Want to know what to drink instead of soda? I have a few suggestions if you need consistent energy throughout the day…you’ll leave your soda addiction in the dust!
First of all, a confession.
I am a former diet soda addict.
I thought I was doing ok with just one diet soda a day. Typically, I drank a diet soda as a treat with my lunch. What’s the harm, right?
I was SO WRONG!
Let’s dig a little deeper into WHY diet sodas are bad for you. If you are drinking regular sodas, you think you are doing a good thing by saving around 140 calories when you choose a diet soda rather than a regular soda.
Diet sodas a made up of several chemicals including artificial sweeteners including aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose.
Artificial sweeteners are known to dull your senses to natural sugar like fruit.
According to health.com, “Artificial sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain.”
Drinking diet sodas could make you GAIN weight! Because you think you are doing a good thing by drinking diet soda, you are lead to believe you can eat more than you actually should.
Drinking one diet soda a day was associated with a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes in a University of Minnesota study. Metabolic syndrome describes a cluster of conditions (including high blood pressure, elevated glucose levels, raised cholesterol, and large waist circumference) that put people at high risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Besides the fact the diet sodas have NO nutritional value, the sweeteners used in diet sodas are linked to migraines. Many people that switch to diet sodas and start having migraines can link those headaches to aspartame.
If you like your teeth, it may be a good idea to stay away from diet sodas. A case study published in General Dentistry compared the mouths of a cocaine user, a methamphetamine user, and a habitual diet soda drinker and found similar tooth erosion.
Women, in particular, should stay away from diet sodas because of the impact it may have on your bones. It could also increase your risk of diabetes, heart problems like stroke, heart attack, or vascular death.
So, just stop drinking diet sodas!
Here’s what to drink instead of soda
Will you be mad at me if I tell you to drink water instead?
I’m OK with that. You need to drink more water! We all do!
In fact, I’ve got a few ideas for what to drink instead of soda. Check it out!
Here are a few ideas to consider, it just depends on if you like coffee, chocolate, or just want to wear a patch for consistent energy:
#1 Smart Coffee
Oh, I’m so in love with my smart coffee! Smart Coffee contains an ingredient called nootropics. With a functional beverage like smart coffee you get something a little extra that helps with you cognitive brain function.
Crazy, right? So, just by drinking coffee, you get benefits like increased happiness because the nootropics send waves to your brain that tell it to focus on your happiness hormones. Plus, when you take Xanthomax (this combo is called D.O.S.E) you will elevate all four happiness hormones – dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins.
Plus, because of these nootropics in smart coffee, you’ll have increased memory and improved focus. Plus, smart coffee can help curb cravings which could potentially lead to weight loss.
Weight loss…just by drinking coffee!
What if you don’t like coffee?! I can’t imagine it, but there are people out there who don’t like coffee! That’s where Choclevate comes in. Imagine getting all the benefits of smart coffee in hot chocolate. Check out the chocolate energy drink recipes here.
Choclevate is good for kids 12 and up! Would you like your kids to be able to focus a little more? Try this hot chocolate! Plus, some people will mix smart coffee and choclevate to cut down on the amount of caffeine they take in.
#3 Energy Patch
I’m a huge fan of our patches! We have three – one for sleep, one for energy, and one for hangover defense. They are all great to have on hand. The energy patch comes in handy on days when you are just done. And you just can’t.
Grab an energy patch for all the vitamin B you would ever want! If you like energy drinks or drink diet sodas for the caffeine, check out out these energy patches. You’ll get a more natural version of energy from vitamin B and it will last so much longer!