Want to make a big difference to your health? It may be easier than you think. If you drink soda daily, cutting it out of your diet is a little change that can have huge effects. It turns out that when you eliminate soda, your entire body gets a whole lot healthier.
As soon as you stop drinking soda, you give your heart health a major boost. According to a 2011 study, the more soda participants consumed, the higher their blood pressure became. A second study conducted by researchers at Harvard University in 2012 showed that participants who drank the most soda were 20% more likely to have a heart attack than those who drank none. Even eliminating as little as one serving of soda per day can dramatically improve both heart health and blood pressure.
2. Reproductive Health
Many sodas, especially those packaged in plastic bottles, contain bisphenol-A (BPA) and other estrogen-mimicking compounds. These compounds can have a disastrous effect on hormone levels, particularly in women. Cutting back on soda gives your body space to process and remove these toxins, resulting in improved reproductive health.
If you find yourself drinking a soda to fight off drowsiness in the afternoon, you might want to rethink that strategy. Drinking a lot of soda can actually impair your brain function, influencing memory and the ability to learn new skills. It might even put you at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The good news is that your brain can repair itself and begin to use those neural pathways once more—but first, you have to stop reaching for the soda every day!
You probably already know that dark soda can stain and discolor your teeth. What you may not know is that the acid in soda can actually erode your teeth, making them brittle, sensitive, and (eventually) transparent. You might not be able to repair the damage already done to your teeth, but if you start replacing your daily colas with water then you can prevent further erosion from occurring.
Regular sodas are full of empty calories which can cause you to pack on pounds. But it turns out diet sodas are no better. A recent study of adults who drank diet soda found that their waist circumference increased to almost four times that of adults who didn’t drink any soda. One theory is that diet soda affects your appetite and eating habits, causing you to crave and consume more sugary, fatty foods that you would otherwise. The good news? Cutting soda out of your diet is one of the easiest ways to cut calories and start losing weight.
Your body needs a lot of calcium in order to grow strong, healthy bones. Unfortunately, stop drinking soda may interfere with your body’s ability to absorb the calcium you eat, leaving you vulnerable to fractures, brittle bones, and osteoporosis. A 2003 study showed a strong correlation between drinking large amounts of soda and decreased mineral density in participants’ bones. When you cut soda out of your diet, your body is better able to absorb calcium from both dairy and plant foods, leading to stronger, denser bones.
Finally, your kidneys and bladder are also going to be much healthier once you say goodbye to your soda habit. A 2014 study found that drinking sugary soda leads to an increased risk of chronic kidney disease, which can eventually cause your kidneys to shut down entirely. Eliminating soda from your life dramatically decreases this risk, letting your kidneys and bladder function at healthier levels.