Are you addicted to soda? Do you like to pour back those pops? Drinking these sugary beverages has been associated with rotting teeth and obesity.
It doesn’t matter if they’re organic, if they use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Drinking sweet drinks is simply not good for your health. Downing just two sugar-laden fizzy drinks per week has been shown to increase risk of pancreatic cancer.
And, if you think you’re safe because you drink an artificially-sweetened pop, think again. Even those have been associated with kidney decline and weight gain.
So, what’s a health-conscious person supposed to do? Here are my tips for kicking your soda habit.
Make Your Own Soda
I know! It seems hard. But it’s ridiculously easy.
And it’s fun!
If you like fruity flavors, try combining seltzer water and fruit juice at a 3:1 ratio.
Others surprise themselves by adding seltzer water to a creamy coffee, or by mixing vanilla extract and honey into seltzer water to create a classic cream soda.
If you’re going to give making homemade soda a real chance, I recommend buying a soda siphon like this one.
I use it to carbonate my own water.
This way, I know that my water is beautifully clean and pure. I’ve got a Berkey Water Purifier with the attached fluoride filter, so I know my water is 100% safe and chemical-free. (where to buy Berkey water purifiers)
Alternatively, you could try it out with plain, store-bought seltzer water like this one from Blue Sky.
Start Drinking Kombucha
This is how I beat my own addiction to Dr. Pepper!
Kombucha is mildly tart and sweet, wonderfully fizzy, probiotic, and full of energy-boosting B vitamins.
Also, because it’s a naturally-fermented beverage, it can help zap sugar cravings.
You can start by buying store-bought kombucha to see if the beverage grows on you. If you like it, then consider making your own kombucha at home. Here’s how I make homemade kombucha.
Make Water Kefir Soda
Like kombucha, water kefir is a fizzy and naturally-fermented, probiotic beverage.
Ann Marie of Cheeseslave has a great post on making homemade kefir soda pop.
Notice a trend?
Quitting things cold-turkey can be hard.
If you’ve tried to stop drinking soda and failed, then perhaps it’s time to start eliminating the bad by crowding it out with better alternatives.
Each of these alternatives is far healthier for you than store-bought sodas.
Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Did you successfully kick a soda habit?
How did you do it? Let us know in the comments. What you say can help some other poor soul stop drinking soda once and for all.