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From the Faucet: 3 Reasons to Choose Tap Water

August 5, 2014

In the heat of summer, it’s necessary to stay hydrated in order to help your body function properly. Your blood pumps easier, and your body is able to remove waste more effectively when you drink an adequate amount of liquid.

Unfortunately, too many people turn to soda and sports drinks to quench their thirst. While the occasional indulgence is okay, here are 3 reasons you should choose water instead of sugary drinks:

1) Tap water contains fluoride. It’s true that nearly all naturally occurring water contains some level of fluoride, but in many cities water is fluoridated to the optimal level in order to fight tooth decay. Choosing tap water in place of bottled water will not only help save the environment (goodbye, plastic!), but it will also give your teeth decay-fighting superpowers.

2) Tap water is sugar-free! Unlike common sports drinks, water contains no cavity-causing sugars. In fact, one 20 oz. bottle of a common sports drink can contain up to 40 grams of added sugar. Save yourself empty calories, and avoid tooth troubles, by bringing a refillable water bottle to your summer sports adventures.

3) Tap water is more affordable. If you’re loyal to bottled-water, chances are good that you’re spending nearly 300 times more than tap-water aficionados. An estimated $11.8 billion dollars was spent on 9.7 million gallons of bottled-water. This means a gallon of bottled water costs $1.22 per gallon. Tap water only costs $.004 per gallon.

Will you make the switch?