If you are serious about your health, about loving your body, about your body is your temple and this is where your soul resides… then honor it and take care of it, start with the liquids you consume.

 Soda vs. Water

Sodas have a lot of sugar (real or artificial), along with artificial colors and carbonation; three things that are NOT on the list to consume everyday. 

SUGAR (real or artificial) causes glycemic index fluctuations that are related to weight gain, diabetes, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia along with high yeast growth in the body.  Sugar also damages the collagen and elastin in your body and once damaged, springy and resilient collagen and elastin become dry and brittle, leading to wrinkles and sagging. These aging effects start at about age 35 and increase rapidly after that, according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

COLORING: Caramel coloring--the kind used in Coke and Pepsi--sugars are reacted with both ammonium and sulfite compounds, also known as “ammonia-sulfite process caramel”.  Reacting sugars with ammonia results in the formation of numerous chemical byproducts. Two of them, 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, have been shown in government studies to promote lung, liver, and thyroid tumors in laboratory rats and mice.

CARBONATION: Carbonated beverages can cause an excess production of stomach acid, which can irritate the stomach lining and cause a peptic ulcer. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, peptic ulcers are open sores in the stomach lining, esophagus or the first part of the intestine, also called the duodenum. This can cause significant pain and even lead to bleeding in the stomach. Some people also vomit blood or have black stools caused by the bleeding in the stomach. This condition requires immediate medical treatment.

Plus studies have shown that people that consume diet drinks tend to gain more weight.    People tend to eat more because they think because they are consuming zero calories they think then can get away with eating the extra calories.  Let’s be real…Can you think of any type of nutrition you are giving your body when you consume a soda?


Your body consists of 70% water and your muscles are surrounded by 75% of that water.  Needless to say you need to stay hydrated to help your muscles out, build them up so that they can work at optimum strength. Plus it helps avoid injury because water is the main ingredient in the makeup of the Synovial Fluid, which is the fluid between your joints.  


Your brain, which is also a muscle, also sits in water.  When it is low in water supply, it doesn’t function well.  Whether you are in school or at work, young or old, you want your brain to be functioning at optimum level.


Your Skin: Your skin is the biggest organ your body has, when your body is continuously dehydrated your skin will eventually become wrinkly, dry and crack easily, giving away your age and making you appear older.


Multiply your body weight by 0.6 = the total is what your body needs in ounces of water.

If that is too complicated for you, then divide your body weight in half, and that is the minimum number you need in ounces of water.

Sometimes it’s hard to measure the exact amount of water you have consumed, but if your urine is pale yellow, you’re doing a good job. If it’s a darker yellow, drink more water.

Keep in mind that people who are overweight tend to be dehydrated because the increase in body fat reduces the amount  of water the body can store.



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Elena Dieppa