I think most of us know by now that soda is super harmful to our bodies – but it can be challenging to find an easy soda alternative to satisfy you and your wallet… until now. I’m going to share with you the best alternative I’ve discovered so far.
Why is soda harmful?
A growing body of research, including a study published in November 2013 in the American Journal of Public Health, has linked soda consumption to an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, as well as to rising rates of obesity.
Researchers at Tufts University, studying several thousand men and women, found that women who regularly drank cola-based sodas — three or more a day — had almost 4% lower bone mineral density in the hip, even though researchers controlled for calcium and vitamin D intake.
But women who drank non-cola soft drinks, like Sprite or Mountain Dew, didn’t appear to have lower bone density.
According to WebMD, some people believe that cola drinks can leech your bones of their nutrients.
Why most alternatives fail
Most soda alternatives fail because they don’t address two things.
- Your craving for something bubbly
- Your body craving calcium
So how do we satisfy both of those cravings?
The simple soda alternative
If you’ve read my article 6 Amazingly Useful Ways to Drink More Water, you were introduced to my favorite natural liquid enhancer Stur. I use it daily in my water but I also love to add it to sparkling water as a soda alternative. This satisfies the need to have something sweet and bubbly.
My simple soda alternative is Stur + La Croix Sparkling Water.
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If you try this combo and find you still have soda cravings then believe it or not you may be low in calcium. Crazy right? But try this next time… mix the Stur liquid enhancer (one squirt) into your favorite LaCroix or other sparking water (check the labels) and add a bit of flavored calcium powder.
The one I use is Natural Vitality Raspberry-Lemon Flavor Natural Calm Plus. It has calcium, plus magnesium. The magnesium helps the calcium to more readily absorb into the body and not just get flushed out of my system. Let’s face it, the American diet is so deficient in magnesium we could all probably use a little extra.
How to Buy a Liquid Flavor Enhancer
When using a natural flavor enhancer it’s important to read the labels. Often times these liquid flavor enhancers will have things like sugar, food coloring, or other ingredients that are harmful to your body and may cause your body to retain weight.
Even if the bottle or package says “natural” – please still flip it over and check the ingredients! I have been duped into buying a few “natural” brands that were ultimately garbage.
My favorite natural liquid flavor enhancer, and the only one I recommend is, is Stur Liquid Water Enhancer. There are no harmful or fake ingredients.
Just one squirt per glass of water.
You can get them at your health market or on Amazon, super convenient and fast. These little bottles last a while. Each little bottle makes between 20-30 servings.