the artificial sweetener sucralose and colored with food dyes.

    Minute Maid Fruit Falls for Kids areclear drinks packaged in a transparent 6.75-fluid-ounce pouch with a straw. They contain only 3% juice; the rest is water, flavoring and artificial sweeteners. They have 5 calories per pouch and supply a full day’s vitamin C and 10% DV for calcium.

    The truth: Plain water is still best for your kids, so save these for special, once-in-a-while treats.

    You can easily get the vitamins found in enhanced beverages by eating healthful foods. So the drinks aren’t necessary if you have a balanced diet. If you drink large amounts of water with added vitamins and minerals, you may get too much of certain nutrients, which can cause a deficiency in others or cause toxicity.

    For many, the best bet is plain water. It’s calorie-free and a lot cheaper. Pair it with a multivitamin if necessary to fill in any nutritional gaps.

    Are You Diet Soda Savvy?

    Unhealthy eating packs on the pounds, but what's at the other end of your straw, not fork, might be more to blame. Find out if you're savvy about what you're drinking with this diet soda quiz.


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    Fluoride Officially Classified as a Neurotoxin in World’s Most Prestigious Medical Journal


    The movement to remove industrial sodium fluoride from the world’s water supply has been growing in recent years, with evidence coming out against the additive from several sources.

    Now, a report from the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin, in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury.

    The news was broken by author Stefan Smyle and disseminated by the Facebook page Occupy Food, which linked to the report published in The Lancet Neurology, Volume 13, Issue 3, in the March 2014 edition, by authors Dr. Phillippe Grandjean and Philip J. Landrigan, MD. The report can be viewed by clicking here.


    Industrial Chemicals Identified


    As noted in the summary of the report, a systematic review identified five different similar industrial chemicals as developmental neurotoxicants: lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, and toluene.

    The summary goes on to state that six additional developmental neurotoxicants have also now been identified: manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers. The authors added that even more of these neurotoxicants remain undiscovered.


    ADHD, Dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments

    In the Lancet report, the authors propose a global prevention strategy, saying that “untested chemicals should not be presumed to be safe to brain development, and chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals must therefore be tested for developmental neurotoxicity.”Also in the report, they note that neurodevelopmental disabilities, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, are now affecting millions of children worldwide in what they call a “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity.”

    They continue: “To coordinate these efforts and to accelerate translation of science into prevention, we propose the urgent formation of a new international clearinghouse.”

    The report coincides with 2013 findings by a Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health that concluded that children in areas with highly fluoridated water have “significantly lower” IQ scores that those who live in areas with low amounts of fluoride in their water supplies.


    Fluoride also linked to Cancers

    Sodium fluoride in drinking water has also been linked to various cancers. It is functionally different than the naturally-occurring calcium fluoride, and commonly added to drinking water supplies and used by dentists and in dental products who posit that it is useful for dental health.

    Currently, fluoride is added to water supplies across much of North America, but as this list of countries that ban or reject water fluoridation shows, the practice is actually not too common, or banned entirely throughout most of Europe and in several other developed nations across the world.


    http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/131...xin.html?c=tca




    Harvard Says Fluoridated Water is Causing Cognitive Disorders

    By Matt Agorist on March 10, 2014


    A newly published study in Harvard’s The Lancet weighs in on the toxins causing autism and ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) say that along with these numerous environmental toxins, fluoridated water is adding to the higher incident of both cognitive and behavioral disorders.

    Harvard had already published a study in 2006 that pointed to fluoride as a ‘developmental neurotoxicant’, and this newer study looks to over 27 additional investigations into the matter via meta nalysis. In the previous study, it was already established that fluoride consumption lowered children’s IQ scores. The left-over from industry, passed off as ‘medicine,’ obstructs brain development, and can cause a full spectrum of serious health issues – from autism to dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, and more.

    The study calls the effects from this chemical a ‘silent epidemic’ that mainstream media and many scientific papers have ignored.

    Two of the main researchers involved in the study, Philippe Grandjean from HSPH and Philip Landrigan from ISMMS, say that incidences of chemical-related neurodevelopmental disorders have doubled over the past seven years from six to 12.

    The study admits that there are numerous chemicals to blame – many of which are untested or ceremoniously approved by the FDA, USDA, and CDC without truly knowing their long term ramifications on human health – but that fluoride is a definite culprit.


