Put Down That Soda: Why You Should Switch to Water

By Guest Editor on Jul 20, 2015

"75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated."

You hear it all the time: Sipping soda every day is detrimental to your health but let's look at the reasons why:

As an adult, your body mass is 45-70% water. You need to replace the water that your body loses throughout the day. Soda isn't a way to rehydrate. Water or water dense foods are the best.

While you may reach for a soda to quench your thirst, you are doing more harm than good. The caffeine in sodas acts as a diuretic, making you even more dehydrated, leading to more soda consumption--a vicious cycle!

According to one statistic, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration leads to headaches, poor sleep, a feeling of grogginess, consuming extra calories, etc.! Dehydration has an easy cure: drink a glass of water!

Soda ruins your bones. The phosphoric acid in most colas can leach calcium straight from your bones, leading to weakened bones and osteoporosis. Keep your calcium where it belongs!

For those that like white teeth, sodas can coat your teeth in sugar and acid, leading to tooth decay. The coloring in sodas can discolor your teeth as well.

Water can be boring but it doesn't have to be! Incorporate sparkling or flavored waters into your routine. You can even make your own fruit flavored waters by adding lemon, lime, cucumber, watermelon, or mint right into your water. Your body will thank you!