My Soft Drink Addiction!


I have to admit it, my wife has been right all along – I was addicted to Coke!  Coke for breakfast, Coke for lunch, and Coke whenever else I wanted it.  December 31, 2010 was the last drink of Coke I have had. No matter how much I want it, or need it, I will not drink it.  And, the good part is, I’m really not missing it all that bad. It was good with McDonald’s, pizza, and the like.

The thing that really got me thinking about stopping cold turkey was when my company started promoting Living Water. Living Water is an alkaline water ionizer. I was told by a water specialist, that if I drink one Coke, then I must drink eight ounces of alkaline water just to neutralize the acid put into my body by that one Coke! I was blown away.

Now that I am on Day 2 of my Vollara Weight Loss Challenge, I’m glad I stopped drinking soft drinks, because it really is helping me to lose more weight.  You know, diet soda is even worse for you! So, now I drink alkaline water instead of Coke. Read a report below that I discovered recently:

The average American consumes about 600 cans of soft drink a year1, and not by accident! Soft drink companies spend billions of dollars every year to make sure this number stays high1. If you think this drinking problem only affects adults, think again. Boys ages 12-29 consume more soda than any other demographic – about 2 quarts a day!1

So why is this a problem?

Unfortunately, soft drinks contain more sugar, calories, and acidity than your body needs (or wants). The American Heart Association suggests the maximum amount of daily sugar intake not exceed 25 grams for women, and 37.5 grams for men2. Also, your body needs to maintain a healthy pH level of 7.3 to 7.443; anything lower than 7.0 is considered acidic.

Let’s see a breakdown of these popular soft drinks that are fueling our nation:

Nutritional Facts of Popular 12-Ounce Soft Drinks456

Brand Name Sugar (grams) Calories pH Level
7-Up 41.46 145 3.202
Cherry Cola 44.42 154 2.522
Coca-Cola Classic 40.74 150 2.525
Diet Coke 14.70 0 3.289
Dr. Pepper 40.34 155 2.899
Mountain Dew 46.68 80 3.229
Pepsi Cola 42.11 150 2.530
Diet Pepsi 9.52 0 3.031
Sprite 40.10 155 3.298

Why are we filling our bodies with sugary, acidic, caffeinated beverages when there ARE healthier options?

Living Water® Is A Healthier Alternative!

The pH level of Living Water® is in the healthy range of 8.0 to 9.5, and can help your body maintain a better pH level. This clean, delicious, alkaline beverage has 0 calories and 0 grams of sugar, and it is conveniently available at your own kitchen sink. Living Water® is a healthier way to hydrate your body from the inside out.

So, is soda your “other drinking problem?” Are you addicted as I was? I would love to hear your feedback and comments. I also would love to see you join me on the Weight Loss Challenge.  I can help you get started by either buying the products needed at retail or at wholesale. Go to my website for full information.

Stop trying to nourish your body with unhealthy choices. Discover what Living Water® can do for you! For more information, go to www.myvollara.com/raines 

Sources:
1http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/soft-drinks-america.html
2http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-04-08/a-z/sns-health-sugar-shockers_1_sugar-shockers-guidelines-and-professor-karin-hosenfeld
3Brown, Susan E. and Larry Trivieri, Jr. The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide. Square One Publishers: Garden City Park, NY, 2006
4http://www.calorie-counter.net/calories-in-soft-drinks.htm
5http://biology.clc.uc.edu/scripts/popreslt.pl
6http://www.livescience.com/health/070321_soda_teeth.html

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