By Phylis Canion
Can you please tell me what the best drink is to have after a workout other than an energy or sports drink? It looks like most sports drinks contain BVO's and my research indicates that is toxic for the body!
After a workout, it is important to maintain electrolyte levels. The electrolytes, which are mainly sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and chloride are needed in the body for proper water balance and to prevent muscle weakness and cramps according to Dr. Barry Lieberman. While keeping your electrolytes in balance is very important, digesting BVO's is not and should be avoided. Brominated Vegetable Oil, known as BVO, is a highly toxic emulsifier and clouding agent used to keep flavor oils in soft drinks and sodas in suspension. It is also important to look at ingredients listed on bakery products and pastas, as some of these also contain BVO's as well. BVO is primarily composed of bromine, a poisonous chemical whose vapors are considered both toxic and corrosive. BVO is currently banned in over one hundred foreign countries. However, in the United States, its use is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the extent that it is "permitted in food or in contact with food on a interim basis pending additional studies." Consumption of BVO increases bromine content in our system that competes with iodine and can cause a condition known as Brominated Thyroid. Symptoms associated with bromine consumption range from headaches, fatigue and weight gain to cancer and heart and kidney disease. Just two ounces of a 2 percent solution of BVO can severely poison a child. The FDA does state that all products that contain BVO, must declare it on the product label in the list of ingredients, although not all manufacturers are compliant. It is very simple for you to make your own sports drinks and be safe to consume as well. Start with good, clean fresh water (pH water is exceptional), add a little orange juice or lemon juice, add a pinch of salt and just a dab of honey. If you choose to buy a "re-hydrate," I would suggest coconut water! Coconut water contains all of the electrolytes and tastes fabulous!
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Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.