Just like electrolyte drinks, vitamin water is also a popular choice for people who are trying to become more active in life. Because of its great packaging and appealing name, a vitamin water sounds like the perfect drink since you could get vitamins aside from drinking a dose of water. However, again just like electrolyte drinks, there is nothing more about it. In fact, Vitamin water contains 13 grams of sugar per serving, this equates to 32.5 grams of sugar in a bottle. Meanwhile, a regular can of coke contains 39 grams of sugar. Moreover, a regular can of coke contains 140 calories while a bottle of vitamin water contains 100-125 calories. Starting to sound intriguing, right? But, wait, there is more. Another ingredient which sounds intriguing is called crystalline fructose. This is in fact much more processed than its relative, high-fructose corn syrup.
In truth, you aren’t giving yourself a favor when you drink commercial vitamin water. These companies are just really convincing. But, lucky for you, it isn’t that hard to make your very own vitamin water which is much healthier, tastier and cheaper!
But, before we look at the recipe, let’s learn more about B vitamins, shall we?
Vitamin B complex
This vitamin water concentrates on vitamin B complex which consists of 8 different B vitamins that play a vital role in our body. Below are the 5 important B vitamins found in this recipe. They are water soluble and different from fat soluble vitamins; these vitamins need to be replenished more often as they are stored in the body. They are usually lost during the process of urination.
B1 (Thiamine) – helps generate energy from carbohydrates. It is also involved with DNA and RNA production as well as nerve function.
B2 (Riboflavin) – plays a significant part in the growth and releasing energy from carbohydrates. It is also vital in the production of blood cells.
B3 (Niacin) – helps keep the digestive system on track and it improves the skin and nerves. Similar to B1 and B2, it also helps convert food into energy.
B6 (Pyridoxine) – helps produce antibodies in order for your immune system to be strong. It also helps in the formation of red blood cells and is essential when it comes to protein break down. The more protein you take, the more B6 you would need!
B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – helps maintain the digestive system. It also aids the body in using other vitamins such as B2. Also, it converts food into energy and plays a significant role in metabolism.
- 1 sprig of rosemary (B1)
- 1 sliced lemon (B2)
- 1 peach (B3)
- 5-6 chunks of watermelon or pineapple (B6)
- A small handful of raspberries (B5)
- Slice the ingredients and mix them together in a large pitcher.
- Add water
- Refrigerate for 12-24 hours.
- Serve and enjoy.
Note: Be sure to change the fruits after every few days.
The best way to have your vitamins is through a balanced diet of good food rather than eating less-than-good food and trying to make up for it with a vitamin drink. You would also get a lot of benefits from a healthy diet. It may seem little difficult, but, you should try to make it as your ultimate goal. Whenever you need to supplement, go for hydration and natural vitamins instead of the pills and capsules.
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