Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Is It Really Safe?

One of the positive things that happened throughout the divorce was my weight loss. It wasn't intentional. It started with a bad case of bronchitis that caused me to lose my appetite. From there, I just kept at it. I didn't diet but cut out processed sugars and processed foods. That sounds difficult, but it really wasn't.

What I found was I felt better and no longer had heartburn or water retention. I didn't link the two together and assumed it was from my weight loss. The other day, I had to go out for awhile, so  I went to get a bottled water off the shelf. Unfortunately, I found someone had taken the last one and didn't add it to the grocery list, so I grabbed a CLEAR AMERICAN flavored water that was my ex had purchased from Walmart instead. I was blown away by how sweet the taste was and really didn't want to drink it, but had no choice because of the location I was at.

Well, that bottle of water, put me in misery for days! I had a serious headache (we are talking migraine level)  for 4 days along with lots of water retention, bloat and the heartburn was back. I was miserable. I was dealing with feeling tremendously sad and blamed it on being under the weather. I couldn't believe it was just that bottle of water. However, after reading the label, I no longer have any doubts. The label says Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water Beverage with other natural flavors. However, when you read the ingredients, it lists Aspartame and Phenylalanine. I know the side effects of Aspartame, but what about Phenylalaine? I did a search on WebMD and found THIS INFORMATION about it. Phenylanlaine is considered POSSIBLY SAFE. After reading what it can do, why is it in my drink?!!!! This beverage is marketed as a good alternative to sodas, something with no calories, no sodium and no caffeine. Well... I just discovered what I was doing to myself when I drank this.

It took those 4 days to get that stuff out of my system. I am back to normal and am back to being processed foods free. I feel good again and am much more careful of what I grab in a pinch. I used to be skeptical of the claims that these things really can cause so much damage to your system. Now, skepticism has been tossed out the window.

Do yourself a favor and read the labels and check out what the ingredients of the items you ingest can do to you. You will be stunned at what you find!!!!


  1. I didn't have the same symptoms with the water but I found I had vinegary after taste after I drank and it got worse and worse until I figure out what it was. I love cold ice water now, I can trust it!

  2. You are so right, Carol. Nothing beats a glass of nice fresh water!



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