Dr. Mercola says:
- One soda per day increases your risk of diabetes by 85 percent
- Soda drinkers have higher cancer risk. While the federal limit for benzene in drinking water is 5 parts per billion (ppb), researchers have found benzene levels as high as 79 ppb in some soft drinks, and of the 100 brands tested, most had at least some detectable level of benzene present
- Soda has been shown to cause DNA damage – courtesy of sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in many soft drinks, which has the ability to switch off vital parts of your DNA. This could eventually lead to diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson's
Pretty scary, huh? I'll stick to my water, thanks.
Never fear, there are some fantastic ways to dress up your water to make it a little less mundane. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:
Cold water infused with berries (affiliate link)
Cold water with lime juice (from a real lime...)
Cold water with cut up mint and cucumber slices (hello spa water)
Carbonated water with a squirt of orange juice (yep, from a real orange)
Hot water with lemon juice (...again, from a real lemon)
Herbal Tea - this is my absolute favorite in the entire world (affiliate link)
Or how about some mineral rich bone broth?? Yeah, it's not water, but oh so good for you.
Stay tuned for Habit #3!