While it’s common knowledge that our bodies are made up of mostly water, and therefore we should continuously be drinking it, there are reasons as to why we should actually avoid sugary drinks altogether. So, if you’re someone who is addicted to your daily diet coke, keep on reading, because you may be shocked to find out just how bad that delicious drink is for you.

Whenever you drink your calories, be it in the form of soda or an alcoholic beverage, your brain gets thrown off track. You see, when we consume solid food our brain is able to calculate the number of calories. But that’s not the case when drinking our calories.

Our brain goes, ‘Wait, what’s going on here? Why can’t I figure these calories out?’ In addition to consuming more calories, drinking this stuff can also have some nasty, long-term effects on your overall health. Just because you can’t see it on the outside doesn’t mean that other stuff is going on internally.

I joke with my kids all the time about how drinking soda is like drinking poison. While soda doesn’t have actual poison in it, it truly can destroy your body. So in some ways, we are poisoning ourselves when we consume soft drinks and overly sugared drinks because of the negative effect it has on the body.

Type 2 diabetes is a national epidemic in America, thanks to the availability and relatively low-cost of soda and sugary, liquid concoctions. All of that extra sugar wreaks havoc on our metabolism, so it ends up going into overdrive. Sometimes so much that we lose our ability to break down sugar and end up with type 2 diabetes, which is, in its most simplistic form, the inability to process sugar.

Drinking liquid sugar also contributes to obesity, which is yet another national epidemic. Our bodies are only supposed to weigh so much, and when we consume extra calories we pack on the pounds. Packing on the pounds, especially in the waistline-which is where sugary drinks love to hang out-puts added pressure on our guts to burn off that excess sugar.

Medical professionals are constantly telling their patients to stay away from soft drinks, especially large servings. So, if you’re someone who just loves a 40 ounce cola with your daily lunch, it’s time to start cutting back and switching to water. But we know how hard that can be, so try cutting your daily soda intake in half and gradually ween yourself off of the sugar.

To help your transition to drinking more water, you can try sparkling water. Brands like LaCroix, Bubby and Perrie are different ones you can try. Sparkling water is great because it is carbonated like soda without the sugar and chemicals in soft drinks. One of my favorites is Perrie because I can bring the bottles to work to drink throughout the day. It is simple because of the zero additives and flavorings.

The more you ween yourself off of soda, the less you’ll crave it. It won’t be long before you’re drinking a big liter of water every day instead of all of those excess calories!

All of this is just further prove that you should eliminate sugary drinks from your diet and consume more water. And if you’re concerned about it being bland, then try adding somechunks of watermelon, lemon, cucumber or apple slices.