¿Why These Ingredients?
1. Reverse Osmosis Water
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The Closer You Look
Reverse Osmosis Water:
We use reverse osmosis to make every batch the same, without worry as to what other chemicals may be accidentally added. It is also used for making a proper mix of all of the ingredients, some of which are very minute.
Xylitol is used as a sweetener. It is one of the few sweeteners which doesn't have a bad name health-wise. In fact, it is recommended by dentists to reduce the cause of cavities. Xylitol is the only ingredient in The Sports Drink which adds calories to the mix. However, there are only 2.4 calories for each 250 milliliters. That is equal to a quarter of a teaspoon of sugar.
The electrolytes are the base for our The Sports Drink. The critical and key part of these ingredients is the fact that we have endeavored to make them as balanced, and as close as we could to the electrolyte combinations in blood and extra cellular fluids. While doing this we have we have also taken into account what a person's sweat normally contains.
Citric acid is used mainly for flavoring to add tartness. However, it is good to note that citric acid is alkalizing, since during exercise the body produces lactic acid. The lactic acid buildup in the muscle is responsible for muscle soreness after an event. An alkaline will help neutralize the lactic acid.
According to David Wolfe, citric acid dissolves bad calcium and kills nanobacteria.
A real challenge to making a viable electrolyte sports drink is to make it palatable. The minerals tend to make a sports drink taste metallic. Citric acid helps with this problem
MSM: (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) This ingredient has amazing qualities!
It has many health benefits, many of which are not widely known. Of the reasons that we have included this item in our The Sports Drink is that is has the ability to help detoxify toxins in the body. It only makes sense that if this is true that the body can run more efficiently without the hindrance of dealing with toxins that have built up during exercise.
Another value is that it allows the cells' membranes to become more permeable. This allows toxins to exit the cell, and to allow vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to enter the cell more easily.
According to David Wolfe, MSM has a long history of helping improve conditions of damaged joints, inflammation, including all arthritic conditions. This is probably due to it's ability to help in the formation of collagen, or connective tissue.
The hard part is finding that ability to use as much MSM in our The Sports Drink as possible, and yet not too much since MSM has a very bitter taste to it.
(Vitamin C) Like citric acid and MSM, ascorbic acid tends to deal with toxins, lactic acid and is a very powerful antioxidant. It also preserves the product, and add a little more tartness to the flavor.
Hibiscus gives The Sports Drink a beautiful pink color and adds to the flavor. Being the color that it is, it most likely offers more antioxidants, but we have never had this tested yet.
This item appears to be insignificant, but it is extremely important. We had to search and search, and to test and test until we found the Stevia that was suitable for our Sports Drink This was no easy task. We started initially using Aspartame. It has the same sweetening ability as Stevia, only it has a terrible reputation health-wise. We researched for years, and to this date, we still don't know whether Aspartame is good or bad. At this writing, we are sure that Stevia is a good sweetener. This was one hurdle. The next one was finding a Stevia that didn't have an unpleasant after-taste to it. We have only been able to find one so far.
Glycemic Index of Common Sweeteners
|High Fructose Corn Syrup||100|
|(The glycemic index shows how a food is likely to affect blood sugar and insulin response.)|