Unless you happen to run a soft-drink company, I think you’ll agree sodas are little more than JUNK in a can.
These liquid chemical bombs come with ZERO benefits. But you could write an entire BOOK on the bad things a regular soda habit can do to your health.
They cause you to pack on the pounds, especially unsightly belly fat. Their high fructose content overworks your liver. And that means they could contribute to fatty liver disease.
Soda can increase your heart disease risk. They’re linked to insulin resistance. And experts believe they’re a major contributor to the rise in type 2 diabetes.
And that’s just for starters.
Sugary sweetened teas, juice drinks, and fancy flavored coffees aren’t any better, either. Each sip comes with the same health hazards attached.
Now researchers are warning there’s one more soda risk we need to add to the list. And if you or a loved one has multiple sclerosis, you need to hear about this one.
It turns out drinking sugar-sweetened beverages could make your MS symptoms FAR worse.
MS symptoms 5 times worse with sugary soda
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic neurological disease that causes damage to the protective coverings on the nerve cells in your brain and spinal cord.
Typical MS symptoms include numbness, muscular coordination problems, speech impairment, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.
In the new study, volunteers with MS were asked to keep track of the sugary beverages they drank, such as soda, as well as rate their symptoms.
Researchers then divided everyone up into five different groups based on how many sugar-sweetened drinks they were downing a day.
The groups ranged from folks who sipped on around two soft drinks A DAY to those who drank two A MONTH or less. And the differences between the groups couldn’t have been more clear.
The volunteers who drank the most sugar-sweetened beverages were FIVE TIMES more likely to have severe symptoms and greater disability than folks in the group who drank the least.
Make the switch to reduce your risk
And here’s the thing. It’s easy to fall into the trap of gulping down two or more sweetened drinks a day.
Maybe you grab a coffee drink while you’re running around doing your morning errands. At lunch, you order a sweet tea. Then perhaps a soda seems like the perfect pairing to go with your dinner.
Suddenly your risk for everything from fatty liver disease to diabetes shoots through the roof. Plus, if you have MS your symptoms could end up being five times worse too.
Even worse, we don’t know yet if a soft-drink addiction could ALSO be affecting folks with other neurological illnesses such as ALS, Parkinson’s, or peripheral neuropathy as well.
But lucky for us, the solution is simple. Swear off soda and other sugary drinks starting today. Switch to unsweetened tea, coffee, and water instead.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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