7 Ways Soda (Pop) is Making You Sick
We’ve all heard it we just don’t want to believe it. Especially when that crisp, bubbly beverage is sitting right next to you. Whether it’s on your desk, on your table or in the refrigerator, chances are the majority of you have some soda in your life. A recent national poll by Gallup found that 48% of Americans drink one or more glasses of soda a day, with 7% saying they drink four or more sodas a day. I’m going to tell you why you might want to cut back on it, or even replace it entirely.
Don’t stop reading, you *can* just drink more water.
1- Your Mind. Sugary sodas incrementally increase blood sugar, which increases risk for dementia, and interferes with the brain’s ability to create memories. How will that affect your studies? Performance at work? If you’re a diet drinker, the aspartame in your soda can contribute to headaches, blurry eyes, and memory issues.
2- Your Mood. Aspartame has been linked to “severe depression,” by the FDA. Clinical depression affects about 6.7% of adults in the U.S. every year, with women being 70% more likely to suffer from it than men. Aspartame increases this risk by up to 36%. If you persistently feel sad and worthless, and lose interest in activities that once held interest for you, it may be time to seek medical assistance or counseling.
3-Your Tummy. For sugary soda drinkers out there- imagine every person in the country suddenly decided to have a soda with every meal. About 3.5 million people would become diabetic. Researchers have shown that replacing sugar-filled sodas with water will decrease that bulge around your middle, as well.
For those of you who drink diet soda- In a study from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, researchers found that the people who drink diet soda had a 70% greater increase in their waistline than non-drinkers. Those who drank frequently- two or more sodas per day- can you believe that over 9.5 years their waistlines grew 500% more than those who didn’t?
4-Your Bones. Phosphoric acid is a corrosive agent (meaning it breaks things down) found in fertilizers, soaps, polishes, dyes, and polishing metals. It’s also found in most sodas. Have you heard of using cola to clean chrome? It logically follows that it may contribute to cavities, osteomalacia (bone softening), and osteoporosis (bone density loss). So it’s actually eating your teeth, people.
5-Your Reproduction. A Harvard Study has shown that the BPA in soda bottles may affect hormones decreasing fertility. This isn’t just a worry for women. The aluminum in soda cans may decrease male fertility. Really, I’m not joking.
6-Your Teeth. Sugary drinks contribute to plaque buildup, cavities, gingivitis and *gasp* bad news from the dentist. Just ask them next time you’re there what they think it’s doing to your teeth.
7-Your Aging. USCF researchers have found that drinking 20 ounces of soda every day may take 4.6 years off of your life. That’s worth picking up a water to me. It is also linked to heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
So there you have it! Pop is rotting your teeth, making you depressed, more forgetful, diabetic and may be cutting years off of your life. Don’t sweat it, there are a lot of other drinks in the sea. Or, well, actually, don’t drink the sea. Please. It’ll kill you too. Just drink water.