Are water flavor drops good for you?

Hey there! I hope you have been enjoying the posts I have been putting out about stress, but today I want to change gears a bit. I wanted to address something I saw in the grocery store not too long ago that made me stop in my tracks and I mean literally (not the way usually others typically use the word literally J). Now, I knew these things existed, so that wasn’t the surprise. What shocked me (and it really shouldn’t have) is how many options of these little bottles there are that filled with a bunch of C4 (crazy colored crap chemicals).

I’m sure you’ve seen them by now… these little bottles of colored chemicals that people are squirting into their water bottles and even mixed drinks to color and “flavor” them up. Some of these companies are trying to say that there are benefits to adding this to your water, such vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. Now, this post isn’t to bash all of these products, rather I want to educate you a little bit about these products and tell you what is in them, some the harmful effects these things can have and provide a healthier alternative.

First, let’s look at the ingredients. As you can see, this is a bottle of Mio Fit. Look at the list of all the stuff in here … water, citric acid, salt, potassium citrate, gum arabic, niacinamide, Vitamin B6, B12, natural flavor, sucralose and acesulfame potassium, potassium phosphate, sucrose acetate isobutyrate, yellow 5, red 40, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate. Wow, that took almost 5 minutes to type out J. Now, some of the stuff in here you know of and some you don’t. Some you can pronounce, some you can’t. Either way, let’s look at some of these ingredients closer.

  1. Potassium citrate – used to make the body more alkaline (which you can do from a good diet and high quality water). Some side effects can be abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and rarely cardiac arrest.
  2. Niacinamide – this is a form of Vitamin B3, but anytime we talk about vitamins we have to look at isolated vs. wholefood vitamins. Of course, we want to consume wholefood, which I’m sure Mio is not using.
  3. Natural flavor – this one is always fun to see because this could literally be a list 15 ingredients all lumped into the words “natural flavor”, so we have really no idea what this is.
  4. Acesulfame – this stuff is dangerous because there a lack of testing and long term studies. However, it contains the carcinogen methylene chloride which can cause headaches, depression, nausea, mental confusion, liver and kidney effects and cancer!
  5. Sucralose (basically Splenda) – believe it or not, was discovered while trying to create a new insecticide. It’s sugar that’s treated with trityl chloride, acetic anhydride, hydrogen chlorine, thionyl chloride and methanol. Just a couple negative effects of this fantastic product (sarcasm) are: bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea, rash, hives, redness, itching, cough, chest pains, anxiety, anger, depression and a lot more…
  6. Yellow 5 and Red 40 – these are dyes that are completely toxic to the body. They have been shown to cause ADHD behavior in children, allergies and even have shown contributions to cancer in lab animals, including brain and testicular tumors, colon cancer and mutations.

Just these six ingredients could cause a whirlwind of problems in your body. Did you notice that a nausea, depression and diarrhea showed up more than once? Just think of how many people go to the doctor with those symptoms and get put on a medication, which is very stressful to the body, to help treat the symptom, when really all the person had to do was take notice to what they were putting in their body. That’s pretty sad and scary if you ask me.

A lot of people and some clients tell me they don’t want to drink water because it’s boring or it has no taste or they don’t like the taste. Instead of resorting to these toxic drops, there are natural ways you can sweeten or flavor your water to give it a little kick and make it more interesting. A few things you can do is…

  1. Add some cucumber to your water
  2. Add some lime and or strawberries (or both).
  3. Add some citrus fruits
  4. Add some liquid Stevia (an all-natural sweetener)
  5. Add some mint (or can make mint ice cubes)

It doesn’t have to take a long time or be complicated. It actually can be just as easy as squeezing out a couple drops of these “water enhancers”, but instead of having a chemical cocktail, you can keep it healthy and classy. Give it a try and share your experiences as well as your favorite things to add to your water.

Yours in health,

Jim