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Why You Need to Finally Stop Drinking Soda

By Genevieve Cunningham

We live in a world full of bubbly, caffeinated soda. As a society, we love it. We drink soda all day long every day. We often skip the water, the tea, the coffee, and instead reach for that delicious Diet Coke. But this habit is one that really and truly needs to be broken. Soda is not good for our bodies, and like it or not, it's probably doing damage to your health that you just don't see yet. If you're guilty of drinking too much soda, take a look at these reasons to stop the habit and boost your health now. 

Face It, You're Addicted

We don't like to admit when we're addicted to things. We like to think we're in control. But when it comes to soda, most of us have some level of addiction. We get addicted to the caffeine. We get addicted to the sugar. And of course, it also tastes good, so we get mentally addicted to the flavor and carbonation. When it comes to quitting, we have to overcome this addiction in order to be successful in our endeavor. 

It Provides Zero Nutritional Value

You may have heard someone associate soda with empty calories. What does this mean? In short, it means that soda offers exactly zero nutritional value for your body. It contains calories -- unless you're opting for a diet version -- but those calories don't offer anything good for your body. Instead, they simply subtract from your daily caloric total. Anything that takes from your diet without giving back is probably something worth leaving out.

It Might Be Causing Bloat

The carbonation of soda is what a lot of people like. They enjoy that bubbly sensation in their mouths and stomach. But that bubbly aspect of soda might be making you bloat. If you often feel as though your stomach is full and protruding, and you often have the sensation of extra bloat, it may very well be in your drinking habits. Drastically cutting soda may cut the bloat drastically as well. 

It's Bad for Your Teeth

All of the sugar and dark color that is present in many sodas is bad for your teeth. The sugar can lead to decay, and the dark color can lead to staining. While brushing your teeth immediately after consuming soda can help, actually carrying out this practice is quite difficult in everyday life. A better option is to cut back or eliminate soda from your daily diet altogether. 

Soda is a tough topic for most people. We know that it's bad for us, but we just don't want to give it up! If you haven't made the commitment to be soda-free yet, consider these harmful side effects. By quitting soda, you may be able to eliminate these frustrating health problems and improve your overall wellness in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Happy Valley, Ore.

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