Here is the first part copied from Livestrong.com regarding soda consumption: "Drinking soda or other carbonated beverages each day may be a recipe for high blood pressure, reduced kidney function and kidney stones. This setup for kidney disease happens through a number of actions that take place when you consume just two carbonated beverages a day for a long period of time. You may think sugar-free diet soda may shield you from these adverse health effects, but you'd be wrong. Be it a cola, non-cola, diet soda or other sugar-sweetened carbonated beverage, carbonated beverages can increase your risk of serious health issues."
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/419057-the-effects-of-carbonated-beverages-on-kidneys/#ixzz2ZY8CReiC
While people think Diet Soda is better for them, it really isn't. Over time, the fake sweeteners in Diet Sodas like aspartame, sucralose, and saccharine might mess with our bodies' abilities to process the calories from sweet things, making it harder for us to metabolize the sugars we get from other sources like candy, cookies, or even fruit.
There are plenty of studies out there that are now showing that drinking Diet Sodas actually INCREASE the risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes.
Also, I see this same scenario everywhere I go: People are eating a fatty and unhealthy meal and pairing it with a Diet Coke. The thinking for some is that I can have an extra serving of my food because my drink is diet. This can also cause people to put on excess weight.
If you are trying to cut back or quit drinking sodas all-together (which I highly recommend!) you should not stop suddenly. You will have a pretty decent headache from the caffeine withdrawals. When working with my clients, I have them drink a little bit less each day. If you are reaching for a soda, try squeezing fresh lemon or lime into a glass of water and drink that and take note of how you feel.
I used to drink Coke several times a week but once I learned what is in each can, I gave it up. It wasn't too hard for me and I don't miss it at all anymore. However, every now and then I will have a craving for a Coke Icee and I will treat myself to one. This is a treat for me and I make a big deal of enjoying every last bit without any guilt!
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