In children, drinking these toxic substances can lead to symptoms of ADD and ADHD, developmental delays, learning disabilities, trouble concentrating, behavior issues, allergies, vision deficiencies and more. Now that you never want to drink another soda again (or have your children drink them either), what should you have instead? Drinks like Sunny D, Carpi Sun, or Gatorade are not any better. I encourage you to read the ingredient list on EVERYTHING you consider purchasing. Know what you are putting in your body and in your children's bodies.
1 - Water
Water is the best thing you can drink. It prevents constipation, cleans the body, feeds the brain and muscles (both are 70-75% water), curbs overeating and more. I carry a Lifefactory (glass) water bottle with me everywhere I go so I can sip on it all day.
2 - Flavored Water (Homemade)
If you need some help adjusting to plain water, try flavoring it. Add slices of cucumber, mint, strawberries for some sweetness, lemons or limes. Get creative, mix flavors, have fun with it!
3 - Coconut Water
Coconut water is a great alternative to Gatorade. It has electrolytes and is wonderful on a hot summer day or after you exercise. (Read the label to find the one with the lowest sugar content and make sure it is pure coconut water. Some brands are made from concentrate and have added sugar.) My favorite way to enjoy it is right out of a young coconut! (picture above)
4 - Kombucha and Water Kefir
Kombucha is a probiotic drink that is often dubbed as the "healthy soda". It still has some sugar, but is also has good bacteria that will help with the lining of the gut. Use caution if you want to share with your children. It does contain caffeine. I've heard the rule of thumb is 4 years and older. Ask your doctor, herbalist or holistic healer and use common sense when considering your children. Kombucha can be homemade or store bought. Water Kefir is another probiotic drink and is a better option for children. Here is one link about water kefir: http://nourishedkitchen.com/water-kefir/ I encourage you to do your own research to find a recipe you like and more information on water kefir.
5 - Agave or honey sweetened tea
We love making this in the summer at our house! Instead of making sweet tea with sugar, use agave nectar or raw honey instead. Spice it up by making sun tea or adding mint.
For an additional option check out our Green Green Juice Recipe by clicking HERE!!!