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Health Effects of Sugary Drinks vs. Water

Sugary Drink Facts

  • Top calorie source in teens’ diets
  • Sugary drinks are a major contributor to the obesity epidemic
  • Beverage companies in the US spend billions of dollars on marketing to youth ages 2–17
  • From 1989 to 2008, the percentage of children consuming calories in the form of sugary beverages increased from 79% to 91%.
  • The average can of sugar-sweetened soda or fruit punch provides about 150 calories, almost all of them from sugar, usually high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Studies funded by the beverage industry are four to eight times more likely to show a finding favorable to industry than independently-funded studies.
  • If you were to drink just one can of a sugar-sweetened soft drink every day, and not cut back on calories elsewhere, you could gain up to 5 pounds in a year.
  • Dozens of studies have explored possible links between soft drinks and weight, and they consistently show that increased consumption of soft drinks is associated with increased caloric intake.

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Water Facts:

  • Boosts your metabolism.
  • Fills you up so you don’t eat as much junk.
  • Naturally helps your body release fat cells.
  • Keeps food moving through your system.
  • Flushes toxins from your system.
  • Improves your mood.
  • Reduces muscle fatigue while working out.
  • Helps you recuperate faster from a workout.
  • Keeps your organs healthy while you’re sweating.
  • Keeps you from feeling groggy in the afternoon.

Here are 7 tips for drinking more water:

  • Drink a large glass of water before every meal, NO EXCUSES. This is one of the easiest rules to follow when it comes to weight loss and it’s also the most important. You must stay hydrated.
  • Drink your first glass of water within 15 minutes of waking. Put a large full glass of water on your bed stand every night and drink it when you wake up in the morning.
  • Have a pitcher of fruit infused water in your refrigerator at all times. Keeping a large pitcher of fruit infused water available will encourage you to want to drink more water. Plus, the vitamins and nutrients that the fruit adds to the water will provide an additional healthy boost.
  • Buy a travel infused water bottle. A lot of people have reported their amount of daily water intake went way up when they got a travel water infuser. It’s convenient to take it to work, school, the gym, or on the road – it’s an easy and convenient way to drink more infused water.
  • Hungry and want a snack? Go drink two 8 oz. glasses of water and wait 15 minutes. If you are still hungry than your body needs food and you should have a healthy snack.

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Fruit-Infused Water Recipe:

alt="strawberry-lime fruit-infused water" Ingredients  
5 cups water
1 cup ice cubes (optional)
1/2 cup small strawberries
1 lime, sliced
Directions
Pour water into a pitcher. Add ice and strawberries. Squeeze lime slices to release some of their juice into the water before adding them in. Stir to combine flavors.
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     Recipe By: Dey Saiee

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