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How to Successfully Eliminate Soda From Your Diet

By Genevieve Cunningham

Soda is so good and so bad all at the same time. There was once a time when no one drank soda. But once the sugary goodness was invented and distributed to the masses, all hope was lost. Everyone loved that sweet flavor and bubbly sensation in their mouths. For a long time, society had no clue about the negative impacts of consuming soda. In today's world? We're all well aware that it's bad for our bodies and health, but we're also incredibly addicted to it. So what can we do? If you're finally ready to nix your soda habit for good, take a look at these tips to help you find success. 

Start With One Drink at a Time

For a lot of people, soda is the prominent drink in their lives. They have soda first thing in the morning. They have it with lunch. They have it all day long! It's their go-to. If this is you, don't try to go cold turkey. Instead, cut one drink at a time. Try cutting out your lunchtime drink and swapping for water. Allow yourself some time to get used to this before moving on to the next. This slower approach is usually a little bit easier and has longer lasting results for serious soda drinkers.

Consider a Healthier Alternative

Many who are trying to shake the soda habit look for something to take its place. They can't imagine switching to water with no flavor or bubbly sensation. If this is you, opt for a slightly healthier alternative. You don't have to go straight from soda to H2O -- try sparkling water, juice, or an herbal tea. This helps break the soda habit in a gentle way, which makes it easier on the mind to stick with long-term. 

Research Again and Again

Sometimes the more you know, the easier it is to quit a bad habit. Soda brings numerous negative side effects to the body. It's bad for your heart, your skin, your digestive tract. It affects your weight, your blood sugar, and your energy levels. It stains your teeth and wears away the enamel. It fills your body with empty calories. And more importantly, it brings zero good side effects into your life. With multiple bad side effects and absolutely zero positive reasons to drink it, why continue?

If you love soda, it's not the end of the world. But you'll definitely be healthier if you can break the habit. Use these tips to say goodbye to your favorite flavored drink, and your overall health is sure to improve as a result. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glendale, Calif.

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