Saturday, February 13, 2010

Just One Thing: Drink for Your Health

Do you have any idea of just how unhealthy soda is for the body? It's staggering! It's also staggering how much of this junk Americans consume on a daily basis. I used to do it and think nothing of it. I know better now and place a very high value on my health, something which the soft drink companies have absolutely no regard for.

One 12-ounce can of sugary soda contains 40 grams of sugar or 10 teaspoons, a 20-ounce bottle has 17 teaspoons. And whether it's in the form of sugar or high fructose corn syrup, it is harmful to the body. Too much sugar can lead to obesity and Diabetes. I know first hand about obesity and as a health professional I'm all too familiar with Diabetes and all its horrible complications and neither of them you'd wish on your worst enemy. Diet soda, which is full of artificial sweeteners, isn't any better. Phosphoric acid leeches calcium from bones and can cause bone loss. The chemicals and acids in soda erode tooth enamel. No matter how you slice it, soda has no nutritional value whatsoever.

Where would you rather be at 65, morbidly obese, confined to a nursing home bed with diabetes, soft bones and no teeth or at a resort taking mambo lessons with Johnny Castle? Cue up the music because I want to be dancing well into my twilight years!

The healthiest way to hydrate your body is with pure water and plenty of it. It is no simpler than that. In addition to water, I supplement my beverage choices with daily freshly pressed vegetable juice, green and herbal teas and the occasional sparkling water spiked with a splash of intensely flavored, anti-oxidant rich pure juice like pomegranate or acai.

Please think twice before you reach for that next can of soda, your health is far too precious!

3 comments:

  1. Andra - Nice post! AND...you won the Equal Exchange gift back from A Life Less Sweet Reviews! Please e-mail me your address so I can get it in the mail to you - less.sweet at gmail dot com. I need your snail mail address by the end of tomorrow (V day)!

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  2. So true! They should just outlaw the stuff!

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  3. RE: Just One Thing: Drink for Your Health
    I agree! Soda is evil and diet soda is the devil incarnate!

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