Best 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

Healthy Soda Alternatives You Can Make at HomeSomething 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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Regular Soda vs Diet Soda — Which is Worse for Your Health?

HFCS vs NutrasweetMost cola and other sodas are packed with staggering amounts of unhealthy high fructose corn syrup or fattening sugar.

With this in mind, is it worth making the switch from regular soda to diet soda with aspartame to help reduce health problems? This page has the answers.

A Comparison of Regular Soda vs Diet Soda

Both regular and diet cola share phosphoric acid, sulfite-ammonia caramel color 150d and caffeine as ingredients. Given this, there is no reduction in the potential damage done to your digestive processes by these chemicals to be had in switching for regular soda to diet soda.

Both have been shown to be very acidic in testing with regular cola having a pH of around 2.5 and diet cola usually testing at a slightly better 3.2 pH.

The main difference, if you were to switch from regular soda to diet soda, would be swapping out the very high amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or sugar for the artificial sweetener aspartame.

Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup in Soda

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How to Stop Sugar Cravings with Chromium and Cinnamon

Artificial sweetener withdrawal

Regular 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

A 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 and Where Is It Found?

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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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Replacing 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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Best Caffeine Withdrawal Remedies

Prevent Caffeine Side EffectsProbably 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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7 Digestive Problems with Coffee and Caffeine

Gas and bloating with coffeeAfter doing the research for this post, I gave up coffee. I’m done with it.

I took the last I had to work as an offering to the caffeine addicts there and replaced it with a caffeine-free, coffee tasting substitute I’ll share ahead. It was actually easier than I’d expected.

Giving up their daily caffeine fix is a scary thought for some people. Many of us are far more addicted to this legal drug than we’d like to admit to ourselves.

What I hope to offer with this post is some motivation and momentum to give up coffee. I’ll do this by covering the damaging effects it can have on your gastrointestinal tract and the way these effects lead to various health issues and digestion problems, including flatulence.

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How to Make Peppermint Tea for Quick Relief from Digestive Problems

Peppermint tea is a very useful tea to drink for indigestion, gastrointestinal problems and preventing flatulence.

You can make it to stimulate digestive juices and ease stomach cramps and abdominal pain.  It has been found to have an anti-bacterial, anti-spasmodic and calming effect on the entire gastrointestinal tract.

Peppermint tea also encourages the gallbladder to secrete bile,
which is used to assist in the digestion of fats. A warm cup of it right before a large meal is a great digestive aid that can really help prevent digestive problems later on.

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How to Use Peppermint Tea for Bloating and Gas

Effects of Peppermint teaThe effects of peppermint tea are generally lighter and gentler than peppermint oil capsules. The tea is very refreshing, doesn’t need to be sweetened and has a real ‘pick me up’ effect whenever you drink it.

More importantly, peppermint tea can be very beneficial for your digestive system and help alleviate problems like bloating, stomach gas and flatulence.

Peppermint Tea Properties

Peppermint has relaxant and antispasmodic properties and can help relieve cramps and spasms in the gastrointestinal tract, bile duct and gallbladder.

This improves the passage of both food and swallowed air through the digestive tract, allowing them to go through smoothly and without pain or discomfort.

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Peppermint Oil, Digestion & How to Make Gas Smell Better

Mint oil digestionPeppermint oil is derived from the Mentha Piperita plant. Its leaves are collected, lightly dried and steam distilled to extract the essential oil.

Potent and great smelling, peppermint oil is a very useful substance for aiding digestion, relieving stomach gas and bloating, reducing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), preventing nausea, letting go of stress, helping with respiratory problems and stopping bad breath.

Particularly for the beneficial influence it can have on your digestive processes and several other reasons, it is also an effective flatulence remedy.

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