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Not Just a Harmless Sip

Most of us love to get a jolt of energy or sweet taste from a soda. However scientists have fully studied the health risks of such beverages and the results are frightening. Problems such as Asthma, Kidney Problems and even Heart Disease have been shown to be caused or aggravated by a simple sugary soda.

The compound “Sodium Benzoate” is found in many different drinks and is used to slow down the growth of bacteria. It can cause rashes, asthma and even eczema in those who react poorly to it. Other compounds such as sugar and acids in the drinks can slowly destroy your tooth enamel over the years if you drink it regularly.

Osteoporosis, Obesity and Orgasms?

It may sound odd but all of these can be caused by a drink due to what it takes from your body. Phosphoric acid bonds with calcium and both leave your body in the restroom. Likewise obesity is a risk factor since the high amount of sugar in many drinks can lead to significant weight gain. Other chemicals can also lead to some serious weight gain.

Perhaps the most problematic factor for many people who are trying to start families comes from reproductive problems. That’s where the other O comes in. Many of the containers for soft drinks have a chemical known as BPA or bisphenyl-A. This can cause cancer and reproductive problems.

The Coronary Risk Factor

Surprisingly high fructose corn syrup, found in many products, can also lead to problems with your heart. It can cause something called metabolic syndrome which leads to both and increase in diabetes and heart problems. While it likely will not trigger a heart attack itself it could easily cause other complications which lead to a severe one for you. Cutting down on your intake and exercising more can alleviate these.

How Sugar Smashes the Bloodstream

We have also studied how this ingredient has a massive impact on your bloodstream. The first effect it has is a spike in the overall sugar in your blood causes your liver to turn the excess into fat. The liver dumps some of it into your body when it can’t transform anymore. This helps keep you awake and feeling good for a short time. However when you get too much of it your brain adjusts and will need more of it to stay awake. This leads to a vicious and addictive cycle.

A Final Word on Diabetes

So as you can see all of these factors come together to make you fatter, sicker and even more dependent on your daily drinks. All of these can eventually lead to early onset diabetes as well. It is a brutal cycle that many of us have come to accept as a part of our lives. But it does not have to be that way.

Cutting down on soda intake can cut out an entire collection of problems and improve your quality of life overall so think about it.

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About Bruce Shiro

Bruce Shiro is a health consultant specializing in weight loss programs and techniques. Bruce helps people lose weight in creative ways and more of his articles can be found on his own blog KeepingSlender.