There is no nutritional value in drinking soda. Most sodas are full of artificial flavors and chemicals. This should be one of the first things we eliminate from our diets. Soda is being blamed for all kinds of health issues—weight gain being one of them. But many believe that by drinking diet sodas, they are exempt from gaining weight. Guess again! Drinking diet sodas containing artificial sweeteners can actually increase your appetite instead of suppress it.
We are a nation hooked on soft drinks. It would very difficult for many of us to eliminate them from our lives. But there are many healthy options for instance—water!
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Water is your body’s principal chemical component, making up, on average, 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.” They go on to say that the “lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.”
The function of water in our bodies can:
- regulate body temperature
- lubricate joints
- lessens the burden on our kidneys and liver by flushing out toxins
- carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells
We need to give water another chance; flavor it up with lemon or lime. If your water isn’t tasty where you live, you have the option of many different filtering systems or you can use bottled water for taste and convenience.
Tea is another healthy substitute for soft drinks. According to the Mayo Clinic, “There’s some early evidence that regularly drinking green tea may reduce heart attack risk or atherosclerosis; beneficial in reducing inflammation related to arthritis and slowing cartilage breakdown as well as some early data indicating that regular tea consumption might improve bone mineral density in older women. Studies are limited, but a recent one found that older adults in Japan who drank green tea daily showed less risk of memory difficulty, compared with those who didn’t drink tea regularly.”
When our kids are pushing for a soft drink, offer them instead a mixture of 100% fruit juice and seltzer water. Juices can be caloric, but still much healthier than the sodas full of artificial ingredients and chemicals. Let’s all make the healthy choice!