You might want to take a seat and stop sipping from that
white—or most likely green—straw. Drinking your beverage through a plastic straw may not be a good idea, but don’t start freaking out!
As you can imagine, I was dismayed when I found out why we should reconsider drinking through straws:
1. Puckering your lips to sip through a straw leads to fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
Suggestion: Moisturize! Keep your skin healthy to reduce the severity of your wrinkly fate.
2. Drinking through a straw bathes your teeth in sugary and acidic liquids.
Suggestion: Whatever you do, don’t let soda or tea sit in your mouth for too long before you swallow because it harms your teeth.
3. The extra air in the straw will bloat you.
Not only are you sipping water, but you’re also sipping air. Each sip draws air from the top of the straw to be swallowed. This can contribute to bloating and nobody enjoys feeling like a human blueberry (like Violet in Willy Wonka).
I find it hard to believe that I could stop using straws, especially since wrinkles don’t take immediate effect. However, I sip through a straw more often than most! I think I’ll buy myself a new water bottle to lessen my severe straw dependency.
Think about decreasing your straw usage. Warning: it may be a challenge. As children, we were given fun, twisty straws. Straws come in so many different, pretty colors, which make them hard to resist! We stick them in our iced lattes, lemonades, sodas, milkshakes, and smoothies. Which do you value more: smooth, wrinkle-free skin around your mouth or the convenience of a straw?