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The next time that you reach for that refreshing ice cold, sugary sweet, carbonated canned drink, think again.  Although it feels great to down... Five ways soda effects your health

The next time that you reach for that refreshing ice cold, sugary sweet, carbonated canned drink, think again.  Although it feels great to down a can of the old fizz there are some hazards that you should be aware of.

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With its high sugar content and artificial flavorings, soda pop is not an ideal beverage for the healthy-minded.

Drink Soda, extract Calcium
When you drink soda, which also contains high levels of phosphorous, you are extracting calcium from your bones.  Researchers have found that increased soft drink consumption is a major factor that contributes to osteoporosis which is now very common in teens because of the amount of sodas that they drink.   40% to 60% of peak bone mass is built during the teenage years.  One can see the long term side effects of having a weak foundation.  Tooth loss, periodontal disease, and gingivitis can also be a problem, especially with a high phosphorus intake, particularly from soft drinks.  The acidic nature of the phosphoric acid in the drink causes the body to pull minerals such as calcium out of the bones to buffer the acid.

Children Who Drink Soda Break Bones More Easily
Our children aren’t safe from the effects of drinking sodas as adolescents who consume soft drinks display a risk of bone fractures three to four-fold higher than those who do not.  Children little realize they are drinking this strange mixture of phosphoric acid, sugar, caffeine, coloring, and flavoring matter.

Caffeine
Our dear, aromatic and beloved caffeine. Tests at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, show caffeine withdrawal can strike people who drink a single cup of strongly brewed coffee or drink caffeinated soft drinks everyday. Further, Dr. Griffiths discovered that caffeine-withdrawal symptoms include not only headache, but flu-like feelings, fatigue, muscle pain, mild depression, stiffness, nausea and vomiting.  As for women, those drinking at least one cup of a caffeine-containing beverage per day, such as tea, coffee or soft drinks, were more prone to PMS. And the more caffeine they consumed, the more severe their symptoms of PMS.  Caffeine causes withdrawal with symptoms mimicking a flu and for women it makes PMS even worse.  A study on the relationship between caffeine and fertility found that just one caffeinated soft drink per day was associated with a reduced monthly chance of conception by 50 percent.

Soda pop will slowly melt away your Tooth Enamel

According to researchers the high sugar content of soda is horrendous. The sugar from one soft drink is able to damage the white blood cells’ ability to ingest and kill bacteria for seven hours, this will also slow down your metabolism and cause you to burn calories slower.   Sugar and acid in soft drinks can easily dissolve tooth enamel.  pH of Soda = pH of Vinegar
Soda, no matter who makes it, is the most acidic beverage you can buy, with a pH of about 2.5, this being about the same as the pH of vinegar. Why does that matter? Acid oxidizes whatever it comes in contact with. If you put soda or vinegar on metal, it will rust it quickly so imagine what it does to your stomach and other organs that it comes in contact with.

Each Additional Soda that you consume will Increase your risk of Obesity by 1.6 times
So now we’ve got weak bones, weakened immune system, and dissolving teeth. What’s left? Weight gain!  The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.

It’s hard to believe that so much chaos can come from a little can or bottle, but there is absolutely nothing good or redeemable about soda pops. The sooner you can remove it from your diet, the better. If the FDA were doing its job, it wouldn’t be allowed on the market.  If you care about your health and the quality of your life, put that diet coke down!

So there you are, five facts that can help you live a longer, healthier and happier life.  Remember that the temptation will always be there to down a cold soda that leaves that light burning sensation in the back of your throat, which feels ever so wonderful, but the consequences are fact and health damaging.  Who would design such a health damaging drink considering all the healthy alternatives that there are?  Obviously not people who care about you or your kids.

p.s   In the hopes of ending this article on a high note you can switch your soda drinking habits and turn to drinking fresh vegetable Juices, fruit smoothies, fruit juices, ice green tea, water, properly prepared and fermented soy milk, protein drinks, fiber drinks, and again lots of water.  There are certainly many more alternatives to quenching your thirst so the next time you get the urge to crack open a can think healthy.

 

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