    “[S]ince 2006, the number of chemicals known to damage the human brain more generally, but that are not regulated to protect children’s health, had increased from 202 to 214,” writes Julia Medew for The Sydney Morning Herald. “The pair said this could be the tip of the iceberg because the vast majority of the more than 80,000 industrial chemicals widely used in the United States have never been tested for their toxic effects on the developing fetus or child.”

    The fact is that fluoride, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, radioactive isotopes, GMO foods, and weather warfare chemicals are creating a neurological-toxic mix that is unprecedented in human history.

    Fluoride, like other toxins, accumulates in the blood stream and even makes it past the blood-brain barrier. Eventually, as the body tries to protect itself from these unwanted substances, the substances make it into the bones and the organs, causing cancer, cognitive abnormalities, and even birth defects in unborn children. Fluoride is known to pass into the placenta in pregnant women, yet regulatory agencies ignore its toxic legacy.

    The chemicals lurking in our food supply, water supply, and in our air and soil are causing the neurological decline of both young and old.

    This article first appeared on the Natural Society website.


    Source: Infowars.com


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    Major Bottled Waters Brands That Contain Fluoride


    Brand Company
    Alhambra DS Services
    Arrowhead Nestle Waters North America, Inc.
    Belmont Springs DS Services
    Crystal Rock Crystal Rock, LLC and Vermont Pure Holdings Ltd
    Crystal Springs DS Services
    Deer Park Nestle Waters North America, Inc.
    Diamond Springs Diamond Springs Water Co.
    Hinldey Springs DS Services
    Ice Mountain Nestle Waters North America, Inc.
    Kandiyohi Premium Waters Inc.
    Kentwood Springs DS Services
    Mayer Bros. Mayer Bros. Apple Products Inc.
    Mount Olympus DS Services
    Nursery Water DS Services
    Ozarka Ozarka Water and Coffee Service
    Poland Spring Nestle Waters North America, Inc.
    Pure Flo Pure Flo Water Company
    Puritan Springs Puritan Springs Water
    Shenandoah Shenandoah Corporation
    Sierra Springs DS Services
    Sparkletts DS Services
    Zephyrhills Nestle Waters North America, Inc.

    http://wisemindhealthybody.com/kirst...luoride/?t=dmr

    Major Bottled Waters Brands That Contain Fluoride

    By Kirsten Cowart

    Fluoride, which is common to have in toothpaste, has been added to around 70% of the drinking water in the U.S. At first, people weren’t convinced that there were any real concerns but then a much-needed study from Harvard was released which showed us that not only is fluoride harming our health but it is stunting the IQ of our CHILDREN.

    Once this view became more widely accepted by the public many people tried to avoid the issues of their local tap water by switching to bottled water. The only thing we didn’t know at the time was that many of the common brands of bottled water that we drink are actually from sources that still put harmful chemicals and fluoride into their water.

    Before we dive into the bottled water brands that are of the most concern we want to go over the major health issues and history of fluoride to remind everyone why it is so important that we take steps to protect ourselves and our children from these very real hazards.

    Fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons, probably because of their capacity to modify the metabolism of cells by changing the permeability of the cell membrane and by inhibiting certain enzyme systems. JAMA Sept 18, 1943, Editorial. [2]

    The History of Fluoridation

    This video is important because it goes over the history of why fluoride is even being put into our water. If we don’t understand the reasoning and motivation of the past it is very hard to take steps to correct the issues of today. Check this out!

    video: http://viewpure.com/TZD94cvT-AU

    When you think about how the history of Flouride has much more to do with manufacturing aluminum than anything else in our history it is a baffling idea that it all wound up in our drinking water. Factory workers going all the way back to World War 1 presented many health concerns from their exposure to fluoride. Since then entire lists of issues have been found.

    Fluoride Effects on Children and Unborn Babies

    According to the Harvard Study fluoride has some pretty extreme effects on children and even unborn babies:

    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.

    The average loss in IQ was reported as a standardized weighted mean difference of 0.45, which would be approximately equivalent to seven IQ points for commonly used IQ scores with a standard deviation of 15. [....] Thus, children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas. [2]

    As parents, we often work very hard to make sure our children eat healthy, get plenty of exercise, raise them in a safe community, and make sure they get the very best education they can. We want them to have every opportunity to succeed and it is a bit disturbing to think that something as simple as having fluoride in our water could cause such a dramatic impact on their development and ability to thrive as future adults.

    Fluoride has also been found, according to the same study, to be harmful to adults as well:

    Extremely high levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative impacts on memory and learning have been reported in rodent studies, but little is known about the substance's impact on children's neurodevelopment.

