Unless you walk around all day with a glass or water bottle in your hand -- and God bless ya if you do -- you're probably not drinking enough water. That's a shame, too! Drinking water keeps your skin looking young. It can help fill you up and keep weight in check. It will help digest food. It can prevent headaches. I used to frequent this New Age healthy living/oil place near my bachelorette apartment; it was probably a substitute for having health insurance. At any rate, I read a book there in the corner -- they were laid-back like that -- that said something like 90% of aches and pains can be alleviated by drinking lots of water! I don't remember the name of the book.
I was twice judge of the International Water Tasting Festival at Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. I was trained by water expert Arthur Von Wiesenberger on what makes a water good or bad.
But water can taste so . . . blah. Or worse! I still remember this big ol' family fight that happened decades ago. It started when I was at my grandparents' home and I was thirsty. My mom told me to get some water from the faucet. I was looking for something more exciting. My grandmother suggested I add some apple juice. My mom said I didn't need that and I should learn to drink plain water. As they say at the races . . . and then they were off! Ugh.
It's a shame that when you go to restaurants, there aren't more sugar-free beverage options. You'd think with people trying to be more health conscious in the US, restaurants would be going along with the program.
Many of us have diabetes. It's not a death sentence, but if we don't watch our sugar intake, it can be.
Many of us have resorted to artificial sweeteners. They don't really go for that in Europe. I remember being in a tea house in Amsterdam -- coffee houses are something else altogether! -- and showed the owner one of the packets of chemicals I brought in my purse and offered him one. He exclaimed, "Keep it! Keep your cancer packets to yourself!" Eeek!
That's why Stur water flavorings are such a great new product! I was happy to be hosted to experience a couple of flavors; Truly PomeCranberry is particularly refreshing. They were created for a pregnant woman who wasn't drinking enough water, but she and her husband didn't want to drink a bunch of artificial chemicals.
Here's what they say about it:
What makes Stur taste sweet?
Stur contains only NATURAL stevia leaf extract. The sweet leaves of the stevia plant have been safely used as a sweetener in South America for centuries, and are recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the general population, including pregnant women and children.
Stur does NOT use artificial or chemical sweeteners commonly found in other water enhancers and bottled beverages, such as Sucralose, Aspartame, and Acesulfame Potassium.
Does Stur contain any artificial ingredients, or have any side effects?
Stur has NO artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. We do use preservatives for freshness, so you can enjoy Stur for several weeks after your first open the seal.
Stevia is an FDA approved food additive, commonly found in many other natural beverages. Please consult with your physician about taking any products in conjunction with your medications or allergies.
What vitamins are in Stur?
Stur contains a blend of essential vitamins, including A, D, E, B3, B5, B6, B12. B vitamins are considered essential nutrients meaning they can only be obtained through the diet and can't be made by your body in adequate amounts.
Does Stur contain caffeine?
No. Stur is a completely caffeine-free product.
Is Stur gluten-free?
Yes, all Stur products are wheat gluten-free.
Is Stur Kosher?
Stur uses Kosher ingredients, but has not yet been certified Kosher.
They come in a 1 oz. plastic squeeze bottle -- perfect for a 3-1-1 bag, if you're traveling. Airlines often serve hyper-filtered water that tastes flat.
It's also economical. I remember as a kid going to an amusement park with a "friend of the family". She didn't want us kids to get drinks . . . in her words, "Once they start drinking, they won't stop!" Um, that's actually a desirable thing to happen.
You just squeeze one squeeze into a glass of water. You don't have to shake or mix or anything.
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