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Is Diet Soda an Innocent Drink or Poison in a Bottle?

Updated on December 25, 2011

Diet Soda Addiction

I was literally addicted to diet soda. I could drink it morning, noon and night and then throughout the night. It was very much an addiction for me. I could not get enough of it. I loved the fizz. I loved the taste and I wanted it over and over again. It literally became a health scare for me. I knew in the back of my mind I was putting my health at risk, but I didn't care. On top of the soda, I also craved all the sugary sweets too. I was on the road to diabetes and I may even have it and not know it. So what made me stop drinking the soda and ingesting way too many sugary sweets? My digestive system was way out of whack and it was hurting me.

Flipping Channels

Yep, that's right, flipping channels. I came across this health show on one of these channels and I realized that was me. I was literally staring at me. The discussion was by that famous host, Dr. Oz, about what your digestive system was producing. With all the sugar I was consuming, my digestive system was all out of whack every single day. I wasn't mindful of it and I didn't care until one day I felt a constant uneasy feeling and that something wasn't right. It was like the diet soda no longer gave me that great rush anymore. I no longer felt the joy of eating a cupcake. It gave me the reverse effect, a sick feeling.

Research Can Only Do So Much

I started to Google all the dangers of diet soda for the millionth time in my life. It's not like I didn't know before. I knew in the back of my mind that it was killing me, but if you look around you, you'll see a lot of people in my boat. They just don't care. It's more psychological than anything else. Let's face it, soda is popular and it's here to stay no matter how many mountains of research they produce on its ill effects. Soda is behind numerous diseases if you look at all the research, but that doesn't seem to stop us, does it? If you Google "Diet soda is killing you", you will get back over 2,770,000 results. That should tell us something, right? The funny thing is we still persist on drinking it. The choices we make are insane.

Living in Denial

My biggest hurdle was living in denial. I figured that it was harmless. After all, it's just soda right? It's not a drug. It's not alcohol. It's simply soda, but that's where the denial begins. It's not simply soda. It's simply chemicals in a bottle that sucks you in and depletes all your nutrients and destroys your health over time. I had to fess up and face the truth before I destroyed my body any further.

Replacing Soda Is No Easy Task

Since I can no longer drink diet soda, I keep water and iced tea in my fridge. I also still enjoy my morning cup of coffee. I have yet to hear that's poison too. The iced tea is good, but it will never be as good as soda. It doesn't have what soda provides; the fizz and the way it cuts down your throat with that cool refreshing feeling, but that's okay. I don't ever want to go back to soda at this point because addiction isn't fun. It's downright painful. I'm learning to like the water, but I've never cared for it. My choice was always soda over water. Water was blah. It had no fizz, pop, whizz. Water in my mind was flat, cold, bland, and blah. Diet soda was better in my eyes and thus was the root of my addiction. I had to get over the attraction that drew me to soda and see it for what it really was.

The Reward

The best reward by giving up the diet soda was getting my digestive system back on track. I'm clean and healthy now. I don't want to go back to that sick feeling ever again. I think it was a case where my body just caught up with me. I have more energy now. I don't need to rush to the bathroom over and over. I'm not up in the middle of the night like I was before. I'm calmer and this is the way I plan to stay by eliminating the diet soda addiction from now on and my adoration for junk food. It's just not worth it!

I hope by sharing my story, it may help you kick the habit before it's too late. You know the dangers, but it doesn't stop you from drinking soda, does it? I totally understand. I was that person for far too long, but now, I want to be in the boat filled with the people who know better before I allow diet soda to destroy me.


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      Greg Sereda 6 years ago from Sandomierz, Poland

      I once read something like, it took the FDA 16 years to approve aspartame for diet sodas because it kept giving lab rats tumors and cancer. Finally someone got paid off and we got diet soda.

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      MissMelissaK 6 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      Thank you Greatsuff...I will try that dash of lime juice in my water today. Better now than later, thanks....Thank you labnol...Kris, It's very hard to switch. I love diet soda.

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      Artificial sweeteners that are added to drinks and food, like diet sodas, are not typically tested for long term affects before they go to market.

      And now, after many years of being on the market, diet sodas have actually been found to trigger some of the same biological affects upon ingestion as sugar, and can make you crave sweet things even more. There is some relatively new research coming out on this that is pretty fascinating.

      Making the switch away is hard as the taste sensation of "sweet" is can be addictive like as as other chemical substances.

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      labnol 6 years ago

      Wow !! An eye opener. Good Stuff Melissa

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      Mazlan 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Unfortunately bad stuff always taste good. Clean water is best with a dash of lime juice. This will increase the pH level to be more alkaline and it will help to detoxify the body. Give it a try.

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      MissMelissaK 6 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      Thank you singernurse. I hope you're enjoying the holiday season too. Thank you for the offer to help with medical questions. It is much appreciated....Thank you Sabrani....And I agree musclequest, Coke Zero is not that good. I've tried it too.

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      musclequest 6 years ago from Johannesburg,South Africa

      A few years ago I cut out all sugary soda drinks but recently found coke zero,I love it but I'd rather just have good old water

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      sabrani44 6 years ago

      Great hub! Its scary to think of all the things we do to ourselves knowing its bad. I'm guilty of that myself. I love soda, but I try to only drink it maximum once a month.

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      thesingernurse 6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      If writing becomes your new addiction, well welcome to the group. :) Hahaha! Have a great Yuletide season my friend. Am a nurse and if you have some questions you would like to ask, I'd be very glad to share my knowledge with you. :D

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      MissMelissaK 6 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      Thank you for the support. What a great community! I love it here and I've only been here for just a couple of days and I'm learning so much from people here. It's the best website ever! Thanks again and happy holidays! I get so carried away with writing now, I must stop! I have to get ready for today's festivities, before the day escapes me and this becomes my new addiction. lol.

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      thesingernurse 6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      I would always compare addictions to love spells. You know you won't like doing it but you keep on going because there is this compelling force that sends you to wonderland. Soda drinks are not really harmful. Not until you cross the boundary of moderation. I hope your hub would serve as an inspiration to those who are so much in to drinking soda that they forget that drinking water is the most natural thing to do. I wish you all the success in your health management. More power!

      And hey, I voted up for the great job! :)

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      Karla Iverson 6 years ago from Oregon

      You've hit the nail right on the head! The typical can of soda with high fructose corn syrup in it has the sweetness of TEN teaspoonfuls of sugar! And the soda companies are well aware of the fact that millions of people have become addicted to their products.

      For your own situation, you might try club soda and add flavors to it - a squeeze of orange, lemon or lime, or a little of some kind of juice that you like (but that doesn't contain added sugars). If you haven't done that yet, it might help you. Congratulations both on your break from soda pop, and on writing such a good account of your decision and progress.