I was at the gym the other day and decided to stop at their Health-Bar before leaving for a glass of juice or something. The girl behind the counter asked me if I wanted to try something new. And she handed me a bottle.
It looked like a regular bottle of water. Clear. Presumably tasteless. Zero calories. I mean its water, right? I told her I didn’t really want water per se. Maybe carrot juice? No, no. She replied. “You gotta try this stuff” as she cracked open the plastic container and handed it to me. “It’s vitamin water!” I took a closer look at the bottle. The labeled said “Juice” and the logo was exploding out of a bolt of lightening. I took a sip. Well, what will they think of next. Looks like water, tastes like fruit bunch and what’s more it was “mega-vitamin” enriched. It also cost 3 euro a bottle.
I picked up a few more bottles and headed home. Vitamin water. I’m not sure what they call it in the States. It’s not Gatorade. Gatorade replenishes your minerals when you sweat a lot. It’s not Red Bull. Red Bull just makes me want to drive all the way to Frankfurt without stopping. No. This was definitely different.
I hadn’t noticed this product before. But it started turning up all over (or had already been on the market. Must have been three or four brands with names like Crush, Formula One and others. I hadn’t realized that getting your daily recommended dose of vitamins was that difficult. Or that you needed to coax kids or athletes into taking them. Apparently vitamin water is the way to go. A shortage of vitamins in our every day diets is one of the most serious problems in modern medicine.
It’s no surprise that a lot of vitamins and minerals get boiled out of food during meal preparation. So one of the most effective methods of ensuring the intake of vitamins in a diet is the use of vitamin-enriched food and drinks. Vitamin water can be jam packed with all the vitamins and minerals and other supplements your body desires and we the consumer don’t even realize it.
Why not exclude the fake flavor and just leave it as “water”? I looked at the table of contents on the bottle and could not believe the list of ingredients. Recommended daily doses of vitamins C, B and D. Vitamin C improve the immune system and overall health and circulation in the body. Vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12 have a versatile effect on the nervous system, skin and hair. Vitamin D more often is included in composition of children’s products as it is one of most important vitamins for preventive maintenance of rickets and fragile bones. I thought Flintstone vitamins covered all these bases, but maybe they just are “cool” anymore, you know how consumers are.
What I noticed wasn’t included in the water was any type of caffeine or caffeine by-products. It would have made sense as I was in a gym. Athletes have been drinking that kind of thing for years.
But no. This was just vitamin-enriched water.
I couldn’t resist a little experimentation. Why spend all this money on what is basically water? So I took an empty bottle of “Formula One”, filled it up with regular water and dissolved one of my daughter’s “one-a-day”, cherry-flavored vitamins in it. Shook it up really good. Let it sit for a while. Took a sip. Tasted about the same! You want to out-think the ‘ol man you better get out of bed real early, pal.
I put the bottle in the refrigerator.
Two hours later my daughter came home from dance class. She headed straight to the kitchen. Opened the fridge. Took the bottle. Chugged it down in 4 or 5 big gulps.
Suddenly her face soured. She turned to me. “What the heck did you do to this, stuff?” It tastes like my vitamins! The megamucosa will provide good immune system to the person. It will develop good bacteria in the gut to remove the digestive problems from the body. The healthy person will remain fit for long period.