There’s nothing quite like popping open that soda can that’s come straight from the fridge on a hot summer’s day.
The sugar and flavor give your tongue a delicious treat, while the cold, fizzy liquid cools your body from the inside out.
As tasty and delicious (and addictive) as these drinks are, sodas are far from good for you, and your body will only thank you for limiting the amount of them that you drink.
This article will be listing all the things that happen to your body when you limit your soda intake!
Many sodas contain caffeine, which is a stimulant that we all know and love, especially on those dreadful Monday mornings!
However, caffeine can stay in the body for up to 10 hours, which means that the cola can you devoured this afternoon is likely to keep you up at night.
Studies have shown that regular caffeine consumption can lead to sleep disturbances such as insomnia, as it takes so many hours to leave the system.
Therefore, it is recommended that you stop drinking soda in the afternoon.
If you were to cut out soda completely, then these effects will be eliminated, and you’ll notice that you’re able to fall asleep faster, and have a more restful sleep in general.
You’ll Be More Hydrated
As mentioned in our previous point, soda contains caffeine which is a diuretic, and these encourage more fluid to leave your body – in the form of urine.
However, this can lead to dehydration, so if you are relying on sodas when you’re thirsty, you are actually achieving the opposite.
Drinking water is the best way to quench your thirst, and if you are craving something with more flavor, you can try infusing fruits into your water or opting for the flavored options.
Your Heart Will Be Healthier
Eliminating, or significantly reducing, the amount of soda you drink can minimize your risk of developing heart disease.
The amount of caffeine and high sugar levels in soda can increase blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, and stomach acid secretion, among many other (negative) aspects.
These are all very dangerous for your heart, and numerous studies have shown that those who frequently consume soda are at a significantly higher risk of having a heart attack.
Further studies have noted that a reduced consumption of these drinks can lead to lowered blood pressure, weight loss, and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
All these points are good enough reasons to stop your soda drinking.
Your Teeth Will Thank You
Diet or not, soda is very damaging to your teeth. Most sodas have a PH level of around 2.5 which is just as acidic as lemon juice!
This acid eats away at your enamel, which is what defends your teeth. Once your enamel wears off, your teeth will become susceptible to damage such as decay and tooth death.
You also can’t get enamel back onto your teeth, so you must work hard to preserve what you have.
By cutting out sodas, you are preserving your enamel, protecting your teeth from decay, and other serious issues.
You’ll Reduce Your Sugar And Calorie Intake
If something is very high in sugar, it is likely to be relatively high in calories. Some sodas contain a whopping 140 calories in a can and 32 grams of sugar.
The American Heart Association only recommends 25 grams of sugar a day for women, so one can of soda has already exceeded that.
By cutting out soda from your day-to-day life, you are significantly reducing the amount of sugar you are putting into your body, and you are also reducing your calorie intake.
This, in turn, reduces your risk of weight gain and other issues such as high blood pressure.
Some studies have shown that cutting out sodas can actually aid in weight loss, so if this is a goal of yours, eliminating soda from your diet is a good step in the right direction.
Your Skin Will Thank You
Dermatologists have stated that soda ages the skin. This is because soda can reduce the healthy skin cells we have, leaving your face prone to inflammation.
Following on from this point, frequently consuming soda can dry your skin, and cause irritation.
If you are already prone to skin issues, then you should definitely cut out soda, as drinking too much of it can accentuate the problem, making any issues you already have, worse.
Your Taste May Improve
You may be looking at this point with confusion – soda tastes great, right?
Yes, soda has a lot of sugar and additives that make them taste good, but studies have shown that consuming sweet drinks all the time can alter your taste bugs, changing your desire for eating.
Your body may not register the sweetness of an apple anymore, leading to you searching for even sweeter items to eat, in order to settle those cravings.
If you cut out soda, your taste buds will revert to normal, so you’ll be able to enjoy the lovely tastes of fruits and veggies!
Your Immune System May Improve
Sodas are terrible for your gut due to the sugar and artificial sweeteners. These affect your healthy gut bacteria, which is needed for a healthy immune system.
While cutting out soda won’t instantly make you immune to any infections, it is a step in the right direction for improving your gut health, which helps protect you against viruses.
In summary, your body will only thank you for giving up soda, in more ways than one!
You’ll be consuming fewer calories, and less sugar, as well as improving your overall health.
While sodas are very tasty and refreshing, they contain caffeine and lots of extra artificial sweeteners in order for them to taste good.
Putting these in your body consistently can have some serious negative effects for you later down the line, so either enjoy them in moderation or not at all.