For the past year, it has been my aim to cut back on my soda intake. It has not been easy, but I am getting there. I have gone from having to take soda five times in a week, to just two. And that has been a big improvement because I know I feel better.
Soda is one of the reasons why Sugar consumption, obesity, and the associated illnesses is a hot topic across the globe. According to the World Health Organization, 13 percent of the world’s population were clinically obese in 2014, with a body mass index of 30 or higher — a number that has more than doubled between 1980 and 2014.
I cut down my soda intake, because of health reasons. I decided to do a little research on what will happen to my body if I totally stop taking soda, here is what I found out. I hope these points will help you make a better health decision.
1. You’ll sleep better
Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages like energy drinks and fruit juices have an effect on every part of your body, especially the brain. Under normal circumstances, our bodies are well-oiled machines. Our body naturally releases chemicals to remind us we need to eat, sleep, poop, and procreate. But soda inhibits one of those important reminders — we need sleep.
A key ingredient in soda is caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that helps keep us awake, and it can also hinder us from sleeping at night.
2. You’ll be less forgetful
Sleep isn’t the only effect soda has on the brain, it can also make you forgetful. Researchers found long-term sugar consumption could lead to impaired memory, learning, and behavioral plasticity. If you want a better memory (and who doesn’t?), it might be time to kiss the soda goodbye.
3. Your heart will thank you
Caffeine and the other ingredients in soda have an adverse impact on how your heart functions. Caffeine may increase blood flow to the skin and extremities, blood pressure, blood sugar, body temperature, heart rate, stomach acid secretion, and urine production. The more soda you drink, the greater your risk of having a heart attack — at least that’s what researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say.
4. Better looking skin
Drinking soda causes premature skin ageing. In a five-year study of more than 5,000 adults, researchers found that people who drank more sugar-sweetened beverages had shorter telomeres. Telomeres are the ends of chromosomes. Think of them like the plastic caps at the end of your shoelaces; they exist to protect the chromosome. But as time wears on the telomeres shorten, like your lace caps begin to fray. Telomeres naturally shorten with age.
Better choice of diet and activities can reduce the rate of telomere shortening or at least prevent excessive telomere weakening.
5. Whiter teeth
Soda is acidic, and the acids in the soda eat away at the enamel causing tooth decay and cavities. a group of Chinese researchers said that people need to know about the harmful effects of excessive soft drink consumption.” They went on to say that dentists should advise patients to limit soda intake, and drink less erosive soft drinks like unsweetened iced tea and iced coffee. The researchers also advised that patients should avoid brushing their teeth within one hour of consuming acidic food and using fluoride and remineralizing toothpaste.
6. Beautiful hair
High sugar intake from things like soda can indirectly cause hair loss. It might sound like a leap, it actually makes sense. Sugar affects the hormones in your body, specifically dihydrotestosterone, which causes hair loss.
7. You lose weight
Sugary drinks like soda cause weight gain. If you hope to lose a few pounds, eliminating soda can do the trick.
8. You’ll feel better
If all those reasons aren’t good enough, how about just having the knowledge that your insides could be as beautiful as your outsides. Frequent consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages is also linked to a slew of conditions that make you feel pretty awful. That includes life-threatening kidney disease, diabetes, and obesity — which is a gateway disease for conditions like breast, colon, endometrial, and pancreatic cancer, and heart disease.
It’s easy to say you shouldn’t drink soda. But the reality is, it’s tough. It tastes wonderful and feels like a fiesta in your mouth. That’s why it’s a gradual process, and be ready to be disciplined when you take this decision.
This is specially to those who incorporate the One Coke per day policy in their diets.