Comparing Beverages

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Comparing Beverages

In this article we will look at - Pure Water, Soda, Seltzer, Sparkling & Flavored Carbonated Water, Energy Drinks, Sports Drinks, Juice Drinks, Fruit & Vegetable Juice, Milkshakes, Milk, Soy Milk, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Tea, Alcohol, Bottled Water, Water Quality

Pure Water

We are water beings on a water planet. We are composed mostly of water, just like our planet. Water makes up 90% of our blood, 85% of our brain, 30% of our bones and cartilage and 70% of the rest of our body. Our body fluids are literally a complete system of rivers, streams, lakes and oceans that regulates and drives all the bodily functions in the exact same way that water and precipitation cycles govern organic life on earth. Rain and snow dissolves the chemical gasses and particulates in the air, cleaning the air. The rainwater and melting snow soak into the soil, making it possible for plants to take up nutrients, while at the same time dissolving and picking up pollutants. The waters flow to refill underground aquifers, streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. Picture a similar process occurring in your body.

It is vitally important to understand the critical role that water plays in the human body. Water is an organic compound of hydrogen (H+) and oxygen (O) that regulates all the functions of the body. The primary function of water is as a solvent. Water is vital for digestion, where it chemically reacts with food to dissolve the nutrients, so they can enter the bloodstream. Water is both the carrier of nutrition to the cells of the body, and the "garbage truck" that transports wastes, gases and toxins out of the cells and ultimately out of the body, assisting with elimination. As a lubricant, water serves as part of saliva and the mucous that lines the intestines, in cerebrospinal fluid that cushions the brain, as well as other fluids that reduce friction between internal organs or between bones. Water's polarity (its specific positive electrical charge), is the exclusive medium that transfers it's electrical/chemical component to relay the tiny frequencies of energy that broadcast from one cell's DNA, to another. Along with its dissolving and nutritional properties, this is what gives water its life. In the same way that the phases of the moon affect the tides, the water in our bodies is also responsive to the full moon, largely due to the movement and resulting emotional shifts of the cerebrospinal water during this period. Thus, the term "lunacy" is derived. Every atom, molecule or substance has its own unique "signature" oscillation pattern or vibration, which can be measured in electromagnetic wavelength or hertz. Water is the best conductor of vibration, with information transfer possible without direct contact. Water has the ability to store information that has been impressed upon it from any given vibration and water transports or carries information.

Water retains the vibrational memory of any substance even after it is diluted beyond Avogadro's number, where absolutely no physical traces of the substance remains. The minimum specific warmth and the maximum structured potential of water is measured a 98 degrees F, or "normal" human body temperature. This indicates that water at this temperature is at a maximum structure point to acquire a large amount of information. When water retains the vibrational memory left from filtered contaminants, their unhealthy informational messages can then be passed along into your body. If this 'medium' is polluted with negative frequencies from toxins, from inorganic Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) in point of source water pollution, sewage treatment plants, agricultural and residential storm water run off containing pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers, it is impossible to accurately relay correct intracellular messages. Dehydration and/or consuming contaminated liquids introduce conflicting energy frequencies, causing cellular miscommunication. These unhealthy messages induce stressors in the body, which must then do its best to compensate and adapt to all such messages it receives. Chronic stress in turn leads to conditions that are ripe for degeneration of the body. The endless flow of low energy, negative information that inundates the body from municipal water sources is creating chronic illness. Consuming pure water that carries the vibrational frequencies of 9 essential minerals and is free of conflicting energy frequencies, is alive and energetic due to superior hydrating and nutritional properties. This is an absolutely fundamental requirement in achieving vibrant health and wellness.

Any disturbance in water metabolism, due to dehydration, stored and accumulated toxic cellular waste or impure (polluted) water consumption causes a disturbance in cellular and cerebral activity, resulting in a distinct loss of electrical flow and a breakdown in cellular chemical reactions. These chemical reactions are what run the mitochondria in each cell to produce ENERGY in the body. When these complex chemical reactions are slowed, energy flow is decreased or blocked and distress then develops, imbalances occur and performances at all levels begins to break down, resulting in dis-ease.

Maintaining a balance pH of 7.0-7.2 is extremely critical to enjoying good health and maintaining homeostasis (cellular mineral and electrolyte balance). pH stands for the relative percentage of positively charged Hydrogen molecules in a substance. Hydrogen is what "hydrates" cells and tissues in the body. Well hydrated cells and tissues are able to utilize oxygen and mineral molecules efficiently in the manufacturing of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), amino acids, and dozens of other enzyme and hormonal secretions. Without an abundance of positively charged hydrogen (H+) molecules, the cells of the body cannot function at optimum levels to create optimum health.

