The Trouble With Soda
Soda is one of the most prolific and tasty drinks that people purchase. Behind the taste, and behind the clever marketing you are going to find that it’s one of the worst things for your health. Even the diet and low calories varieties are going to cause you a great deal of distress. This becomes especially problematic if you have digestive issues, including IBS. Soda drinks cause gas to build up in your stomach and eventually within your intestines, causing discomfort and bloating. Drinks that have gas in them should really be avoided, if you are an IBS sufferer.
I understand, this may not be a fun thing to learn about, especially if you need that caffeine rush in the afternoon and a diet cola is what you’ve been using to prevent crashing through the last few hours of work. The problems that are associate with even modest consumption of this liquid may surprise you.
Some more damages that are caused by soda drinks:
Wreaking Havoc on Teeth
Your smile is one of the things that you have to protect at all costs. Coffee and tea can stain teeth, but nothing causes as much damage to the enamel, cavities and more of your mouth than carbonated sugary drinks. The problem is found within the compounds of popular sodas today, using dyes, coloring agents, phosphorous, calcium, sulfides, and much more. It has been researched many times over and soda will eventually eat away at the enamel of your teeth and cause serious dental problems. The sugar can also seep into the gums and cause gingivitis, and more. Brushing and flossing does not rid the issue, as your enamel will get splashed with the chemicals over and over again. One of the most publicized experiments dealing with this issue, is that of placing a tooth in soda for a short time. The liquid eats through the entire tooth over time. It’s that bad.
Weight Gain From Sugar
It’s been well documented that refined sugars aren’t that good for you. It can cause weight gain, even in moderate doses. The problem with most soda is that it uses fake sugars, or highly altered sugar content such as high fructose corn syrup. Even diet sodas use a sweetener, and the issue becomes a matter of balance. Real sugar tells the brain when to stop, triggering a synapses to feel a level of fullness eventually. Obviously, people can ignore that and continue, but the body has certain mechanisms in place to warn the digestive system. The other types of sweeteners trick the brain, telling it that no sugar was consumed, or low levels have been, so the body doesn’t treat the incoming liquid the same way. This causes a person to drink more, and more as they will not feel satisfied and over time, 1 can doesn’t suffice, so 2 cans are needed or even a litre of cola is what is needed. This directly contributes to weight gain.
Major brands of soda today, and even some “healthy” alternatives will cause serious digestive issues. From bowel problems that will harden waste materials due to lack of water, to causing problems with IBS, soda is not a good thing for the body’s digestive system. It causes the pH levels to shift, and the body has to work hard to try and compensate for the liquid that is not directly absorbed like water. Eating food while drinking this liquid causes even more issues, as the acids that break down food are disrupted, and that can lead to indigestion, heart burn, and esophageal issues.
But wait, there’s more! This is just the beginning of the issues that you can face when drinking pop, soda, or carbonated sugary water. Even in “moderation” it’s a bad thing, as it offers not real nutritional value to the body at all. Empty calories, sugar, and a load of chemicals that are often not disclosed is what awaits you, beware.
Until next post, take good care.