We all have a hard time drinking enough water and we have all heard that 8 glasses of water per day is the absolute minimum that should be entering our bodies. We have also heard that water should be our primary source of fluid intake, but what if we don’t get enough? What actually happens? The answers are if we do not get enough, our health declines, our looks become blemished, our minds become foggy and our workouts are ineffective. Workouts without hydration can lead to injury.

Chemically enhanced drinks

If you think about pasteurised fruit juices, juices from concentrate, diluting juices, sodas and diet sodas, they are all incorporated into our daily diet even though we know just how destructive they are to our bodies. They are made readily available to us, especially “fruit” juices that we feed ourselves and to our offspring because it’s deemed healthy, due to the “fruit” content and the added fortified “vitamins”. Regardless of what “healthy” content companies’ say they have in their products, their liquid candy is unnatural and unhealthy. Excessive consumption of these types of beverages lead to concentration problems in children, type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and tooth decay, amongst hundreds other soda related problems. Let us take a look at the sugar content of these damaging concoctions.

 

12 ounces of >>>>>>> Coca-Cola Orange Juice Apple Juice Cherry Juice Grape Juice
Total carbohydrates 40 g 39 g 42 g 49.5 g 60 g
Carbs from sugar 40 g 33 g 39 g 37.5 g 58.5 g
Sugar (teaspoons) 10 tsp 8 tsp 10 tsp 9 tsp 15 tsp
Calories 145 165 165 210 240

 

The above table shows chemically enhanced “fruit” juices and canned soda. Take note of the teaspoons of sugar in each can-sized juice/soda. Now imagine drinking 2 cans of orange juice a day. You will be at 16 tsp of sugar. Let us multiply this by 7. You have now reached 112 tsp of sugar per week. Ok, so now that we know how much we have consumed in a week let’s multiply that by 4. That will equal to 448 tsp per month… So 12 months will equal to 5,376 tsp per year! Lets break this down. 5,376 tsp converted into grams comes to a grand total of 26880 g. That’s a mass of almost 60lbs! Let see what 60lbs looks like in the following illustration…

60-pounds-of-fat-illustation

Now that’s not to say that you will gain 60 lbs in a year as we all have different metabolisms and body types so it would only be a guesstimate. But the unwanted weight will creep up on you and you will only realise this the moment you try on your favourite pants.

“And how about diet sodas” I hear you say? Well, they are just as bad, if not worse. The sweeteners present in these liquids we consume have enormous life-threatening side effects that can lead to imminent death. Let me list just a few things that diet sodas can do and you can judge for yourself.

Obesity

You read that right, diet soda doesn’t help you lose weight. Downing just two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 100%. This happens because artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods. This means people who consume diet foods are more likely to overeat, because the body is being conned into thinking its eating sugar, which makes you crave more.

Cell Damage

Diet sodas contain something many regular sodas don’t known as mold inhibitors called sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate, and they’re in nearly all diet sodas. Regular sodas, such as Coke and Pepsi, don’t contain this preservative, which is bad news for diet drinkers. A professor of molecular biology and biotechnology at the University of Sheffield in the U.K., told a British newspaper in 1999 that these chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria that totally inactivates it. The preservative has also been linked to hives, asthma, and other allergic conditions, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Since then, some companies have phased out sodium benzoate. Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi have replaced it with another preservative, potassium benzoate. Both sodium and potassium benzoate were classified by the Food Commission in the UK as mild irritants to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.

Worsens Allergies

Diet soda could be aggravating them because of the benzoate and potassium benzoate, which cause damage to DNA, also increase the risk of asthma and allergies. If you suspect that your offsring has asthma, think twice before you serve up diet soda!

Rotten Teeth

Just because a soda is diet and sugar free, doesn’t make it good for your teeth either.  With a pH of 3.2, diet soda is very acidic. (As a point of reference, the pH of battery acid is 1. Water is 7.) The acid is what readily dissolves enamel, and. Adults who drink three or more sodas a day have worse dental health, says a University of Michigan analysis of dental checkup data. Soda drinkers had far greater decay, more missing teeth, and more fillings.

Kidney Issues

In an 11-year-long Harvard Medical School study of more than 3,000 women, researchers found that diet cola is associated with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline. Kidney function started declining when women drank more than two sodas a day. Even more interesting, was since kidney decline was not associated with sugar-sweetened sodas, researchers suspect that the diet sweeteners are responsible.

Reproductive Problems

Diet or not, the cans are coated with the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to everything from heart disease to obesity to reproductive issues.  BPA leaches into liquids, so you’re ingesting trace amounts every time you drink diet soda.

Leads To Dehydration

These are not a good way to quench your thirst. Diet soda is devoid of nutritional value and the caffeine content may contribute to dehydration. Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it makes you urinate. The more you drink, the more you will “go”, which drains the body of water. Dehydration can cause dizziness, headaches, speeding heart, seizures and, in extreme cases, death.

Reactions to Aspartame

Aspartame, the artificial sweetener in Diet Coke, can cause dizziness headaches, digestive distress, and mood changes.

Has this got your attention? I really hope so.