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Grey Matters!
by Bob Reece
written to inform and inspire thought about issues of health, wealth and other grey matter...
ost people who read this would likely ing diabetic. Drinking just one (1) soda per day
say that they have a strong desire to ei- increases your risk of diabetes by 85 percent,
ther get healthy or remain healthy. Me in part because soda also stresses your body’s
too, which is why I decided to expose the very ability to process sugar. Many scientists believe
large and dreadful effects of drinking soda pop. this may explain why the number of Americans
Let’s begin with a shocker provided by Dr. with Type II diabetes has tripled from 6.6 mil-
Joseph Mercola who writes about what hap- lion in 1980 to 20.8 million today.
pens to your body within an hour of drinking Maybe you are now thinking the solution
a Coke:
Soda Pop
is to drink diet sodas, which are laced with
harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame
• Within the first 10 minutes, 10 teaspoons of
sugar hit your system which is 100 percent of
(Equal) or Splenda. Articles about both of these
highly toxic and carcinogenic sweeteners can
the recommended daily amount (RDA). The
be found at Be-
only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the
sides causing a few serious health issues like
overwhelming sweetness is because phos-
seizures, vertigo, depression, arthritis, hyper-
phoric acid cuts the flavor.
tension, and birth defects, aspartame, which is
• Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes in most diet colas, has repeatedly been proven
and your liver responds to the resulting insu- to trick the brain into thinking that you are still
lin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar hungry and wanting to consume more food.
into fat. Soda pop is responsible for doubling or tripling the incidence
of tooth decay, as it quickly dissolves tooth enamel. The acidic
• Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your
levels in a soda are even worse for teeth than the solid sugar
pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver dumps
found in candy.
more sugar into your bloodstream.
And speaking of acidity, the issues of stomach and gastroin-
• At around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine pro-
testinal distress can be quickly turned into a moderate or severe
duction, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain
case of gastric inflammation – especially by drinking sodas on an
– a response similar to that of heroin.
empty stomach. A typical can of soda has an acidic pH level of
2.5, requiring 32 glasses of neutral pH water just to bring your pH
• After 60 minutes, you will start to have a sugar crash. level back to normal.
Drinking alkaline water will obviously reduce the dangers
Soft drinks are the leading sources of calories in America and
of phosphoric acid that interferes with the body’s ability to retain
are one of the primary reasons why there is an obesity epidemic.
calcium and avoid osteoporosis (softening of your bone structure).
Numerous studies show that drinking just one (1) can per day can
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women
add as much as 15 pounds to your weight over the course of a
who consume cola beverages suffer lower bone mineral density
single year. Now multiply those numbers by five or ten years.
regardless of age, menopausal status, calcium and vitamin D in-
It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which
take, or the use of cigarettes or alcohol.
can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, premature aging
Lastly comes the issue of drinking colas and cancer. It was
and diabetes. Again, the sugar found in a typical can of soda is
Dr. Otto Warburg who received the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his
over 100 percent of the RDA, and it can be more addictive than
discovery that “cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tis-
sues are alkaline”. There are a multitude of things that can cause
Diabetes is reaching epidemic numbers in America and any-
acidity within our bodies, however it doesn’t take a lot of techni-
thing that causes weight gain also increases your risk of becom-
cal expertise to connect drinking colas with a high content of
phosphoric acid as well as sugar and artificial sweeteners, both
of which create acidity within our bodies.
According to the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, the Unit-
ed States ranks first among all countries in soft drink consumption
and the per-capita consumption is in excess of 150 quarts per
year, or about three quarts per week.
What ever happened to drinking clean fresh water?
Bob Reece ©2009. Bob is a well known speaker, author, and
President of Health Wanted Now, a company dedicated to in-
forming America on benefits of homeopathic / alternative health
care issues and better nutrition. Contact: bob@healthwantednow.
com or visit for additional articles.
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