Reducing the fizz in life:
Fizzy soft drinks have been a part of our lives for too long now. We can't think of birthday parties gone by without the mandatory soft drink orders. The movie hall experience is often considered incomplete without popcorn and soft drink on the side. For some, it's an essential accompaniment when eating out (which is usually often). However, over the last few years, more people have become aware about the problems of excessive consumption of carbonated drinks. Sugar - the main culprit
The American CDC does not consider soda and carbonated drinks to be beneficial for a person's health. This is primarily because of their sugar content. While even a single small serving of these drinks can have excessive sugar in them, people pile on more given that they are so addictive.
All of this is a major problem given all the connection between high sugar consumption and several of our modern lifestyle diseases like heart problems, obesity, diabetes and more. So, while sugar will give a 'high', it will just as easily lead you to a crash. And then, this leads you down a path of increasingly unhealthy eating habits.
Problems with a carbonated lifestyle Sugar filled carbonated drinks give your body no nutritional benefits. They are purely feel good drinks that are high in calories. While they have been linked to obesity often, many studies are showing a link between their consumption and heart diseases.
Unhealthy food habits and lifestyles also been connected to type 2 diabetes - a leading lifestyle disease of our times. This news gets worse when you factor in that many medical studies show Indians to be at higher risk of being diabetic. In fact, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is said to be increasing among Indians.
These drinks are a source of fructose for the body and can be metabolized only by our livers. So when you have excessive amounts of fructose, the liver can be overwhelmed and turn fructose into fat. In due course, it may even progress to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
These drinks can also trigger our appetite for more calorie rich food. And the UK's National Health Service (NHS) links sugary carbonated drinks to dental problems too.
So, what should you do?
First up, start limiting your consumption of these drinks. Introduce a healthy routine in your life. Start taking control of what you feed your body. Introduce exercise into your daily routines. Even 20-30 minutes a day is good enough. Get on a healthy diet plan. Find out what nutrients you're lacking and how your current eating habits are causing that, then modify those habits.
Along with exercise and healthy food, keep yourself hydrated. Drinking 7-8 glasses of water a day is essential for a healthy body. Limit your consumption of beverages like caffeine to recommended amounts. If you need a dose of energy to wake you up during the day or whenever you're feeling low, have a healthy energy drink. These can be drinks like Prolyte which contain vitamin C and help restore electrolytes in your body. They give you the energy to keep going longer.
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