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Quit Drinking Soda! It's TRYING TO KILL YOU!

Updated on February 26, 2011

You Really Should Stop

It’s hard to pass up on a soda. It’s everywhere and it’s cheap. Almost anywhere you go you’ll see a vending machine or a cooler full of it. It’s also extremely addicting. Perhaps if people would learn a bit on how harmful soda can be, then it would be a bit easier to take a pass on the pop and go for a bottle of water instead. Drinking a lot of soda, such as Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Coke, and others can cause major health concerns. The benefits of quitting are amazing! And normally, you’ll start seeing results quickly.

The first and most obvious problem is sleep deprivation. The caffeine in a 12 ounce bottle of Pepsi One is about 55.5 milligrams. Compare that to an 8 ounce cup of coffee, which is 115-175 milligrams. Take into account that most people will drink one cup of coffee when they wake up, and maybe another later on during the day, while people who drink soda can drink 5-8 bottles (or a whole 2-liter) a day. Many people will drink it in the morning, another for lunch, during work, and even right before bed. It’s no wonder why they toss and turn so much at night!

Weight gain is another side effect of drinking soda. Researchers have found that drinking 1-2 cans of soda can raise the chances of a person being overweight by 32.8 percent. There have been accounts of people who stop drinking soda completely and switched to water. Some of these people have lost 10-15 pounds in 3 weeks! Diet soda can help, but it’s better to switch over to good, old, reliable water. Some will argue that diet soda can be bad for your health, such as causing cancer. But there's no credible evidence that the ingredients in diet soda cause cancer. However, take into consideration that scientists say that soda drinkers could be a 90 percent higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer. 90 percent! Proven or unproven, why risk it?

There has been a ton of research on the health risks of drinking too much soda. Although cancer isn’t a proven risk, heart disease is. The American Heart Association has stated that people who drink soda were 44 percent more likely to have heart disease or diabetes. There is also evidence of digestive issues. The phosphoric acid in soda can disrupt the acidity levels in your digestive system and cause stomach inflammation, and intestinal erosion.

The hard part of drinking soda is quitting. It’s addictive. When you quit, you will feel withdrawal symptoms. Your body isn’t used to not having something that is normally there. You’ll have headaches, cravings, fatigue, and irritability. Know that these symptoms will not last forever! Once you feel better, you will understand how great it is. You’ll lose weight, your breath will smell better, and you’ll be saving money. Not only that, but you’ll have a nice self esteem boost knowing that you overcame something that is mentally hard to do!


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      fmzqoeccjg 4 years ago

      Can I just say such a relief to seek out somebody that truly knows what they're referring to on the net. You definitely have learned to bring an issue to light and work out it critical. More and more people must look at this and understand this side from the story. I cant believe you're no more popular since you certainly provide the gift.

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      Dan 7 years ago

      All of this may be true, but you've not taken in to account that soda is awesome.

      Your argument has been rendered null and void.

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      Adrienne F Manson 7 years ago from Atlanta

      I love the way you chose to write this hub. I was addicted to drinking Pepsi, and Coca-cola for years when I worked in the office. Thankfully I do not drink soda at all any more, but drink water instead. Thanks for sharing the information.

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      I agree, soda is a very unhealthy beverage. A good alternative to soda is to add a little sparkling water with juice, experiment to see the ratio you prefer. It's delicious, healthy and still has the bubbles. I like this with cranberry juice or apricot nectar, but you can try it with any juice you prefer. People need to remember, even juice shouldn't be consumed in the quantities that Americans drink soda. Use in moderation. Thanks for the interesting hub.