The correct quantity of quality water is essential for maintaining or regaining our health on the cellular level. But, all water is not created equally in nature. Every water source has different properties, differing pollutant levels and not the same hydrating ability. There is tap water, well water, artesian water, bottled water, demineralized, distilled or reverse osmosis, filtered water, purified water, spring water, mineral water, salt water, soft and hard water, de-ionized water, electrolyzed water, de-structured and re-structured water. Many of these forms of water have adverse influence on the health of the organism that consumes them, causing serious side effects in only a few months. When used for cooking, demineralized water causes substantial loss of all essential elements from food, accounting for up to 60% of magnesium and calcium, or even 86% of some micro-elements. Low magnesium and/or calcium manifests itself as acute magnesium and/or calcium deficiency, resulting in cardiovascular disorders, tiredness, headache, weakness or muscular cramps. Plus, if the water doesn't have minerals, it will leach minerals from the body, to be eliminated via urine. Less minerals consumed, plus losing minerals that were consumed in food and supplements = serious health problems. Most water systems focus on removing things from water, with no knowledge of the human body or health, and misleading consumers. So, just daily repeating the ritual of consuming water to satisfy the body's needs for hydration does not guarantee adequate hydration enters the cells. The majority of water that people drink accumulates around the outside of the cells, causing bloating or inflammation. The right kind of water, with the correct electrical/chemical mix and proper surface tension will flow into the cells.

If the composition of the water is incorrect, the result will be cellular dehydration, deflation, toxemia, acidosis and premature cell death, or worse, mutation. The dehydration and the build-up of toxins in cells leads to decreased oxygen to 40%, DNA damage and cancer. However, when the body's cells are optimally hydrated, with the necessary electrolyte (mineral) balance, they become inflated and trigger an incredible healing mechanism. This "healing mechanism" is the direct result of reduced cellular acidity, because hydration increases alkalinity levels. DNA damage What happens to your cells, is what ultimately happens to you.

Water has no calories or nutrients, but should have naturally occurring minerals. Pure H202 has no taste or odor. It has no toxins, pollutants or contaminants, chemicals like fluoride or chlorine, or microbes. Clean, safe drinking water is essential for life and health. Water is a necessary component of the metabolic processes that occur in each cell and causes organic compounds to react in ways that allow cells to replicate. Water acts as a solvent to dissolve various substances in the body. It is necessary for enzyme function, to maintain mucosal lining integrity in the GI tract, for elimination, lubrication, for joints, cartilage and discs to function properly, respiration, temperature regulation and to maintain a healthy pH in the body. These distinct properties set water apart from all other substances. No other liquid is able to do this.

The human body is about 70% water. To function properly, the body requires adequate water to prevent dehydration, for metabolic processes to function optimally, and for detoxification. Even very mild dehydration, of 1% of our body fluids, can cause constipation, headaches, lethargy, mental confusion, lack of concentration, elevated body temperature, acne, bladder infections and kidney stones. People will feel thirsty when 1-2% of their body water is missing, but they often mistake that feeling for hunger and eat when they really need to drink water. This increases dehydration. Three percent dehydration can seriously diminish mental and physical performance. Chronic low-level dehydration can result in gastric ulcers, joint pain, asthma, allergies (concentrated blood increases histamine production in the lungs) and many other health conditions. One ounce of water per pound of body weight is what I drink daily; less 10-20 ounces when I am less active and not perspiring.

Eating healthy is an investment you make in yourself and your family. This investment includes money to purchase healthy foods, and the work and time to plan, shop and prepare them. What you drink is just as important as what you eat. When every calorie counts, both to maintain weight and obtain optimum nutrition, what you drink can sabotage all of your efforts.

Water facts
Water, or H202, is a molecule that contains 1 oxygen and 2 hydrogen atoms.
It can be liquid, frozen or a gas; water vapor or steam.
As a solvent, it is able to dissolve other substances, to form a solution.
Water covers 71% of the Earth's surface and it vital for all life to exist.
96.5% of the water is found in oceans, lakes and streams.
1.7% is under ground and can be accessed for drinking water using deep wells.
The ice that covers the north and south poles is also 1.7% of the total water supply.

Water evaporates and condenses, falls to the earth and repeats this process over and over again. This is known as the hydrologic cycle. We drink water to replace the water that has been lost through perspiration and elimination. Every drop of water that exists has recirculated for thousands of years, so the water that is in your body and my body may have gone through George Washington, King David, and Adam & Eve. It has also gone through plants and animals. It is the same water that God has provided since the creation of the earth. Drink your water as close to the way God made it, as you can get it, and you will be well.

There is now 7 billion people on the planet, and they all use water for drinking, hygiene, meal preparation, etc. Plus, the competition for water for agriculture and industry is also increasing. The runoff or waste water is contaminated with harmful pesticides and other chemicals, reducing available "pure" water. This polluting of our most precious natural resource is the single biggest misuse of water. The common perception of people until recently is that water is an infinite resource. However, the natural water cycle is not able to recharge the drinkable water supply as quickly as it is being consumed. This is creating concern that available drinking water will be scarce if we continue to waste this precious resource.

Millions of Americans believe that they can substitute their favorite tasty beverage; carbonated soda, coffee, tee, or even alcoholic beverage in exchange for drinking water. Just because something is "liquid" and wet, doesn't mean it provides usable hydrogen to your cells, thereby hydrating them. Carbonated water and the caffeine in soda and coffee, as well as alcohol, beer and wine actually rob usable hydrogen from your cells and dehydrates the, while stimulating the thirst sensation in the brain, causing you to drink even more of the same. The of the body cells are becoming seriously dehydrated without ever developing a dry mouth or thirst sensation. A dry mouth is very often the last sign of dehydration.

