Over the past three decades, the consumption of soft drinks among children, teenagers, and adults has been increasing at a worrying pace. Too many clinical studies have linked the consumption of sugary drinks to the obesity and diabetes epidemic. And yet, many people still drink more than a can of soda a day. They treat soda as a staple instead of a treat.
Saying goodbye to sugary drinks is easier said than done. If you feel that way too, don’t worry. We’re here to give you a little push so you can stop right now.
7 Health Benefits Of Quitting Soda
Cuts sugar and calorie intake
A can of soda contains 150 calories coming from 39 grams of sugar. Let us do the math for you. A can of soda for a year yields 54,750 calories and 14,235 grams (28 lbs.) of sugar. To give you a perspective, 28 lbs. is roughly the weight of large Boston Terrier. If you drink more than a can a day, the number gets even crazier.
Reduces the risk of heart disease
People who drink soda daily have decreased level of HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein). HDL is the “good” cholesterol. It removes LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein) or the “bad” cholesterol from your bloodstream and keeps you healthy. HDL also keeps the interior of your blood vessels in tip-top shape.
Drinking just one can of 12-ounce soda increases your risk of getting a heart attack by 20%. That’s a pretty scary number considering how bad a heart attack can turn your whole life around.
Lowers the risk of diabetes
Soda contributes nothing to type-1 diabetes, but for type-2 diabetes it’s a whole different ball game. The high sugar content on soft drinks spikes your blood sugar levels. This cause a high demand for insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugars.
When you drink soda daily, the body demands a high amount of insulin over and over again. In the long term this cause pancreatic exhaustion which leads to glucose intolerance. Your body no longer has any means to control high sugar levels in the blood. Many diabetic people wake up in the morning with over 300 blood sugar level. That’s sky high. Do that enough time and you better have a funeral prepared.
Quitting soda keeps your pancreas working in order. Your body has the means to keep that sugar level at an acceptable level throughout the day. When you occasionally drink smoothies with too much sugar in it, you’ll get the spike in blood sugar only momentarily before insulin converts them into glycogen and store them in your body cells for later use.
Keeps you hydrated longer
The sugar and the caffeine in soda and other sugary drinks dehydrate your body. It makes your skin dry, cause wrinkles, and a multitude of other ailments. Plain water is the best way to hydrate yourself. The faster you make the switch to plain water, the better it is for your health and beauty.
Spares your teeth
Whether you go with Coke, Pepsi, or any other brand of soda, it will be acidic. That’s one of the purposes of all that sugar – to contain the sourness.
Acidic drinks are naturally bad for your teeth. The acid causes erosion on the tooth enamel, the protective layer on your tooth. It doesn’t stop there. Once the enamel is compromised, the damage will spread further causing cavities.
The sugar is no less evil too. Bacteria loves chomping on sugar and conveniently, bacteria secrete acid which makes everything worse for your teeth. Fun, right?
Stopping drinking sodas will stop these barrage of attacks on your teeth. You get to keep them so you can still chew on that fantastic t-bone steak on your 80th birthday.
Lowers risk of stroke and dementia
Do you remember this scene from Bojack Horseman?
According to a study, beverages containing sugar and artificial sweetener increase your risk of increased risk of ischemic stroke, all-cause dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease dementia. Once you know how bad dementia can affect people and their loved ones, you’d say goodbye to soft drinks right this instant.
Maintains healthy blood pressure
Drinking too much sugar too quickly increases your blood pressure significantly for at least 2 hours. It’s bad whether you already predisposed of high-blood pressure or not. Give up soda for good and your blood pressure will remain manageable. You’ll feel the change almost immediately.
So, What now? We just gave you 17 reasons to stop drinking soda. Are you ready to quit now? If you feel none of those reasons are good enough for you, please let us know in the comments.
“Is it okay to drink one can of soda a day?”
No! A can a month is fine, but it’s a lot better to stop completely. Don’t buy it and don’t keep one around. Pay attention to that one thing. People who managed to quit soda can impulsively down it again when someone bring a bottle home.
If you miss the carbonation sensation, like most people who are addicted to soda, go with sparkling water. It has all the bubble action sans the sugar. Want some flavor? Squeeze in fresh lemon or lime juice. Those two add great flavor to plain water.
You can also switch soda with Crystal Light if flavor is a major concern for you. It only has 5 calories per serving. You can burn that calorie down by walking at a medium pace for one minute.
Keep in mind that switching to sparkling water or Crystal Light is just the intermediate step. Eventually, you’ll be content with drinking pure water after every meal. Make it a habit to bring a water bottle everywhere you go. When you’re thirsty, you have something healthy to chug down.
OK, by now, you should stop wondering about the benefits of eliminating sodas out of your daily diet now. Those are real benefits folks and yet there are so much more. Many people who cut out soda from their lives saw lots of health benefits other than the seven we listed above. We suggest you go out there and ask them for yourself. Perhaps hearing it from actual people will convince you to ditch soda forever.