June 2, 2011

Do you Consume?

Can I just say how much I love an ICE cold caffeinated beverage every now & then. Okay let's get real it was becoming an everyday thing for me. Just the thought of the crisp cool taste over ICE and a fun straw made my heart happy. Call it my little splurge. 

I will be turning 31 in a month. I have looked at the eating habits of myself for many reasons. Obesity runs on my fathers side & Diabetes. I really don't want to be either of those. I would also like for my children to treat there body's as temples & not put anything harmful in them. So I began my search of information on my one addictive habit that I just had to kick. The information I read had re-affirmed to me why Soda is bad. Now I may have one on occasion, but it will not be an everyday habit. My first step was to stop buying it so I did not have it in the house, Yeah that didn't work so well because I would just go to the Gas station and buy a large drink over ice whenever I craved it which was everyday. I had to consciously make a decision weather it was worth it to me or not. 

Some of the things I found out about Soda 
PH of Soda = pH of Vinegar
For one, soda, no matter who makes it, is the most acidic beverage you can buy, with a pH of about 2.5, about the same as vinegar. Why does that matter? Acid oxidizes whatever it comes in contact with. If you put soda or vinegar on metal, it will rust it quickly.
Drink Soda, Leach CalciumIf you drink soda, which also contains high levels of phosphorous, you will leach calcium from your bones. Dr. Michael Murray from the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine concluded, “It appears that increased soft drink consumption is a major factor that contributes to osteoporosis.
Soda Will Dissolve your Tooth Enamel
Weak bones is just the beginning. According to Dr. James Howenstein. author of A Physician’s Guide to Natural Health Products That Work, the high sugar content of soda is awful. He states, “”In an interesting experiment the sugar from one soft drink was able to damage the white blood cells’ ability to ingest and kill bacteria for seven hours.
Each Additional Soda Increases Risk for Obesity by 1.6 times
So now we’ve got weak bones, weakened immune system, and dissolving teeth. What’s next? Weight gain! Dr. Nestle also concluded, “The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.”
Diet Soda Isn’t Any Better
For those of you with a diet soda in your hands, the news isn’t any better, in fact it’s worse! Carol Simontacchi from her book The Crazy Makers: How the Food Industry Is Destroying Our Brains and Harming Our Children states, “One liter of an aspartame-sweetened beverage can produce about fifty-six milligrams of methanol. When several of these beverages are consumed in a short period of time (one day, perhaps), as much as two hundred fifty milligrams of methanol are dumped into the bloodstream, or thirty-two times the EPA limit.” So, you’re poisoning your body, too.
And when it comes to saccharin, which is a noncaloric petroleum derivative estimated to be three hundred to five hundred times sweeter than sugar: “More than a dozen animal tests over the last thirty years have demonstrated the carcinogenic effects of saccharin in the bladder and other sites, particularly female reproductive organs, and in some instances at doses as low as the equivalent of one to two bottles of diet pop daily.”
With diet soda, you’ve gone from high calories to poisonous levels of methanal and an increased chance of developing cancer. Not a very good trade.
Consequences of Caffeine Consumption 
1.  Caffeine is highly addictive.  Like other drugs, caffeine causes a chemical addiction within the brain. Quitting coffee or soda can create withdrawal symptoms - headaches, sleepiness, irritability, anxiety - while the brain’s chemistry readjusts. 

2.  Caffeine exacerbates mood disorders in adults and children.  Mood disturbances such as anxiety, depression, irritability, and attention disorders are aggravated by chronic caffeine consumption.  Rather than increasing mental activity as many caffeine drinkers believe, caffeine actually decreases blood flow to the brain by as much as 30% and negatively impacts memory and mental performance.  Mood disturbances may appear after the stimulant effect of caffeine wears off - often about three hours later prompting many to consume more caffeine - and they may also appear during the recovery period after quitting caffeine. 

3. Caffeine increases stress.  Caffeine stimulates the secretion of stress hormones - cortisol (adrenaline) from the adrenal glands - which can increase levels of anxiety, irritability, muscular tension, indigestion, insomnia, and decreased immunity.  Continued stimulation of the adrenal glands can ultimately lead to adrenal exhaustion, which leaves a person vulnerable to a variety of health problems including autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. Because of chronically increased stress hormone levels, caffeine consumption can render some incapable of making healthy responses to the stressful situations that occur in their daily lives. 

4. Caffeine accelerates bone loss.  Caffeine causes the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and trace minerals, which can lead to osteoporosis. 

5. Caffeine contributes to blood sugar problems.  Caffeine stimulates a temporary surge in blood sugar creating a quick burst of energy; however, increased blood sugar triggers an insulin spike, which ultimately causes a sugar crash within hours.   This blood sugar rollercoaster can contribute to diabetes, hypoglycemia, and weight gain because insulin triggers the body to store excess sugar as fat. 

6. Caffeine affects your heart’s health.  Because caffeine acts as a stimulant, it increases pulse and blood pressure.  It also contributes to the development of heart disease because caffeine increases cholesterol levels as well as a chemical called homocysteine, which has been linked to heart attacks. 

7. Caffeine affects your stomach acid.  Caffeine causes your stomach to produce extra hydrochloric acid (HCL), which creates an increased risk for ulcers, heartburn, and gastro-esophageal reflux. 

8. Caffeine accelerates aging. Caffeine contributes to the decline in production of hormones produced in abundance during youth – DHEA, melatonin, and others – which speeds the aging process.  Because caffeine dehydrates the body, skin loses water from its cells, causing wrinkling and sagging.  

9. Caffeine affects normal sleep patterns. Because it’s a stimulant, caffeine keeps you awake longer, thereby shortening the amount and the quality of sleep each night, which takes a toll on your level of alertness the next day and overall health.  Because of sleep deprivation and fatigue, a person might look to caffeine for a boost, thereby perpetuating the vicious cycle.

10. Caffeine increases the risk for male and female health problems.  Studies show that caffeine increases the risk for prostate and urinary problems in men.  In women, fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, osteoporosis, infertility problems, miscarriage, low birth weight infants, and menopausal problems such as hot flashes are aggravated by caffeine. 

Kick the Caffeine Habit 

1 Happy Thoughts:

Becky Clinton said...

OK, OK - I GET IT! I think by the time I got to the "caffeine part I had quit reading. I get it - it's bad. I too love a DDP (Diet Dr. Pepper) over ice. Lots of ice. It's all about the ice. You're killing me Sara. But then maybe it's the soda pop instead.