Tuesday, April 6, 2010

How Abstaining from Soda Can Boost Your Kid’s Health

Do you know that by simply stopping your kids from drinking soda, you can help improve his or her wellness? Yes, natural health experts like Dr. Joseph Mercola stress that it is one of the best ways you can do to show how much you care about your kid’s and family’s health.

Soft drinks are popular among children. In a study published by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, children “strongly liked” the taste of soft drinks and they are more likely to drink them at least five times in a week.

The Dangers of Drinking Soft Drinks

What you don’t know is that soft drinks are filled with ingredients that won’t do any good for your kid’s health. “One can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites. The diet varieties are also problematic as they are filled with harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame,” explains Dr. Mercola.

Because of its high sugar and caloric content, drinking soda has been linked to increased risk of the following conditions:

•Tooth decay
•Heart disease
Better Alternatives to Soda: Pure Water, Natural Foods and Krill Oil

If your child has become hooked to drinking soft drinks during or after every meal, one of the first things you could do is to stop drinking sodas yourself. Parents like you actually serve as a role model for your kid’s drinking and eating habits.

Dr. Mercola also has these recommendations:

•Encourage your child to stop the habit by replacing soda with pure, clean water as much as possible.
•Offer natural, organic foods to your kid. Get him or her to eat a lot of fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods.

Now, if you’re really keen on giving your child the most optimal health possible, why don’t you start by refraining from buying and drinking soft drinks today? In addition, it might be a good idea to enrich your kid’s diet with pure water, unprocessed foods and krill oil supplements that will provide him or her with essential nutrients.

1 comment:

  1. I agree! The average American drinks an estimated 60 gallons of soft drinks each year with some of my patients telling me they have drank +30 gallons a month in the past! Look into the negative effects Soda has on the body, let along one’s life time of health. It doesnt look to promissing!

    Let’s take a look at some of the major components of a can of soda. Thanks Dr. Mercola!:

    •Phosphoric Acid: May interfere with the body’s ability to use calcium, which can lead to osteoporosis or softening of the teeth and bones. Phosphoric acid also neutralizes the hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can interfere with digestion, making it difficult to utilize nutrients.

    •Sugar: Soft drink manufacturers are the largest single user of refined sugar in the United States. It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar.

    •Aspartame: This chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilispsy/seizures. Further, when aspartame is stored for long periods of time or kept in warm areas it changes to methanol, an alcohol that converts to formaldehyde and formic acid, which are known carcinogens.

    •Caffeine: Caffeinated drinks cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects, and perhaps some forms of cancer.

    •Tap Water: I recommend that everyone avoid drinking tap water because it can carry any number of chemicals including chlorine, trihalomethanes, lead, cadmium, and various organic pollutants. Tap water is the main ingredient in bottled soft drinks.

    •Soda is one of the main reasons, nutritionally speaking, why many people suffer health problems. Aside from the negative effects of the soda itself, drinking a lot of soda is likely to leave you with little appetite for vegetables, protein and other food that your body needs.

    Dr. Jon Wise
    Owner of Wise Chiropractic
    5875 S. Rainbow Blvd #201
    Las Vegas, NV 89118