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Negative Consequences of Drinking Soda
It's amazing how many people drink soda in place of water every day. It's estimated that up to 25% of adults in the U.S. drink soda and other sweetened beverages at least once per day. Thankfully, that number is decreasing every year (some experts believe bottled water consumption will surpass soda consumption by 2017), but there are still too many people experiencing the negative consequences of drinking soda:
10 Minutes Later…
Your system is flooded with all the sugar in the can of soda--about 10 teaspoons in your average can of coke. That's 100% of the sugar that you should be consuming in a single day, all from just one can of soda. Your stomach acid breaks down the sugar, and the soda is passed on to your digestive system.
20 Minutes Later…
Within 20 minutes of drinking the soda, your body has absorbed much of the sugar, leading to a serious spike in blood sugar levels. Insulin floods your system as a means of controlling the excessively high sugar levels, and your liver responds by converting as much sugar as possible into fat. This leads to A LOT of fat storage, all thanks to the incredibly high amounts of sugar in your bloodstream.
40 Minutes Later…
Your body has slowly absorbed all of the caffeine from the can of soda, and now you get that slight "rush" that comes from the small dose of caffeine. Your pupils dilate, your heart speeds up, your blood pressure increases, and you have a burst of energy--the result of the blockage of the adenosine receptors in your brain. However, at the same time, your liver is sending more sugar into your bloodstream, keeping those blood sugar levels high. This is forcing your body to produce more insulin in order to try to manage the high sugar levels.
45 Minutes Later…
Your body is feeling good, all thanks to the dopamine flooding your system. Caffeine and sugar stimulates a sort of "high" by stimulating the pleasure center of your brain. (Note: Heroin has a similar effect on your body.)
60 Minutes Later…
Thanks to all of the phosphoric acid in the soda (the thing that helps to cut the sugar and make the soda potable), your body is suffering from a lack of calcium, zinc, and magnesium. Phosphoric acid binds with these minerals, stopping them from being absorbed by your bones and immune system. At the same time, the diuretic properties of the soda kicks in, causing you to need to pee. When you pee, you eliminate all of the healthy minerals that have bonded with the phosphoric acid. Your body is now going through a sugar "crash" as your insulin has finally gotten the blood sugar levels under control. The caffeine is also wearing off, so you feel the drowsiness that has been blocked by the soda. All of the water that was in the soda is being eliminated via your urine, but all of the healthy nutrients your body need have also been eliminated--leaving only the chemical components of the soda.
Is it Really That Bad?
Absolutely! Aside from the negative consequences of excessive sugar consumption, you can see just how bad soda can be for your body. You eliminate a lot of the important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs to function, fill your body with all sorts of terrible chemicals and toxins, and put a strain on your liver. Imagine how messed up your body is after years of drinking soda on a regular basis! One more great reason to cut soda from your life completely…