A little knowledge goes a long way {Helping curb your soda habit}

I’ve been learning a lot lately. I’m intentionally reading blogs on simplicity, listening to pod casts about fitness and organizing your life and reading books on food and nutrition. I won’t pretend to know everything, and all of the knowledge I do have is learned from someone else but I do know one thing for sure:

The more information I have, the better decisions I make.

You know veggies are better for you than chips but that doesn’t stop you from eating them. Then you find out WHY they are better and how they are positively or negatively affecting your body/energy/emotions. With all of that information you are better equipped to make healthy decisions. ESPECIALLY when your stressed or emotional. These instances are when most people (ahem me, me me) make bad decisions.

If your tired and are contemplating a pop take a moment to think about what it does to your body:

Click for full sized image. Graphic from The Renegade Pharmacist
  • < 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100 per cent of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavour allowing you to keep it down.
  • 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment).
  • 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
  • 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centres of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way. (Umm no wonder its addictive)
  • >60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism.This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
  • >60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water. (Ok so now you have caffeine but your losing out on precious vitamins!)
  • >60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash.You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, urinated the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

Read more here: http://therenegadepharmacist.com/what-happens-one-hour-after-drinking-a-can-of-coke/

Underlining and italics are my additions to the original post.

So what will this change your soda habits?

What other foods would you like to know more about?

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