Kids need to drink eight cups of pure water a day, instead of soft drinks, sweetened juices, and sodas, to rid their bodies of toxins and keep their systems running smoothly. Pediatricians say just switching water for soda or other sugary drinks is a major health victory for kids and their families. In the 1980’s the soda industry switched from sugar to high fructose corn syrup, which is cheaper and 1½ times sweeter than sugar. The average soda contains up to 15 teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup! When consumed at these high doses it becomes a toxin in the body with the fructose going to the liver and creating fatty cells leaving mercury and other chemical contaminates. As the use of high fructose corn syrup has increased in America, so has the level of obesity and related health problems. The soda and junk food vending machines have been removed from school campuses in the Conejo Valley School District. The Ventura County Public Health Department is now installing hydration stations of good tasting filtered water in schools. Sodas are sweet, cold, and bubbling. Substituting fruit infused water, herb tea with honey, or homemade sodas are a healthy and delicious alternative. Organic fruit, such as strawberries, oranges or lemons, can be put in glass bottles of water in the refrigerator for a refreshing drink. Herb teas come with health benefits in flavors kids like and are great cold. Kids can make healthy sodas at home, using organic fruit, roots, and bark with agave syrup, honey, or molasses and carbonated mineral water. Pure water is delicious, refreshing and healing. Instead of buying plastic bottles of water or soda, kids can save money, health, and the environment by carrying filtered water from home in reusable stainless steel bottles.