Water Defeated Soda to Become the #1 Drink in America

January 6th, 2014

Stop! Soda can literally kill you! Drink water instead!

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Water Defeated Soda to Become the #1 Drink in America

I’m proud to say that water has officially defeated soda to become the number one drink in America… at least for now. People talk plenty about the soda wars between Coca Cola and Pepsi, which began with some ridiculous and costly advertising campaigns in the 1980s. The campaigns worked, however, and America became addicted to soda and the high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners found within the bubbly beverage. Over the years, we’ve suffered from our addiction to soda, and it looks like we are finally seeing the light and giving up that nasty syrupy stuff for the refresher that nature makes: water!

Why We Are Giving Up Soda

So, why are we giving up soda? Better health is one reason. Since the soda wars, America has found itself in an obesity epidemic and all the health issues related with this very serious condition. These health issues include cancer, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and type two diabetes among others. This, alone, makes me want to forgo the unhealthy soda.

There has also been some controversy over the use of high fructose corn syrup – used in regular sodas – and artificial sweeteners in diet sodas and the health risks linked to these “sweeteners.” People are no longer ignoring the fact that as America’s consumption of high fructose corn syrup has increased, so has America’s obesity percentage. And, aspartame, the “sweetener” used in Diet Coke has been linked to neurological disorders and psychiatric issues. Yikes! I think I’ll have a glass of water, please.

Why Water Is Best

Another reason I’d like to think that we are giving up our soda habits and drinking a refreshing glass of water instead is that it’s just better for us… period! The adult human body is made up of 60 percent water. Broken down, your brain and heart are made up of 73 percent water, your bones 31 percent, your lungs 83 percent, your kidneys and muscles 79 percent, and your skin 64 percent. That’s a lot of water, which we lose naturally through urination and sweat.

When we lose our body’s water we need to replace it; otherwise, we’re faced with suffering from dehydration, which can be deadly. Sure, sodas, coffee, tea, juices, and even sports drinks contain water, but they also contain other elements that act as diuretics, which deplete our body’s water supplies. Water is water – unless it comes from your tap, which I’ll get into in just a second – and your body absorbs water best. Soda isn’t found naturally in your body, water is.

When Water Isn’t Water

So, why isn’t water water when it comes from your tap? Because municipal water isn’t just fresh water, it’s H2O plus – in most cases – fluoride, water treatment chemicals, prescription medication residue, and microorganisms among concerning things. This means that when you are drawing yourself a refreshing glass of drinking water out of your kitchen tap, you are ingesting water and these harmful byproducts of pollution and our water treatment processes.

Many health concerns have also been linked to the consumption of tap water because of these inorganic elements. As such, many people have turned to bottled water because they believe it to be a healthier option. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Bottled water has many issues unto itself, which I have discussed in detail in this previous blog post. Generally speaking, however, bottled water is usually just bottled tap water, the bottles are dangerous to your health, and they are an environmental nightmare.

Best Way to Get Your Water

So, what should you do to ensure that you are getting plenty of fresh, healthy drinking water for your body’s needs in lieu of that fattening and “sugar”-laden soda? Filter your tap water properly. Properly filtering your home’s water supply ensures that the water you are drinking is just H2O – refreshing, healthy, and yummy in my opinion H2O. You need replenish what water you lose; your organs are dependent on it!

In addition to filtering your family’s drinking water, consider filtering your bathroom water too. Your skin is a living organ that absorbs the water in which you bathe. Consequently, if you don’t filter your shower water, you are still absorbing trace amounts of the inorganic materials found in your tap water through your skin. By filtering the water that comes into your home, you are helping in America’s defeat of soda with water, and you will reap the benefits of a healthier body and lifestyle!

 

Written By: Lynn Taylor


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