Our amazing human body makes roughly a million cells every second. Our cells are made out of not just what we eat but also what we drink. Every time you take a drink you have the opportunity to overwhelm your body with sugar and chemicals or nourish and support it with minerals and nutrients. It all comes down to how good do you want to feel and how healthy do you want to be?
Soda is so bad for the body that I am simply amazed that people still drink it. Soda contributes to diabetes, obesity, tooth decay and the caffeinated sodas deplete calcium from the body. Not only are people still drinking sodas, but soda consumption has increased more than 40% in the last 20 years. We know it is bad for us, but we are drinking more.
Widespread consumption of liquid sugar drinks has played a role in the startling increase in obesity and diabetes, which are among the top public health concerns in the United States. Obesity in children has increased almost 50% in the past 40 years and diabetes is currently escalating at an unprecedented rate in the United States. Type 2 diabetes drug prescriptions written for children doubled between 2002 and 2005. There are of course many other factors that contribute to these health risks, but let’s put the conversation of soda up front where it needs to be.
Teenagers consume the most soda but parents are giving sodas to small children and even infants. The pancreas in a small child’s body is not set to handle the sugar that floods the body when you drink soda. If you feed your kids soda you are contributing to their health risks and increasing their chance of becoming diabetic. Please think twice before you offer a soda to a child.
Get the soda machines out of the schools, off the playgrounds, out of the lunch box and off the menu. Just because you are having a party doesn’t mean you have to serve soda. They don’t really taste that great anyway, let go of the addiction. And don’t be fooled by designer sodas. Look at the sugar content and never ever think of drinking anything with corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup in it.
The good news is that healthy drinks are delicious. Take some time to think about and plan what you are going to drink instead of grabbing a soda. An added benefit is that you can also save lots of money making your own drinks.
The first thing you can do is switch to whole fruit juice, not fruit juice with added sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Read your labels! How many times has one of my clients said, “Oh I am drinking healthy cranberry juice” and then we read the label and the second ingredient listed on the label is high fructose corn syrup.