How to Quit Soda in 10 Simple Steps


Quitting CokeIt is possible to quit drinking soda with a minimum of fuss or withdrawal symptoms with this simple plan to replace it with a new and healthier alternative.

Before you start you’ll need your soda alternatives and your caffeine and aspartame/HFCS withdrawal products (and enough of them to keep you going for two weeks). Once you have those here’s the best way I’ve found to replace soda addiction with a similar tasting carbonated drink that is actually good for you.

10 Steps to Quit Drinking Soda

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Healthy Soda Alternatives You Can Make at Home


Coke alternativesJust quitting cola cold turkey is a lot harder than finding a healthier drink to replace soda with. To make withdrawal easier an effective soda alternative should be similar enough to cola in taste, while cutting out the unhealthy and addictive ingredients like sugar and caffeine.

It sounds like a tall order but it is possible. This page explains how to make healthy alternatives to soda or diet soda that taste similar to manufactured carbonated drinks, but can actually be beneficial for your body.

Finding a Replacement for Soda

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Why Is Diet Soda So Bad For You?


Side effects of diet soda

Aside from being incredibly addictive, diet cola has some strange ingredients that can damage both your digestive system and longer term health. Let’s have a look at those ingredients ahead.

Phosphoric Acid in Diet Soda

Right at the top is the phosphoric acid that gives both regular and diet cola their high levels of acidity.

Alongside its potentially damaging effects on your digestive tract, phosphoric acid tends to reduce hydrochloric acid secretion in your stomach. This can lead to impaired digestion and has the potential to be one of the causes of flatulence, along with many other health problems.

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How the Acids in Soda Damage Your Health and Digestion


Coke AcidicHow exactly did so many of us come to be pouring highly acidic cola down our throats over and over again each day? And what kind of effect is this acid drink having on our digestion?

The Acid Levels in Soda

Short of drinking undiluted vinegar, cola is about the most acidic thing you can buy to drink. The pH level of soda is approximately 2.5 (testing seems to come up with results ranging from 2.3 to 3.5 but a pH of 2.5 is commonly cited for the most popular brand name cola).

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The Top 5 Reasons to Stop Drinking Diet Soda


Give Up Diet SodaIf you would like to give up diet soda for good, here are five big reasons why diet sodas can be so damaging to your health and energy. Hopefully this list can provide the motivation needed to follow through with the 10 Step Plan for Giving Up Diet Soda coming up next.

1) Aspartame in Diet Soda

The artificial sweetener aspartame, found in most diet sodas, is made from two free-form amino acids, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, and the toxic alcohol methanol.

Without the usual slow digestion and other competing amino acids, free-form phenylalanine can hit the bloodstream very quickly and potentially cross the blood brain barrier in unnaturally large amounts.

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Superfruit Concentrates in Sparkling Water – A Healthy Diet Soda Alternative


Diet Soda AlternativeSomething I’ve recently started drinking for their health benefits are superfruit concentrates of high antioxidant fruits and berries.

It struck me, while researching these posts on diet soda, that these superfruit concentrates, that are usually diluted with plain water like cordial, would actually be great mixed with sparkling water.

They really are. And in this form, they make a special kind of healthy diet soda alternative. One that’s close enough to the experience of drinking soda pop, while actually being good for you.

Here’s how I make them and how I’d suggest they’d work as an effective cola replacement or soda alternative.

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Aspartame Withdrawal – How to Stop Sugar Cravings


Artificial sweetener withdrawalRegular consumption of either high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or the artificial sweetener aspartame can lead to sugar cravings for simple carbohydrates. Coming off a major source of HFCS or aspartame, like regular soda or diet soda, will be likely to increase these cravings and corresponding withdrawal symptoms.

Alongside caffeine addiction, sugar cravings are likely to be a big reason why so many people find it so hard to break a cola habit. The sugar or high fructose corn syrup in soda has had them on the insulin roller coaster for so long, they find it difficult to get off.

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Fructose Malabsorption and How It Damages Your Digestive Health


Fructose-sodaA common, but still relatively unknown cause of digestive problems is fructose malabsorption. More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of high fructose corn syrup to their health, but fewer would know that excess fructose can also lead to bloating, intestinal cramps and excessive gas.

Ahead is just what fructose is, why so many people are experiencing fructose malabsorption and a list of both high fructose foods, drinks, sweeteners and fruits and fructose free or low fructose alternatives for better health.

What is Fructose?

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How to Give Up Coffee in 10 Simple Steps


Caffeine replacement planWhen I decided to give up coffee recently, I believe I was able to stop drinking it quite easily because I had the three things from my previous post on how to replace coffee with healthier alternatives in place.

Firstly, I knew I’d been addicted to coffee for many years and admitted that to myself.  To my mind any addiction is a problem because you don’t have control of it – it has control of you. Once you understand how caffeine addiction works you can start to do something positive about it.

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How to Replace Coffee with Healthier Alternatives


How to Replace CoffeeLegal or not, coffee is an addictive drug that affects both your body and brain chemistry. Anyone who drinks coffee regularly and cannot go more than a couple of days without ‘really feeling like’ (needing) a cup is very likely addicted to it.

I was. I drank a cup or two a day most days of the week for many years. In researching all different effects drinking coffee can have on your health, I simply came up with too many reasons to find an alternative to coffee to continue drinking it.

There were two things that particularly surprised me with coffee replacement.

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My Top 2 Caffeine Withdrawal Remedies


Remedy for caffeine addictionProbably the hardest parts of giving up coffee is coming off caffeine. Symptoms often include irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and the well known caffeine withdrawal headaches.

The good news is there are a few natural remedies you can easily use to greatly minimize caffeine withdrawal symptoms.

Giving Up Coffee Basics

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