Faith Fitness and Laughter

Health risks of Sodas

on March 29, 2013

Good Friday morning to you!  How’s your weekend look?  Any big plans??  I have to work, but I am still going to find something really cool to do.  Smile  It’s supposed to rain, but the last couple of days have been amazingly beautiful. 

So today I wanted to talk about one of the things that I struggled with when I first started my healthy living journey.  Cokes.  Better yet, sodas.  Ahh, Mt. Dew.  I would probably drink 3 or 4 of these things a day and love every minute of it.  I would just guzzle them!  One after another after another.  Now I’ll be honest, there are days that I could just down one and not take a breath.  They know what they are doing when they make those drinks let me tell ya! 

I wanted to talk about the risks of soda’s….

 

 

sodas

 

  • Cardiovascular Health.  According to a news release in 2011 from the American Heart Association, people who drink diet sodas are 61% more likely to develop vascular events than those who do not drink sodas.
  • Metabolic Syndrome.  Regular soda drinkers have been shown to be at higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which is a group of symptoms that indicate a heightened risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.  To be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, a person must display at least three of the following symptoms; excess fat in the abdominal area, high triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and high fasting blood sugar.
  • Unwanted calories.   A lot of people wonder why they gain weight when they drink diet sodas.  If you drink 18 ounces of soda a day that is an extra 225 calories.  Over the course of a month that is an extra 7000 calories and about 2 extra pounds of fat.
  • Caffeine.  Too much caffeine can lead to:  insomnia, irregular heart beat, jitters, high blood pressure, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, caffeine headaches.  One major problem that soda drinkers usually have is that they become some what dependent on the drink and have a hard time putting it down or switching to a substitute.
  • Tooth enamel decay.  Soda is hard on tooth enamel, with the sugar and acid being the most problematic ingredients. Diet soda eliminates the sugar, but not the acid content of pop.
  • Bone loss.  Drinking diet soda can also lead to bone loss. This is because the phosphoric acid in the soda causes calcium in your bloodstream to be excreted more quickly than normal through urine. Your bones then give up some of their calcium in order to keep the bloodstream calcium level constant.

 

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Kind of seems like a lot doesn’t it??   I didn’t want to present this information as a way of throwing a stone at someone who drinks sodas.  I know exactly how hard it was for me to stop drinking them, but it was something that I felt was necessary for me to lead a healthier lifestyle.  Smile

 

 

I can’t believe it!  Kevin will be here in 28 days!  Most days I find myself thinking about things that we will do when he gets here.  Just hanging out and having fun together!  Last night, we had the best conversation.  Don’t get me wrong, I love having those conversations that are dripping with sweet talk and make my tummy do summer saults.  But what I really love are those conversations that allow us to see into each others hearts even more.  How you deal with a situation.  How you approach things.  Talking about things that have made us into the person that we are.  Good and bad things.  I appreciate everything that I have been through because it allows me to love Kevin in a way that he deserves.  He and I both deserve to have a healthy, loving, developing relationship that is completely built upon Christ.  It’s something that he and I are both excited about.  It makes us smile.  Smile 

It’s funny, I have met some of his family without him actually introducing me to them.   This kind of takes some of the pressure off when we actually get to be around them together.  Smile

 

Good luck on your WOD today baby!  13.4! 

 

 

I hope you guys have a great day and that you are kind to everyone and yourself. Winking smile

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3 responses to “Health risks of Sodas

  1. chasingchels says:

    28 days??? Ahhh that’s sooo soon!! And you met some of his family already?? That’s awesome, love! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, enjoying rest, fun, and time with your family 🙂

  2. 28 days!! That is so close now 😀 I’m so excited for you both.

    I know what you mean about soda too. A big turning point for me was when I stopped drinking diet / sugar free varieties; it finally hit me that just because they were sugar free, they were still full of things I didn’t want to be drinking. I don’t miss them now and I drink lots of soda water instead, but it was certainly a conscious choice to stop.

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