Replacing soda with water is a great way to improve your health.

Soda is full of sugar, artificial coloring and flavors. It has little nutritional value and can actually threaten the health of your teeth and gums...not to mention your waistline!

Did you know that a 12-ounce can of regular cola supplies 150 calories - AND almost 10 teaspoons of sugar! These added calories and sugars in soda are called "empty calories" because they have little or no nutritional value.

Reach for a glass of water!

It is one of your body's most essential nutrients.

And, if you are exercising (to get rid of those extra calories) soda can actually further dehydrate your body. Try drinking water before, during, and after to quench your body's thirst due to physical activity.

So instead of soda, grab a bottle of plain water. It has no calories or added sugars, it’s low in sodium, and it’s cheap.

Consider flavored carbonated waters as well or add some flavor to your own but adding lime/lemon, cucumber, berries or even mint leaves!

Skip the soft drink and just turn on your faucet instead!