Here at Schneider Medical Group, we have seen firsthand the damaging long-term effects of sugar on the body. Our Raleigh diabetes doctor has seen the obesity, Type II Diabetes, bone loss and many other problems that soda can cause. Read on if you need more reasons to keep in mind when you’re reaching for your next Coke.
What happens in your body when you drink soda?
In the first 10 minutes, your body receives 100% of your recommended daily intake of sugar, which is roughly equivalent to ten teaspoons of sugar. You would think that much sugar hitting the system all at once would most likely cause someone to vomit. Miraculously, your body will choose to absorb this instead of immediately rejecting it like a poison, because phosphoric acid reduces the flavor, allowing you to digest.
After about 20 minutes, the blood sugar will spike to an absurd peak. The body responds to this by raising insulin, and your liver converts all the sugar in its system into surplus fat. After 40 minutes, the body absorbs all the caffeine available, which will cause your pupils to dilate, your blood pressure to rise, and your liver to send sickening amounts of glucose into your circulatory system.
Five minutes later, dopamine levels begins to change in your brain. This hormone is a neurotransmitter that ultimately causes increased heart rate and blood pressure. On a related note, this fluctuation is also the body’s response to heroin use. It is no wonder why so many people become addicted to drinking soda.
What are some of the main problems that soda causes?
Many of the patients we see at our adult medicine clinic in Raleigh have found that they are gaining weight or struggling with high blood sugar due to their high soda intake. Another problem that is not as well known about soda is the diuretic properties of the caffeine content. This will leech vital nutrients from the body, removing minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and sodium, as well as electrolyte and water consumption.
What should you do instead?
If you are thirsty, keep in mind that soda actually dehydrates the body further. The best thing for you to do is to drink water. If you need to add flavor, try adding some lemon or lime juice to your water. The more of it that you drink, the more you will learn to enjoy the cool and refreshing taste of what your body truly needs.
The main idea is to return to the basic and natural need for water. It does not add calories, and is the best source to stay hydrated. Remember that, in general, it is recommended to drink two to three liters per day (8 to 10 glasses), depending on your lifestyle. Factors include your physical activity level, your diet, and other environmental factors such as climate and altitude of the place in which you live.
Call your internal medicine doctor in Raleigh to schedule an appointment if you have a concern regarding any long-term use of soda. Even if you aren’t an avid drinker of Coke, it is still a good idea to visit our Raleigh integrative medicine clinic if you haven’t had a checkup in a while. Stay healthy!