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Substitutes for Water?

Replacing all other beverages with pure water is a major step toward a healthy life style. The body loses water throughout the day, each day, even when we're not sweating, which means, it needs to replenish this fluid.

Majority of people use soda, fruit juices, sports drinks, energy drinks, and other beverages as substitutes for pure water but these are poor substitutes. While they typically contain a fair amount of water, they generally do not count toward water requirement. Water requirement, which is half your body weight in ounces.

Soda and energy drinks are high in caffeine, which acts as a diuretic that actually dehydrate you, making them a terrible choice for quenching your thirst. In fact, have you noticed that you tend to get thirstier the more soda you drink? Now it all makes sense why I could never feel satisfied no matter how many cans of soda I drank. There's nothing like the real thing (pure water).

Sugar is addictive, but dehydration also plays a role. Worse yet, sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, and other sweetened beverages typically contain processed fructose, which is a primary driver of obesity and metabolic dysfunction. Just one can of soda per day can add as much as 15 pounds to your weight over the course of a single year. One soda per day also increases your risk of diabetes by 85 percent, and can put you at a higher risk for cancer.

Many are under the mistaken belief that fruit juice is a healthy beverage. This is a dangerous misconception fueling rising rates of weight gain, obesity, fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes in the United States and other developed nations—especially among children.

Discovery pointed out that fruit drinks can sometimes be worse for your health than soda. An eight-ounce glass of orange juice for example, has about eight full teaspoons of sugar, and at least 50 percent of that sugar is fructose. That is almost as much as a can of soda, which contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar. Fruit drinks, on the other hand, will likely contain high-fructose corn syrup, just as soda does. Therefore, swapping soda for fruit juice does your body no favors whatsoever.

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