Though some beverages are fortified with vitamins and contain excellent nutritional properties, many of these drinks are not formulated to treat a specific issue such as dehydration or gut health. Functional beverage creators aim to fill this gap.
Functional beverages address the issues in the modern adult’s notoriously busy day. Learn more below about functional nutrition, gauge what you need in your functional water, and try our best-selling products.
The Difference Between Functional Beverages and Fortified Drinks
There are many brands of vitamin-infused water, juice, and even coffee. How do these fortified drinks differ from functional beverages? To answer this question, consider the term functional medicine or functional health care. Functional practitioners try to identify and diagnose health problems at the root rather than treating symptoms. This area of study may encompass genetics, diet, lifestyle, and environment.
Functional water beverages are different from simply fortified water because they serve to boost health in targeted areas. For example, if someone exercised at a strenuous level, he or she could choose a functional drink that replaced specific electrolytes and minerals lost during exercise that involved heavy sweating and exertion vs just plain water or worse, sugar-laden fortified water.
While functional water by hellowater® should not be substituted for medicine prescribed by licensed professionals, it was created carefully and specifically with the consumer’s needs in mind. Our customers use our products to promote stronger immunity, gut-health, and restore balance to the body.
What Is Functional Water?
Functional water is an ideal option for a functional beverage because it often does not have the extra calories of a juice or milk product. Additionally, it can be combined with several functional supplements and it can be formulated to taste great. In short, functional water is a supercharged, hydrating drink aimed at boosting the health of the person who drinks it.
Not all functional beverages — or functional water — are created equally. While some beverages are intended to boost health, some are loaded with artificial colors, preservatives, and additives that contribute to the taste and appearance of the drink while not benefitting your well-being in the slightest. We promise our customers that we never use these harmful ingredients, and we stand by our commitment to quality and excellence.
Who Benefits from Drinking Functional Water?
Many people, especially those who are very active, have found that drinking “normal” water, or tap water, can get boring and lacks any additional boosts. Plus, when you consider that not everyone lives in an area that has crystal clear water, and still many others do not have access to proper filtration. Consider the following populations that would benefit from drinking functional water:
· Health-conscious individuals who are trying to elevate their overall body functioning and wellness
· Adventurous people who love trying new beverages, supplements, and foods to make their bodies function at an optimum level
· People with chronic illnesses or health problems who want to see how changing their water affects their life
· Anyone who lives in an area with subpar tap water
The Best Functional Beverages by hellowater®
We believe in improving our customers’ health on multiple levels — and we never detract from it by formulating our beverages with only the best ingredients available. Our three types of functional water do not contain artificial colors, sweeteners, or flavors. Check out a little bit more about our lineup:
1. Prebiotic Water
You may have heard of probiotics — special “good” bacteria that exist in yogurt, miso soup, and supplements — but what about prebiotics? According to WebMD, prebiotics is an essential component of everyone’s diet. They are often grouped with probiotic fibers, but they are slightly different as most of them come from plants. Like probiotics, people often do not consume enough prebiotic matter, or vegetables in general, to impact gut health when it is most needed.
The solution to closing the fiber gap isn’t as life-changing as one might think. Studies have found that you can technically leave your current diet untouched and by simply adding a small amount of fiber to your daily routine, you can boost your overall health.
We went one step further and concluded that it might be easiest to simply drink it! We provide 5 grams of soluble fiber from chicory root in every bottle. So, just 2 bottles a day will give you up to nearly 40% of your daily recommended fiber! This makes a difference as the numbers show that most of us are deficient by approximately that much.
Prebiotics serves as a food source for the probiotics that live in your gut. These helpful bacteria can improve your gut health, your immune system, and your mood. Feed these little friends and hydrate yourself with our seven flavors of prebiotic water!
2. Alkaline Water
Alkaline water is somewhat new to the health market, and many customers have found benefits in adding this type of water to their daily routine.
Alkaline water refers to the pH of the water itself: while a pH of 7 is neutral, a slightly alkaline pH of 7.35–7.45 is considered optimal for human health. Even minute changes in your body’s pH levels can cause a major impact on health. Alkalosis, which is caused by a high pH level, can cause symptoms like confusion, muscle twitching, and nausea, while acidosis can result in fatigue, shallow breathing, and headaches.
Alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Because of this, some advocates of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your body. Alkaline water must also contain alkaline minerals and negative oxidation-reduction potential (ORP). ORP is the ability of water to act as a pro-antioxidant. The more negative the ORP value, the more anti-oxidizing it is.
Many practitioners think that alkaline water can reduce the acid in a person’s bloodstream providing better balance. Additional suggested benefits are:
- anti-aging properties (via liquid antioxidants that absorb more quickly into the human body)
- colon-cleansing properties
- immune system support
- hydration, skin health, and other detoxifying properties
- weight loss
- cancer resistance
Of these claims, advanced hydration is by far the most common with alkaline water being absorbed more quickly by the body and bloodstream and thus aids in recovery from physical exercise more quickly.
hellowater® ’s alkaline processes utilize spring water, which by the nature of its mineral spring components, are sufficient to provide consumption minerals and assist in the electrolysis process utilized for alkalinity. Our alkaline water maintains a pH level of 9.5 from the first sip to the last. It also will not lose its alkaline properties while sitting on the shelf. (Hint – that’s a huge difference between hellowater® and other alkaline waters in the market!)
3. Defense Water
Our bodies are constantly bombarded by toxins. In fact, manufactured toxins are so prevalent today that they are impossible to avoid. They enter our bodies with each breath, meal, or drink we take; through the clothes and cosmetics we wear; and surround us with the things we encounter every day in our homes, workplaces, playgrounds, gyms, and travel.
As if it wasn’t difficult enough to try and stay healthy year-round, it can be pretty discouraging to be reminded just how prevalent toxins are in our everyday lives. This is why you need hellowater® Defense powered by CYTO +™.
hellowater® Defense powered by CYTO +™ is patented (you know it’s SERIOUS when we add a ™). CYTO+ creates a shield against incoming toxins by working with and bolstering our primary chemical processing engine, P450. When you are stressed, hydration and beneficials are crucial for maintaining the health of your immune system. And we’ve got you covered.
hellowater® Defense powered by CYTO+ is our crafted blend of electrolytes, vitamins, and beneficial botanicals that provides everyday support to your immune system. CYTO+ bolsters P450 to target and eliminate toxins in the body, those that have evaded the body’s natural defenses and taken up residence in your cells.
We make our bodies stronger by recharging our natural defense mechanisms inside every cell. CYTO+ aligns our innate defense mechanisms and gives your body that added boost you were looking for!
Considering the uncertainty we’ve all lived with for the past two years, do yourself a favor and dig into our Defense line of functional water – you won’t regret it.
Make Water your First Step towards Functional Wellness (NEED A BETTER TITLE HERE)
At hellowater®, we believe that optimal health is an attainable human right. Consuming products with poor nutritional value and harmful additives can often affect your health more than you think. Because changing your habits often starts with the water you drink every day, we know that our products can go a long way to contributing toward your good health.
Here’s to your health!