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Lose the sodas, gain the health

Do you have trouble concentrating, sleeping, losing weight, or paying attention? Let me ask you something: how many sodas do you drink every day?

The two are related.

On May 7th, Congress proposed legislation to close a loophole in the current laws that prohibit schools from including sodas and candy in school-provided lunches. Schools are already not allowed to have soda vending machines operating during lunch.

If Congress feels this strongly about protecting our kids from sodas, shouldn’t you take a good hard look at what sodas do to your health, and that of your kids?

For one thing, regular sodas contain about 150 calories each. If you drink 3-4 a day, that’s the caloric equivalent of an entire extra meal. If you’re a small woman or a child, it might only take 2 sodas to equal a meal.

Think you’re OK because you drink diet soda? Nope. A recent study conducted in July of 2005 at The University of Texas at San Antonio found that drinking diet sodas doubles your risk of obesity. People in the study:

· Were 65 percent more likely to be overweight if they drank even one diet soda each day, versus none
· Were even more likely to become overweight or obese if they drank more than one diet soda daily
· Had a greater chance of becoming overweight if they drank diet sodas than if they drank regular sodas

Why are soda drinkers even more likely to become overweight when they drink diet sodas than regular soda? Because when you drink diet sodas, you rationalize that since they have little or no calories, you can eat more…and most people over-estimate.

And there’s something more insidious: the sweet taste of diet sodas makes you crave more sweets and calories. Then there’s the matter of the artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas—various studies suggest they are harmful to your health.

Regular sodas are sweetened with either high-fructose corn syrup or pure cane sugar, and both have been linked to obesity, attention-deficit disorder, sleep disorders, and osteoporosis (sugar robs calcium from your bones.)
Gerry Morton, CEO of EnergyFirst, has these suggestions for kicking the soda habit:

  1. Replace the sodas with water.
  2. If it’s hard to get used to plain water, use bottled water with a squeeze of lemon or lime for awhile.
  3. If it’s carbonation you crave, drink sparkling mineral water instead.
  4. Keep bottled water or sparkling mineral water on hand so when the urge for a soda hits, you’ll have a healthy alternative handy.
  5. Be prepared for a sugar let-down in the first few days of kicking sodas if you’ve been drinking regular sodas. Stick with it.

More tips on how you can get healthier naturally can be found by visiting: How drinking water helps you lose weight

Gerry Morton, CEO of EnergyFirst, is an experienced athlete who has competed in 30+ marathons and 4 Ironman triathlons. Gerry is an excellent source of information on nutrition, supplementation and effective exercise. Since 1997, he has been educating and motivating others on how to attain peak performance.