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Tonic Water: The Must-Know Facts

Tonic Water: The Must-Know Facts

The girlfriend and I spent the last couple months getting to know a refreshing summer drink: gin and tonic. A half dozen handles o’ gin later, we began a discussion on tonic water. I thought it was no different than sparkling water, but it turns out this mixer has a bit more going for it. If you’d like to join us in partaking in the iconic G and T cocktail, here are a few must-know facts about tonic water.

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    #1 Tonic Water Was Originally A Prophylactic

    Tonic water is made by dissolving a natural white crystalline alkaloid called quinine, which has been used for centuries (and as recently as the 1940s) to prevent malaria and treat fever, pain, inflammation, lupus, and arthritis. Because of the low-cost, quinine is still used as a medicine today in many impoverished countries. It’s available with a prescription in the US as well. In tonic water, the dosage of quinine is minimal, only used to provide the signature tart flavor. Even so, many of the healing properties are still intact — you’re just taking a fraction of a children’s dose instead.

    #2 Gin Makes Tonic Water Palatable

    We’re used to thinking of a mixer as something you add to alcohol to make it taste better. The G and T was invented in reverse: troops of the British East India Company in India drank tonic water to prevent malaria, but the taste was too bitter and unpleasant. Gin (along with lime and sugar) was originally added to tonic water by the army in order to make the tonic more palatable. These days, the sugar is already added to tonic water, and limes are sometimes replaced by lemons (for Beefeater gin) or a cucumber slice (for Hendrick’s gin).

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    #3 Tonic Water Today Can Be Hard To Find

    Over-the-counter tonic water these days isn’t always easy to find — many grocery stores carry it in their mixer section, and some occasionally carry it in their soda and soft drink section. Liquor stores that carry gin will often carry tonic water as well, although this isn’t always the case. While there is a variety of tonic water makers, you won’t see much competition in stores.

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      #4 Tonic Water Is as Bad For You as Soda

      Although it sounds like it’s only water, a 12-oz can of tonic water contains 44 mg of sodium and 32g of sugar. Many sodas (pop, Coke, whatever you call it in your neck of the woods) contain around 33g of sugar in the same 12-oz can. The calorie count in tonic water is 124 versus 138 calories in your average can of soda. Even still, a gin and tonic has less calories and sugar than a Cuba Libre (rum and coke), since rum is derived from sugar itself.

      #5 Tonic Water is Fluorescent

      Quinine is fluorescent, meaning it will glow under UV (black) light. The active ingredient is so sensitive to UV light that it’ll even glow under direct sunlight (although this is a bit harder to notice since the sun is out). The girlfriend and I have been trying all summer, but thus far, we have been unable to glow in the dark ourselves, regardless of how many G and T’s we drank. We’re no quitters though… to be continued…

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      #6 Tonic Water Nutritional Facts

      Percent Daily Value*

      *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

      Nutrition Table

        Original Source: USDA

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        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

        Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

        Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

        1. Exercise Daily

        It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

        If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

        Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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        If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

        2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

        Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

        One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

        This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

        3. Acknowledge Your Limits

        Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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        Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

        Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

        4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

        Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

        The basic nutritional advice includes:

        • Eat unprocessed foods
        • Eat more veggies
        • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
        • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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        Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

          5. Watch Out for Travel

          Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

          This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

          If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

          6. Start Slow

          Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

          If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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          7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

          Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

          My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

          If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

          I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

          Final Thoughts

          Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

          Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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