Some days ago, I noticed a feed on my Facebook timeline of how a friend who had stopped taking Coke for a long while decided to try one after 12 months. He said “It was a terrible idea in the end. My body rejected it all”.
Have this ever happened to you? Do you think you should give up diet soda?
If you’ve decided to give up diet soda maybe this year, last year or five years ago, good idea. Maybe you weren’t hitting your weight-loss goals or couldn’t stomach that long list of ingredients any more. Or perhaps you heard one too many times that it’s just not good for you.
Whatever the reason, eliminating diet soda from your diet will improve your health from head to toe. Here are suspicious health complaints that would size once you finally stop taking diet soda
Migraines disappear and focus sharpens.
It turns out the headaches you expected from a diet soda withdrawal didn’t materialize. And now that you’ve quit the stuff, you probably find yourself thinking clearly for the first time in a while. That’s because the chemicals that make up the artificial sweetener aspartame may have altered brain chemicals, nerve signals, and the brain’s reward system, which leads to headaches, anxiety, and insomnia, according to a review in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
And a 2013 animal study found that rats that drank diet soda had damaged cells and nerve endings in the cerebellum—the part of the brain responsible for motor skills. (If you’re still drinking diet soda, take a look at what’s happening in your body right now.)
Taste buds become more sensitive.
It’s not your imagination: Without your usual diet soda chaser, you may find that food has more flavor. It’s more enjoyable. That’s because the artificial sweeteners in your diet soda overwhelmed your taste buds
In fact, brain scans show that diet soda alters sweet receptors in the brain and prolongs sugar cravings rather than satisfies them. “We often see patients change snack choices when they give up diet soda,” says Heather Bainbridge, from Columbia University Medical Center Weight Control Center.
Your weight-loss finally goes the right way.
A recent 9-year study found older adults who drank diet soda continued to pack on belly fat.
Research found each daily diet soda increases your chance of becoming obese in the next decade by 65%, and a study published in Diabetes Care that found drinking diet soft drinks daily was associated with an increase in metabolic syndrome—obesity, high blood-pressure, high triglycerides—which leads to heart disease and diabetes.
Kidney function improves.
Now that your body no longer has to make sense of the unpronounceable ingredients in diet soda, your kidneys can get back to clearing toxins, stabilizing blood pressure, and absorbing minerals. One study looked at 11 years of data and found that women who drank 2 or more servings of diet soda doubled their chances of declining kidney function.
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