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1. Its Loaded with Chemicals
If you dont think you need to give up soda because you drink diet soda, think again. Diet soda contains artificial sweeteners that some studies have found to be linked to cancer. And last month, many cola companies stopped using a particular coloring because they feared it, too, would be linked to cancer.
2. Its Empty Calories
This reason to stop drinking soda applies to regular sodas in particular. Check the label and youll see its loaded with calories, most of which are from sugar. Most of those sugar calories dont even come from real sugar, either they come from high fructose corn syrup, which our bodies dont process quite the same way as other sugars. If youre going to be using all of those calories (about 150 per serving), why not use them and get some valuable nutrition at the same time? Id suggest giving up soda and choosing a natural, no-sugar-added mixed fruit juice instead. Sure, youll still get a little sugar, but youll also be getting the antioxidants and other nutrients with it.
3. It Can Affect Your Bones!
A 2001 study by the Creighton University Osteoporosis Research Center suggests that there could be two reasons people who drink soda have weak bones. First, the chemicals in soda may cause your body to excrete the calcium it ought to be keeping, and second, that if you drink soda, youre likely not drinking calcium-rich fluids, like milk. Either reason is enough to convince you to give up soda!
For most of us, caffeine is a necessity, the magical chemical that gets us up and keeps us going. But for some, it can cause a multitude of problems, including insomnia, anxiety, tummy troubles, and irregular heartbeat and respiration and even that annoying ringing in your ears. If you wont give up soda, at least consider switching to a version without caffeine!
5. Its Addictive!
All the sugar, all the caffeine soda has the potential to be quite addictive, and for some, like me, its awful. When I first decided to give up soda, I had withdrawal symptoms, like restlessness, cravings, and a nasty headache. I felt like a recovering drug addict, and according to my doctor, thats pretty much what I was only my drug was soda. It may sound overly dramatic, but its true.
6. Cavities, Eww!
Soda, being high in sugar and acid content, can also cause tooth decay. How? The natural bacteria in our mouths feed in the sugar in soda, then excrete acids which weaken the enamel on our teeth, which causes tooth decay. In fact, most dentists agree that drinking soda is the biggest cause of tooth decay, especially in children.
7. It Can Harm Your Immune System
My daughters pediatrician says that soda can also damage your immune system. She says that the sugar in soda weakens your system for up to five hours after you drink it, making you more susceptible to germs her reasoning seems sound. According to Dr. Sears, another reputable pediatrician, this can happen even after just two sodas! Why not boost your immune system stop drinking soda, and drink orange juice instead!