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Pure water has no fat, calories, sodium, or cholesterol, and aids in helping our body function properly. So basically, water is the dream beverage — the importance of water knows no bounds! And when you add Stur to water, you get all the benefits — with some added flavor and vitamins!

There are a billion reasons why you should drink as much water as possible — weight loss, energy, health benefits — and these 11 will have you saying goodbye sugar, and hello H2O.

1. Water is the best tool for weight loss! Hell-o! Water aids in suppressing our appetite, has no calories or fat, and often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and drinks.

2. In fact, numerous studies have shown that drinking water before meals may lead to fewer calorie consumptions at those meals. Say goodbye to the clean plate club.

3. Why choose water over soda? It’s a no-brainer. Drinking one 20-ounce regular soda a day to your normal diet could result in gaining 25 pounds in 1 year!

4. Are you hungry or thirsty? Thirst signals are controlled by the same part of your brain as hunger, prompting similar signals that may confuse you. Next time you feel hunger pangs, try drinking some water, then wait 15 minutes to determine if your body was telling you it was hungry or thirsty.

5. Don’t be fooled by hidden sugar in what you may think is a “non-sugary” food! Sugar is found in tonic water, crackers, bread, tomato sauce, and dressings. Be mindful of where sugar hides. SERIOUSLY. CRACKERS.

6. Do you automatically reach for the medicine cabinet when you have a headache? Often times your headache is caused by dehydration. A great way to naturally heal that pain is to drink water. The simple importance of water…

7. The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added sugar you consume to 100 calories per day for women (~6 teaspoons) and 150 calories for men (~9 teaspoons). One 20-ounce soda contains about 140 calories and 16 teaspoons of sugar… You’re already over your daily limit just from soda. Yikes.

8. There are 4 calories in each gram of sugar. If a product has 20 grams of sugar, that’s 80 CALORIES JUST FROM SUGAR ALONE, not including other ingredients. Don’t waste your calories on energy dense, nutritionally poor foods. Have water!

9. This cold weather often leads to rough, dry skin—improve your skin by keeping hydrated. You won’t be able to get enough of hearing, “You’re glowing!”

10. Drinking water throughout the day can help boost your energy levels. Research has shown that even slight dehydration may lead a drop in your energy level! Zzzzzzzzz.

11. And water doesn’t even have to taste boring to give you all of its benefits! Add a little Stur… and you’ve got yourself nature’s dream beverage in the flavor of your choice, with 0 sugars and 0 calories. That almost seems too good to be true.

Holiday Weight Gain

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It’s the annual “I resolve to get healthy this year” time on the calendar, and you are not alone. I relish in this particular moment of the year. I have just enjoyed all the delicious offerings and now, I’d like to pack up the ornaments and start fresh — and take care of that inevitable holiday weight gain. The New Year is a fantastic moment to take hold of your life and adjust as necessary. Here are three tips that will help reduce holiday weight gain and start the New Year off right! One stone — THREE BIRDS!

Holiday Weight Gain

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1. New Year’s cleaning: General cleaning will burn 140-200 calories an hour, depending on your tasks at hand. I don’t know about you, but my floors could use a good scrubbing after all the holiday cooking and a bathroom can never be clean enough. So shake out those rugs and move that furniture, because this work out kills two birds with one stone.

Drink it up!

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2. Drink more water: Yes, we have all heard this one before. It seems easy to do, but can be hard to factor in, so start routines with it. I drink a glass before my coffee and one before bed, no matter what. I have flavored water with lunch, using Stur to sweeten without adding calories. Upping water intake reduces hunger and rehydrates after exercise.

I can feel the tranquility from here.

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3. Dedicate a place or time for exercise: In my recent house-cleaning marathon, I moved one rug. I took it out from under a table and placed it squarely in the center of the room. Now, each morning, I can use that space to do sit ups, push ups and yoga. Having a dedicated place at home to slip in a quick workout ensures that each day starts off on the right foot.


-Dr. Jenna Bell, RD

Dr. Jenna A. Bell is the co-author of Energy to Burn: The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel your Active Lifestyle (John Wiley & Sons 2009) and Launching Your Dietetics Career (ADA 2011). She is a Senior Vice President, Director of Nutrition at Pollock Communications in NYC and the Chair of the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Dietetic Practice Group. She is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Today's Dietitian. Jenna is an international presenter at professional conferences, and her writing and expertise have been featured in Self Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Men's Health, Runner's World, Outside Magazine, Us Weekly, Pilates Style, IIDEA Health, and various other consumer and scientific publications. She has appeared on the Daily Buzz, ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates, local and national radio programs and podcasts. Jenna is a two-time Ironman Finisher and has slowly completed three marathons! As a new Mom as of April 2013, she's now committed to training at Physique 57 in New York City.