First, the good news. More Americans – 63% now compared to 41% in 2002 -- are trying to avoid soda, according to a Gallup poll.
This is a welcome trend after seeing the increased consumption of soda in the 1980s and 1990s, which lead to higher rates of diabetes, obesity, and liver and heart disease. In addition to these health issues, drinking soda causes several changes in your body, including in your brain. A recent study shows that sugary beverages may be especially damaging to the brains of adolescents. Adolescent rats fed sugary drinks had impaired memory and trouble learning.
How bad is soda? Artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and the caramel coloring added to soda are linked to the same health dangers of regular soda, including cancer, brain tumors and seizures. Diet soda is NOT healthier than regular soda.
Drinking soda (a 20-ounce bottle of cola contains the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar) causes several harmful changes in your body. After drinking a soda, your pancreas begins to create insulin in response to the sugar. Within 20 minutes, your blood pressure spikes and your liver responds by turning that sugar into fat. Your body absorbs caffeine and your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver puts even more sugar into your bloodstream. Then, your body increases dopamine production which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain. After about 60 minutes, you experience the blood sugar crash and you begin craving another soda, sweets and salty foods
Continually elevated insulin levels resulting from regular soda drinking is the foundation for much chronic disease – from obesity to diabetes to cancer.
Want to join the growing number of Americans who are reducing and eliminating their consumption of soda? Here are a few tips:
- Address the emotional component of your soda cravings. Observe why and when you reach for soda, and consciously make a healthier choice; look for a healthier replacement you can enjoy such as herbal teas or fruit infused water.
- Drink more water. Nothing beats pure water for serving your body’s needs. It refreshingly quenches your thirst and fills you up.
- If you feel the urge for a carbonated beverage, try sparking mineral water with lime or lemon juice.
- Use natural sweeteners such as stevia or Luo Han, both of which are safe natural sweeteners.
- Regular chiropractic care to clear the nervous system, allowing your body to heal and function optimally.
If you are concerned about how bad is soda Foresight Chiropractic Wellness Center can help to guide you and your family to a happier, healthier lifestyle. The doctors are board certified Atlas Orthogonist and wellness practioners, providing precise, gentle care for over 15 years. Call 480-325-6977 today for a free consultation and get your health back!