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Health & Wellness: Water or Coke?

When I first came to Missouri, I was amazed to discover that people hardly ever had water. A huge cup of soda was cheaper than a bottle of purified (not mineral) water, and some people existed solely on that. I have a friend who NEVER drinks water. She just doesn’t like the fact that water has no taste… Sadly, many Americans don’t realize how important water is for our bodies. Did you know that if you increase your water consumption your energy levels will go up, you will get rid of your headache, you will feel happier and it will even help you lose some weight? On the other hand, drinking soda will only make these conditions worse.

Why should you be drinking water for your health? Water is the second most important thing that our bodies need to survive, oxygen being the first. The body could survive for some time without food, but deprive it of water and it would only last a few days. Virtually every job that the body performs requires water.

A myth about drinking water for your health is that coffee and sodas “count” as drinking water. Quite the contrary! Any drink that isn’t just pure water has a different chemical structure than water and thus reacts differently in the body.

But some great news is that the water in fresh vegetables and fruits does indeed contribute towards hydrating the body.

Still not sure which one to choose? Read the following facts and decide for yourself!


The best things in life are free. Water is more beneficial for your body than you think.

#1.   75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population)

#2.     In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.

#3.   Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as 3%.

#4.  One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

#5.     Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

#6.   Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

#7.   A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

#8..   Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?  You should drink 50% to 75% of your weight in ounces of water every day.


If Coke is so good at removing rust, do you think it is healthy to consume it? (Photo: web)

#1.   In many states the highway patrol carries  two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident…

#2.    You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.

#3.    To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the ‘real thing’ sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes  stains from vitreous china.

#4.   To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5.   To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

#6.  To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7.  To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.


#1    The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2.   To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3.   The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of Coke? Or water?

Coke or Water? It is your health, your body, your choice.

If you want to know what exactly happens to your body within an hour of drinking Coke, click here. To find out more about the healing power of water, click here.
I would like to thank Brandy Foss for providing us with the valuable information above. Brandy is a RN and a Juice Plus Representative. You can reach her at 1-800-942-1151 or bfossjp@charter.net. Want to contribute to “Health and Wellness”? Get in touch with me and share your ideas: slavabowman@yahoo.com.

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.


3 Responses to “Health & Wellness: Water or Coke?”

  1. I would rather not drink coke if my health will be threatened, that is my choice.

    Posted by nielle | February 15, 2012, 12:19 am
  2. Water is my choice, no side effects at all.

    Posted by brieth | February 15, 2012, 12:28 am

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