Carbonated drinks are amongst the worst things you can put in your body. While it is socially accepted unlike cigarettes or alcohol, a carbonated drink may be just as harmful to your body, if not more in some regards. It’s easy to relax and drink more than a glass of coke while watching a movie or having a spicy dinner; these cravings are mainly due to the high sugar content in such drinks and addiction can never be healthy.
Quitting carbonated drinks can be as challenging as quitting any other thing you’re addicted to so it will be difficult for quite a while. In the long run, however, you will be doing wonders to your health and overall wellness. Here are some reasons you should seriously consider quitting.
— Be in control of your hunger
Sodas have a high content of High Fructose Corn Syrup which makes us feel hungry faster than normal. As a result, we go looking for snacks especially after a meal, causing weight gain. It’s important to note that it doesn’t matter if it’s a diet drink; our body gets used to the sweet taste, making us crave for more.
— Treat your heart the way it deserves
A research conducted by the UK government concluded that having just one can of sugary drink a day dramatically increase the risk of heart problems. This included fizzy drinks and other drinks with added sugar or artificial sweeteners. The heart is responsible for pumping blood around the body and with our organs working extra hard to flush out the sugar, the heart gets overworked.
— You only get partially hydrated
Carbonated drinks contain caffeine, which is a diuretic. A diuretic is a drug that speeds up the rate of urine production – meaning it removes water from your body. Given that having a coke may quench your thirst, the hydration is not nearly as effective and long-lasting as you would get from pure water.
— Everyone wants a bright smile
It’s no secret that carbonated drinks damage your teeth and bones, especially black cola. The citric acid in these drinks causes the teeth’s enamel i.e. the covering to erode. In extreme cases of addiction, the teeth may resemble that of a meth addict. (Google it)
Giving up a soda can be a tough challenge but one step at a time will do the trick. Identify why you want to quit, get rid of all the fizzy drinks at home and have a water bottle with you at all times. Taking it slow and staying goal oriented is the key to push through.