Natural Health and Diet Soda
There has been a lot of controversy about diet soda in the past. When they first came out, everyone thought, especially the salesmen, that they would be the answer to anyone’s weight problem and be so great for diabetics. Time and research has proven this false and more recent studies have shown the outcome to be just the opposite, with users gaining more weight and having worse health. Soda itself is an “anti-food” meaning it robs the body of precious minerals just to process it and get rid of it through the channels of elimination. And of course all the refined sugar in the soda is the cause of this along with the phosphoric acid that makes it fizz. The artificial sweeteners that are used instead of sugar to make it taste good to the highly sweet American palate are substances that the human body has never seen before. It takes more energy and precious nutrition to process it and sometimes it can’t and the body sticks in fat cells to neutralize its toxicity.
After doing a search on the net, here are a few problems that diet sodas cause. Diet sodas can cause weight gain. Diet sodas are addictive. Diet sodas may increase your risk of stroke by 50%. Diet sodas can double your risk of obesity. Diet sodas are linked to heart disease. Diet sodas can cause liver damage. Diet sodas can cause tooth decay. Diet sodas can cause kidney stones and kidney disease. Diet sodas can cause diabetes, heartburn and acid reflux, Osteoporosis, Hypertension, impaired digestion and so on. I think that you get the point.
So when we work with patients on their diets, sodas and especially diet sodas, are one of the first items we try to get the patient off of. As mentioned though, these chemical concoctions are addictive and it may take some time to do this. We find though that as the patient’s nutritional base is improved and they get healthier, their addictions start to melt away as does their excess weight which is usually the reason they started drinking diet sodas in the first place.
We find that all the artificial sweeteners are hard on the body except one, Stevia. We find the body gets along with stevia but we warn patients to use it sparingly as it may taste bad to them if too concentrated. Every patient is different and that keeps it interesting.
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