Stop Drinking This Now!!! It Can Kill You!
So being in full time practice and taking care of a large number of patients, I am hearing more frequently than ever, “Hey Doc I’m getting healthy I switched to diet soda!”. So this makes sense in a person’s head because hey less “sugar, calories” must be good right? WRONG!!!! The problem is now you’re just switching one set of problems for another. The thing is this switch may offer a short term “cut” in calories but believe me the body won’t be fooled for long. The research is astounding that your body reacts to non-nutritive foods, including but not limited to artificial sweeteners, in ways that are going to hurt your health no matter what.
How Deadly is Diet Soda you ask? Take a Look!
Research has found that just one serving of an artificially sweetened drink per day is associated with an 8–13% higher risk of type 2 diabetes (PubMed Central).
A review of four studies including 227,254 people found that for each serving of artificially sweetened beverage per day, there is a 9% increased risk of high blood pressure. Other studies have found similar results (PubMedCentral 2).
In a population-based cohort study of 451,743 individuals from 10 countries in Europe, greater consumption of total, sugar-sweetened, and artificially sweetened soft drinks was associated with a higher risk of all-cause mortality. Consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks was positively associated with deaths from circulatory diseases, and sugar-sweetened soft drinks were associated with deaths from digestive diseases. (JAMA Internal Medicine)
Diet Soda = Weight Gain
The brain reacts the same exact way to artificial sweeteners as it does to sugar. Ingesting these frequently will drive the bodies need for high calorie sugary treats such as that box of cookies in the break room; in turn putting the person at greater risk of weight gains along with binge eating to fill the void left in the brain.
After going through the research it also shows us that those switching to diet sodas were more likely to consume more higher calorie food than overweight people who drank regular soda. Those drinking the diet soda even had higher BMI than the ones that drank regular soda.
Diet Soda Causes Insulin Confusion
Diet soda causes insulin confusion and reaction to sweetness
The brain is hardwired to associate “sweet” with calories. The body reacts to this by driving your body’s release of insulin as sugars chaperone to the cells to create fuel. When artificial sweeteners were consumed like sucralose for example there were increases in both insulin and blood glucose levels. Frequent rises in these have been clearly linked to insulin resistance and greater risk for type 2 diabetes; along with an increased risk of stroke.
Those who drink diet soda actually have higher activity in the area of the brain associated with desire to consume foods high in fat and sugar. There is a direct correlation between diet soda consumption and the alteration of the brain’s sweet sensing reward center. This clearly shows there will be an increase in cravings for high calorie “very unhealthy, non-nutritious foods”.
Regular Soda Is Horrible For You Too
Some of you out there reading this are saying well hey it must be better to just drink regular soda…….. WRONG AGAIN!!!!! Sugar even when its “real” is going to be harmful in many ways one of which is massively increasing the amount of overall body inflammation. If you are a caffeine junkie and this is why you tell yourself you are drinking any type of soda than you are better of with a plain coffee or a tea. If you are looking for some type of “flavor” try freezing raspberries, cucumber, mint, lemon or lime ice cubs to give you a hint of sweetness.
Quitting any type of habit is never an easy thing but kicking this one will have a profound overall increase in your health and happiness. Remember when your why is big enough behind anything you do in your life then those choices become much easier!
So Stop DRINKING SODA…Diet or Otherwise…so you can stick around long enough to reach your TriplePLife…
Remember, YOU ARE WORTHY AND DESERVING OF PERFECT HEALTH, IT IS YOUR DESTINY!
Yours in good health,
– Dr. E
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