Soft drinks do more harm to your body than good. Regular consumption of soft drinks affects your bones, teeth and waistline among other parts of your body. Here are some tips on how to break soda addiction.
Most of us know that soda is not good for us, but we still drink it anyway. The refreshing jolt, pleasant fizz and sweet taste of soda feels like the only thing that can quench thirst, wash down a meal and get you through a hot afternoon. Whether you are a regular consumer of soda (regular or diet), or an occasional sipper, cutting down on your intake will have many benefits to your health. Here are some reasons why you should cut back on sodas and how to make the process bearable.
Why You Should Stop
One of the major problems with consumption of soda is the excess calories they contain. The is mainly due to the excess sugar used to make sodas. In additional to this, sodas do not add any minerals or vitamin value to your body.
Other studies shows that soda can also cause harm to your health. Soda intake has been linked to diabetes, tooth decay and a number of bone related issues. This could be due to the fact that most people no longer take beverages such as milk, and will only take soda which contains high levels of phosphorous.
Is Diet Soda Bad For you?
While diet soda doesn’t contain calories, that doesn’t make it good for your health. In fact, study shows that diet soda may not even help you lose weight. On the contrary, most people taking diet sodas are likely to suffer from obesity. Basically, the only difference between diet and regular soda is the fact that one has calories and the other one doesn’t. Otherwise, both of them pose the same health risks.
Getting Rid of The Addiction
If you want to quit soda, convincing yourself that you need to stop won’t be enough. While it is not easy for some people, it is quite doable. Just like it is the case with drugs, you’ll need to wean yourself off slowly.
Mixing soda with water can help break the addiction. Water will not only reduce the amount of soda you are taking but also hydrate your body which is never a bad thing. If you take soda for the jolt to liven you up in the morning, then you can try using unsweetened tea as an alternative. You can use a small amount of sugar or mint to give it some flavor.
Before taking soda, try drinking a glass of water which will reduce the craving.
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