Many people have become aware of the potential health problems associated with the artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas.
What you may not be aware of are some other surprising health benefits that result from not drinking diet soda.
Hint – it isn’t just weight loss (Although researchers found that each daily diet soda that a person consumes increases their chance of becoming obese in the next decade by 65%.)
In this article, we explain 5 unique health benefits that result by quitting diet soda.
1. Reduced Migraines and Improved Focus
Did you know that you can improve your thinking and focus?
According to a review in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, certain chemicals in the artificial sweeteners like aspartame may have altered the brain’s chemicals and nerve pathways which can lead to anxiety, poor sleep, and headaches.
In fact, in a 2013 animal study found that rats that drank diet soda had damaged nerve endings in the cerebellum which is the area of the brain responsible for motor skills.
2. Bones Get Stronger
Initial research has found that drinking soda showed increase risk of bone fractures and reduced bone strength.
Researchers are still evaluating why soda has this effect but the studies do show that a constant soda habit does weaken your bones.
3. Improved Kidney Function
When you remove diet soda from your diet, your kidneys have an easier time focusing on its core function which is clearing body toxins and absorbing important minerals.
1 study that evaluated 11 years of data found that women who drank 2 or more servings of diet soda DOUBLED their chances of declining kidney function.
4. Reduced Diabetes Risk and Fat Storage
A study found that consuming 2/3 of a diet soda prior to eating caused the pancreas to release more of the fat storing hormone called insulin.
This effect not only increased fat storage over time but also increased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes which is caused by poor pancreatic function.
5. Better Food Choices
People who drink diet soda believe that the “low calories” allows them to eat more calories and soda is usually eaten with other poor nutrition foods.
On a side note, diet soda also has been found to increase alcohol consumption.
Related: 5 Foods To Avoid If you Want to Lose Weight