Magnitized water

Does water get into your cells?
My Leaky Gut healed in 2013 and the inflammation from that is gone. I don't consume any foods that would cause inflammation, so I was puzzled these past couple years about why I still had inflammation. By lunch time the waist of my pants was snug and swelling continued into the evening, every day. It's not as bad as it used to be, by any measure, but it was undesirable and an indication that something still wasn't right.

While visiting with my mother, I noticed that I didn't have any inflammation. It got my attention in a big way, because I've dealt with this for at least 30 years. I tried to figure out what was different. I drank Artesian water at my Mom's. We have well water at home, so those two things are equal. I ate the same foods I always eat, so that didn't change. The only thing that was different is that their water sits in a glass pitcher on a magnetic. The north-side of a large magnet reorganizes the molecules back to what is natural, like water flowing in a stream.

When water goes through pipes, it puts a spin on it, causing the molecules to clump, which makes them less bioavailable to individual cells. I always felt dehydrated, even though I drank enough water and I felt like a water balloon. What's been happening is that the water I was drinking didn't get into cells and hydrate them. Instead, water collected between the cells, causing inflammation.

I purchased a magnetic water brick and recreated the same conditions at home. I had to drink our well water like before, while waiting a couple days for the magnet to arrive, and I swelled up every day, like before. After two days of drinking the magnetized water at home, I am once again enjoying the absence of inflammation. Mystery solved. Wow!

Let's take a close look at what many people are drinking these days.

This article was written to give you "the big picture" and treat this subject with all the seriousness and care that your present and future health deserves. I used to consume all the beverages listed on this page, with the exception of coffee. It made me very, very sick. I want to spare you the same fate.

Soda

In an effort to duplicate the effervescence of water from mineral springs, which was pure and pleasant to drink in the 1700's, carbonation was invented and first marketed around 1800. Soon people began to flavor the soda water, and thus became the familiar brand names we know today.

Soda is filled with empty calories. It contains sugar, which is highly refined. It enters the blood stream quickly and forces the pancreas to produce insulin just as quickly to keep the blood glucose level from rising too high (hyperglycemia). Diet soda contains artificial sweeteners. Soda contains caffeine, caramel and natural flavor. Monosodium phosphate and Phosphoric acid in soda produce acids that must be removed by the kidneys. Also, residues from the solvents used to clean the machines that process beverages, may end up in the finished product during the manufacturing process. These may including Propyl Alcohol, Toluene, Xylene, Wood Alcohol (Methanol), Acetone and Decane.
For a description of each ingredient, see "List of Ingredients" & "List of Solvents" for solvent descriptions at the bottom of this page.

Though you may not be an alcohol drinker, the combination of sugar in soda and the fermentation process with other ingredients in the stomach can cause a similar high. Drinking soda with a meal causes the fermented liquid to prevent digestion of the meal. This deprives the body of any nutritional benefit the meal may have provided. The undigested food that turns into acidic waste and the acid-forming phosphorus can increase the acidity of the blood. The kidneys can only filter out a fixed amount of strong acids (uric, sulfuric and phosphoric acids) on a daily basis, and eliminate them from the body through the urine. Any excess acid is stored in the tissues and also leads to the formation of kidney stones.

Seltzer, Sparkling and Flavored Carbonated Water

They may not be a healthy alternative, because they also contain artificial flavors, sweeteners, and just like soda, it may pick up toxic solvents during processing.

The selling point is "Sodium free, caffeine free, and sugar free", while possibly causing central nervous system effects.
I tried to retain the bubbles in my beverage by adding a slice of lemon and lime to plain seltzer water, but then I found out what is in all processed beverages, including health brands.

Now I add fresh lemon and lime in pure water and add SweetLeaf Stevia. I don't miss the bubbles at all!

Energy Drinks

They contain caffeine, B-vitamins, and empty calories from sucrose and glucose.
Used by people who desire improved endurance and performance, many experts say the boost you get from drinking energy drinks is entirely from the sugar and caffeine. While it contains synthetic vitamins, it may also contain ingredients that inhibit absorption, cause vitamin deficiency, fatigue, and depression.

Sports Drinks

They contain sugar or artificial sweetener, artificial colors and flavors, EDTA and, like other processed drinks, they may also contain solvents.

It is consumed by athletic people who want to restore electrolytes and fluids lost during exercise. Adding synthetic vitamins may actually cause nutritional deficiencies. And as for electrolytes, EDTA may inhibit mineral absorption and cause imbalances.

Citrus-flavored and other fruit flavored sodas and sports drinks contain a synthetic chemical known as Brominated Vegetable Oil or BVO, which is typically made from GMO soybean or corn oil. It is a stabilizer/emulsifier that keeps fat-soluble flavor oils in suspension, but did you know that it was originally patented by chemical companies for use as a flame retardant? BVO accumulates in the tissue and breast milk. Studies have found that it causes reproductive and behavior problems, and depresses the central nervous system. In addition, Bromine interferes with iodine uptake and creates deficiencies that lead to other health problems. Evidence of Bromine toxicity include acne, dry skin, loss of appetite, fatigue and irregular heart beat, just to name a few. BVO has been banned in Europe, India and Japan.

