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4 Major Health Risk’s Of Drinking Soda

Submitted by on February 8, 2009 – 9:50 pmNo Comment
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These are all simple little examples of when most of North America are drinking soda, but how did this happen? Why did this happen? Who would want to drink something that burns your throat when it goes down and keeps you up all night?. You could place blame on anyone from the media to the school districts to the government or even right down to your parents for why you drink pop. But here is why you need to stop;

Risk of getting type 2 diabetes

Soda is just liquid sugar and acid; In your average American soda you are looking at around 39 grams of sugar per can, take a look at how much that really is.

Now imagine drinking that every single day and how much sugar you are really putting into your body, but even worse some people are drinking more than one per day, they drink 2 or 3 cans per day. Drinking soda not only makes people become obese, it puts a stress on your bodies ability to process sugar. A lot of Doctors believe this is the reason that the amount of people with diabetes has gone from 6.6 million in 1980 to a staggering 24.2 million people today.

When sugar enters your bloodstream at a fast pace (like you would be doing when you drink a cola) your pancreas has to release insulin into your body. So the more sugar that enters your body the heavier the load your pancreas has to carry so it can process all of it into your cells. So when your body becomes overloaded with sugar the insulin cannot keep up and after a while you will begin to put yourself at risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

Ways to defend yourself and body

Dangers of bone and tooth decay

When you drink a lot of the soda’s out there you are not going to find very many health benefits in the first place and you are putting your body at harm to disease like osteoporosis which can lead to weak porous bones. With soda including ingredients like phosphorus and phosphoric acid your bones hardly have a chance, take a look at this study below for further details.

Michael Murray ND and Joseph Pizzorno ND
Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised Second Edition

“Soft drinks have long been suspected of leading to lower calcium levels and higher phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. The phosphate content of soft drinks like Coca -Cola and Pepsi is very high, and they contain virtually no calcium.”

The risk is increased by the age of the person and sometimes the gender, for example a 12 year old girl would be in greater risk of bone damage than a 23 year old male. With tons of commercials on TV for kids these days showing how much fun it is drinking pop a lot of pre-teens don’t have a chance when they finally realize the harmful side effects they have been given from all the years of drinking soda.

Also a recent study by “General Dentistry” they found that light colored soda and iced tea was especially aggressive in the eroding of teeth enamel in laboratory tests and it didn’t matter if if the soda or iced tea was “diet” or “regular”

What can you do?

  • Substitute your cola’s for milk and water and start the road to strong bones
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and switch to a stronger tooth paste
  • Look into calcium supplements if you are having trouble reaching your daily levels. But be careful not to  exceed the proper portion on the label because excess of calcium can lead to other health concerns.

Beware of the Caffeine effect

For one can of soda you are basically drinking 1/3 of a coffee and if you think you are dodging a bullet with switching to a diet or sugar free soda you are usually looking at even more caffeine. Some of the health risks you are potentially looking at include:

  1. insomnia
  2. irregular heartbeat
  3. jitters
  4. high blood pressure
  5. elevated blood cholesterol levels
  6. vitamin and mineral depletion
  7. Caffeine headaches

One major problem that soda drinkers usually have is that they become some what dependant on the drink and have a hard time putting it down or switching to a substitute. They may have it for every meal of the day and not even notice that they have drank 3 or 4 cans of it in that day alone. Its even harder for a kid to give it up because they don’t understand the physiological effect it has over them.

Whats the cure?

Because your body is used to the daily rush of caffeine your brain is waiting for the drug so it can function like every other day, so when you don’t give your body and mind what it is used to you start to see side effects. One is the caffeine headache which occurs because your your brain starts to constrict blood vessels and decreases circulation causeing a throbing like sympton in your head. You might also notice things like energy levels getting lower and lower and a some what “crash” like feeling where you just want to lay down.

To get rid of this effect you have to slow down the pace of your sugar and caffenine levels into your body, you can’t just stop and quit cold turkey because of the negative effects it will do to you. So instead of drinking a full soda for lunch drink half, then if you have one for dinner drink half again. The next day only drink 1/4 of it and substitue with water or a juice. Then after a few days your body and mind will be running caffeine free and you will notice a great difference in your moods and health.

The gateway

Drinking soda does not make you feel full like you had drank a health shake for instance, but what you do get is all the calories from the ingredients. A lot of people wonder how they are gaining weight… well lets take a look at this: if you drink 18 ounces of cola per day that translates into about 225 calories (on top of your regular daily diet) Over the course of the month that ends up turning into almost 7000 extra calories or about an extra 2 pounds of fat. Turn that into a year and you are looking at 24 pounds with nothing to show except a new pair of love handles.

So with not feeling full while drinking pop you still want to eat and since pop and salad usually don’t go hand in hand you are going to crave something greasy and fatty (see where im heading with this?) Most people taste pop and think fast food, so that is what most people end up eating. Leading to fat obese issues and a full page of health issues I know you know.

Another thing to think about is how pop is still revatility new product, with mankind living for thousands of years we have not built up a tolerance for pop and that is a reason why it still harms our bodies. The same argument can be made for soy milk Vs cow milk.

The fact is that soda is not anywhere near natural and putting unhealthy toxins into your body has zero health effects for your body and mind. So before you use that next dollar on a can of pop think about how long people have been living and surviving with drinking water and what was the latest type 2 diabetes count at? umm almost 25 million I think, do you really wanna add to that number?

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