Can Other Drinks / Beverages Replace Water?
Are you one of those people who always have a
can of soda at your desk? 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 pile 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 about that
artificial sweeteners are linked to brain tumours? 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.
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 the
effects of colas are devastating to the body. Acidity, sugars,
and artificial flavours 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 to not drink them recreationally. Many times
parents will let children drink them because of the ‘cool’ flavours.
One Baylor University study of sports drinks said there was one
case of irregular heartbeat was reported in a football player
who consumed too much potassium per day by drinking too much
of a sports drink. 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, than they are not very
good for you!
Other drinks that cannot be replaced by water
are coffee and tea. Much has been said about coffee drinks as
a source of fat and empty 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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