I'm still surprised and concerned by the number of people who tell me that they don't drink water. As a dentist, I regularly see the damage that highly sweetened and acidic beverages can do to the teeth. But I also see how excess sugar, acid, and chemical additives can take their toll on the overall health of the body.
No matter what an advertisement may tell you about the added vitamins, minerals, or electrolytes in a particular softdrink, the truth is that your body will almost always be better off with plain water. In fact, the benefits of the nutritional additives in most softdrinks are often nullified by the work your body has to do to process the extra sugar, acid, and chemical flavorings used to make that drink taste good. Sodas, juices, and energy drinks are simply not necessary to health or hydration in any way. But water is.
This month, in The Headache Series, we're exploring the importance of hydration and how drinking enough plain, unflavored water every day can play a significant role in helping many people who suffer from chronic mild headaches. I do hope that you will take a look, and perhaps learn something new about your body. But before you do, why not get a glass of water to sip on while you read?