Do you drink diet soda? If you do, you are not alone. Well, if you do and are trying to get rid of some extra weight, it could be hurting your weight loss efforts. Diet soda is terrible for you from head to toe. In fact, many health professionals believe it should be taken off the shelves. It has known chemicals in it that can cause migraines and increase obesity. So if it isn’t good for you, why are so many people addicted to the bubbly stuff.
Personal Excellence noted that not only should you avoid diet sodas, but non-diet ones as well. They contain carbonation, which is not good for the human body. The diet soda has the added punch of not just having caffeine, carbonation, but the artificial sugar as well. Nutrisweet has been linked to increasing the risk of cancer and migraines.
Many people (falsely) believe that diet soda should be a diet staple. They bought into the notion that diet soda doesn’t have any calories so it must be good for you. In fact, the opposite is true. A recent study found that those that drank diet soda typically were overweight, and they had terrible eating habits. Many of them would drink soda and avoid eating, with the thought the diet coke was helping them “save calories.” In the end, the drink and the lack of nutrients were the reason they were overweight.
One of the most popular reasons to stop drinking diet soda (or any soda) is the damage it does to your teeth. Soda will corrode your teeth, and cause the enamel to break down. If that’s not enough, it also stains your teeth. Most dentists recommend that their patients never drink any soda because it is not good for your teeth’s health.
Another excellent reason to stop drinking soda is it tricks your body into believing it is hydrated when the truth is it severely lacks fluids. Soda is full of colored carbonated water, caffeine, and sugar. All of these ingredients are known to dehydrate the human body. Drinking just one can of soda will remove water from your body, creating a bonafide health risk from consuming. If plain water isn’t something you can tolerate quite yet, try adding flavor to your water by adding fresh fruit or veggies.
Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant drug. It alters the way the brain works (temporarily) and control your mood, appetite, and behavior. It increases the hormone Adrenaline, which releases feelings of stress and tension in your body. Caffeine ends up controlling your body, and the body reacts by demanding more of the substance. It becomes difficult to decide not to drink the beverage anymore without suffering through a painful detox period.
According to Health, diet soda causes sleep disturbances. One of the reasons is that it blocks serotonin and melatonin from being bound in the brain. It causes insomnia. Apart from causing insomnia, it also causes you not to get well-rested sleep by affecting your sleep patterns.
“The most important long-term problem (of caffeine) is the effect (it) has on sleep. Adenosine reception (sleep inducers) is important to sleep, and especially to deep sleep. The half-life of caffeine in your body is about six hours. That means that if you consume a big cup of coffee with 200 mg of caffeine in it at 3:00 p.m., by 9:00 p.m. about 100 mg of that caffeine is still in your system. You may be able to fall asleep, but your body will probably miss out on the benefits of deep sleep.”
Deciding to stop drinking it is the easy part — quitting may prove to be difficult. To be successful, you must determine why you want to stop drinking soda and how it will (positively) affect your health when you succeed. If you are serious about your choice, get rid of all sodas in your house, and replace them with healthy beverages or bottled water. While getting used to life without diet soda, make sure you are getting enough rest. You will likely feel drained and run down that is completely normal. Take it one day at a time. No one is perfect. If you have the will to change, in time you will succeed.
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