Consequences for drinking diet Soda

18 Jun

Consequences for drinking diet Soda


It seems paradoxical that a product with no calories could result in gaining weight. In fact, most of us don’t believe this to be the case. But the untold secret of diet beverages is this: weight gain is complicated. It’s not strictly a matter of what you ingest, it’s what your body thinks you ingested.

Artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, can trick the body into thinking that sugar is being ingested, which causes the body to release extra insulin to help metabolize that sugar.

That would be appropriate if you actually were eating sugar. This insulin spike causes the body to remove glucose from the blood stream and store it away as fat. Meanwhile, the body now realizes that there are no calories coming, but it’s too late because the insulin has already hit your blood stream. This sets the stage for low blood sugar, which, in turn, triggers your urge to grab something super-sweet. If this happened once in a while, your body could manage. But if this is a daily or several-times-a-day occurrence, your blood sugar and appetite can get severely out of whack while your pancreas exhausts itself trying to produce the large amounts of insulin it thinks you need.  In addition, soda have a lot of chemicals which increases toxins in the body. These toxins are adding to already existing toxins foods produce naturally and the body needs to clean them up every day. By adding more for your body to clean up, eventually you will exhaust the motor of the body by overworking it and one day the body will just quit. That would be the result of kidney failure!

The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio researches obesity issues and they also are investigating that artificial sweeteners may increase your risk of obesity in that these sweeteners play head games with you. That is, something in their chemical structure that may alter the way the brain processes serotonin, a powerful neurotransmitter that helps tell us when we’re full.
If you eat natural foods, serotonin steps in and turns off your appetite at the brain level. But if an artificial sweetener has messed up serotonin levels, your appetite stays on long after it should have switched off. While researchers cannot prove conclusively how diet sodas make you gain weight, it is clear that a nation of diet-soda lovers is getting fatter and fatter.

Stop drinking diet sodas—actually switch over to water. And don’t use artificially sweetened flavors in your water. If you need something to flavor your water try natural lemon or lime juice.

Eliminate artificial sweeteners as much as possible from the rest of your diet.

Try to increase the natural foods you eat; you don’t need to go to a health spa! Just pick up fruits and veggies at the grocery store.

Build a sensible diet and exercise program that does not revolve around sugar-free diet products.

Old-fashioned apple cider vinegar may not seem like an amazing product, but it can be used in lots of ways that could surprise you. Unlike lots of modern foods, apple cider vinegar is a simple, natural product that has been around for a long time. But even your grandmother may not have known about some of these “vinegar cures.”

Drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in an 8 oz glass of water every day may slow the production of histamines and reduce your allergies. This home remedy is recommended to be done all year long, whether you are suffering from allergies or not. This regimen is also believed to help your body cleanse itself of toxins.

Herbal vinegars—which you can make yourself by adding dried herbs to vinegars—can help you absorb the minerals in your salad (and in the dried herbs) better by making for an acid environment (acid helps the body absorb vitamins and minerals better).



2 Responses to “Consequences for drinking diet Soda”

  1. Bob June 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    Thanks Ulla. Very informative. Keep up the good work.


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