I get this question many times. “Can I count La Croix or carbonated drinks towards my water intake?”
Those of you who know me well already know the answer and can probably keep on scrolling, because the answer is NO. But I wrote this so you can undertsand why.
Many of my clients or friends who are starting a new program try to add more water into their day. And some of them need to reduce their amount of soda or other drinks because calories are being wasted in this area. Not to mention water aids in so many other areas for health success. Digestion, body temperature, regularity…to name a few.
There comes a time when some find it very difficult to get n 8-8oz glasses of water/day. That’s when it happens. A substitute. An exchange from one habit to the next. Just like when someone stops smoking but they start eating candy bars. Fix the damn habit please, not exchange it!
Ok, I am getting off track here, let me get to WHY carbonated drinks are the solution.
1. Carbonated water goes through a process. Carbon Dioxide is added. This is a gas. You now added another “processed” item to your diet.Is that what you were looking for?
2. Because gas has entered your body, your kidneys and lungs have to work overtime to remove CO2 from your body. (Do you see where I am going here, this is a totally backwards plan)
3. Carbonated Drinks are acidic. It can disrupt digestion AND strip enamel from your teeth.
4. Carbonated Drinks “LEECH” Calcium from your bones which can contribute to kidney stones.
Please go back to what your grandmother used to say, “Moderation is key.” Hey, I love a diet Coke or Beer every now and then. I get it. I sometimes crave a soda but this is not to replace another habit.
If your plan is to increase your water intake, DO JUST THAT. Drink water, PLAIN.
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