Rethink Your Drink

Do you love sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, energy drinks, sports drinks or fruit juice?

It’s time to rethink your drink.

According to a major study, “the odds of dying from heart disease rose in tandem with the percentage of sugar in the diet—and that was true regardless of a person’s age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index.” And what accounts for one third of the added sugar in an average American diet? Sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, energy drinks, sports drinks and fruit juice. Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages doesn’t just make you gain weight, it can also increase your risk of heart, tooth and gum disease. 

 

Health Effects of Sugary Drinks

You’ve probably had a discussion about possible health effects of artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup by now. Drinking sugary drinks can lead to diabetes, hypertension and some types of cancer, but it can also have severe side effects on your teeth. Sugary drinks eat away at the enamel of teeth, causing teeth to become weaker and thinner. This can lead to tooth decay and inevitably cavities. This is why dentists often put sealants on back teeth, so that they can prevent cavities and avoid fillings.

If you’re looking to make a little change, the CDC has a great guide here that’ll show you just how much sugar is in your favorite sugar-sweetened drinks. Keep reading for healthy drink options you can make at home, plus easy tips to remember from the American Heart Association.

Healthy Drink Options You Can Make At Home

For a bunch of great healthy drink options you can make at home, be sure to follow the “Rethink Your Drink” board on the Mortenson Family Dental Pinterest here!

Fruit Infused Water on the wooden table.

 

Lemon Cucumber Water

This has to be the easiest recipe of all time. Slice lemons and cucumbers and place them in a glass of ice water. But there are some healthy effects of lemon cucumber water you might not know:

Blueberry Lime Water

Blueberries are often called a superfood because they’re low in calories but high in Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. They may even reduce the risk of heart disease. Limes are good for your eyes,  skin, gums, weight loss and digestion. Put them together and you’ve got a delicious way to hydrate!

Go on GREEN today

RED: Drink Rarely, If At All

Yellow: Drink Occasionally

Green: Drink Plenty

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