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Drinks to Avoid in the Summer

June 8, 2019 by

With summer approaching, it is a good time to think about how hydrated your body is. Nothing feels better than a cold drink when you’re hot, and water is always your best bet, but what about some other drinks that are commonly consumed in the summer months?

There are certainly some drinks that are best avoided to make sure you stay healthy and hydrated over the summer. You don’t want to overload your body with sugar and carbs while you are trying to hydrate and cool down. In order to prevent yourself from gaining weight during the summer months, be sure to avoid drinking the following drinks:

Soda

Soda can negatively impact your health in several ways, from putting you at a higher risk of obesity and developing type 2 diabetes to damaging your dental health. You may find yourself turning to diet soda, however, this artificial alternative to real soda can quickly lead to cardiovascular disease and put you at a higher risk of developing dementia or having a stroke.

Wine coolers

When you add extra sugar and fruit juice to wine, you end up with a sweet wine cooler that is typically made from very low-quality wine. Wine coolers have artificial ingredients such as food coloring, flavors, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, which makes them an unhealthy choice all year round.

Beer

Not only is the alcohol in beer unhealthy for you, but beer has a lot of empty calories and it is also a strong uric acid trigger. When you have high levels of uric acid in your blood, you are at a higher risk for developing gout, high blood pressure, obesity, and kidney disease. Further, the alcohol content in beer is dehydrating, which can be very dangerous during the summer months.

Lemonade or fruit juices

Of course lemonade sounds very refreshing when you are in the heat of the summer, and you probably see it everywhere you turn. However, when you buy pre-made lemonade from the store, it is full of added sugar, artificial colors and flavors, and high fructose corn syrup. If you want to have a healthy alternative to store-bought lemonade, make you own using a natural sweetener like stevia or monk fruit. This way, you can control its ingredients and make sure that there is nothing artificial in your beverage.

Sweetened teas

While tea in and of itself is healthy, when you add a lot of sugar to it, it becomes fattening and will make your blood glucose level spike. This will have you reaching for more sugar in a matter of hours. It is fine to drink fresh iced tea that you brew at home, even if you want to sweeten it a bit with some stevia, but avoid buying sweet tea from the store or ordering it at a restaurant.

Energy drinks

You probably have a lot going on in the summer with the longer amount of daylight and the outside activities going on. However, don’t reach for an energy drink to help get you through a long day. While energy drinks can give you a boost of energy in the short term, they can have very severe consequences in the long run, such as anxiety, stroke, caffeine toxicity, irregular heartbeat, addiction, and even death.

Sports drinks

People often drink sports drinks in the summer, thinking that they provide the body with extra hydration because of the added electrolytes. However, they are also full of sugar and artificial ingredients, which make them as unhealthy for you as drinking a soda. If you are concerned about your level of hydration, the best thing you can drink in the summer is water.

Frozen coffees

Iced coffee probably sounds good on a hot morning, but these drinks are often the equivalent of a milkshake in terms of nutrition. Not only are they full of sugar, they often have toppings, artificial flavors, and more sugar than you should eat in an entire day. If you enjoy drinking iced coffee, drink it black and add a bit of stevia and organic milk if you want to make it creamy.

Your best bet in the summer is to stick to water. Add some lemon if you want some additional flavor, or throw in some frozen strawberries or other fruits to give yourself some variety.

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