Trust me. If I had the funds, I would attend an acupuncture session or go to the spa for a massage to help relieve my stress. Unfortunately, neither one of those options are in the stars any time soon. Luckily for me, however, there are other ways to relieve stress, including water enhancers like Vacay Water Enhancer (Island Lemonade).
Recently, I was able to try Vacay Water Enhancer (Island Lemonade). This water enhancer claims to relieve stress and anxiety, ease tension, and calm the mind.
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I must admit, upon receiving Vacay Water Enhancer, I was a bit skeptical. I wasn't sure that a simple powder could relieve stress and calm the mind. When I read the ingredients, however, I was a little more open-minded.
- Ingredients: Natural lemon lime flavor, stevia, citric acid, 1-theanine, chamomile std extract, passion flower extract, maltodextrin, glucose syrup, arabic gum, sunflower oil, ascorbyl palmitate, silicon dioxide
I decided to do some quick research on these ingredients to decide for myself whether or not the product is truly all-natural, as claimed.
Natural lemon lime flavor - This one seems pretty self-explanatory, which one would assume is from a natural source, most likely from lemons and limes.
Stevia - If you're not familiar with Stevia, it is an all-natural, non-caloric sweetener from the Stevia plant (native to South America). In my opinion, it's way better than sugar in regards to sweetness.
1-Theanine - An amino acid (a building block for proteins) that is sometimes used to treat anxiety and high blood pressure. It is similar to glutamate, which occurs naturally in the body.
Chamomile std extract - Chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs. Chamomile is typically used to treat insomnia and to induce sedation and has also shown promise in treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Passionflower extract - An all-natural extract, and according to WebMD, passionflower has calming, sleep inducing, and muscle spasm relieving properties.
Maltodextrin - I wasn't sure about this one, but sure enough, maltodextrin is natural. It is a carbohydrate (or sugar) derived from corn or potatoes. It is an alternative sweetener that is easily digestible.
Glucose syrup - It's basically sugar syrup. Most glucose syrups are derived from corn. Being that the ingredients weren't specific, I can't say for sure what type of glucose syrup is used in this product. Despite this, glucose is a naturally occurring ingredient, and may be used as a humectant.
Arabic gum - Commonly known as Acacia, arabic gum is a source of dietary fiber. It's sometimes used to aide in weight loss and/or reducing cholesterol.
Ascorbyl palmitate - This is basically another form of vitamin C, and is also an antioxidant food additive.
Silicon dioxide - I wasn't sure about this one either, but it's essentially sand. Before you freak out, you should be aware that it's found in many different foods, but is used to absorb moisture and prevent clumping. It is not digested or absorbed in the digestive tract, so there is no risk of toxicity.
Needless to say, it's clear that the Vacay Water Enhancer is truly an all-natural product---but please realize that this doesn't always mean safe. For example, if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients, you should obviously avoid it. Also, it should be noted that none of the claims the product makes have been proven by the FDA.
With that said, let me clue you in to how well it works.
Does Vacay Water Enhancer really work?
Upon opening the little 15 gram package, I noticed that the product had a strange smell. It honestly reminded me of a bunch of different herbs and spices. With that said, it was not a bad smell. It was interesting, to say the least. The taste, however, was much different than the scent.
I mixed one teaspoon of the yellow/brown powder with 16 ounces of water (the directions call for 1/2 teaspoon per 8 ounces). I shook up the bottle until the powder was completely dissolved.
To test the taste, I took two small sips. To my surprise, it was very pleasant. I was expecting more of an "earthy" taste, but it was actually quite sweet and tasted of lemonade. It is certainly a product I could see myself drinking regularly, simply for the taste.
I drank the mixture pretty quickly and within 20 minutes, I started feeling the effects. It made me feel tired, but also relieved my tension. I was quite impressed that it had actually worked!
With that said, I feel that 8 ounces with 1/2 teaspoon would probably suffice, as opposed to drinking 16 ounces of water with 1 teaspoon like I did. I honestly felt like I was ready for bed after drinking it. If you're having trouble sleeping, the Vacay Water Enhancer is likely to help you out in that department.
How does it work with GAD?
My sister was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and while she was here one day, she began to have an anxiety attack. Thinking quickly, I decided to see if the Vacay Water Enhancer could help ease her anxiety. I mixed up 1/2 a teaspoon in a cup of water and gave it to her. She was surprised at the taste and while it didn't work immediately, within 20 minutes, she was calm again. Like me, she was impressed that a water enhancer could actually help her calm down. Even with 1/2 teaspoon, she still claimed to feel tired, however.
Bottom line, this product really worked for both me and my sister who has GAD. As mentioned previously, it tastes great and it dissolves quite well in water.
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