In 2004, I had terrible acne, zero energy, and I was 55 pounds overweight. So I decided to see a doctor.
“It’s your metabolism slowing due to age,” he told me. “Fairly normal but you should go on medication.”
Pills? Really? I wasn’t convinced that was the answer. And so, instead of going to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription, I went home to examine my fridge.
What was I putting in my body? There had to be a link between my diet and my health.
Almost immediately, I found the culprit -- Diet Coke. I was addicted to the stuff at the time, drinking upwards of four cans a day.
And I’ll admit, the word “diet” had totally won me over. Gosh, I thought I was being so responsible.
But then, I read the full list of ingredients for the first time… and I didn’t even recognize most of them! What the heck was I drinking?!
That day, I decided to cut Diet Coke out of my life and started drinking water, instead. Three months later, my acne was gone, I was bursting with energy, and I had lost 40 pounds!
Everything was great -- except for one minor detail: There was no way I’d be able to keep this up long-term. Water was simply too bland for me. I needed some flavor.
And so, I started boiling fruit skins in my kitchen and mixing the oils with water. I loved the subtle fruit flavor and so did my kids. All of a sudden, it was all my family would drink.
Then the neighbors started calling. “How much sugar was in that delicious fruit water I drank at your house?” they’d ask.
“There’s no sugar!” I’d tell them. “Just fruit and water!”
Then they’d ask me to make them their own batch.
Initially, these requests made me laugh because it’s not like mixing fruit and water is difficult.
However, after realizing that a) there was no such product on the market and b) there were millions of people, just like me, who were drinking too much soda and too little water, I started taking things more seriously.
Then a lightbulb went off: Could this be a business?
Six months later, Hint was officially born. In fact, I hand-delivered the first cases to the local Whole Foods on my way to give birth to my son, Justin.
Fast-forward 12 years and the concoction I made in my kitchen to help me drink more water is helping people all over the world do the same thing!
As a society, we spend so much time figuring out how to eat better that we forget about what we’re drinking. It matters just as much, people!
So please, stop drinking soda. It’s the devil.
And drink water instead. Tap or bottled.
Or if you are like me, and find plain water boring, drink Hint (I've inserted this special code in the link above too if you are curious). You’ll still get that burst of flavor that makes your taste buds go “Oh yeah!”… while avoiding the sugar that makes your entire body go, “Oh, no.”
This article originally appeared on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/false-advertising-almost-ruined-my-life-kara-goldin