Summer ‘taste water’ – Medical File

Pimp the taste of water

Especially on hot days and in the summer, we inadvertently lure a lot of sugary drinks away. Nearly 35 percent of our calorie intake comes from snacking, the latest food survey found.1

A large portion of this is swallowed by sodas and juices. Now, I’m not a big fan of sweet drinks, and people often ask me if I do not drink them from a health point of view or because of the line. After all, we have known for a long time that liquid calories do not give you a feeling of satiety, and therefore you often consume more calories at the end of the day than you needed.

The real reason I do not drink them is that I love good food so much! I look forward to my lunch and dinner every day. What should I leave on my plate for tasty creations? I’ve saved up the calories I don’t get through snacks, juices and sodas so I can eat delicious. And that I think every day is a great reward for my ’empty-calories-that-add-nothing-to-your-vitality’ cut. So for me, I would rather have a good dinner than snacks and drinks!

My alternative is spicy water with flavor. Moreover, and you will hopefully also discover this, then my alternative is super tasty and quick and super fun to make. What do I like best about it? That you can vary endlessly with different and surprising tastes. The eye wants something too! That’s why I always add a few beautiful (non-sprayed) flowers at the end. Inevitably, the question arises: ‘But does it really help?’ With regular use, it certainly has some effect just like with herbal tea. But the big gains do not always lie in what you eat or drink, but increasingly in what you do NOT eat or drink. Such a nice groundwater without sugar, which does not disturb your blood sugar level, is just pure gain for your hormones, brain, intestines and stress system.

Some of my favorites

Mediterranean flower water: a few leaves of sage, lavender flowers, sprigs of rosemary, violets tricolor, a sprig of basil, lemon balm or lemon verbena, some red summer fruits and a slice of lemon.

Stomach strengthening water: a few slices of fine ginger, a teaspoon of licorice pieces, some fennel seeds and leaves, a few sprigs of mint, some figs and a few grains of Celtic sea salt. And if you have it in your area, some sprigs of yarrow or mallow flowers.

Relax water: a few crushed coriander seeds, a few lavender and / or basil flowers, a few sprigs of lemon verbena / lemon balm / lemon herb, dill and / or fennel leaves and a passion fruit cut in half. Do you have Roman chervil? Also add a few sprigs of it.

Intestinal water: fennel seeds and fennel leaves, a few cumin seeds, peppermint leaves, dill seeds and dill leaves, a passion fruit cut in two and optional flowers of tricolor violet, mallow or oregano.


The risk of sweet

Some possible risks with sweet drinks and (fruit) juices, and this also applies to the “zero” variants:
Regular consumption of sugary soft drinks and juices appears to be partly responsible for an increased risk of obesity, dementia, cardiovascular disease, depression, low-grade inflammation, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.1

Beverages with sweeteners (zero sugar) do not seem to be a better alternative so far. In particular, they are said to increase the risk of stroke and dementia and, like sugary drinks, also increase the risk of insulin resistance.1
Sweeteners increase the risk of imbalance in your gut.2

They give much less feeling of satiety than solid food. This increases the risk of extra calorie intake.3

Our (very regular and daily) consumption of sugar causes inflammation that can drag on for a long time. Even within three weeks (with 600 ml of sugary soft drinks a day), a study of healthy young men found elevated markers of inflammation in the blood.4

In healthy young adults, fructose in particular causes an increase in the inflammatory CRP value in the blood. Liquid fructose in the form of soft drinks seems to give more complaints than fructose processed in food or glucose / sucrose in soft drinks.5

Regular consumption can increase the risk of pancreatic disease.6

1 stroke. May 2017; 48 (5): 1129-1131
2 Adv Nutr. 2019 Jan; 10 (Suppl 1): S31 – S48
3 Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2011 Jul; 14 (4): 385-90
4 Am J Clin Nutr. 2011; 94 (2): 479-485
5 Lipider Health Dis. 2014; 13: 195
6 Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Feb; 19 (2): 447-55

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Rineke Dijkinga

Rineke Dijkinga

Rineke Dijkinga has guided people with chronic disorders for over fifteen years as a naturopathic and orthomolecular therapist. Hair…

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