Water Just Doesn’t Always Cut That Thirst!

by Dee Braun

We’re all familiar with summer thirst and I’m quite sure we’ve all been told and have read about how good water is for you and how the majority of us simply do not drink enough.

But, if you’re thirsty and water isn’t cutting it, what do you do? Well, for me that answer would be Coca Cola – ice cold, of course. For some it’d be a frost-brewed beer and others would opt for lemonade. But what’s the healthy choice here to both quench thirst AND aid our body’s health?

According to Jane Claxton-Oldfield, good old-fashioned soda pop has some major drawbacks. “…The fact that many sodas contain caffeine — a stimulant — is no secret. On the contrary, some soft drinks are being marketed on the basis of their high caffeine intake!”

She goes on to explain, “Too much caffeine can have serious consequences on health because it stimulates the release of adrenal hormones which can lead to a rise in blood pressure. The newer high caffeine ‘promise-to-give-a-burst-of-energy’ drinks are in particular a very poor choice for quenching thirst. Indeed, for every highly-caffeinated beverage you consume, it is wise to drink a glass or two of water to counteract their negative effects

“Another concern with soda is the high phosphorous to calcium ratio (most soft drinks have very little to no calcium). When we have too much phosphorus and not enough calcium, the body will draw calcium from the bones in order to correct the imbalance in our bloodstream.

“This can eventually lead to osteoporosis. As if that is not enough, there is also the concern with other additives, such as colour, that are all too often found in soft drinks.”

So, pop is out – at least it should be – but what choices does that leave us with?

A lot of folks are choosing fruit juices to take the edge off of that thirst and provide the body with much-needed vitamins and nutrients. But, while we’re talking fruit juice, what about that high sugar content? I guess there goes another idea down the proverbial tubes! Of course, we could fresh-squeeze our juice – but it takes quite a few oranges (about 10!) to make even one small glass of orange juice and in today’s economy, that isn’t necessarily the best idea.

What about eating a big, juicy orange? Or a slice of watermelon, a half of a canteloupe, some fresh pineapple or kiwi and mangos? You’d be surprised how much one serving of any one of these fruits will quell your thirst and give you the much-needed nutritional boost only whole foods can provide.

Another good idea is, of course, herbal teas. Herbal Sun Tea is the BEST during the hot summer months. Simply put 4-6 herbal tea bags in a glass pitcher or jar and sit outside in the sun until it reaches the strength you prefer.

When I’m in a hurry and don’t feel like making a pitcher of iced tea, I make a single cup of hot herbal tea (I let it steep a bit to get stronger than I’d normally drink it). Then I simply pour it in a glass, add a few ice cubes and add enough water to make a full 10 or 12 oz glass.

Trust me, this works really well and it’s yummy – in almost an instant! And, herbal teas such as a good green tea (high in antioxidants) or chamomile (great for those days you’re stressed and worried), or a citrus and spice tea (great for energy!), are very healthy alternatives to soda and beer.

Refreshing, Healthy & Yummy Instant Iced Tea

1 Green Tea bag (or orange and spice, chamomile or other herbal tea blend of your choice)
2 Orange Slices
5-7 Ice Cubes
Sweetener to Taste (I prefer honey!) (optional)
1 Cup

Pour boiling water into your cup and over your tea bag and let it steep for about 3 or 4 minutes. Add the ice cubes to a tall glass and pour the cup of tea over the cubes. Add sweetener to taste if needed. Add the orange slices to the mix, squeezing a bit as you put them in the glass. Top off glass with cold water and enjoy your healthy tea treat. I always gobble the orange slices when I finish my glass of tea.

Of course, I do have to add that drinking a small glass of fresh fruit juice (you can add some water to this to stretch it further) and your 8-10 glasses of water a day, are very healthy nutritional practices that we should all try to maintain.

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Originally posted 2008-08-12 02:39:18.

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