Say No to Soda

Sodas are sweet, sparkling and tasty — but don’t confuse them with a healthy drink. There are a lot of health risks connected with drinking soda and you’re robbing yourself of vitamins and minerals in a healthier drink.

Reasons why:

Soda has absolutely no nutritional value. It is filled with sugar and calories and nothing else.

Soda is loaded with high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that has been linked to obesity. Soda consumption also has been linked to the development of type 2 diabetes because of sugar content and its effects on the body’s hormones.

Soda damages your teeth. The sugar in soda coats your teeth, combining with bacteria in your mouth to form acid. Both regular and diet soda also contain carbolic acid through carbonation. These acids work to weaken tooth enamel, causing cavities and tooth decay.

Drinking soda can weaken your bones. Most sodas contain phosphorous and caffeine, which are believed to contribute to osteoporosis.

Soda can harm your major organs. Research has shown that increased soft drink consumption may be linked to chronic kidney disease, development of metabolic syndrome (a group of symptoms that add up to increased heart risk), and fatty liver, a chronic liver disease.

Artificial sweeteners are no better and have been linked to increased appetite, greater difficulty losing weight, and a harder time maintaining weight loss.

Better Choices:

Water. It is the ultimate healthy drink.  It has no calories and when it comes straight from your tap, it’s free. You may want to have it tested and add a water filter if your water quality is questionable.

Fruit juice. Only drink as much fruit juice in a serving as you would get if you ate/squeezed that particular fruit…about 3 or 4 ounces.  You can try seltzer with a splash of juice for a little fizz.  It is better to eat a piece of whole fruit. ..Plus you’re getting the fiber from the fruit.”

Almond Milk. Almond milk has a low caloric value with an 8 oz serving of plain almond milk which has no added sugar only contains 60 calories.   Almond milk helps increase bone health, as it contains 25% of your daily recommended Vitamin D intake and 30% of calcium both of which aid in building and maintaining strong healthy bones. Those who are diabetic or are looking for a milk that is blood sugar friendly will see a typical serving only contains 8 grams of carbohydrates of which 7 grams are sugar. These sugars make up the carbohydrate content thus have minimal impact on our bodies versus that of normal dairy milk which contains simple sugars that our bodies store as fat.

Green Tea. Green tea has more anti-oxidants (helps protect the body from damage) than black.  Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.

If choosing decaf–Choose green tea that has been naturally decaffeinated with water whenever you can.  Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six – eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.

The secret of green tea is it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Powdered drink mixes. AIM makes a great powdered sports drink called Peak Endurance !  It is a powdered drink mix that energizes physical and mental performance.  It is composed of 5 major ingredients:  PEAK ATP, B vitamins, Vitamin C, phosphorus, and electrolytes.   Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), the “energy currency of the body”, is the primary source of energy for every function that occurs within each cell of the body.  Peak Endurance has been clinically proven to elevate ATP levels in the body that are depleted due to stress, exercise and aging.  Throw away those other sports drinks and get ready for PEAK ENDURANCE! Visit my on-line store for more information or to order product www.aimforbalance.com

Reference http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/say-no-to-soda.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthHealthyLiving_20100128

Reference AIM data sheet Peak Endurance 2006

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