Thanks to Dr. Gray for turning me on to this topic. Let me start this post by saying that I drink soda. I drink it about 6 times a year. When I was in high school I ran cross country. I also drank Mountain Dew as often as I could. One season I noticed difficulty breathing and decreased energy when I drank soda, so I stopped. I never really picked it back up. I still drink it occasionally, but I do not buy it. My wife puts it in punch for parties at times. I felt better and ran better when I was not drinking soda.
Now as a health care provider I have a vested interest in topics like this for my patients sake I like to learn as much as possible. After researching this topic I thought I’d pass on some facts to you. The links may be dry but I like to back up my statements with research, and they have some good info. So, here is soda in all it’s glory.
- increases risk for obesity (even diet soda)
- decreases bone density (osteoporosis, fractures, etc)
- causes tooth decay
- can cause caffeine addiction/withdrawal
- increases risk of diabetes
As a chiropractor my training includes nutrition and biochemistry. Though I choose not to focus my practice on it, from time to time I do give nutritional counseling and supplement advice. My advice for soda drinkers, quit! It’s not a horrible thing on occasion, as I said, I myself will drink a soda from time to time. Anything in excess is detrimental to your health. For those of you who just can’t go a day without your soda. Think about what that means.
If you want nutritional counseling many chiropractors offer it. If you want to, you can even come and see me for it, I will likely refer you to a colleague who does that more exclusively, your health comes first, and I want you to get the best care/advice that you can get. What I don’t want is your bones becoming weak and you falling and fracturing yourself or dying early due to diabetes complications.