Say No to Soda
This is a very interesting article about how sweetened drinks and diet drinks could be effecting our metal health as well as our blood sugar and weight.
I lost my taste for soda years ago. I used to be a diet coke drinker with just a squeeze of lemon. Now I can’t stand the stuff and regular soda is so sugary I just can’t tolerate it.
It is very possible to change your taste for this unhealthy beverage. It is much healthier for you to change your drinking habits. I do hear from clients that they don’t like water. How can you not like water we are like 90% water it’s what your body is wanting usually whenever you are thirsty and often even when you feel hungry.
But if you really don’t like plain water there are so many options:
Green or white tea hot or iced
Water with fruit in it, lemon, lime even try berries or apples.
Herbs you can add mint
Or make your own spa water with cucumber, lemon and mint
Plain sparkling water with a splash of pomegranate or cherry juice is flavorful and good for you.
I make a drink at home my husband loves I brew a pitcher of Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger, squeeze half a lemon in it and then add a generous spoonful of honey to your taste. It is super high in anti oxidants and tastes like fruit punch!
Give it a try and help your body to be hydrated without adding junk and chemicals to it!
Sweet Sodas and Soft Drinks May Raise Your Risk of Depression, Study Finds
Is your diet soda making you depressed? (Photo: Thinkstock)We know that sugary sodas aren’t good for our bodies; now it turns out that they may not be good for our minds, either. A new study of more than 260,000 people has found a link betweensweetened soft-drinks and depression — and diet sodas may be making matters worse.
Americans drink far more soda than people in other countries — as much as 170 liters per person per year (no wonder New York CityMayor Michael Bloomberg banned super-sized servings of the stuff). But the impact of this study isn’t limited to the United States. “Sweetened beverages, coffee and tea are commonly consumed worldwide and have important physical-and may have important mental-health consequences,” study author Dr. Honglei Chen, an investigator at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, said in a statement.
The study, which was released on Tuesday and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology‘s annual meeting in March, involved 263,925 people between the ages of 50 and 71. Researchers tracked their consumption of beverages like soda, tea, coffee, and other soft drinks from 1995 to 1996 and then, 10 years later, asked them if they had been diagnosed with depression since the year 2000. More than 11,300 of them had.
Participants who drank more than four servings of soda per day were 30 percent more likely to develop depression than participants who did not drink soda at all. People who stuck with fruit punch had a 38 percent higher risk than people who didn’t drink sweetened drinks.
And all that extra sugar isn’t the actual problem: The research showed that low-calorie diet sodas, iced teas, and fruit punches were linked to an slightly higher risk of depression than the high-calorie stuff. Researchers say that the artificial sweetener aspartame may be to blame.
“Our findings are preliminary, and the underlying biological mechanisms are not known,” said Chen. The study found an association but could not conclusively determine whether sodas and other sweet soft drinks cause depression, even after taking into account factors like age, gender, education, smoking, body mass index (BMI) and other issues. Still, the results “are intriguing and consistent with a small but growing body of evidence suggesting that artificially sweetened beverages may be associated with poor health outcomes.”
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