A Healthy Alternative to Soda You Can Make at Home


Soda alternativeFollowing on from the last page on replacing soda, we’ve got a supply of plain, nothing added sparkling mineral water as a base. Now let’s find the flavorings for our healthy alternative to cola.

As an aside, you might be wondering why I’ve gone so heavily into soda replacement on this website and just what that has to do with digestion and flatulence. Plenty.

Cola in particular can damage your digestive processes, leading to partially digested food fermenting in the colon. That’s what ends up creating those really smelly farts.

The incredible amounts of high fructose corn syrup or sugar in regular soda is also perfect bacteria food. If you want to stop flatulence and other digestive problems, a good place to start is to stop drinking soda.

There are several other important areas to cover. But giving up cola and other unhealthy sodas is definitely a big flatulence cure.

Superfruit Concentrates – A Healthier Alternative to Soda

Superfruit concentrates diluted with sparkling mineral water make a great tasting and very healthy alternative to soda. These concentrates are made from special fruits and berries, often found in rainforests like Maqui and Acai, that are unusually high in antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients.

It’s only in recent years that the demand for these kind of products has reached a level where they are no longer only affordable to the rich. In fact, some of these superfood concentrates are amazingly good value for all the health nutrients they provide. They may well be the ‘multivitamins’ of choice in the future. I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching and trying the different ones available so lets have a look at some of the best.

Dynamic Health have a good range of superfruit concentrates. My favorites in terms of best price, high in nutrients and potential as a great tasting soda replacement are the delicious black cherry and antioxidant rich pomegranate concentrates.

All of these are concentrated juice only with no added sugar (though check the label on others in the range) and make for a serious health supplement in and of themselves. Compare the health benefits of these superfruit drinks to the damage corrosive cola could be doing to your digestive system and the choice is pretty clear.

Best Alternative Soda DrinkFor even more exotic options there’s this extra sized maqui superberry concentrate (with maqui berry, acai, pomegranate and blueberry) with an extremely high ORAC antioxidant rating. Or this mangoni superfruit cocktail, which has just about everything in it with mangosteen, acai, pomegranate, coffee bean, raspberry, goji berry and noni fruit.

These are my favorite superfruit concentrates. Drinking these high antioxidant concentrates as a healthy alternative to soda has real potential to make a positive  improvement in your health. I doubt even the soft drink manufacturers would dispute that cola in excess can only damage it.

Despite being directly opposite in healthiness, I believe these superfruit concentrates mixed with sparkling mineral water also make a great tasting alternative to cola as well.

You can of course get low sugar (not artificially sweetened) cordials from the store to mix with your sparkling mineral water as well. But there’s something special about the exotic ingredients and the unique flavors in these concentrates that makes them particularly good for replacing soda.

Additionally, the high antioxidant and health nutrient content can only help with caffeine and aspartame addiction withdrawal. If you try any of these superfruit concentrates for soda replacement please let me know what you think and how they make you feel after using them for a while.

Unlike most store bought beverages, they are not loaded with sugar or high fructose corn syrup, so most won’t be super sweet. The flavors are more subtle and complex than that.

If you like, it’s fine to add a few drops of healthy stevia to the mix to sweeten them at the start. But ultimately, try and lower this over time and get used to less sweetness. You may find yourself reducing sugar intake in other areas as well and that can only be good news for your health.

Next are some important ways to minimize sugar cravings when coming off cola, followed by a 10 step plan to stop drinking soda once and for all. If you follow this simple plan for two short weeks you’ll have a great chance at kicking the soda habit with these healthy alternatives for good and feeling much better for it.

Photo 1 credit with thanks: Wiley Wiggins / Photo 2 credit with thanks: migikata

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