We’ve all heard that soda is bad for the body – it has a high sugar content and apparently certain colas can be used to remove rust! The more we learn about the effects that soda has on the body, the more we realize that the long term side effects include a slew of other health concerns. So while these sugary, bubbly beverages may seem harmless, in reality, soda wreaks havoc all over your body.
Soda can cause brain damage.
The amount of sugars and fake sweeteners used in sodas has been shown to alter certain proteins in the brain, which may lead to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer.
Soda increases tooth sensitivity.
Containing phosphoric and citric acids, soda can alter the pH balance of the mouth leading to enamel erosion that cannot be reversed. Hello cavities!
Soda causes fatty blood.
By consuming 1 soda per day, you can increase your triglyceride levels by 30%! This causes more fat to be accumulated in the blood stream, leading to blood clots and hardened arteries.
Soda creates belly fat.
Offering only sugar and calories, and zero nutrients that make you feel full, soda only increases belly fat. Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center monitored 475 adults over a 10-year study. They found that the participants who consumed diet sodas had an average waistline increase of 70% compared to adults who do not drink soda. Those who consumed 2 diet sodas per day noticed a 500% waist expansion over the 10-year study.
Soda causes metabolic syndrome.
A similar study conducted by researchers at the University of Miami and Columbia University followed 2,500 adults for 10 years. The study found that frequent soda drinkers were more likely to have metabolic syndrome, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels. Together, these occurrences increase the risk for heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Soda leads to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
By drinking 1 soda per day for 6 months, you can increase liver fat by 142%!
Other ways that soda can harm the body include an increased risk for certain cancers, high blood pressure, kidney stones, urinary issues, depression and violent behavior. Drinking sugary beverages is also linked to roughly 180,000 deaths worldwide every year.
Clearly, soda is not a beverage that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Instead of reaching for a can of your favorite cola, try sipping on one of these:
Delicious soda substitutes!
- Iced green tea
- Water flavored with fresh fruit (lemon, strawberries, and cucumbers work great!)
- Iced coffee with a dash of cinnamon
- Thermo-Boost® thermogenic antioxidant energy drink
- SlimGenics approved weight loss mocktails
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