Soda is probably one of the worst things you can drink. Maybe that is why it is so tasty. Here are some things you can drink that will be ten times more healthy for your body:
Water One of the best things you can drink. Too bad it is so boring. Next.
Sparkling Water + Lime A variation of the above with a little extra zest (literally!). Just get some seltzer and add a little bit of lime. Lime is great for the body and its acidity helps get rid of a lot of bad things in your stomach. Lime also has been shown to help heal scars faster. Just make sure you get real sparkling water and not something like tonic water that has a bunch of sugar in it.
Green Tea Green tea has all sorts of health benefits. It helps you stay hydrated, cures acne, and the Chinese even believe it gives you super powers. It is easy to make, can be consumed hot or icy, and is way cheap. Other teas like white tea are great too, but try to stay away from teas like black tea that have a high dose of caffeine (unless you are studying for an exam).
Soy Milk Not everybody loves it, but it is one of the healthiest and, in my opinion (once I got used to it), tastiest things you can drink. Comes in all sorts of flavors. From chocolate to vanilla to extra calcium (mmm calcium…).
Lemonade and Limeade Just squeeze one lemon or lime into a large glass of water. Add one or two spoons of sugar, but don’t go overboard. Super easy, quick, and healthy.
Fruit Juice Juices are a great way to get a lot of needed vitamins into your body. They taste great too. There is so much variety in fruit juice that you will never get bored. If the super-market just is not doing it for you, try to make some juice at home. Ever tried home-made carrot juice? It is delicious!
Beer or Wine Although both contain some alcohol, they still have many health benefits. Red wine is continuously shown to help with high cholesterol and a bunch of other maladies. Beer has been shown to have similar benefits. Read some of our Booze Reviews for suggestions.
General tips You want to drink something with not too much sugar, alcohol, or caffeine. And, completely stay away from high-fructose corn syrup! Those things dehydrate your body so the more you drink, the more you need to drink.
Giving Up If all else fails, you can still stay away from processed additives like high fructose corn syrup by making your own soda at home. Plus, it’s great fun!