By Brianna Bellman – Staff Writer
Across campus students can be seen chugging a variety of different sodas. While they might deliver a quick buzz, the invincible college student rarely considers the negative health consequences that follow. To can that pop addiction, try some of the following tips:
Try substituting the pop for another alternative such as juice, milk, or water. Juice, depending on the nutritional facts, can have some good vitamin intake that can boost your immune system. Milk, can usually coat your stomach to hold you over if you’re in a rush to get out the door for class. Water is always the better choice when trying to decide what to drink. It has no calories and hydrates your body. Smoothies also can be another nutritious choice. Blend up a couple strawberries, bananas, non-fat milk, protein and ice and you won’t be disappointed.
When you’re at a restaurant out with your friends, choose water instead of soda. Instead of paying for a $3 drink, order a glass of cold ice water with a lemon. Putting a lemon in water can boost your immune system, loosen your digestive path, freshen breath, keeps skin blemish-free, and helps fight viral infections. With all of these benefits, why wouldn’t you want to drink lemon water! It not only will improve your well-being, but will make you feel better about making the better choice.
Buddy up with a friend and take on the challenge! Breaking a habit can be hard without motivation. When making the right choices, it is easier to have a friend to keep you on track and vice versa. Don’t be afraid to be assertive and tell them off when they reach for a soda!
Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center monitored 475 adults for 10 years, and found that those who drank diet soda had a 70 percent increase in waist circumference over the 10-year study, compared with those who didn’t drink any soda. Those who drank more than two diet sodas per day saw a 500 percent waist expansion!”