I know we all enjoy a soda here or there. Heck, even the most hardcore bodybuilders have some diet soda when they are trying to get lean.
But did you ever stop to actually think about what happens after you drink a soda and what it does to your body?
When you look at what makes up a regular soda you'll see things like phosphoric acid that pulls important minerals away from your bones and has been linked to kidney disease. Research has shown that two or more sodas per day has doubled the likelihood of kidney disease.
Then there's the aspartame that may cause various forms of cancer in dosages close to what is recommended for humans. Not sure how people can say, "Drink it... you're fine."
What about the caffeine? Clearly, it's one of the best performance-enhancing supplements that we have but since it works on a receptor basis, the more you drink the more you need. One can today... two cans five days from now... three cans eight days from now. All for the same effect as the first can.
So what actually happens to your body when you ingest a soda?
Here's a breakdown provided by the Nutrition Research Center.
First 10 minutes: About 10 teaspoons of sugar quickly enters your system. You won't notice this, however, because companies add phosphoric acid that hides the flavor so you can actually stand it.
15-20 minutes later: Your blood sugar spikes rapidly and you now have all of this insulin floating around your body. You have no choice but to store most of it as body fat.
40 minutes later: Your body has now absorbed all of your caffeine. Your blood pressure is rising and your liver has no choice but to drop more sugar into your bloodstream. Your brain is blocked by the caffeine so you don't get drowsy.
45 minutes later: Your body will increase its dopamine production to stimulate the pleasure center in your brain. This is the same way that heroin works.
Over 1 hour later: The phosphoric acid from the soda connects with the calcium, magnesium and zinc in your intestine, which will boost your metabolism. The high dosages of sugar and sweeteners will cause you to excrete calcium.
Over 1 hour later: The diuretic aspects of soda have finally begun. The calcium, magnesium and zinc that we mentioned before (that WAS going to be used to improve your health in addition to the electrolytes and water in your body) will now be forced out of your body during your next bathroom break.
Over 1 hour later: You'll start to feel a hunger crash and may get tired or sluggish. You also are now dehydrated and void of various precious nutrients that could have made you feel better.
Want to me to get you another one?
Jimmy Smith, MS, CSCS is a Men's Fitness and Maximum Fitness training expert. Jimmy's training knowledge and personal experience have made him an expert when it comes to getting "skinny-fat guys" in the best shape. For more information go to jimmysmithtraining.com.
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