Healthy drink

It seems that today, our children and families are not getting the healthy drink or drinks they need. The constant drinking of soda pop by our kids is believed by many to be one of the reasons if not the biggest reason for the high rate of obesity in the United States today.

In order to change this problem in our country, we need to consider making and teaching different lifestyles for our families. And in the area of healthy diets this begins with healthy drinks. This means changing to water, milk and natural juices.

Water is the best drink to begin with, and that means you must provide some education to your family about why water is important to a healthy diet and what water does for your body. There are many resources on the internet to help you do this. Next, be sure that you give your family many choices.

• Water. Flat or fizzy, flavored or plain, this is the beginning of any healthy diet change for your family. There are also many reusable water bottles to provide for your kids. They come in every shape, size and color. For younger kids, make a game of going to the store to buy water bottles.

• Milk. Low-fat and fat-free milk are good choices as milk contains calcium and protein and can prevent many health problems later in life.

• 100% fruit juice. Fruit juice is abundant with vitamins.

• Vegetable juice. Vegetable juice is low calorie and also full of vitamins and nutrients.

But overall, water is the healthiest drink so do all you can to make water more appealing to your family. There are many bottled waters currently on the market including spring water, sparkling waters, mineral water and many of these come enhanced with flavors. Just check the labels to make sure there isn’t a lot of sugar or calories. A large assortment of calorie free flavors to flavor sparkling water to great taste is sold at Also, any lifestyle changes for good health must include daily exercise. This means turning the television, and computers off, and doing things as a family outside. Try taking walks in the evenings for a good start. Encourage your children to take part in sports at school and encourage your schools to add recess and physical education back into the school’s daily curriculum.

But most of all begin this lifestyle change with healthy diets and that means healthy drink choices with water being the best of the healthy drinks.