In January 1970 the USFDA changed its classification from "generally recognized as safe" to "permitted on an interim basis as a food additive pending further study", but has allowed it to remain in these products on an interim basis for 42 years. You'd think in that time that the FDA would find time to seriously reevaluate this ingredient and finalize its regulatory status. By the way, it shares a place on the distinguished list of 4 food additives that are "permitted pending further study", which includes Saccharin, Mannitol and Acrylonitrile.

Keep in mind that it is not the FDA who funds or conducts studies of food additive safety, but that responsibility rests on the less than impartial food manufacturers. Depending on the results of those studies, the FDA will either affirm the substance's safety at the levels used, reduce the levels used or ban the substance all together.

Juice drinks

Choosing juice drinks over soda may not be any healthier. The health benefits proudly promoted in commercials and displayed on the label with added "vitamin C" (corn source), are just marketing gimmicks to get you to buy their product. It contains empty calories from corn syrup, artificial flavor, color and/or sweetener.

Fruit and Vegetable Juice

Pasteurized, packaged fruit and vegetable juices are not an alternative. Pasteurization heats the juice to kill bacteria, but it also kills nutrition and enzymes. When you consume only the juice of a fruit, you are getting all that fructose (sugar) without any of the fiber to regulate absorption, so the sugar hits the blood stream all at once, spiking glucose levels in the blood. The soluble fiber in the pulp, insoluble fiber in the skin and the nutrition that was put together in a perfect package, was intended to be consumed as a whole. When separated, the benefits are lost. The same is true of Vegetable Juice Cocktail.

Commercial fruit juice may contain Benzene, Decane, Hexanedione, Methylene Chloride and Propyl Alcohol; even health food varieties, because it must go through machinery that gets cleaned with solvents.

Fresh fruit is alkalinizing, but processed fruit is acidifying. The same is true of vegetables.

100% fruit "juice", made at home, by pureeing real, sweet, ripe, whole fruits is alkalinizing to the body and is the very best alternative. .
☺ I make vegetable juices (pureed in my Vitamix with water, herbs and real salt added) at home, which is far superior and less expensive. Vegetable juices made at home are also very alkalinizing for the body.

Milkshakes

This drinkable dessert contains milk, sugar and fat, but can also include as much as 700 calories. Chocolate is processed with alkali, and contains caffeine, artificial vanilla, sugar and solvents. Chocolate is acidic due to the purine content, and can contribute to the formation of kidney stones. Imitation vanilla is made using solvents, and unnatural processes. Other flavorings like cherry syrup, contain artificial colors, flavors and solvents. Then there is the milk [See below] and ice cream. Ice cream contains chemicals; alkali, emulsifiers, fat substitutes, flavor enhancers, foaming agents, stabilizers, thickeners and buffers, like Calcium gluconate, Dipotassium phosphate, Disodium phosphate, Lactic acid, Monosodium phosphate, and Potassium citrate.

Fruit Smoothies, blended at home, are a perfect alternative. Leave out the processed store bought yoghurt and skim or soy milk. All you need is your favorite frozen whole fruits, a little water, SweetLeaf Stevia and cinnamon or real vanilla and pure maple syrup. Smoothies served elsewhere tend to add high-calorie, processed ingredients that are unnecessary. A Vitamix is perfect for making smoothies too.

Milk

(whole, low-fat, skim, non-fat dry)
Old-fashioned raw milk, cheese and butter was largely responsible for the survival and prosperity of the Jamestown Colony in the mid-1600's. Milk that nourished America at the beginning of the 19th century came from cows that were fed mostly grass and hay. It possessed the same pure character and healthful quality as milk that has nurtured humanity for many thousands of years. Real milk is too valuable to avoid, but today there are many modern processes that change real milk.

Whole milk is thought to be full of fat and high in calories, but good fat and calories from nutritious sources are not bad, but necessary for optimal health. What is bad about milk, is where it comes from and how it is handled.

Old-fashioned milk contained as much as 8% butter fat, but butterfat brings bigger profits to the dairy industry as butter, cream, cheese, and ice cream than as a component of milk, so they remove it.

Homogenization fixes the remaining 2-4% butterfat in milk in an emulsified state. Before homogenization became common practice in 1899, the sign that milk came from healthy, happy cows who spent their time in the sunshine, feasting on pasture grasses, was evident by the abundance of cream floating on top of their milk and the pure white color. Today, numerous cows are crowded close together in CAFO's (Confined Animal Feeding Lots) where they stand on concrete or in mud and manure, and never see a blade of grass. This makes heavy producers especially susceptible to mastitis.

