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An easy start to a healthier diet…

What are you drinking?

Seriously, at the end of the day, what kind of liquid intake did you have? Was it coffee, tea, coke or other soft drinks, beer or just what?

I’m sure you’ve already heard how soft drinks have all kinds of calories. While the RDA (Recommended Daily Allotment) of added sugars to a 2,000-calorie diet is 10 teaspoons, many soft drinks contain more than that. They have no vitamins, minerals or other essential nutrients. Many have additives such as food coloring, artificial flavoring, emulsifiers and preservatives. If you go for lower calories, you can add artificial sweeteners to that list.

All of those negatives don’t even take into account the plastic bottles that end up in the landfill.

Obviously, you can’t quit drinking. Your body is 60 to 70 percent water. Your muscles, lungs and brain have a lot of fluid, and your blood is mostly water. The liquid in your body transports oxygen to your cells, removes wastes, and protects your joints and organs. You need water.

Lack of water leads to dehydration, and even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you feel tired. Repeat, you need water.

The key word here, of course, is water.

So the no-brainer easy start to a healthier diet is to drink more water! Switching from high-calorie, low-nutrient drinks to water is one of the best choices you can make.

Okay, so what if you think drinking water all the time is soooooo boring??? Well, jazz it up a little, and drink herbal teas. Even regular teas and coffee aren’t bad beverages on occasion. Fruit juices are another option.

Bottom line, drink more water and other healthy beverages, and stay away from the chemical concoctions with no nutritional value and dubious additives. Being a heavy drinker isn’t a bad thing, as long as you watch what you’re drinking!

And it’s an easy way to start improving your diet.

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