Healthy Drinks to Smack Down Sugar Drinks

Are sodas and sugary drinks really that bad for your health? A cold, sweet, carbonated beverage tastes so good on a hot day. Who doesn’t like a can of Coke, Pepsi or “insert your favorite sugary drink here”? Unfortunately, even though they have been engineered to trigger the pleasure center in your brain and they taste great, most soft drinks are downright deadly.

What Happens When You Drink a Soda?

  • Within 10 minutes of polishing off a canned soda, a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar invades your body. This is more than your entire recommended daily allowance (6 teaspoons of sugar per day for women, 9 for men).
  • Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar soars, and your liver begins turning that sugar into fat.
  • Inside of one hour, your blood pressure spikes.
  • An identical response to that of heroine in a drug addict occurs in your brain, and you begin to suffer a sugar crash.
Diet sodas are no better.
Instead of sugar they use unhealthy artificial sweeteners like aspartame and saccharine or sucralose. Even though many of them are calorie-free, diet sodas have been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, weight gain and stroke.
You know that sodas and other sugary drinks are unhealthy for you, but they are so hard to avoid because they taste so good, and they reward your brain with “feel-good” responses when you drink them.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could enjoy a wonderful tasting beverage that rewarded the pleasure centre in your brain, while also treating your body in a positive manner?

That is absolutely a possibility. In recent years, juicing machines have become all the rage. You can place a selection of fruit and/or vegetables in the food chute on a juicer, and that piece of healthy food is rendered into a delicious beverage.

Green tea is a delicious “super food” beverage. Green tea is chock-full of antioxidants and other wonderful flavonoids and polyphenols, more than white, black and oolong teas, which are also healthy drink choices. Green tea reduces your risk of contracting cancer, getting cavities or suffering from heart disease, and it is a great detox beverage as well.

Mint tea relaxes your muscles and helps relieve pain if you are stiff and aching. One percent low-fat milk curbs food cravings and provides carbohydrates, protein and just the right amount of healthy fat. Hot chocolate can improve your mood and reduce your chances of becoming depressed, and can help protect against heart disease.

Tomato juice (low-sodium variety) is great for fighting cancer. Cranberry juice has a naturally sweet-tart taste. It also helps prevent urinary tract infections and gum disease. Orange juice, not concentrated, fights birth defects, boosts your immunity, is a great source of vitamin C, and can help lower your risk of developing lung cancer.

Do not forget water. On ice, water is a refreshing and healthy beverage that helps you feel full quickly, and may lead to you eating less during the day. Incorporate these healthy beverages into your daily routine instead of dangerous and unhealthy sodas and sugary drinks. Your health, and waistline, will thank you.