While it may be tempting to pick up a soda or an energy drink when you’re thirsty, doing so regularly can a negative effect on your health – both in the short-term and the long-term. Instead, the smarter and better thing for your body is to reach for a tall glass or bottle of water.
Unlike sodas, juices, and teas, water is naturally sugar-free and the healthiest drink available. Not only does it keep you hydrated it also can help distribute healthy nutrients throughout your body, get rid of waste, give your skin a healthy glow, and most importantly – keep your teeth healthy.
Water washes away the leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria love and it dilutes the acid produced by these bacteria. Over time, that acid will wear down the enamel of your teeth. Water also is naturally sugar-free so it doesn’t leave unwanted sugar behind.
Water also helps combat dry mouth. Dry mouth is a symptom of other conditions that occurs when the body does not produce enough saliva. Saliva is the mouth’s first line of defense against tooth decay helping to wash away leftover food and adding important minerals to your teeth. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help to produce the saliva your mouth needs.
So next time you’re feeling thirsty, skip the 32 oz. soft drink or the loaded tea and choose water instead. Your body will thank you!