Tonic water is a form of carbonated water that contains quinine where the inclusion of quinine was originally used to prevent malaria. The benefits of drinking tonic water are mainly due to the presence of quinine. Aside from helping alleviate spasms, tonic water can ease sore muscles. Since tonic water contains sugar, it can be used during periods of high stress or when there is a higher caloric need. The sugar content of tonic water can also encourage people to drink more water, particularly when working out or engaging in sports activities. The adverse side effects of drinking tonic water are mainly due to the presence of quinine which has been associated with a potentially dangerous but rare blood disorder. Excessive consumption of tonic water may also cause digestive problems, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. This is particularly true when tonic water is mixed with alcohol.
In terms of using tonic water as an aid in weight loss, its sugar content must be taken into consideration. There are diet versions of tonic water available containing less sugar and are often the choice of people who consume tonic water to help them lose weight. The presence of trace minerals also makes tonic water a good re-hydration drink. In summary, if you need the quinine or really love the taste and don't mind artificial sweeteners, then diet tonic water is suitable in moderation. I myself prefer bottled water with a slice of lemon. Hope this helps.View Thread
I eat a small bowl of oatmeal (not the instant variety) every morning which consist of low glycemic carbs and are also are a good source of fiber which keeps me regular. Your body needs 14 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories you consume. You can boost your fiber intake by adding fruit and nuts to your oatmeal or yogurt. I personally love to add blueberries and pecans. Eating whole nuts is better than peanut butter while I also think since you're on a low carb diet you should eat full-fat greek yogurt. Your body would use the fat for energy and not store it. And it tastes better. I hope this helps.View Thread
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