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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Summer in the south is hot and humid. Spend any amount of time outside, especially if it involves running around, and you’ll be craving something to cure your dehydration. But unfortunately for a lot of people in the south, that cure involves something sugary and sweet, like soda.
“About half of the United States adult population drinks a soda a day,” SouthCoast Health Family Physician Leland Dampier, MD stated. “Georgia is one of the top five states with the highest sugar consumption, with about one in three Georgian adults drinking soda a day. But I’m sure if that more adults knew what they were doing to their bodies, they would work hard to never drink soda again.”
To explain why it’s always better to reach for water, especially in the hot summertime months, we’re discussing why it’s best to avoid soda and instead reach for a cool glass of water.
You’ve probably heard lots of reasons why you should avoid soda. In fact, there are countless studies and articles listing a multitude of scary reasons to avoid sodas, like how sugary soda leads to insulin resistance or an increased risk of dementia.
We’ve compiled some of the biggest reasons why you shouldn’t drink soda, but know that this is only a fraction of the full list.
You’ve probably heard that you’re supposed to drink about eight cups of water per day. While that fact isn’t actually scientifically proven, it is good to shoot for water-consuming goal similar. In fact, it’s easier to not hydrate yourself enough than it is to over hydrate yourself. When in doubt, reach for a glass of water.
Just like with the reasons to avoid soda, there are countless benefits of drinking water. We’ve compiled some of our favorites below!
It’s hot in Savannah during the summertime. Next time you’re dying for something cool and refreshing to drink, remember to grab a glass of water and leave the soda behind.
If you have any more questions about the negatives of soda or the benefits of water, click here to schedule an appointment with any of SouthCoast Health’s general physicians.
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