Maybe it's because people are going to lots of graduation
parties, but I've gotten a ton of questions expressing
concerns lately about soda, specifically diet soda.
So here's what you need to know about diet soda.
First of all, ANY soda -- diet or regular -- is acid in a
bottle (or can). In fact, it's SO acidic that it takes 32
cups of water to neutralize the acid in just ONE can of
soda in your body.
Having to neutralize that much acidity puts a tremendous
strain on your kidneys, which are responsible for filtering
acid out of your bloodstream and putting it into your
Your body also uses its own alkaline minerals (which
includes calcium from your bones and teeth) to neutralize
Contrary to what some people believe, there is NOT an
endless supply of minerals in your bones. Sooner or later,
they break down.
When they do, it's called arthritis, osteoporosis, tooth
decay and brittle, porous bones that fracture easily.
Hmmm...I notice they don't show pictures like THAT on the
Pepsi, Coke or Mountain Dew commercials.
Acid also destroys your stomach's ability to digest your
food, so soda is, in all measures, the absolute WORST drink
on the planet to have with a meal.
So in addition to what poor food choices do, soda will add
to bloating, diarrhea or constipation. "Do the Dew" is
taking on a whole new meaning.
The average American now consumes 828 sodas a year--that's
over 2 cans a day. Even scarier is that millions of
people drink 7 or more sodas a day. Many drink more than
10 sodas a day!
This is the #1 reason for people getting arthritis in
their 20's. That kind of pain is hardly worth it.
OK, here's some info specifically about diet soda:
An 8-year University of Texas study showed that soda use
was linked to excess weight and obesity, which isn't
surprising. However, when the researchers looked at people
only drinking diet sodas, their risk of obesity was even
HIGHER than the regular soda drinkers!
The study showed there was a 41 percent increase in risk
of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soda a
person drinks each day.
Shocked? Don't be...
Here's why that happens:
The artificial sweeteners (more on those below) in diet
sodas create a hormonal response in the body that increases
your cravings for sweets and refined carbohydrates (sugar).
So, those "diet" drinks are anything BUT diet.
Another reason is that people often believe that because
they are drinking a diet soda, that gives them more leeway
to eat more of everything else, hence consuming more
I used to work with a guy who used that ridiculous logic.
He would eat a cheeseburger and fries for lunch and wash it
down with a Diet Pepsi.
He had then and still has a massive backside.
Artificial sweeteners in diet soda:
Simply put, they're poisons. No other way to say it.
Most diet sodas contain aspartame (their better known
brand names are Equal or Nutrasweet).
Here are just some of the documented side effects of
-Blindness in one or both eyes
-Decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as:
blurring, bright flashes, tunnel vision
-Dry eyes/decreased tears
-Ringing or buzzing sound in the ears
-Severe hardness of hearing
-Severe drowsiness and sleepiness
-Numbness of the arms and legs
-Slurring of speech
-Diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
-Stomach pain/pain while swallowing
Skin and Allergies:
-Itching without a rash
-Worsening of asthma problems
Endocrine and Metabolic:
-Loss of control of diabetes
-Thinning or loss of hair
-Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
-Severe PMS symptoms
-Frequent urination or burning during urination
-Constant thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and
The most severe effects of aspartame poisoning are:
-Irreversible brain damage
-Birth defects, including mental retardation
-Aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
-Hyperactivity in children
Welcome to the "Pepsi Generation."
"What about drinks with Splenda?"
Splenda (sucralose) is essentially chlorinated table
Chlorine is a carcinogen (cancer causer) and has been used
in poisonous gas, disinfectants, pesticides and plastics.
Studies are associating Splenda with a large and growing
list of medical problems.
Below are some of the reported adverse effects of Splenda
- Flushing or redness of the skin; rashes
- Anxiety; panic attacks
- Stomach cramps
- Dry heaves
- Depression; becoming withdrawn
- Feeling forgetful; memory loss
- Dulled senses
- Unexplained crying
- Acne or acne-like rash
- Altered emotional state, i.e. feeling irate, impatient,
- Chest and body pain
- Bloating; diarrhea; vomiting
- Trouble concentrating/staying in focus
Doesn't that just sound "splend-id?!"
Bottom line: Better alternatives to soda are iced herbal
teas, water with a splash of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
(and no, lemon is NOT acidic in the body!) and fresh
If you want to sweeten your iced tea with a non-calorie
sweetener, try Stevia. It's been around for centuries and
has a proven track record of safety.
And if your motive for drinking diet soda is taking off
pounds, the best way to do it is to eat more alkaline foods
and correctly combine your meals.
Your body will respond quickly when you do this. Since
you'll be getting more nutrients from your foods (because
you won't have overproduction of acid), your body will feel
satisfied and won't trigger the hunger signal.
So you end up eating less!
...And your elimination channels will be better able to
detoxify your body and reduce fat without undue strain.
Bye bye arthritis aches and pains.
In the Great Taste No Pain manuals,
I tell you exactly what to do. It's super easy, tasty and
a great way to get your joints and the rest of your body
To your health,
PS: Here's a nice story...
Like all the other people who write to you, I did quit the
meds for diverticulitis and feel so much better.
I have been on your program for one month and I am
sticking to it. I am amazed at the difference in how I
feel. I have also dropped 10 lbs in the last month -- it
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