3 Tooth-Friendly Alternatives to Soda

Who doesn’t love a cool, refreshing soda? It’s true that enjoying the popular beverage is a hard habit to break once you’ve gotten used to it. Although the sweet taste is appealing, the carbonation, sugar, and acid combination is damaging to your teeth and over time can cause unwanted erosion and decay. If you’re not entirely sold on drinking only water, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of delicious tooth-friendly alternatives to soda.

Here are three flavorful substitutes that are sure to eliminate your soda cravings while helping you maintain great dental health:

  1. Make your own fruit-flavored soda tea. Steep your favorite herbal tea—the fruitier the better—overnight or at least eight hours. When steeped, combine with sparkling water and a splash of honey simple syrup to give it a natural sweetness.
  2. Switch out sports drinks with coconut water. Many athletes replenish lost electrolytes with high-sugar sports drinks, which contain unhealthy artificial colors and flavors. Instead, go with a naturally sweet and replenishing coconut water, which is a rich source of potassium. This nutrient allows your body to quickly recover after intense physical activity. The best way to enjoy coconut water is straight from the coconut itself! 
  3. Infuse your water with healthy and refreshing nutrients. For the ultimate vitamin water slice cucumbers, watermelon, lemon, and oranges. Combine with fresh, spring water for a hydrating and delicious beverage. You can even make this portable with a fruit infuser water bottle.

There are plenty of unique ways to help you kick the soda habit! If you’re having trouble with the cold-turkey approach, try cutting your soda with carbonated water. Increase the ratio of water to soda over time and your body’s sugar cravings will adjust ultimately leading you to zero temptations.

What is your favorite alternative to soda? Comment below to share your recipe or tip!

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