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What to Drink?

When choosing what to drink, remember Malibu Diet‘s 3 rules:

  • Don’t consume cholesterol
  • Stay away from artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners
  • No oils which are 100% fat with no nutrients

Most beverages are acidic, so it’s important to try to drink these alkaline refreshments whenever possible:

  • Water (with lemon or lime if desired)
  • Green, matcha, and herbal teas (hot or iced)
  • Fresh pressed green juices

Other healthy beverages for occasions like breakfast, snacks, quick meal replacements, or for post-workouts, we recommend the following products which can be purchased in our Shop section under Nutrition:

  • Sun is Shining Supergreens
  • Organic Supergreens and Protein
  • Golden Milk Super Blend
  • Organic Matcha Green Tea
  • Chocolate Superfood Smoothie

Water and Electrolytes

Water is the most important drink for health and hydration. It is neutral (not acidic) to the body. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14, with the range of 0-7 being acidic, and 7-14 being alkaline. The pH of pure water is 7. Our body is slightly alkaline at 7.35-7.45 on the scale.

Water is full of essential minerals, in fact, the 7 major electrolytes (minerals) – calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride, phosphate, and bicarbonate – are all found in tap water.  Other trace minerals are also present such as copper, iron, zinc, phosphorus, and manganese, but they are often filtered out of bottled water completely, so you won’t get them. Unfortunately tap water also contains contaminants such as chlorine which is added to all drinking water in the US. Fluoride is also added in many areas, which provides no benefits and may lead to conditions like skeletal fluorosis which can cause painful damage to bones, teeth and joints. Hundreds of studies have found that fluoride is a neurotoxin (a chemical that can damage the brain).

For your safety, you should find out what’s in your water supply before you start drinking it. You can get that information from the annual water quality report filed by your local water authority with the EPA.  If you choose bottled water, spring water contains natural minerals, but purified or filtered water usually does not.

It’s been recommended that people drink 8 glasses of water per day, but this depends on your lean body mass (ideal weight) and activity level.  You should aim to drink ½ your lean body weight in ounces per day.  For example, if your ideal weight is 140 lbs., you should drink 70 oz. of water per day which is about 8 glasses of water. But, once you start eating more fruits and vegetables which are 90% water, this will count towards your daily quota and you won’t necessarily need as much drinking water, unless you are very active. Your body naturally knows when you need water.

If you’re not crazy about drinking plain water, squeeze in some lemon, lime or drink unsweetened green or herbal teas. For those of you who love Crystal Light in your water, you should switch to True Lemon or True Lemonade, because these don’t have all the toxic artificial ingredients that are in Crystal Light which include: aspartame, artificial flavors, and artificial colors: Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1. Artificial sweeteners convert to formaldehyde in your body.  Not so sweet!

Coffee

If you can’t give up coffee, drink it black or with Westsoy Organic Unsweetened Plain Soymilk, hot or iced. Don’t drink coffee with meals because it inhibits the absorption of nutrients from food. Coffee is acidic to the body. Try to limit caffeine consumption as much as possible.

WHAT NOT TO DRINK?

Again, remember the 3 rules: Do not consume cholesterol, oil, or artificial ingredients (flavors, colors, sweeteners).  Always check labels and avoid these ingredients.

Why to avoid carbonated beverages

A can of soda usually contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar unless it is diet soda, in which case it has artificial sweeteners.  Both types contain artificial flavors and colors.

You may think plain soda water is harmless, but the pH of carbonated water (soda water) is highly acidic with a score of between 3-4. This is the same score as acid rain!  Even more shocking is the pH of Coke, Pepsi and other colas at approximately 2.5. Short of drinking undiluted vinegar, cola is about the most acidic beverage you can drink. (Beer has an acidic pH of 4 and most wine pH’s fall around 3 or 4).

Your kidneys and lungs need to work hard to remove excess carbon dioxide (CO2) in order to maintain your body’s alkaline pH of 7.35-7.45.  This causes calcium to be leached from the bones to alkalize the acidity in the body.  In addition, respiratory acidosis is a serious condition that can occur when the lungs can’t remove enough of the carbon dioxide produced in the body and can manifest as Asthma or COPD.

Milk & Dairy

Milk is loaded with estrogens from pregnant cows. The hormone estrogen from animals can cause breast and prostate cancer in humans. 89% of the dairy herds in the United States have cows infected with bovine leukemia which causes leukemia, the leading childhood cancer.  Milk interferes with your body’s ability to use thyroid hormone. People with hypothyroidism must avoid the intake of dairy. With the exception of skim milk, when you drink milk, you are basically drinking liquid cholesterol.  Milk is acidic to the body and leaches calcium, weakening your bones. There are so many plant-based milk alternatives from which to choose that taste so much better and don’t contain the harmful substances and toxins of animal milk.

Dairy Dairy-free Substitutes
 

Milk

Westsoy Organic Unsweetened Soymilk
Chocolate Milk Ripple Dairy Free Chocolate Milk
Yogurt Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurts

 “Nutritional” Drinks and Shakes

Most so-called nutritional drinks or protein shakes will harm you, not help you, especially if you have a chronic disease.  Just look at the labels to discover the harmful ingredients like corn syrup, oils, sugar, milkfat, excess protein, artificial flavors, carrageenan, corn maltodextrin, cellulose gel, etc…If you’re craving a thick, creamy shake, blend up a banana and frozen berries with some ice and water or nut milk for a delicious, nutritious treat that will actually promote health.

Protein Powder, No Whey Man!

Just as refined sugar and refined fat (oil) are not good for you, refined protein is also not good for you. Whey Protein is a by-product of the cheese-making industry. It’s the clear liquid left after the milk has curdled and is often used to feed pigs.  The bodybuilding industry and its fans are what sustain the protein supplement companies, but the general public doesn’t realize that many professional bodybuilders die young from diet-related health issues, a result of consuming too much protein and steroid hormones until their organs fail.  The only safe protein powders are plant-based because they are alkaline.  Animal-based protein powders and shakes are acid forming in the body and can lead to kidney problems and cancer. They can also include toxins such as arsenic, lead, and mercury as well as artificial ingredients.

Alcohol

Of course we all know that alcohol is not healthy for us, so if you can’t completely stay away from it, try to cut down as much as possible. Besides harming the liver, stomach, brain and blood stream, alcohol consumption has a toxic effect on the thyroid gland and suppresses the ability of the body to use thyroid hormone. Most alcohol is also high in calories.  Believe it or not, beer has half the calories of wine, so beer is actually a better choice if you’re trying to lose weight.

Beer = 12 calories per ounce
Wine = 24 calories per ounce
Hard liquor = Approx. 65 calories per ounce

Article by Christine & Sonny Gray

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