Avoid Soda Consumption for a Healthy Liver
A healthy liver can not be maintained when you drink soda on a daily basis.
Research shows that in addition to contributing to obesity, osteoporosis and tooth decay, the primary ingredient perpetuates the rising epidemic of liver disease.
But, before I get started giving you all of the reasons you should drink healthy beverages for a healthy liver, instead, I would like to encourage you to make one, of the two, following commitments to help improve your liver health:
- Give up one daily 20-ounce soda.
- Give up three daily 20-ounce sodas.
If you are wondering how one of these commitments would benefit you and your liver, check out these amazing figures taken from an article on the MSNBC.com website:
Give up that one daily 20-ounce soda, and at the end of one year you’ll save:
- 91,000 calories!
- 7,280 teaspoons of sugar!
- Potentially lose up to 26 pounds of fat!
Give up the three daily 20-ounce sodas, and at the end of the year you’ll save:
- 273,000 calories!!!
- 21,840 teaspoons sugar!!!
- Potentially lose up to 78 pounds of fat!!!
Sodas, or soft drinks, are the leading source for calories in America and are one of the primary reasons why liver disease has become so common and there is an obesity epidemic.
The average American drinks an estimated 60 gallons of soft drinks every year, according to an article on Dr. Mercola's website.
Many of you may be thinking you are off the hook because you drink diet soda. Diet versions are very popular beverages for dieters, diabetics and people who simply want to avoid extra weight. However, they are reported to be a serious risk to your liver.
According to a study conducted at Ziv Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, all soft drinks appear to increase the risk of developing fatty liver disease. Researcher Nimer Assy reported that the aspartame in some diet drinks may increase insulin resistance and trigger fatty liver disease.
Some artificial sweeteners are bad for your liver and have actually been linked to a whole host of other problems, especially avoid the artificial sweeteners aspartame, acesulfame-K, and saccharin.
A study published in the journal, Life Sciences, found that even small doses of aspartame caused the chemical formaldehyde to accumulate in the liver and bind to protein molecules. Holistic Med.com notes that formaldehyde may cause permanent genetic damage with long-term exposure.
One of the best things you can do for your liver health, and overall health, is to make the switch to clean fresh water.
Liver Health Isn't The Only Reason to Stop Drinking Soda
The following is a list of the top 10 reasons why you should select a healthier, liver friendly beverage:
- Weight gain. As you read above, soda is a significant contributor to being overweight or obese.
Many people don't realize how many extra calories they consume in what they drink. The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soft drink consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.
It may sound crazy, but people who drink diet soft drinks most often don't lose weight. In fact, they gain weight.
A study in the Journal of Behavioral Neuroscience has shown conclusively that using artificial sweeteners not only does not prevent weight gain, but induces a whole set of physiologic and hormonal responses that may actually make you gain weight.
- Liver damage. There is an increasing prevalence of liver disease, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, in the United States. The increased consumption of refined carbohydrates such as high fructose corn syrup and sucrose in these drinks may be partly to blame for the liver problems.
There is evidence that consumption of too many also puts you at increased risk for liver cirrhosis similar to the liver cirrhosis in chronic alcoholics.
Just remember, if the liver doesn't function smoothly, nothing else will either!
- Tooth decay. Soda eats up and dissolves the tooth enamel.
Researchers say that soft drinks are responsible for doubling or even tripling the incidence of tooth decay. The acidity is even worse for teeth than the solid sugar found in candy.
- Osteoporosis. Soft drinks containing phosphoric acid are being linked to osteoporosis because they lead to lower calcium levels and higher phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. The phosphate content of soft drinks is very high, and they contain virtually no calcium.
Researchers found, that high consumption in children poses a significant risk factor for impaired calcification of growing bones.
On the other hand, soft drinks replace calcium-containing alternatives, such as milk and calcium fortified fruit juices. Perhaps, milk and juice are not the best calcium sources, but they are still sources.
- Kidney stones and chronic kidney disease. Sodas of all kinds are well known for their high phosphoric acid content, a substance known to change the urine in a way that promotes kidney stone formation.
Research shows that drinking one quart (less than three 12-ounce cans) per week may increase a person's risk of developing kidney stones by 15%.
The new study, published in Epidemiology, found that drinking two or more colas a day was linked to a two-fold risk of chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage and decrease the kidneys ability to remove toxins and maintain normal fluid balance.
- Heartburn & acid reflux. Heavy consumption of soda is a major contributor to heartburn. First, a lot of carbonated beverages are very acidic.
The other thing is that they deliver a lot of air - in the form of carbon dioxide - which can cause distension, or swelling, of the stomach. That distension appears to be associated with more reflux.
- Hypertension (high blood pressure). Experts have reasons to believe that over-consumption of soda leads to an increase in blood pressure, and it actually doesn't matter if it is regular or diet.
Teens who drink several per day may increase their blood pressure and their risk for developing hypertension.
- Heart disease. Heavy soda drinkers are more likely to develop risk factors for heart disease. Research shows that drinking more than one per a day is associated with an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms including central obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting blood sugar levels, elevated fasting triglycerides, and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or "good" cholesterol). Having three or more of the symptoms increases a person's risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- Diabetes. Anything that promotes weight gain increases the risk of diabetes. Drinking soda not only contributes to making people fat, but it also stresses the liver's ability to process sugar.
Some scientists now suspect that soft drink consumption may help explain why the number of Americans with type 2 diabetes has tripled from 6.6 million in 1980 to 20.8 million today.
- Cell damage. According to an article in the Independent, the preservative sodium benzoate, also known as E211, may cause serious cell damage to the liver and other organs.
This additive, which is used in many soft drinks to prevent mold, was reported to cause damage to the mitochondria of DNA, and eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver and various other conditions. Although a certain beverage company reportedly phased sodium benzoate out of their diet soft drinks, it is still used in other diet drinks.
The combination of sodium benzoate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) creates the chemical benzene.
According to a 2006 report by AIB International, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has classified benzene as A1, a confirmed human carcinogen. Consumption of foods containing high levels of benzene can result in symptoms such as vomiting, irritation of the stomach, dizziness, sleepiness, convulsions, rapid or irregular heartbeat, and death. Longer-term exposure impacts the blood through damage to the bone marrow causing a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. The immune system may also be affected, increasing the chances of infection, and leukemia may also occur.
If you consume several sodas daily this may be the most important page in the Liverguru.com website for you. These drinks are extremely damaging to your liver health.
Please consider committing to number 1 or 2 at the beginning of the page, and then eventually eliminating them from your diet completely.
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