You MUST read this post. Do you drink diet sodas thinking you are saving yourself from weight gain and excess sugar or corn syrup? Did you know that diet sodas are liked to obesity, heart disease, and brain cell death? Let’s examine.
Firstly, diet sodas contain aspartame, a chemical that adds sweetness and takes the place of sugar so that diet sodas are low or no calorie. Aspartame and other fake sugar chemicals (NutraSweet, Equal, Sweet n Low, etc) are neurotoxic, meaning that they cause brain cell and neuron death. They are also classified as excitotoxins, meaning they excite or stimulate your neural cells to death. These chemicals have been linked to 90+ side effects such as migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia (racing heart), insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain. Why take this risk?
Aside from this neurotoxin, diet sodas can cause weight gain. How could this be? Drinking artificially sweetened beverages (and eating other sugar free diet foods) “trick” the pancreas into releasing insulin, which increases fat storage, spikes appetite and carb cravings, causing weight gain. Increased insulin has been linked to heart disease.
Adding insult to injury, sodas of all kinds contain phosphoric acid, which causes acidity, throwing off the body’s natural Ph. Acidosis causes disease in part because it increases free radical damage and degenerative disease. Phosphoric acid also leaches minerals from bones.
Folks, this stuff is straight up toxic chemical juice. There is nothing natural about it. It’s time to break the soda habit. And if you must have soda, really, drink a natural soda sweetened with cane juice or real sugar, which is far less detrimental to health than these diet dangers. Here are a few pointers to help you wean yourself off this nasty stuff:
1. If you are bored with water, jazz it up with lemon & cucumber slices, or even ginger.
2. Drink herbal teas throughout the day or make homemade iced tea to sip on.
3. Are you drinking sodas for a lift? Try green or black tea, kombucha, or rejuvelac instead.
4. Do you have sugar cravings that you use soda to satisfy? Get to the bottom of what’s causing your sugar cravings: not enough protein? Too many refined foods? Too much sugar will cause you to crave more sugar.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: stop eating and drinking these fake non-foods. They are not health promoting! They deplete health. Think about it when you make choices about what to put into your body. Ask yourself, “Is this contributing to good health or robbing me of health?”
Mary Vance is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and author specializing in digestive health. She combines a science-based approach with natural therapies to rebalance the body. In addition to her 1:1 coaching, she offers courses to help you heal your gut and improve your health. Mary lives in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe in Northern California. Read more about her coaching practice here and her background here.