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3 Real Reasons to Stop Sipping Soda

By Genevieve Cunningham

The majority of adults in America absolutely love soda. Coke, Pepsi, Root Beer ... pick your poison. Unfortunately, no matter how delicious we find these carbonated beverages, they're just not very healthy for us. But chances are good that you've heard that before, and it still hasn't enticed you to give them up. If you want to quit drinking so much soda, but you haven't found a solid reason to call it quits, take a look at these real reasons that you may relate to a little better. 

For Your Teeth

Soda is bad for your teeth. If you drink dark soda, it may create stains that are hard to reduce. If you drink regular soda, the sugar may be creating irreversible decay. Any way that you slice it, soda is just not good for the teeth. If you enjoy a beautiful, white, healthy smile, then soda needs to be added to your "do not consume" list and stay there for good.

To Make Room for Something Better

If you're filling up on soda, then you're not leaving room for the healthy stuff. Soda definitely makes your stomach feel full thanks to that bubbly sensation that we all love. But the more soda you drink, the less water your drink. Why does this matter? Because soda provides exactly zero nutritional value to our bodies, while water is an absolute essential. If you're not drinking your fair share of water, try trading one soda per day for one glass of water. Over time, increase this amount until your water consumption outweighs the soda.

To End Addictions

If you can't do without soda, you're addicted. You might be addicted to the caffeine. You might be addicted to the sugar. It might be a combination of both. Or you may simply be addicted to the flavor and the feeling that it gives your body. While this is obviously a healthier addiction than illegal drugs or tobacco, addictions of almost any kind are detrimental to physical and mental well-being.

Of course you love soda. Of course you don't want to give it up. But you have to weigh your options. Which do you want more: soda or good health? Hopefully the answer is good health! Do your best to quit, or at the very least reduce, your soda consumption. In doing so, you'll likely find your health improve as a whole, leaving you feeling better than ever before. 

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

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