The solution? Make your own drinks!
The best solution to our beverage problem is to make your own healthy drinks. That puts you in control instead of the beverage industry, which is primarily focused on profits. Until there are enough health-conscious companies producing drinks for us, making your healthy drinks at home is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
In this blog post I’m going to show you how to make a drink I’ve been drinking regularly for years without getting tired of it. I simply call it my “vitamin C drink.” It’s quick, healthy, and delicious!
Vitamin C Drink Recipe
You will need:
- Vitamin C powder
- Sweetener of choice
Optional additives for synergistic effects:
- Medicinal mushrooms (reishi, chaga, etc.) capsules
- MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) powder or capsules
Mix your water, vitamin C powder, and sweetener, to taste. I mix MSM powder in with my vitamin C powder in the jar. That way I don’t have to mix the two every time I make a drink. I don’t measure anything either. The quicker you make it and the least steps you’ll be more inclined to make it regularly. Since the body doesn’t produce its own vitamin C, you should drink vitamin C drinks regularly.
We Can’t Produce Vitamin C Endogenously
Besides its taste, the reason why this drink is so special is because we need a regular intake of vitamin C. Our bodies don’t produce it endogenously. Therefore it is, by definition, an essential nutrient and needs to be taken in ever day. Perhaps the reason why our bodies don’t produce its own vitamin C is because in the past it was so commonly found in food that we didn’t need to produce it. Recently, the foods we eat have drastically changed. While we used to get our food exclusively from nature, a lot of our food is processed now and lacking vitamin C. And most of the vitamin C we do get is from fortification.
Natural Vitamin C vs Synthetic
The isolated synthetic version (ascorbic acid) of vitamin C is missing co-factors such as other nutrients that collectively work with the ascorbic acid to perform its function. Your body then has to strip the co-factors from somewhere else, robbing your body of vital elements. Natural food-based forms of vitamin C are superior to the synthetic versions. Because our bodies are unable to make it, it’s important to get vitamin C every day, and several times throughout the day.
My Favorite Sweetener!
Raw honey is my favorite sweetener in the vitamin C drink. It doesn’t go well with every drink, but when it does in this one! It’s healthy and natural. David Wolfe even listed it in his Superfoods book as one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Most of the foods he picked are so exotic that you’ve never heard of them unless you’ve already learned about them from him and the raw food movement. However, honey is sugary. Too many of us have had too high of a sugar intake for too long. It’s wise to go on the Body Ecology Diet and reduce sugar intake for awhile to get your body back in balance. Then introduce sugary foods back into your diet. Honey has got to be the healthiest source of sugar so don’t feel bad about eating it.
Tip: Use several sweeteners to get to your desired sweetness level without taking in too much sugar
Stevia and Xylitol are great non-glycemic sweeteners you can also use to sweeten your vitamin C drink. But be careful, using too much of either one can have its drawbacks. Too much stevia can throw off the flavor, while too much xylitol can give you diarrhea. That’s why it’s so good to use a variety of sweeteners. If you use a little bit of stevia, xylitol, and sugar, you get the best of both worlds. You still get a sweet drink, without pushing the stevia or xylitol too far and without it having too much sugar.
MSM & Vitamin C
Adding MSM to your vitamin C drink multiplies its nutritive value. MSM is basically sulfur. It’s a beautifying mineral that’s great for the skin and hair, as well as being a good detoxifying agent. There’s a strong synergistic effect between natural vitamin C and MSM. Together they help to build collagen. I like to take MSM capsules and vitamin C capsules with a vitamin C drink, when possible.
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