Confined Milk cow operation

Homogenization makes it impossible for the consumer to see what's in their milk. There are other things you can't see in milk. Cows treated with synthetic recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGT), which was synthesized using recumbent DNA technology (molecular cloning) and goes by the brand name (Posilac). It is injected into cows to increase milk production by 10%, but has also increased the incidence of mastitis, lameness and reproductive problems. The mastitis injection results in higher levels of white blood cells (pus) in the milk, and contamination with antibiotics, that is injected directly into the teat and goes up into the utter, are used to treat mastitis. According to the National Mastitis Council, approximately 40% of all dairy cows have some form of mammary gland infection, which means that 40% of our milk may contain puss and antibiotic residues. Approximately 10% of the human population is reported to be allergic to the antibiotic, Penicillin. Milk from rBGH cows contains excessively high levels of insulin-like growth factor (IFG-1), which is associated with gastrointestinal and breast cancer. The use of rBGH is banned in New Zealand, Israel, Canada, Australia and all 7 European Union countries, because it is dangerous to human health. The efforts of the UN Safety Council has effectively resulted in an international ban on US milk, but due to pressure from the dairy and pharmaceutical industries, the USFDA stubbornly maintains that products from rBGH injected cows are safe, despite scientific evidence that proves otherwise. A large amount of this milk is distributed to public school children through the National School Breakfast and Lunch programs. Look for products that are labeled "rBGH-FREE" or "No rBGH".

The process of homogenization breaks down fat globules, which increases their surface area and the original milk fat globule membrane is lost. The new membrane that is formed contains a much greater portion of casein and whey proteins than the original fat globule. Milk is forced through hair-like tubes in an intense turbulent circular movement, counter to a main current, which causes a small whirlpool, while at the same time exposing milk to high temperatures of 145-150 degrees used for pasteurization. This results in changing the structure and integrity of the molecules and the incorporation of proteins into the fat globules. This may account for why so many people are allergic to modern milk.

Carefully produced raw milk from healthy animals is safe and does not need to be pasteurized. In the 1930's a campaign began to sway public opinion about raw milk and persuadedAmericans to accept universal pasteurization, thus eliminating the availability of raw milk for sale. Pasteurization came from the profit driven notion that unhealthy milk could be made safe to drink and also healthy, but this practice significantly alters the fundamental nature and nutritional value of vital, health sustaining milk into a source of cancer, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

Whole raw milk is alkalinizing, but homogenized, pasteurized and ultra-pasteurized milk is acidifying. I used to raise dairy goats to provide a clean and healthy source of raw milk for my family. People used to ask me if it is "pasteurized". I said, "Yes, every time I pour the milk "past my eyes" and through the milk filter, it is past-your-eyesed. I made butter, yoghurt, feta cheese and ice cream for us and in 14 years our milk never made anyone in my family feel unwell.

Ultra-pasteurization heats milk to 285 degrees, killing everything in it, including enzymes and vitamins. Ultra-pasteurized milk in aseptic packaging can sit on a shelf at room temperature for 6 months, but it is displayed in the refrigerator section of the grocery store, like regular pasteurized milk.

In short, at best, modern milk is white water. The processes used to make milk destroys nutrients, but also causes the production of nitrates, which are potent carcinogens. It also causes the cholesterol (an important nutrient) in milk to become oxidized, which is what causes cholesterol plaque to build-up in arteries. Undamaged cholesterol, that occurs naturally in food, does not produce plaque and atherosclerotic lesions in arteries. So, by drinking reduced-fat milk to avoid heart disease, in reality, you are drinking the very substance that causes heart disease. Also, consuming milk that is high in protein, but low in fat, causes the body to draw from vitamin A reserves that are stored in the liver. When those stores are depleted, autoimmune diseases and cancer develop. Diets rich in protein and low in fat cause growing children to have poor muscle tone, stunted growth, weak posture and eyesight.

Store bought infant formulas also contain solvents, including Wood alcohol.

Soy milk

Soy milk is promoted as being a healthful alternative for regular milk. The reality is that soy is listed in the US Food and Drug Administration poisonous plant database as - poisonous. People who consume non-fermented soy have more thyroid dysfunction and cancer, breast cancer, digestive issues, weight gain, infertility, birth defects, cognitive decline, heart disease, allergies, kidney stones, malnutrition, vitamin B12, D, and calcium deficiency, and severe hormone imbalances than people who avoid soy.

Soy contains "anti-nutrients", like oxalates, which prevent calcium absorption, and Trypsin (a pancreatic enzyme) and Protease (enzyme that breaks down protein) inhibitors, which cause pancreas problems and cancer. Soy contains components that are toxic to humans, including saponins, which damage the mucosal lining of the intestine and cause Leaky Gut. A known goitrogen, soy promotes swelling of the thyroid gland. Soy inhibits iodine absorption needed for thyroid hormone production. Plant estrogens in soy disrupt endocrine function. Phytic acid in soy reduces the assimilation of minerals. Highly carcinogenic nitrates and a toxin called Lysinoalanine are formed during the processing of soy. US grown soy is genetically modified (GMO), with a gene to resist a herbicide (Roundup) that is continually sprayed on soy to control weeds. Soy has one of the highest percentages of pesticide contamination of any food, and is also one of the top 8 food allergens.
Phytoestrogens mimic estrogen, but soy phytoestrogens disrupt hormone, thyroid and other endocrine functions, and can cause osteoporosis, cancer and decreased infertility in women. It also results in low sperm concentrations and low libido in men. Infants on soy formula are receiving a similar amount of hormone as that found in several birth control pills.

