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Enhancing Mind Body Spirit: Drinking the Right Beverages All of us have our own way of enhancing mind body spirit levels at the beginning of a day. A shot of caffeine to wake us up or a glass of orange juice or some other fruit juice at breakfast can do the trick. Staying focused and alert during the course of a busy day can be punctuated with coffee breaks and diet sodas at lunch. All of these are a familiar part of our routine, but here are some revelations that may change your thinking. That glass of packaged juice holds many dirty secrets! Consumer Reports’ investigation revealed that of the 88 fruit juices they tested, 10 percent of them have levels of arsenic that were above US federal drinking water standards. Through an extensive range of interviews they concluded that such regular exposure can only lead to serious illness. Coming to orange juice, the lifeline for many. Consider this simple logic – if an orange was freshly squeezed and packed, wouldn’t every pack of juice taste different? Every processed juice brand has its own distinctive flavor because of a patented formula they use. Juice companies use something called a flavor pack to put back fragrances and tastes to bring the juice close to its natural form. In fact, studies have shown that orange juice is nowhere close to being a health drink as it can contain as much as 5 teaspoons of sugar in a glass. Not a lifeline but a noose Many of us are like zombies without our first cup of coffee, but in reality Dr Joseph Mercola points out the many reasons why this is a totally bad choice. For starters it has no nutritional value whatsoever. Then of course there is the caffeine which we all know is not good. It can lead to anxiety, palpitations, high blood pressure and more. Excessive coffee puts you at risk for rheumatoid arthritis. There are also chances of getting stroke and osteoporosis. Since caffeine works as a stimulant you often feel energetic. Truth is that it lowers your supply of B vitamins which actually give you energy. It also brings your ability to absorb vitamins in your body. The coffee crop is amongst the highest sprayed on in most countries. Though there are regulations within the country, there is no such check on those that are imported. And because of its diuretic abilities, it prevents your body from making use of the water it gets.

Don’t give up, just switch If you must give yourself a boost each morning, then substitute your coffee with a cup of tea, like that of green tea and organic tulsi tea. Such green teas are filled with EGCG or epigallocatechin-3-gallate. This is an antioxidant that will help you fight cancer and look after your brain and liver. It will also bring down your cholesterol levels and act as a preventive to cancer. Tulsi teas are derived from Holy Basil and have been an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine for years now. They give you a healthy metabolism and promote great bone health. Fruit juices can be substituted with vegetable juices that contain more nutrients and less fructose. The water you drink too has to be from reliable sources. What you drink is an essential part of your diet. Armed with the right knowledge, making an intelligent choice of beverages will give you the psychological boost you need for your day as well as the physical benefits it naturally comes with. This article was written by Ruth D'Souza Prabhu a Content Writer for Adoley Odunton’s Wellness Revolution. For more healing breakthroughs for your body, mind, and spirit, please visit

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