Most Americans prefer drinks with a caffeine punch to get us going in the morning, to keep us going strong through lunch, and to help us make it through a long and tiring afternoon. Our thirst for caffeine has made gourmet coffee a national best-selling franchise virtually overnight, and the cola companies are among the largest and wealthiest corporations in history.
There is a whole checklist of artificial drinks to be avoided. All the powdered drinks with artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and colors are no good. Canned fruit juices, pasteurized and fortified, aren’t much better. We drink these and many other beverages as if they were a sensible substitute to water. They’re not even close.
When you’re thirsty, drink water. Pure water every time is best. If you must have something besides water from time to time, choose lemonade or freshly squeezed juice. But never drink soda pop again.
A good rule of thumb is to drink 1/2 ounce of water for each pound you weight. Drink it throughout the day. If you come up short one glass each day it adds up to a dissaster called chronic dehydration.