Thursday is Wellness Day

Posted 09/06/2012 | By HealthCorps

It might be a good idea to swap out the popular energy and sports drinks you may be consuming daily, for water and a banana. A study published recently in the May/June issue of General Dentistry found that regular consumption of sports and energy drinks, especially by teens, may be causing teeth to literally rot. The high acidity of these drinks is causing erosion of tooth enamel, the protective barrier of the tooth. The drinks literally bathe the teeth in acid. Even just five days of consistent consumption of these drinks showed enamel damage, according to the study.

A good preventive tip would be to find alternative unsweetened beverages. Green, white or black iced tea (without sugar) or plain H2O coupled with a banana can substitute for these power drinks. The fruit provides key electrolytes like potassium and healthy calories as fuel for a recovery snack post workout.

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