Soy is acidifying and contains purines. This toxin must be transformed by the kidneys, into uric acid, which is excreted into the bladder. If the kidneys are exhausted, levels increase in the blood stream and uric acid settles in the feet, causing gout.

Asians use fermented soy in very small amounts, as a condiment. Fermentation alters the characteristics of the soy bean and neutralizes soy's many inherent toxins, including phytic acid, which makes it healthier.

The soy industry does not want the negative effects of soy to be exposed and they promote research that proclaims a variety of health benefits; good source of protein, low in fats and cholesterol, lowers risk of heart disease, cancer, fewer menopause symptoms, and healthy bones linked to consuming soy.

Coffee

Coffee has been credited with the following attributes; decrease the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Research has also clearly shown that there are problems with coffee. Blood pressure is regulated by the adrenal glands. Caffeine stimulates the adrenals and as a direct result, and increases blood pressure. This causes the heart to work harder. The heart never gets a break, so to compensate, it skips a beat; irregular heart beat. Sugar and creamer is not calorie free, and specialty coffees can have hundreds of calories, but calories are the lest of your worries when it comes to coffee. Read about caffeine in the yellow section of this page. Coffee is acidic due to the purine content, and can contribute to the formation of kidney stones and many other chronic health problems.

A friend went to the doctor because he didn't feel good. The doctor told him to drink more "fluids". So, he drank more coffee and it put him in the hospital. He almost died! If he had consumed soda, it would have done the same thing; caffeine and sugar. What the doctor should have said was to drink more water. Other "fluids" are no substitute for water.

Decaf is not an alternative. The decaffeination process uses solvents and other toxic chemicals to extract the flavor from the tea leaves or coffee beans. Solvent contamination may include Propyl Alcohol, Hexanes, and Pentane.

Hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is not an alternative, because it is loaded with sugar, plus chocolate contains caffeine, theobromine, sugar and a number of other compounds that are chemically similar to some components in amphetamines. It is processed, which means it too has solvents in it. Chocolate is very high in Calcium Oxalate, and is also acidic, which the kidneys must excrete, and it is the most common component of kidney stones.

Tea

Tea is often consumed for its antioxidant properties, but sugar cancels out any benefit that may have given. Sweet tea can spike your blood sugar levels and leave you feeling drained. A regular glass of black tea has about 20 mg of Oxalic acid (Calcium oxalate), which is too much for the kidneys to excrete, and it is the most common component of kidney stones. Tea may contain the following solvents: Wood Alcohol, Propyl Alcohol, Hexanes, Pentane. This includes unsweetened or lightly sweetened tea, Black tea, green tea, etc.

Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant of the central nervous system found in chocolate, cocoa, soft drinks, coffee, tea, and energy drinks. It acts as a diuretic that dehydrates the body; psychoactive (affects the mind); may cause infertility, birth defects, heart disease, depression, nervousness, behavioral changes, and insomnia. Caffeine counteracts every positive healing strategy you can do to maintain or restore your health. Caffeine voids the effects of homeopathic remedies and can cause undesirable interactions with prescription medications.

Medically classified as an addictive drug, caffeine is used by students to stay awake while studying all night, workers on the night shift, and to get stamina throughout the day.

Caffeine works by blocking the effects of adenosine; a brain chemical that stops the release of the motivating neurotransmitters dopamine and adrenaline. This transitions the body in preparation for sleep. With less adenosine activity, levels of dopamine and adrenaline increase, along with alertness and motivation. The increase of adenosine causes neurons in the brain to fire. The body thinks it is in danger and the pituitary gland releases adrenaline, which initiates the body's "flight or fight" response. Adrenalin makes the heart beat faster and dilates the pupils. The liver releases extra glucose into the bloodstream to fuel the increased energy. Caffeine also affects dopamine levels in the brain's pleasure center. This artificial feeling of having more energy is short lived and has a down side.

Studies show that caffeine worsens mental performance. Moderate to high consumers of coffee experienced higher levels of anxiety and depression than people who do not drink coffee. Coffee drinkers have the greatest incidence of stress-related medical problems and poor academic performance. Studies have shown that the ability to remember lists of words is reduced by caffeine. Caffeine may have an adverse effect on the rapid processing of information, that is confusing or with a double-meaning.

Increased caffeine consumption results in decreased sensitivity to the body's own natural stimulants, dopamine and adrenaline. More stimulants are required to get the same effect. This pushes the body to produce more dopamine and adrenaline. The result is adrenal exhaustion - an inability to produce these important chemicals that are responsible for motivation and communication. Apathy, depression, exhaustion and an inability to cope sets in. That sounds very much like life for many people today!

