Elephant Journal shared an interesting infographic earlier this week showing the effects of drinking soda on the human body. According to their diagram, soda impacts your body from head to two in a negative way. Starting with your teeth – the sugar and acid in soda can destroy your tooth enamel. “When tooth decay reaches the nerve, the root, and the area at the base of the tooth, the tooth may die and, if left untreated, an abscess can develop.”
The sodium benzoate used to preserve sodas can also lead to asthma, rashes on the body and eczema. This post also showed that not only do 11 Americans die from asthma per day, but that the annual asthma health care costs is about $18 billion dollars.
The high fructose corn syrup used to sweeten soda has also been under consideration lately as it is showing to increase one’s risk for metabolic syndrome, which increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease. “In 2006, more than one in every four deaths were caused by heart disease.”
Your kidneys are also affected by soda’s large amounts of phosphoric acid which often will lead to kidney stones, which is especially problematic in Caucasian overweight males.
The post also said that the BPA resin the coats 99.9% of plastic bottles leads to issues with the endocrine system such as reproductive abnormalities and early puberty. BPA is found in many water bottles, baby bottles and other plastic containers so it is worth monitoring your family’s use of plastics to avoid BPA.
Sugar overload is also associated with drinking soda. Just twenty minutes after drinking a soda, you get an insulin burst from the spike in your blood sugar, and your liver turns the sugar into fat in response. After 40 minutes, the caffeine is fully absorbed into your system, causing your blood pressure to rise; your liver increases you blood sugar so your brain receptors block adenosine to prevent you from becoming tired. In just 45 minutes, the dopamine production in your body increases to impact the pleasure center of your brain in basically the same way that heroin works on the body. That right there is enough to keep one away from sugar and soda.
Phosphoric acid and a high phosphate diet have been linked to osteoporosis as well, depleting the body of calcium when you urinate. Not only that but studies show that each soda you drink increases your risk for obesity 1.6 times, and 80% of soda drinkers have an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes.
So the next time you consider opening a can of soda, think again as the effects on your health and body are profound. If you have already given up soda, did you find that it improved your health?
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