January 14, 2013

How to Eat Cleaner – Day 15 of 31 – Soda – It’s Bad For You Don’t Drink It! Period!

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How to Eat Cleaner – Day 15 of 31 – Soda – It’s Bad For You Don’t Drink It! Period!

Hello everyone. I’m so excited that you decided to join me in our 31 days to cleaner or healthier eating. Each one of these videos will have 1 simple concept for you to chew on. It’s your choice what you do with it. Try it for a day, a week, a month or implement for your entire life. My hope is it helps you open your mind to learning more about fueling your body more healthily.

Part of cleaning up what we eat is getting educated and alot of these videos focus on awareness.

Today we talk about soda and yes, this is another topic that could be pages and pages.  Here is just a brief overview, please research for yourself if you want to dig deeper.

In addition, consuming large amounts of rapidly digested sugar and high fructose corn syrup causes a spike in blood sugar and insulin, which can lead to inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which may increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
The large doses of fructose from both sucrose (table sugar) and high fructose corn syrup may be particularly detrimental to your health as they can cause the accumulation of metabolically toxic belly fat, cholesterol abnormalities — including high triglycerides and reduced levels of HDL (good cholesterol) — and nonalcoholic associated fatty liver disease.
Soda is also associated with symptoms of gastro-esophageal reflux disease, when the contents of the stomach leak back up and cause a burning sensation in the esophagus. While drinking soda is not known to cause ulcers, it can cause symptoms to flare up.
The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 450 calories from sugar sweetened beverages per week (the amount in three cans of cola).
If you are overweight or obese, or at risk for heart disease or diabetes, you should limit your intake of sugar sweetened beverages as much as possible, including soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, juice drinks and sweetened water and/or tea.

Drinking non-diet soda dramatically increases fat buildup around your liver and your skeletal muscles, both of which can contribute to insulin resistance and diabetes.

People who drink diet soda have a 70 percent increase in waist circumference. It’s the aspartame, which raised blood glucose levels, that causes the weight gain; when your liver encounters too much glucose, the excess is converted to body fat.

Avoid brown sodas. The reason: Two contaminants in the coloring, 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, have been found to cause cancer in animals, the coloring is purely cosmetic. Just 16 micrograms per person per day of 4-methylimidazole is enough to pose a cancer threat, and most popular brown colas, both diet and regular, contain 200 micrograms per 20-ounce bottle.

Diet or regular, all colas contain phosphates, or phosphoric acid, a weak acid that gives colas their tangy flavor and improves their shelf life. Although it exists in many whole foods, such as meat, dairy, and nuts; too much phosphoric acid can lead to heart and kidney problems, muscle loss, and osteoporosis, and one study suggests it could trigger accelerated aging. A disturbing trend considering that soda manufacturers have been increasing the levels of phosphoric acid in their products over the past few decades.

The artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas don’t break down in our bodies and wastewater-treatment plants don’t catch them before they enter the waterways. A recent test of 19 municipal water supplies in the U.S. revealed the presence of sucralose in every one. It’s not clear yet what these low levels are doing to people, but past research has found that sucralose in rivers and lakes interferes with some organisms’ feeding habits.

Kids who drink too much Mountain Dew wind up with, what dentists call, “Mountain Dew Mouth,” full of cavities caused by the drink’s excessive sugar levels. The next medical condition we may see will be “Mountain Dew Mind”. Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, is added to prevent the flavoring from separating from citrus soda drinks and is an industrial chemical used as a flame retardant in plastics. The chemical has been known to cause memory loss and nerve disorders when consumed in large quantities. Researchers also suspect that the chemical builds up in body fat, possibly causing behavioral problems, infertility, and lesions on heart muscles over time.

Nearly all aluminum soda cans are lined with an epoxy resin called bisphenol A (BPA), used to keep the acids in soda from reacting with the metal. BPA is known to interfere with hormones, and has been linked to everything from infertility to obesity and diabetes and some forms of reproductive cancers.

Most of those ingredients in soda are derived from corn. As much as 88 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified to resist toxic pesticides or engineered to create pesticides within the plant itself. Independent researchers have found that, in animals, genetically modified crops, or GMOs, are linked to digestive tract damage, accelerated aging, and even infertility.

Alot to think about. The bottom line is there is no reason to drink soda except for pleasure. Why drink something that causes so many problems? Will it be hard to drop a 6 soda a day habit? Start small, make small strides each week, each month and soon you will be soda free. When I was researching some of the effects of soda I noticed that Dr. Oz had a 28 Day National Soda Challenge that he did late last year. You may want to try it for yourself if this is an area you struggle with. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/28-day-national-soda-challenge

Thanks for your time. This is Coach Lana and I would love for you to join me at http://facebook.com/coachlana so we can connect.


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