Friday, July 13, 2012

How Does Your Body Deal With Diet Pop?

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Okay, we all know that regular pop is terrible for you. That’s a no-brainer. It’s full of refined sugar and refined sugar is bad!
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But what about diet pop? It has no sugar and no calories. How bad can it be for you?? Wouldn’t it be okay to drink diet pop instead of regular pop as you seek to lose weight?
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Plan A: Well, before I answer that, let me just say that I used to be a Diet Coke ADDICT in my “former life” before Turbo Jam! During Round 1, I gave it up completely. Cold turkey! I used to drink upwards to 100 ounces a day! Wow, was that hard!!!!
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And now for the answer to your question. Why is diet pop bad for you? There are a few arguments that don’t worry me too much. They include:
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1) It has lots of artificial sweeteners, which studies show can cause harmful effects in high doses.
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2) It is believed to trigger an insulin response, which can actually increase our cravings and lead to weight gain by making us more hungry.
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3) It often has a lot of caffeine, sodium, and other additives.
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I don’t think those are a very big deal as long as you only have a pop/diet pop occasionally. But here’s the one that worries me most as a former Diet Coke junkie:
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1) It’s full of acid! Acid is BAD! A big influx of acid with heavy pop/diet pop consumption requires our body to use calcium and other stored minerals to re-balance our pH. This can have very detrimental long-term effects on our bone mass (where calcium and minerals are stored).
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Yikes! I don’t want to think of my body having to break down my bones to cancel out the acidity of the diet pop I just drank! That’s why keeping it to a minimum is the wise decision! It has nothing to do with whether or not it will make you fat. It has everything to do with what it’s doing to your body’s long term health and vitality!
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Plan B: I have switched to water and unsweetened Ice Tea, my Diet Pop days are gone! I feel so much better!!
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Watch this video to learn more about our body’s pH and how pop/diet pop can throw it off big time!
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