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Drinking too many sugary drinks, such as soda, can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Instead of loading up on soda as a sugary drink with no nutrition, try some of these alternatives that might give your body an extra boost during the day. Even better, these drinks just might save your health and save your life.

Fruit Juice and Seltzer Water

Mix natural fruit juice with seltzer water for a tasty drink that has actual vitamins. Make sure to get all-natural fruit juice without added sugars or sweeteners. Find which portions work for you if you have to drink something fizzy with flavor.

Green Tea

Green tea has antioxidants and a little bit of caffeine if you still need some “go” juice. Plus, this drink helps you reduce stress.

Arnold Palmer

An Arnold Palmer drink is half iced tea and half lemonade. Feel free to mess with the portions or throw in some extra flavors such as orange juice or limeade.


Kombucha is fermented tea making the rounds as a healthy drink. The health benefits of kombucha are controversial, and the taste isn’t for everyone. Mix some fruit juice with your kombucha for a low-calorie thirst quencher.

Infused Water

Infuse your ordinary bottled water with your favorite sweet foods. Think strawberries, coconut, or even a hint of vanilla extract. You don’t have to settle for sweets–try cucumber, celery or tomatoes if you want different flavors that are good for you.

Iced Coffee

Iced coffee, especially decaf, represents a great way to get some of the flavors you love without any jitters.


Instead of fruit juice, go with a smoothie made of soy milk or organic yogurt. Add whatever foods you want, including your favorite fruits and vegetables, for a healthy and cold treat. Blend ice in the smoothie for a cold drink on a hot day.

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