Here are a few reasons you should put down the carbonated beverage today and say goodbye to it for good.
Here are a few reasons you should put down the carbonated beverage today and say goodbye to it for good.

3 Reasons to Stop Drinking Soda Today

 

Most people know that soda is loaded with refined sugars, harsh chemicals and harmful ingredients, but the unfortunate truth isn’t keeping individuals from drinking the beverage. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 63 percent of children and 49 percent of adults drank some type of sugar-sweetened beverage on any given day between 2011 and 2014. Do these same people understand the havoc soda can wreak on the body, and how they’re ultimately destroying their own health by contributing to the soda industry?

This beverage is loaded with sugar and offers no nutritional quality, according to Lona Sandon, RD, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

“Soda is loaded with sugar and offers no nutritional quality.”

“The calories in regular soda are coming entirely from added sugar, and you’re not getting any value in terms of vitamins or minerals, or even good quality carbohydrates,” she told CNN.

So you can’t benefit from drinking soda, but why else should you stop drinking the sugary stuff? Here are a few reasons why you should put down the carbonated beverage today and say goodbye to it for good:

1. It Increases Your Diabetes Risk
Because you’re consuming added sugar, drinking too much soda may increase your risk for diabetes – and opting for a diet option doesn’t make a difference. According to a study lead by researchers at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, drinking one diet soda per day was linked to a 36 percent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Both conditions can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease and stroke.

2. It Can Negatively Impact Your Brain
Did you know that following a diet that’s high in refined sugars can impact your mental health? According to a study conducted by researchers at the Department of Physiological Science at the University of California, consuming too much refined sugar may result in impaired learning, memory and behavior.

“We have investigated a potential mechanism by which a diet, similar in composition to the typical diet of most industrialized western societies rich in saturated fat and refined sugar (HFS), can influence brain structure and function via regulation of neurotrophins,” the researchers of the study wrote.

They fed animals a high sugar diet and found their ability to learn and remember things was impaired.

3. It Destroys Your Teeth
When you consume sugary beverages, bacteria existing in your mouth latches onto the sugar and produces acid, which eventually eats away at the enamel of the teeth. This is the easiest way to develop cavities. If you are quitting soda, you may want to consider our Oral Health Probiotic which contains a unique strain of probiotic called BLIS K12. This probiotic strain is clinically proven to support oral health and upper respiratory health.

Removing soda from your diet may seem difficult at first, but it’s a smart choice that can positively impact your overall health in the long run. By following the Hallelujah Diet and instead drinking natural smoothies and juices, you can curb a sweet craving without damaging your immune system.

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7 comments

  1. I am drinking 3 to 4 (44oz) fountain Diet soda’s a day I really want to stop but I am having a very hard time with cravings I drink water to I am always thirsty so I always have something to drink on hand I don’t know why I tried your barley max and fiber cleanse and I can hardly get it down it tastes so bad I had to put orange juice or grape juice with it and still was hard to get down I want to crave good things but all I crave is sweets any suggestions would be appreciated

    • Retraining the palate is a challenge. I personally do not like water, unless it is San Pellegrino. I love freshly extracted vegetable juice!! It takes time to make, but has got to be one of the best ways to give the body copious nutrition. I love it so much. There’s simply nothing like it! Lately I have been juicing carrots, apples, cabbage, and lemon a lot. But I am always changing it up. I purchased some green bell peppers at the Farmer’s Market this past weekend and this morning I fed one through the juicer and it was fabulous in my juice mixture. Herbal teas are a great choice, too. Lately, I have enjoyed the double ginger tea by Flora. I don’t add honey but I’m sure one could.

  2. I can say from personal experience how hard it is to quit drinking sodas. I gave up all sodas about a year ago and I’m so glad I did. It was very challenging at first but after about the first 2 weeks it was much easier. These 3 reasons are enough to make anyone want to quit drinking soda. So just know if I can do it anyone can!

  3. Carolyn B, Calhoun

    Juice, juice,juice….I haven’t had any soda beverages in years and haven’t missed them at all. Any of the juices we can make either by blender or juicer are so much more refreshing the a soda. Endless varieties are available. The damage that is possible with carbonated soft drinks in something to be aware of. Give me a fresh blended fruit juice anytime. Thanks for the information

  4. One of the best things to substitute soda pop with is Kombucha! It is awesome. My favorite brand is GT. I also make it myself. Once I went to a kombucha making class where she served grape kombucha. It was so good and fizzy, it tasted like grape soda pop.

    I learned how to make kombucha mostly from a friend and from You Tube. The more you drink it, the more you like it.

    It is the best substitute I know of for soda pop, wine or beer.

  5. Wow! After reading this blog it makes me be more thankful to have left the sodas along. I have family members that drink soda that I would like to share this article with. The three reasons would make them want to quit the soda pop!

  6. 4. Soda also can contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), does usually contain caramel coloring (created in a process that produces a cancerous substance called 4-MEI), does contain caffeine (which is as addictive as sugar), can contain GMO products (if you’re watching these)(corn-based products such as aspartame, fructose, sorbitol, maltodextrin & citric acid), does usually contain preservatives (sodium benzoate, phosphoric acid & other scary chemicals), & does usually contain brominated vegetable oil (BVO), an additive banned in the European Union, but NOT in the USA. Read pages 118-127 in “The Food Babe Way” (2015 edition)(in case there are re-printings by now!) by Vani Hari.

    You want all this junk in your body JUST to support a bad habit??

    Try some alternative options (some already mentioned in comments above) such as water. fresh-blended veggie or fruit juices, kombucha, sparkling water with lime or lemon juice or organic cranberry juice or cucumbers or strawberries (fresh, raw alternatives to make it fizzy!) or raw coconut water or organic teas.

    Quit being a victim of this country’s greedy food industry that only seem to care more for their profits than YOUR health.

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