    If you have found that you have issues with learning, remembering, and felt like you struggle to meet your full potential as an intelligent human being then this may very well be a factor that we need to address.

    Since World War 1 entire lists of issues have been found to be the direct cause of fluoride exposure. What is important to understand is that we still haven't fully explored or researched the full implications of using this harmful substance in our everyday products and drinking water.

    Known Symptoms caused by Fluoridation

    01. Skeletal Fluorosis
    02. Arthritis
    03. IQ Reduction [2]
    04. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
    05. Central Nervous System Disturbances
    06. Osteosarcoma
    07. Bone Cancer
    08. Dental Fluorosis
    09. Bone Fractures
    10. Nausea
    11. Abdominal Pain
    12. Vomiting
    13. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    14. Migraine-Like Headaches
    15. Suppression of the Immune System
    16. Kidney Disease
    17. Early Onset Puberty
    18. Asthma
    19. Chronic Bronchitis
    20. Emphysema
    21. Reduced Fertility
    22. Damaged Sperm
    23. Hypothyroidism
    24. Hormone Suppression
    25. Alzheimer's
    26. Muscle Weakness
    27. Tremors
    28. Hypoglycemia

    With these many health concerns surfacing over the years why is fluoride even in our drinking water? The video below seeks to explore this question a bit more in and attempt to understand the issue and see what our governments need to do in order to address this issue further.
    Why fluoride is in drinking water

    video: http://viewpure.com/ldNEXMkuocM

    Industrial Waste

    So according to the history and some research into the issue, the aluminum industry needed to get rid of one of their waste products which just so happened to be fluoride. This is when it started to be put into the drinking water.

    It is an industrial waste byproduct.

    As aluminum production increased in the first half of the twentieth century, it became necessary to find somewhere to put the fluoride. Manufacturers could no longer get away with dumping it into rivers or landfills, because it was poisoning crops and making livestock sick. Francis Frary, chief scientist for ALCOA, had an idea.

    He commissioned Gerald Cox at the Mellon Institute, to conduct research regarding the benefits of adding fluoride to the water supply. The Mellon Institute was frequently hired by big business to produce research that supported their industries, and for several decades they produced research showing that asbestos was safe and did not cause cancer.

    They also produced reports assuring everyone that fluoride was not toxic and would be beneficial to add to our drinking water for healthy teeth.

    Fluoridation in Bottled Water

    This brings us back to the important issue of bottled water. In order to avoid drinking fluoride, many people have turned instead to bottled water. Unfortunately, most of these companies get their water from sources that don't use Reverse Osmosis Filtration in order to get the fluoride out of the water.

    Check out this list below to see if your favorite brand of bottled water is on the list:


    Brand Company
    Alhambra DS Services
    Arrowhead Nestle Waters North America, Inc.
    Belmont Springs DS Services
    Crystal Rock Crystal Rock, LLC and Vermont Pure Holdings Ltd
    Crystal Springs DS Services
    Deer Park Nestle Waters North America, Inc.
    Diamond Springs Diamond Springs Water Co.
    Hinldey Springs DS Services
    Ice Mountain Nestle Waters North America, Inc.
    Kandiyohi Premium Waters Inc.
    Kentwood Springs DS Services
    Mayer Bros. Mayer Bros. Apple Products Inc.
    Mount Olympus DS Services
    Nursery Water DS Services
    Ozarka Ozarka Water and Coffee Service
    Poland Spring Nestle Waters North America, Inc.
    Pure Flo Pure Flo Water Company
    Puritan Springs Puritan Springs Water
    Shenandoah Shenandoah Corporation
    Sierra Springs DS Services
    Sparkletts DS Services
    Zephyrhills Nestle Waters North America, Inc.
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    That list shows that most of the major brands of bottled water are not helping us to avoid one of the most common issues of water today. We may need to start moving towards new sources of water, including installing Reverse Osmosis Filtration systems in our homes. Some of these systems can be picked up at your local hardware store and if you pair it with a good alkaline system then you will improve your health will also avoiding the major issues of fluoride.

    Fluoride in Baby Formula

    As a last thought on this subject, we wanted to make sure that parents had an important tool we found on the web. If you have an infant and use formula, you will want to check out this site to make sure your formula and the water you add to the formula is safe and free of fluoride for your baby.


    http://wisemindhealthybody.com/kirst...luoride/?t=dmr


 

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