Kick the Soda Pop Habit – A Pitcher of Water with Lemon is One Way

Want to stop drinking pop?

By Karen Caffarini
GateHouse News Service

For die-hard soda lovers, it’s a combination of the sweet taste, carbonation that tickles the taste buds and caffeine (for cola fans) that makes the soft drinks so addicting.But doctors and registered dieticians say this is one habit that should be kicked as quickly as possible, both for health and weight reasons.

“How quickly to change? As quickly as you can, taking care not to cause a bad caffeine withdrawal,” recommends Dr. Dana S. Simpler, an internist with 25 years’ experience in primary care in Baltimore.

Experts admit it could be difficult to wean yourself off soda, but say there are plenty of substitutes that will quench your thirst and satisfy all three sensations. Some suggestions:

Replace soft drinks with healthy beverages such as unsweetened iced tea or coffee, or water, says Dr. Kira Schmid, who recommends going cold turkey. Schmid is staff doctor and associate director of scientific affairs with Life Extension in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Because it can be difficult to avoid overindulging on soft drinks when dining out, especially if free refills are offered, Schmid suggests ordering unsweetened iced tea or water instead.

Simpler strongly encourages her patients to just drink just water. “They can add a little bit of juice to it — maybe 1/4 cup juice to 3/4 cup water — if they really need some flavor,” Simpler says. Or, she says, cut up an orange or lemon and leave it in a pitcher of water in the refrigerator all day. The water will get some of the fruit flavor.

If you need the carbonation, try carbonated water, suggests Angela Douge, a registered dietician with Dominican University’s Nutrition Sciences Department in River Forest, Ill. She says you can dress it up with some lime or lemon juice.

Unsweetened ice tea with a level teaspoon of sugar is OK as long as you don’t drink it within six hours of trying to fall asleep, Simpler says. She recommends skipping the bottled ice teas, which she says are generally packed with sugar.

If you can’t go cold turkey, Douge suggests grabbing a glass of soda with ice when you want a treat, not when you’re thirsty: “Drink water when you’re thirsty. If you want a soda, sip and enjoy it, put it on ice and be done with it. Only do it, though, when you’re craving it.

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Eight glasses of water a day? No, says expert

Eight glasses of water a day? No, says expert

By Martin Johnston | nzherald.co.nz

Doggedly following advice to drink at least eight glasses of water a day is said to be of no health benefit to most people and only enriches bottling companies.

And it makes people go to the toilet a lot.

Public health researcher Rob Quigley said yesterday adults typically needed around 2 litres of fluids a day, but did not need to obtain all of this by drinking water.

“We get a lot of fluid from food. Fruit and vegetables are upwards of 90-95 per cent water. Eating an apple a day is a little bit like drinking a glass of water.”

Australian university lecturer Spero Tsindos, who examines water consumption in the latest edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, said encouraging people to drink large amounts of water was driven by vested interests.

Pricier brands of bottled water can cost more than $3 a litre at New Zealand supermarkets.

A Pennsylvania University research review published in 2008 found no evidence that drinking eight glasses of water a day improved skin tone, aided dieting or prevented headaches (except those induced by hangovers).

A person’s daily fluid needs, in addition to the quantities derived from food and plain water, can be supplied from tea, coffee and even moderate amounts of mildly alcoholic drinks such as beer – despite their mildly diuretic effects – and various other drinks.

“Out of all the fluids to drink,” Mr Quigley said, “water is one of the best, Read more…