Caffeine increase alertness and can make us function better both mentally and physically when doing tasks that require a lot of sustained attention, erasing symptoms of fatigue that have developed as a result of inadequate sleep. However, if we begin with well-rested and alert people, their performance is not improved by giving them caffeine. Caffeine may keep you awake, but it cannot compensate for poor performance caused by sleep debt.

An average cup of coffee contains enough caffeine to disrupt sleep significantly. It works quickly, but is metabolized in the liver and takes as long as 6 hours to clear from the body in adults.

Caffeine can pass from a nursing mother's blood and accumulate in her breast milk, causing her baby to become quite sleep deprived. Coffee may help her to stay awake all day, after being up with a fussy infant all night, which creates a vicious cycle.

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages including beer, wine, and frozen drinks are devoid of nutrition, cause weight gain, are highly addictive, intoxicating and dehydrate the body. Frozen margaritas, daiquiris and pina coladas have the same number of calories as a large meal, and though they may be garnished with real fruit, the actual drink contains fruit flavor, not real fruit, in addition to corn syrup and artificial flavors.

Lite beer, non-alcoholic beer, mock-tails and light cocktails are not a suitable alternative, because though they may have less or no alcohol, they go through some form of processing, and therefore contain solvents, in addition to preservatives, artificial flavors, and other harmful chemicals.

Ergot mold, in ethyl alcohol, produces mycotoxins, which are some of the most toxic substances known to exist. Alfa-toxins are the most common mycotoxin and it is always present in cirrhosis patients, because the body is unable to detoxify it in the period of time that would be required to maintain the present state of health. The liver fights hard to detoxify the body and manage its own survival at the same time. The liver can regenerate itself, but when aflatoxin reaches the liver it simply kills a portion of it. A considerable dose of aflatoxin can damage the liver for years. Mycotoxins are so extremely poisonous that they must not be consumed, and thus require the liver to detoxify them. Even a minute amount can incapacitate the liver for days.

When the addiction center of the brain is stimulated, it produces pleasure-chemicals. When a toxic substance is inhaled (beryllium), it circulates through the body and reaches the addiction center of the brain, and blocks the receptor sites for glutamate, which normally activates the addiction center to produce joy and happiness. This results in a low-level chronic depression.

Alcoholism develops when two toxins enter the body; beryllium (from inhaling coal oil, gasoline, kerosene, hurricane lamp fuel, paint fumes, cleaners, or automotive products) and ergot mold, which is abundant in alcoholic beverages. Beryllium is very reactive and, when it reacts with ethyl alcohol (the drinking kind), alcohol and ergot mold interact to make each other more toxic, and react with the beryllium in the pleasure center of the brain, producing the alcoholic "high".

All processed beverages are acidic.

People with acidic conditions (hyperacidity), from consuming too much acidic foods and beverages in proportion to alkalinizing foods and beverages are more likely to be ill. I am not talking about stomach acid, but acidic tissues and blood. Acidic foods and beverages are neutralized by the alkaline salts in the body (carbonates; calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium). Mineral salt intake affects your tissue and blood pH (acid-alkaline balance). The blood has a very narrow pH range that must be maintained. Calcium, an alkalinizing mineral, will be stolen from the bones to balance blood pH, leading to degenerative bone diseases. Over time, acidic wastes become calcified and deposit on bone joints - arthritis, in the blood they damage arteries - cardiovascular disease and other organs - cancers.

Can't lose weight - Consider your beverages

It's boring to drink plain water. I agree. It's tough to find a flavored beverage that doesn't have some draw-backs. However, I have listed for you some that are very clearly not what I would consider "beverages", because they contain enough calories, carbs/sugar, and sometimes fat, to be considered a meal, but with very little if any nutrition at all.

Snapple Agave Melon Antioxidant Water 20 oz = 150 calories / 33 g sugar
SoBe Green Tea 20 oz = 240 calories / 61 g sugar
Rockstar Energy Drink 16 oz = 280 calories / 61 g sugar
Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino 13.7 oz = 290 calories / 45 g sugar / 4.5 g fat
Sunkist 20 oz = 320 calories / 84 g sugar
Sierra Navada Bigfoot (beer) 20 oz = 330 calories / 32.1 g sugar
Tropicana Tropical Fruit Furry Twister 20 oz = 340 calories / 60 g sugar
Arizona Rx Energy 23 oz = 345 calories / 83 g sugar
Arizona Kiwi Strawberry 23 oz = 345 calories / 81 g sugar
Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha w/ whipped cream 20 oz = 660 calories / 95 g sugar / 22 g fat
Aunt Annie's Wild Cherry Lemonaide Mixer oz = 470 calories / 110 g sugar
Starbucks White Hot Chocolate w/ whipped cream 20 oz = 660 calories / 75 g sugar / 16 g fat
Dairy Queen Caramel Moo Latte 24 oz = 870 calories / 112 g sugar / 24 g fat
Traditional Red Lobster Lobsterita 24 oz = 890 calories / 183 g sugar
Baskin Robins Ice Cream Soda 28.6 oz = 960 calories / 136 g sugar / 40 g fat
Krispy Kreme Lemon Sherbert Chiller 20 oz = 890 calories / 115 g sugar / 40 g fat
Cosi Double Oh! Arctic Mocha 23 oz = 1,210 calories / 240 g sugar / 19 g fat
Mc Donalds Tripple Chocolate Shake 32 oz = 1,160 calories / 214 g sugar / 44 g fat
Smoothie King Peanut Power Plus Grape 40 oz = 1,1498 calories / 214 g sugar / 44 g fat
Cold Stone PB&C 24 oz = 2,010 calories / 153 g sugar / 131 g fat (THIS SHOULD BE ILLEGAL! TOTAL DAILY CALORIC INTAKE IN ONE BEVERAGE, NOT TO MENTION SUGAR AND FAT. ZERO NUTRITION)

