If you drink diet soda or other diet beverages to cut calories and lose weight,you may be drinking yourself fat! Studies have shown that diet soda may hamper your body’s ability to correctly identify how much you are eating.
Diet beverages have artificial sweeteners, chemicals and dyes to make them taste good and look appealing. However, what these additives are really doing is bogging down your system with toxic substances. They offer absolutely NO nutritional value.
Artificial Sweeteners: Almost every diet product on the market has some kind of artificial sweetener added to it. Artificial sweeteners have ZERO calories, but your body does not recognize them as a food source. They trick your brain into believing it is getting nutrients. When foods containing artificial sweeteners are consumed and reach the small intestine, the receptors find no nutritional value. A message goes back to the brain, and the part of the brain that triggers satiety (satisfaction) sends back the message to ‘keep eating’ because the body needs REAL FOOD.
Some side effects that artificial sweeteners may cause include: weight gain, type 2 diabetes, anxiety and depression, weakness and fatigue, asthma, digestive problems, headaches and sleep disorders.
There is absolutely nothing good about soda and other processed drinks. It’s a great step to give up these drinks, and it’ll be worth it in the long run. However, you may experience a few uncomfortable symptoms, such as nausea, headaches, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. This is because most processed drinks contain high levels of caffeine along with the harmful sugars and chemicals. Try gradually decreasing your intake over a few days to avoid any sudden withdrawal symptoms.
Some foods you can focus on to make detoxifying easier:
Eggs, fish, leafy greens, berries, and brown rice contain vitamins and essential fats or fiber that will aid in detoxing.
Many artificial sweeteners are derived from petroleum products. Drinking lots of water can help flush out toxic chemicals from artificial sweeteners. Check out the GOLO Waters for some ideas!