Teens have been addicted to the sugar in soda and junk food with vending machines in their schools and parks, and oversized drinks at fast food places. These vending machines have been removed from some school campuses, parks, and playgrounds across the country, as pediatricians say just switching water for soda is a major health victory for kids and their families.
The average soda contains up to 15 teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup! In the 1980’s the soda industry switched from sugar to high fructose corn syrup, which is cheaper and 1½ times sweeter than sugar. 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.
Drinking water not only rids the body of toxins, but keeps the body system running smoothly. Water boosts skin health and beauty, lubricates the joints, cushions the brain and relieves headaches, maintains blood pressure, and regulates body temperature. Teens need to drink eight cups of pure water a day and extra cups of water when it’s hot outside or after exercise to stay hydrated. Pure water is delicious, refreshing and healing. Instead of buying plastic bottles of water, teens can save money, health, and the environment by carrying filtered water from home in reusable stainless steel bottles.