Water is an important component to living a healthy lifestyle, but who doesn’t enjoy a nice refreshing soda every now and then? Although having an occasional soda isn’t detrimental to your health, there are so many benefits to drinking water. Water aids in the regulation of body temperature and transports nutrients and oxygen through the body removing harmful toxins and waste products. Have you ever noticed when you’re feeling thirsty you also feeling slightly tired or fatigued? Dehydration can have negative effects on the body such as fatigue, and can also elevate the body temperature. On average, a person should consume at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water each day, and possibly even more if you partake in heavy physical activity. Sodas on the other hand, when consumed in large quantities, can provoke health complications. Ample amounts of sugar may cause a spike in blood pressure, which causes an increase in insulin, forcing the liver to work overtime. At this point, the sugar is then converted into fat and over time may lead to a more serious medical disorder: diabetes. The next time you’re thirsty and want a cold and satisfying beverage, reach for a nice glass of water! Your body will thank you for it!