How do soft drinks affect your body?

Sipping on an icy soft drink might feel refreshing and light, especially in the warmer months. However, the impact soft drinks have on your body is actually quite shocking and concerning!

Here is an overview of how soft drinks affect your body from the moment you take the first sip. It might just make you reconsider your next beverage choice!

One of the most obvious negative aspects of drinking soft drink is the high sugar content. What makes it even more disconcerting is that the impact of this high sugar intake starts to take place straight away!

  • Instantly: As soon as you pour the soda into your mouth, the sugar and acids start to attach the enamel of your teeth. Your enamel is your tooth’s protective surface that helps prevent tooth decay. Once all your enamel has eroded, there is not getting it back. It is not like with a cavity, where you have the option of going and getting a filling. Once enamel is gone, it is gone!

  • 20 minutes after drinking soda: The sugar content from the drink causes your blood sugar to spike, resulting in an insulin burst that prompts your liver to turn sugars into fats. So all the calories you are gaining from each drink (and trust me, it is a lot!) are more than likely going to end up being stored in your fat cells.

  • 45 minutes after drinking soda: After about 45 minutes your body increases your dopamine production, which makes you feel great. Sounds like a good thing, however, this is similar to the way in which heroine works. As soon as your dopamine levels plummet once more, you are going to be craving more.

It isn’t just the addictive nature of sugar, the decaying of your teeth or the indulgent calorie intake that should have you concerned though. There are numerous other health risks that come with regular soda consumption

Osteoporosis - Most soft drinks contain high levels of phosphoric acid, which have been linked to the breakdown of bone. It does this by leaching the body of calcium which is essential to bone health.

Diabetes - The high sugar content in sodas put people who drink it on a daily basis at a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Asthma & Eczema - One of the preservatives used in soda, known as sodium benzoate, has been known to cause a reaction in some people which can lead to a mild rash and eczema outbreak or even an asthma attack.

Heart disease - Most soda drinks contain high fructose corn syrup, which in my opinion is one of the worst sweeteners used. It has been linked to an increased risk of metabolic syndrome and heart disease.

If you crave a refreshing bubbly beverage that DOESN’T come with all these risks, why not opt for sparkling mineral water. You can a dash of healthy flavour by squeezing in some fresh lemon, lime, orange or even adding some fresh mint leaves or raspberries! If you love your sparkling drinks then why not consider investing in your health and the planet by purchasing your own soda stream so you can create your own refreshing and healthy beverages without adding to the world’s plastic consumption!

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