Comparing naturally alkaline health drinks with “enhanced” sports drinks is like comparing the benefits of eating peaches and lemons over the benefits of eating candy—it’s a no brainer!

First, truly beneficial alkaline health drinks are properly processed, so that the whole-food ingredients are kept intact with living plant enzymes and natural antioxidants. This makes it easier for your body to absorb valuable nutrients essential for electrolyte replacement.

Second, health drinks that are formulated with natural ingredients are good for pH balance, while most sport drinks are acid forming and create an alkaline/acid imbalance in the blood. (To learn more about alkaline foods and drinks for pH balance, take the Alkaline Food Test at

The most perfect naturally alkaline health drinks contain real whole foods as ingredients. That’s different from all the colorful dyes, “natural flavors,” isolated vitamins and harmful sweeteners found in many of the artificially enhanced vitamin waters and sports drinks advertised today.

Of course, some of the herbal nutrients in these naturally healthy alkaline drinks may not sound as sophisticated as something like “sucralose” (a sweetener in sport drinks made through a process of chlorination), but they are much more beneficial for the body.

Before deciding whether to consume a colorful sports drink or a naturally formulated health drink, let’s look at a sensible way to compare them.

Sports Drink Example:
• Some of the ingredients are water, natural flavors, sucralose, isolated B vitamins and other laboratory produced, artificial nutrients. So, in this energy drink you get water, a chlorine processed sweetener, unidentified natural flavors and artificially created vitamins your body doesn’t recognize as nutrients from whole foods. There are no real strawberries, peaches or other fruit. Even if there were any whole-food ingredients, the temperatures used in processing would have destroyed the live enzymes. Without those living plant enzymes, your body does not easily absorb the available nutrients. So, how many of the isolated vitamins in this “enhanced” sports drink would you really be able to use for energy?

Naturally Alkaline Health Drink Example:
• This natural, lemon-flavored health drink is made with water, lemon juice and a few herbal ingredients you probably don’t recognize. Researching further, behind the nutrition fact label, we find these natural plant ingredients contain valuable nutrients found in whole foods, plus live enzymes and powerful antioxidants. These things your body recognizes. You were built to eat whole foods from nature and when you do your body responds positively. When processed at lower temperatures, live enzymes in whole foods make it easier for nutrients to be absorbed by your cells. As an added bonus, the natural alkaline properties of the food grade herbs add balance to all those acid-forming foods and drinks most people consume every day.
In this example, you have a choice between a sports drink more likely to tear your body down or a naturally alkaline health drink that will build your body up. They cost about the same, the flavors are real fruit vs. artificially enhanced and the health benefits are vastly different. It seems easy to make the sensible selection. However, many people are confused by all the hype, and by all the brightly colored bottles or lack of real information on those intoxicating nutrition fact labels. Instead of honest nutrition facts, the marketing geniuses for those sexy sport drinks tell you how cool you will be if you drink their super exciting, “enhanced,” neon power-charged energy drinks.

In this revved up world most people want to get in, get out and get a boost. When feeling tired, it’s easy to grab something you have been led to believe is good for you. In reality, you may be doing more harm than good. Fortunately, now you know better. 

Understanding more about what you eat and drink makes it easier to motivate your self toward better choices. You can see through the TV eye candy and take a few minutes to do some research. Once you look behind the hype you quickly learn why naturally alkaline health drinks are far better for you than all those brightly-colored vitamin waters, mood-boosting energy drinks and junk food sport drinks. 

Cliff Smith is owner of an online health food store and is constantly researching the latest nutrition information. His Alkaline Food Test is a must for anyone who wants to know if she is eating enough alkaline foods. Cliff’s personal success story is highlighted by his natural weight loss and athletic achievements through a combination of concentrated health drinks, all-natural foods and alkaline drinks for pH balance.