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Read this before you take another sip of that diet soda

For many years through various studies, researchers have found that diet soda is bad for your health. Based on recent studies of 3,000 adults, researchers have found that those who frequently consume diet soda and other artificially sweeteners are almost three times more likely to experience stroke and dementia.

Let’s step back at how we got into this sugar craze. During the 1950s and 1960s there was a major sugar industry scandal, where the sugar industry funded faulty studies which shifted public perception, tricking people into thinking fat was bad for you, instead of sugar. And that started a host of sugar free products on the market and resulted in the expanded use of artificial sweeteners.

Scientists have used MRI imaging, cognitive tests and existing data and found that drinking more than two sugary drinks a day or more than 3 sodas a results in smaller brain volume - actual brain shrinkage. Additionally, it speeds up aging of the brain, which results in poorer memory. These are all risk factors for early-stage Alzheimer’s.

Other Health Problems

The first link between diet soda and dementia was found by Boston University researchers. In addition, medical researchers have linked artificially sweetened drinks to many different health problems, including:

  • Depression. Drinking 4+ cans of soda daily is linked to a 30 percent higher risk of depression.

  • Kidney Damage. Long-term diet soda drinking is linked to a 30 percent reduction in kidney function.

  • Type 2 Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome. Drinking diet soda daily increases your risk of metabolic syndrome by 36 percent; it increases your risk of type 2 diabetes by 67 percent compared to non-diet soda drinkers.

Healthy Alternative to Diet Sodas and Sugary Beverages

  • Drinking teas (e.g., chamomile, match green tea, etc.) can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 86 percent while coffee can lower your risk of depression by 10 percent.

  • Try Konbucha, it has a lot of health benefits for your heart, brain and gut.

  • Try bone broth, which strengthens the immune system, overcome intolerance and allergies, improves joint health, etc.

Source:News Wise; No to Diet Soda; American Diabetes Association;

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