Staying properly hydrated is very important to overall health. As an active youngster, you lose two or more quarts of water daily, so your body needs to be continuously replenished.
Today, many kids and adults sip bottled soda pop or sports drinks while on the go. But, did you know most soft drinks contain sugar and caffeine which may actually SPEED UP dehydration? Also, drinking acidic, sugary beverages all day can lead to tooth decay. Heavy soda consumption has also been linked to diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.
So, next time you’re thirsty, reach for a bottle of fluoridated water. The water is refreshing and the fluoride protects against tooth decay, rebuilds tooth enamel and strengthens bones.
If you do drink soft drinks:
- Drink in moderation and don’t sip for extended periods of time
- Use a straw to keep the sugar away from your teeth
- After drinking, swish your mouth out with water to dilute the acid and sugar
- Don’t drink soda before going to bed, because the liquid pools in your mouth and coats your tongue and teeth with sugary acid
Soda pop and sports drinks are okay as an occasional treat, but water is the best way to refresh yourself during and after physical activity. You’ll feel more hydrated and energized. And since water has no sugar, no acid and no calories, your body and teeth will thank you!