Can Other Drinks/Beverages Replace Water?

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Are you one of those people who always have a can of soda at your desk? If the answer is yes, you may want to think about taking a trip to the water cooler instead. Not only can soda pack on the pounds, it can also deteriorate the body as well.

The sugar in soda, usually containing 9 teaspoons, can over time cause you to pack on the pounds. Also, did you know that that much sugar can compromise the immune system for up to 12 hours? Drinking diet cola? Have you heard that artificial sweeteners are linked to brain tumors? Caffeine is another major issue for not just soda drinkers, but coffee and energy drink buffs as well. Caffeine consumption can cause dehydration and when not consumed, terrible headaches, shakes and irritability occur. While a morning boost may not have serious long-term effects, constant consumption will indeed take a toll on the body.

The biggest, most important reason to steer clear of the fizzy beverage is mineral depletion. The long term effects of colas are devastating to the body. Acidity, sugars, and artificial flavors and sweeteners can actually shorten your life. There is enough acid in a can of soda to kill, that is, if our body did not contain mechanisms to neutralize it. But, that means our bodies' precious minerals, such as calcium, are being used for this instead of what they are intended for! Did you know that it takes 32 glasses of water to neutralize the acid from one 12 oz. cola or soda? Wow! Sports drinks are arguably said to be a good choice by athletes needing to replenish minerals. However, people should caution themselves not to drink them recreationally. Many times parents will let children drink them because of the "cool" flavors. One Baylor University study of sports drinks said there was one case of irregular heartbeat reported in a football player who consumed too much potassium per day by drinking too much of sports drinks. Sports drinks also contain sodium, as well as a significant concentration of carbohydrates and calories. If people are drinking sports drinks, not because they are working out and losing minerals through sweat, then those sports drinks are not very good for health!

Other drinks that cannot replace water are coffee and tea. Much has been said about coffee drinks as a source of fat and low calories. Many of these coffee specialty drinks have become more like desserts and should be treated as such, not drank on a regular basis. Coffee may be a great way to wake up in the morning, but after 8 hours of sleep, bodies need to be hydrated again, not dehydrated, as coffee will do. Need to wake up? Replenish your body with water and do some stretches or go for a walk or run to get the blood pumping. Reading about the harmful effects of these drinks should shed some light on the benefits of our great natural resource: water!

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