Whatever brand you drink soda is bad news for your health. The average US citizen drinks around 18 ounces of sugary soda drink every day. According to a 2005 study by the US department of health soda drinks have become the biggest source of empty calories in the US diet and Britain and the rest of Europe are catching up fast. So if you want to be fat: drink soda.
Recent medical studies have shown that diet drinks pose a risk to your health also. It seems that diet drinks “fool” the body into thinking that sugar is present, so the body triggers an “insulin dump” which tells the body to store the “excess” calories as fat.
The result? After consuming a diet drink, you will “crash” and have low blood sugar, you’ll feel bad and you won’t be able to think clearly. Your body will crave another diet drink, to pick-yourself-up and feel better. What a vicious cycle!
Some people think they are being healthy by consuming ‘energy drinks’ or ‘sports drinks’ but unless you are running marathons these drinks will still make you fat. They have plenty of empty calories in them (even though the models selling them maybe sleek and athletic). Check out the labels on these drinks, they are mostly sugar water.
But the chemicals in soda do more harm than just causing fat:
Drinking too much soda causes:Energy dips and symptoms of depression
Massive dehydration with all the problems that causes.
Addictive like binging and craving linked to the “come down” after having a sugar high and craving to take on more sugar again.
High blood pressure
Inability to focus and concentrate
Rotting of the teeth
Cola confuses the appetite regulating systems in the body leading to increased appetite and weight gain (above and beyond the fat encouraging sugars in the soda itself).
Regular soda drinking attacks the marrow in the bones making them weaker and encourages organ breakdown leading to potentially life threatening diabetes.
Weakening of the bones: in a study of 460 high schoolers in 2000, research at the Harvard School of Public Health found that girls who drank carbonated soft drinks were three times as likely to break their arms and legs as those who consumed other drinks.
Rapid aging of the skin and body generally.
So drinking soda is not a good deal, whether it’s Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper’s, 7up or one of the many so called ‘sports drinks’ – it’s all bad news. What’s more, advertising and ritual all play their part to keep you hooked. Advertisers subtly imply that by drinking their soda you’ll get a certain lifestyle. They do this by having cool looking models with obviously cool life styles drinking their sodas. So you get conned by the implicit suggestions that you are buying a lifestyle not just a soda. Don’t be conned into losing your health.
Then there is the ritual element. You get a craving you got to the fridge and you see a container with certain colours and logos on it. This becomes ritualistic and if you do anything enough times it starts to feel natural and right-even though it is anything but natural and right. It’s nothing but a bad habit.
The best way to break ritualistic patterns is to enlist the aid of your subconscious. That’s right, use hypnosis to break unhealthy patterns and cravings. Many people report that they quit drinking all soda and sports drinks within 2-3 hypnosis sessions!
So the next time you automatically reach for that cola in the refrigerator, play an audio hypnosis recording in your iPod instead and drink water. You’ll feel better and be healthier!
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Chip Morgan is a business owner, author, trainer, jogger, polygrapher, interviewer, martial artist and someone very interested in health and fitness using hypnosis.
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