Bottled water

Store bought drinking water contains solvents: Benzene, Propyl alcohol, Carbon tetrachloride and Wood alcohol and it is packaged in plastic bottles. Even if the bottles are BPA free, I have to wonder what else they used in place of BPA that could be harmful?

Are you drinking your container?

What container does your drink come from?

Equally important is the container your drink comes from. Clear plastic bottles (BPA), aluminum cans (build up of aluminum is found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients 100% of the time, making it part of the true cause) and styrofoam cups, which are cured with Formaldehyde (styrene is toxic). Containers leach into the contents and then go into your body. Yes, you can buy BPA free, but what did they use in place of the BPA? Could it be something half as toxic, as toxic or more harmful? Is half as toxic really better? No. We don't know what they are using. Is not knowing better? No. We trust that it is less harmful, don't we.

Glass (drink glass, bottle), paper (cup, carton) and stainless steel (thermos), steel can are best, because they can be sterilized and/or do not leach into their contents.

To get well and/or to stay well, you can't afford any amount of solvent intake. Solvents are used to clean and sterilize the equipment that processes the products you consume. Traces get into the beverage or food during the manufacturing process. Flavors and colors are extracted using solvents, so adding them to beverages and foods also adds solvents. The exposure to these toxic substances has a cumulative effect, which decreases immunity, damages organs, invites parasites and causes chronic illness and cancer.

According to the FDA - Indirect food additives are substances used in food-contact articles, and include adhesives, components of coatings, polymers and production aids. These substances may come in contact with food, as part of packaging or processing equipment, but are not intended to be added directly to food. Indirect food additives are exempted from regulation as food additives in accordance with 21 CFR 170.39 "Threshold of Regulation (TOR)" - exemptions for substances used in food-contact articles.

The FDA also has what they call "Cumulative Estimated Daily Intakes" (CEDIs) for a large number of food contact substances, which is based on currently available information and may be subject to revision on the basis of new information, as it is submitted or made available to the Office of Food Additive Safety. Since the use of these toxic chemicals has not been around long enough to evaluate the life long and multi-generational effects on humans, with respect to their use in connection with food, I have difficulty understanding what they base their 'generally considered safe' classification on. And, since they are not listed on any labels, how would a connection between them and their negative effects on health be realized? The cumulative effects of which may not be fully understood for several more generations. It is my observation that the residues of solvents and other chemicals in food is not being linked to disease, but disease is more often being blamed on genetics or immune insufficiency. As long as there is a disconnect, who will provide and submit the "new information" to the Office of Food Additive Safety?

Just reading through the list of solvents and other ingredients is enough to give me a clear picture of what is causing the epidemic of neurological (Asperger's, Autism, ALS) and central nervous system disorders (Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's Disease), behavior problems (eating disorders, teen suicide, ADHD/ADD), learning disabilities and degenerative diseases today.

The WINNER every time is pure WATER!

All life forms depend on water for their existence. Water is needed by plants for germination, photosynthesis and respiration. Land mammals gather at ponds and rivers to drink water, sometimes at the risk of being eaten. Aquatic life forms live exclusively in water and many types of marine mammals, aquatic birds and some amphibians rely on water for their survival. Some plants grow in water, like kelp and algae. Insects depend on water too. Cities have been built where there is a sufficient water supply for people, livestock and crops.

Effective health care requires that we focus on prevention, rather than relying on crisis intervention techniques and technologies. So, every morning I prepare my body and my day for success by making optimum hydration and self nourishment top priority. I do this by getting a head start the night before, actually.

I fill a 1 gallon glass jar with water from our well, which contains natural minerals and has a slightly alkaline pH. I add a silver dollar to the bottom of the jar to prevent bacteria from growing. The jar sits atop the north-side of a large water magnet overnight. This reorganizes and separates the molecules in the water and creates the proper surface tension in the water, so that everything my body needs is easily absorbed by the cells of my body.

First thing in the morning, I prepare my beverages for the entire day, so that it is ready to travel and convenient and by day's end, I know that I have consumed the amount of hydration my body requires. I also take ionic trace mineral drops for their very valuable health benefits.

I agree that water isn't interesting and that some taste is needed, so to make it satisfying for my tastebuds too, I add fruit juice concentrates for flavor. I drink water to fulfill my hydration requirements of 64 ounces daily, depending on activity.
Adjusting your taste buds to just water will take some time, but it's worth it.