How many sodas do you drink a day? A week? Sugar is an addiction we like to sweep under the rug, or simply decline all together. Drinking these sugary beverages has been associated with many health issues including tooth decay and obesity. To find out how often you need a professional cleaning check out this blog “How often do I need a teeth cleaning”

I know what you’re going to say, but it’s organic! It doesn’t matter if they’re organic, if they use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Drinking sweet drinks is simply not good for your health. Downing just two sugar-laden fizzy drinks per week has been shown to substantially increase your risks of pancreatic cancer!

Sugar in soda combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid, which attacks the teeth. Diet or “sugar-free” soda contains its own acid, which also can damage teeth. Each attack lasts about 20 minutes and starts over with every sip of soda you take. These ongoing acid attacks weaken tooth enamel.

And, if you think you’re safe because you drink an artificially-sweetened pop, think again. Even those have been associated with decline in kidney function and weight gain.

So, what’s a health-conscious person supposed to do?! Check out our tips to help kick that sugary habit for good!

  • I know! It seems hard. But it’s ridiculously easy. And it’s fun! If you like fruity flavors, try combining seltzer water and fruit juice at a 3:1 ratio. You’ll be surprised at how delicious this actually is!
  • Others surprise themselves by adding seltzer water to a creamy coffee, or by mixing vanilla extract and honey into seltzer water to create a classic cream soda.
  • Start drinking Kombucha! Kombucha is mildly tart and sweet, wonderfully fizzy, probiotic, and full of energy-boosting B vitamins. You can definitely find this in our break room fridge 🙂  It’s naturally fermented and will help zap those sugar cravings!
  • Like kombucha, water kefir is a fizzy and naturally-fermented, probiotic beverage.

Quitting things cold turkey can be difficult! But it’s time to start eliminating the sugar from your diet for overall health! Have you been able to kick a habit? Share with us! We’d love to hear your story!

Blog By: Ashley Grammer